Regarding the indie gaming scene, I have I play more indie games than anything else and think Rust is something of a masterpiece but that was just an example, granted probably not the best but I just feel that technology is moving in a path of profitable, preaching people, spying, and everything else we all know about Google, Apple, FaceBook, Microsoft etc... It's a shame that nothing is being invented because people just like to tinker and play with stuff to help people. Sorry I'm kind of having a hard time explaining this as I don't know how I can put it simpler then using the gaming scene as an example. It would just be nice to see something that changes how we live on a daily basis that isn't made by organisations that dominate the technology industry. Bring a new brand and face to the scene things like the Oculus Rift, Pebble Smartwatch, all of these I want more off and I definatley don't want to see them fall in the hands of these big companies.
EDIT: of course if you already have the capital to back such a campaign, as the Winklevoss twins did, then you had better have the business sense to protect your idea before you hand off work to someone with the means to produce it or pay the price! ;)
The Internet has made it much easier for a lot of people to get discovered in all walks of life and has made it possible for all manner of products, invention, games, artists etc. to get discovered who previously would have had no chance. The problem is, week by week it seems the "signal to noise" ratio gets worse.
I don't know what the answer is but rest assured that if I did, I'd do it and hope that I could do it without the backing of big corp!
True but for people that are successful like the Oculus Rift it could have funded itself and done quite well without the need to sell it to Facebook so why do it when you have been noticed that's my question, all people think about now is money and potentially ruin what could be an amazing product!
What are people saying aswell? is it Facebook the company that own the Oculus Rift or is it Mark Zuckerberg that has bought it to start it with a new company?
I did read an opinion article - and I'm buggered if I can remember enough about the article to scare it up on Google now - lamenting the fact that all Silicon Valley start ups now have one goal between them: acquisition. It's not about growing yourself and taking on the world, it's about creating enough buzz and value early on that you get bought by MS, Apple, Google, Facebook... the only startup that's gone big on its own recently is probably Twitter.
Big corp acquisitions are nothing new and not in and of themselves a problem, it's the race to become a sell out that is more damaging IMO.
Considering what facebook now own, it doesn't surprise me that they are looking at newer acquisitions!
Oculus Rift (OR) were the latest in a long line of acquisitions planned by them. They're looking at a few other smaller scale buys, and considering they've shelled out $18billion in less than 2 months, they can continue to buy up more and expand. It isn't going to be a bad thing, OR were coming up short on their promises, in that they couldn't supply the VR helmets to people who paid up big time, because costs were much higher than anticipated.
Facebook stepping in isn't bad here, hopefully they can pull it off well.
source] but they haven't yet stopped shipping and I can't imagine that any component they are running out of cannot be fairly easily substituted.
The Simpsons: Season 9: Episode 12: Bart Carny.
Facebook's version of the Occulus Rift is now the final stages of user acceptance testing....
All this negativity! I still think Facebook are one of the few companies that has the money and possibly ideas to do something truely exciting with it. If they can come up with a wearable device that's not reliant on any existing console or PC hardware...
I'm hoping that this is just Facebook diversifying their business.
I'm hoping that they they are creating a device that will be able to plug into any device, PC or console (not sure about Sony since they are developing their own OR device).
I'm hoping that this will not turn into a shiney, shiney device for only viewing facebook and playing their facebook games.