It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an entitled git on the Internet, must make death threats in response to perceived scorn. I think I read that in some 19th century Romantic novel or something.
The biggest news to hit the, well, everything, was the announcement that Facebook had acquired Kickstarter darling Oculus VR – the team behind the really, really, ridiculously awesome Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Naturally, because this is the gaming scene and we all know that there’s this vocal minority giving the rest of us a seriously bad rep, there were some VERY ANGRY people. They were VERY ANGRY because Facebook (an evil company on the Internet that makes other people VERY ANGRY) of all companies had dropped $2 billion (!) to acquire Oculus VR. VERY ANGRY people thought that Oculus had sold out to the man and that gaming’s VR Renaissance was doomed to add-filled, online hell.
Consequently, and as our 19th century Romantic novel alludes to: angry and entitled people make death threats.
Speaking on the Oculus subreddit, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey revealed that they had expected backlash in response to the announcement. He also kind of implied that they were expecting death threats, but not nearly this many. Good lord, gaming industry – what have we become?
“We expected a negative reaction from people in the short term, we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our families. We know we will prove ourselves with actions and not words, but that kind of shit is unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus.”
The fact that some VERY ANGRY people decided to phone and harass and give death threats to Oculus employee families just makes me cringe. It is so utterly embarrassing and wholly unforgivable that it makes me want to slam my head into a keyboard over and over until there’s nothing left but a puddle of broken plastic keys, mushy brain pulp and skull chips.
As miffed about this as I feel, I’ve got to hand it Luckey who seems pretty calm and collected about the whole ordeal.
“We expected a kneejerk reaction from people who don’t have all the information we do, and will not have it for some time. We expected a negative reaction, that does not mean we think the reaction is warranted. My primary goal is the long term success of VR, not short term warm and fuzzy feelings.”