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Oculus founder received death threats over Facebook deal

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They'll blame Asparagus syndrome or something

We told you some people were upset by the fact that Facebook acquired Virtual Reality merchant Rift VR and its Oculus Rift – but the bile and toxicity is so bad that the company’s founder has been getting death threats. Rift’s founder Palmer Lucky has said that the enmity’s spilled out past the confines of the internet, and he and his family have been harassed.

"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," Luckey said in a thread on Reddit.

"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."

Sure, I get why some people are pissed off about the whole thing; many are distrustful of Facebook, and find the whole deal a little spurious – but that’s no reason to attack the guy’s family. This is exactly the sort of thing that leads to gamers getting a bad wrap in the mainstream media, and it makes us – as a whole – very hard to take seriously.

Rift VR expected a bit of a negative reception to the news…but they didn’t quite figure it would be this bad.

"We assumed that the reaction would be negative, especially from our core community. Beyond our core community, we expected it would be positive. I don’t think we expected it to be so negative," Rift’s Nate Mitchell said.

"As people begin to digest it a bit and think about it, you can see that Twitter and Reddit is swinging back the opposite direction," Mitchell added. "The onus is on us to educate people, and we want to share everything we’re doing."

Last Updated: April 1, 2014

37 Comments

  1. Unavengedavo

    April 1, 2014 at 11:35

    Seriously? How can people be so childish? Every time someone does something that the internet disagrees with or if they find someone’s personal info, then they get death threats O_o

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    • Rince

      April 1, 2014 at 11:40

      You shut up or I’ll divorce my wife!

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      • Unavengedavo

        April 1, 2014 at 11:41

        • Rince

          April 1, 2014 at 11:43

          BWAHAHAHAHAHAH! Brilliant!

          Reply

        • Jedi JJ

          April 1, 2014 at 11:55

          Watched the entire saga over the past two weekends. Totally worth it as long as I pretend I never saw Jar Jar.

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          • ElNicko

            April 1, 2014 at 12:01

            Well other than the Fight with Darth Marth and the Pod Racing , is there any reason to actually watch Ep1 ??

            Next time , try watching them in this order , 4 ,5,2,3,6…..

          • Jedi JJ

            April 1, 2014 at 15:20

            True. Very true. I literally watched episode one waiting for the pods and then waiting for Darth Maul.

          • ElNicko

            April 1, 2014 at 15:22

            And correct me if I’m wrong here , but shouldn’t jar-jar get the blame for actually starting the war ?? Wasn’t it his vote that gave Palpatine the deciding vote ??

      • Admiral Chief Railjack

        April 1, 2014 at 11:48

        How does one divorce your hand?

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        • Unavengedavo

          April 1, 2014 at 11:49

          See picture below…

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          • Admiral Chief Railjack

            April 1, 2014 at 11:50

            With a lightsaber, ahhhh

          • Unavengedavo

            April 1, 2014 at 11:52

            It cauterizes the wound as it cuts 😀

          • Admiral Chief Railjack

            April 1, 2014 at 11:57

            Quick divorce, less pain

  2. Rince

    April 1, 2014 at 11:38

    Just not fucking on. It’s like that poor women who balanced that shit called CoD and had people threatening her kids outside their school leading her to quit. Fuck you all in the eye if you think that kind of thing is decent. Bunch of undereducated, over privileged sister fuckers. Rant over.

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    • Macethy

      April 1, 2014 at 11:39

      Yeah what he said!

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    • Rock789

      April 1, 2014 at 12:19

      o_O

      That’s a lot of swears in 1 comment… I take it you feel quite strongly about this. 😉 🙂

      P.S. Totally agree!

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      • Rince

        April 1, 2014 at 12:23

        It really frustrates me when total retards do this. You are affecting another person’s life in a way that they wouldn’t,. it makes no bloody sense, is not logical and is also illegal. I hope they follow up with the police in matters like this.

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        • Rock789

          April 1, 2014 at 12:29

          I believe in swift justice – so cops are irrelevant then. Just hire a small flash mob, supply them with pitchforks, tar and feathers and watch the fun unfold… 😉

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 1, 2014 at 12:54

            Or as I like to call it, Saturday night.

    • oVg deprived

      April 1, 2014 at 12:39

      Welcome to the age of the internet. Not only did it ruin what was a solid hobby for 30 years. Where games were fully realized finished products, but it also gave a loudspeaker to the loooooons where they can all be heard on the same playing field.

      I can see why Sam and Dan Houser stay well clear of all social media.

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  3. Umar Leonhart

    April 1, 2014 at 11:40

    Fuck those idiots……As Geoff stated, this is exactly why gamers are portrayed in such a negative light…Sick of these assholes. They are not gamers, they are inbred trolls born in the lowest pits of the Netherworld….God help us

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  4. Admiral Chief Railjack

    April 1, 2014 at 11:40

    If you make death threats on/to ANYONE, you are a silly sausage and should feel bad

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    • Hammersteyn

      April 1, 2014 at 11:44

      I see you got the new sniper rifle 😉

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      • Admiral Chief Railjack

        April 1, 2014 at 11:48

        So damn cool!

        Finally, SOMEONE gets the name.

        Superior muzzle velocity, small firing delay, but already making the Vanu wish they were never exposed!

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        • Hammersteyn

          April 1, 2014 at 11:50

          I blame other less superior online shooters

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        • Hammersteyn

          April 1, 2014 at 12:06

          The TR got jibbed. We got a burst fire battle rifle. Can’t snipe for shit with it.

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          • Admiral Chief Railjack

            April 1, 2014 at 12:09

            LOL, I’ve been playing in the VR with the “new” sniper guns for each faction, NC has by far the best

          • Hammersteyn

            April 1, 2014 at 12:49

            Though I like the unlimited ammo for the VS

  5. Hammersteyn

    April 1, 2014 at 11:45

    He should tell them “sorry I can’t hear you over the sound of me counting my 2 billion dollars”

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    • Admiral Chief Railjack

      April 1, 2014 at 11:49

      I’d get bodyguards, just in case

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      • Rock789

        April 1, 2014 at 12:21

        I’d get Robocop for that kinda dough… He can stand guard at the front entrance – anyone who doesn’t have an access card… Well, let’s just say I feel very sorry for them indeed.

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  6. Anon A Mouse

    April 1, 2014 at 11:53

    I really wish that these people can be prosecuted and thrown into jail, how on earth is it ever kosher to threat anyone with any sort of harm just because you don’t share their views.

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    • Jedi JJ

      April 1, 2014 at 11:56

      I agree.

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  7. Jedi JJ

    April 1, 2014 at 11:55

    Oh please people, grow the hell up.

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  8. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 1, 2014 at 12:06

    WHO ARE THESE IDIOTS? I WILL KILL THEM DEAD, TWICE!

    Reply

  9. CAE9872

    April 1, 2014 at 12:13

    *shakes head” tsk tsk the internet trolls…sigh!

    Reply

  10. Brenz

    April 1, 2014 at 13:36

    Americans…..

    Reply

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