This news has really killed so much of the excitement which has been building around the Oculus Rift for me. I was sure it had to be some form of sick early April Fools joke.... bu no
Facebook is known for it's intrusive tracking of users, not to mention it's extreme focus on advertisement, intrusive logins, and focus on linking to real-life data collection. The appeal of Oculus to me (as compared to Sony's Morpheus VR, for example) is because it is on a PC platform, and thus allows us freedom over what we want to do with it. This partnership will cause the Rift to become "commercialized", so to speak; for example, targeted ads overlaid over games, intrusive tracking of applications or programs that we run, brickwalling indie developers from the rift, and allowing our personal information to be sold/marketed/given to facebook?
I can't even describe how disappointed I am in Palmer Luckey and whoever else at Oculus was involved in this decision. The goals and mission statement of the company was one of the main reasons why I was so excited for the Rift, they were really focusing on taking their time to create an amazing device, so that when it did finally release to the consumer it would blow people away. Now with Facebook wanting to accelerate the development and release a device ASAP to beat Valve and Sony, I can just feel that it's going to be hit with massive backlash due to the obviously unfinished nature of the product, which will seriously hurt the VR market. Competition may have set back the dream of Virtual Reality for another 10 years.
We have a Steam sales thread but what about a GOG thread? Arguably, and for me personally, its a better games distribution service than Steam.
What is GOG you ask?
Quote:GOG is a computer game sale and distribution service operated by GOG Ltd. The games can be purchased and downloaded online, and they are distributed without digital rights management. The prices of products typically range from about $5 to $10 for older games, along with special offers in sales held several times a week. Some newer titles have a higher price.
The user does not have to install special client software to download or run the games, although an optional download manager is available. After downloading, the customer retains full ownership to the products: they can be archived on any personal storage media for unlimited time. They are independent of the customer's GOG.com account.
No Fisticuffs this week folks! Selegraphon is busy doing life stuff and cannot host a session tonight.
However in the absence of Fisticuffs, I offer a sparring match for Hawken!
Next weeks Fisticuffs IX will be Hawken, the free-to-play Mech shooter available on Steam. Tonight I will be hosting a sparring match of Hawken for anyone who wants to try the game and get the upper edge before next Friday!
This match is open to all who are free or want to play. You will find me online on Steam around 9pm New Zealand time (UTC/GMT +12 hours) tonight.
So if you are up for a game, then see you tonight!
Mine has to be John Marsden from Red Dead Redemption. It was not the fact that he died that effected me but the way he died. I believe that this scene is sort of randomized as I have seen it a few times and it was not always the same but basically the feds get a bunch of head shots off and his face is screwed looking and he breathing funny. It was possibly the most disturbing death of a main character for me.
Oh and that time I almost be Diablo on my hard core character and he dies due to a popup screen making me unable to escape. Couldn't play for weeks without deepest feelings of rage.