Palmer Luckeyâ€™s Trump fund has been a kick in the teeth for VR
Marlene Breverman stashed this in Oculus
Last night,Â The Daily BeastÂ reportedÂ that virtual reality pioneer Palmer Luckey had secretly funded a pro-Trump group called Nimble America, dedicated to promoting internet memes and "shitposting" in support of the candidate.
In the time before this statement, a handful of developersÂ openly announcedÂ that theyâ€™re suspending work on Oculus headsets. Plenty of Twitter users have sworn off the platform, and Redditâ€™s Oculus community is debating the piece inÂ a 3,700-comment thread. But itâ€™s difficult to gauge what the long-term fallout will be, both for Oculus and the people who have invested months or years of work building for VR. Privately, developers Iâ€™ve spoken with have expressed a mix of frustration and disappointment, along with uncertainty over their relationship with a company whose name is nearly synonymous with virtual reality
Wow I wonder if Facebook will fire him.
Most gamers gave up on Oculus when Facebook bought it.
It's gonna be a shitfest of pay2win games.
So what do gamers use instead? Or are they waiting for something new?
I didn't get the impression there are a lot of hive users.Â
From The Daily Beast:
Palmer Luckey: The Facebook Near-Billionaire Secretly Funding Trumpâ€™s Meme Machine
The 24-year-old told The Daily Beast that he had used the pseudonym â€śNimbleRichManâ€ť on Reddit with a password given to him by the organizationâ€™s founders.
Nimble America says itâ€™s dedicated to proving that â€śshitposting is powerful and meme magic is real,â€ť according to the companyâ€™s introductory statement, and has taken credit for a billboard its founders say was posted outside of Pittsburgh with a cartoonishly large image of Clintonâ€™s face alongside the words â€śToo Big to Jail.â€ť
â€śWe conquered Reddit and drive narrative on social media, conquered the [mainstream media], now itâ€™s time to get our most delicious memes in front of Americans whether they like it or not,â€ťÂ a representative for the groupÂ wrote in an introductory post on Reddit.
He did it secretly.Â
I wonder if that's because he knew people would act against him if we knew what he was doing.Â
Palmer Luckey claims he's being misrepresented:
He says he is libertarian, not a Trump supporter.Â
Then again he gave more money to haters than most Americans have in savings.Â