Instead of a discussion about this news I'm really interested in talking about, it instantly turned to argument mode between you and TiLT vs. TC. I'm very likely biased about this, but TC seems like the levelheaded ones and you two are making it into yet another forum fight. TiLT apparently thinks TC is the one making it a forum fight.
No, I don't think he is. I just think he's making up a personal opinion (and voicing it publicly) based on emotions. For example: He hasn't made a single, cohesive argument for why this acquisition is a problem for the Oculus Rift in this thread. Not one. His arguments boil down to:
1) Popular opinion, which is indeed based on knee-jerk reactions based on impressions people had before Facebook and Oculus VR even explained themselves today. The negativity will blow over quickly except for a small subsection of people who think Facebook is evil and is willing to boycott a fantastic piece of technology over that. And we all know how effective online boycott campaigns are.
2) It's Facebook! It'll integrate socializing and... stuff! Will it? In which part of the press releases and interviews today does it say that? The speech Zuckerberg held was talking about the future potential for the hardware and its integration with software portals, but people are misreading it and think he's talking about putting social stuff into the Rift. That's not at all what they intend, and both parties have been trying hard to correct that faulty image today. But we know how people, once they get angry and have raised their pitchforks, stop listening to counterarguments.
That's why I'm telling him his emotions are getting the better of him, and so is it with those mysterious people in the hidden forum he's using as some kind of trumph card.
The fact of the matter is, and this has been pointed out repeatedly
by both Facebook and Oculus VR today, that Facebook will not meddle in
the gaming aspect of the Rift. They are letting them retain their independence and are instead providing them with the funds they need to accelerate development of the Rift dramatically beyond their expectations. They do this because they expect VR to be the next big thing in entertainment and communication after cell phones and tablets, and they want to not only have their foot in the door by then, but to own it.
It all makes business sense. What doesn't make sense is the doomsday stuff being tossed around by certain people today. Those prophecies rely on both Facebook and Oculus VR being stupid, and they are most certainly not.
tcweidner is free to boycott Oculus Rift if he likes, but he's extremely wrong when he claims that the Rift lost its support today. If he has actual facts to back up a counterargument with, he's free to present them. So far he hasn't.