$2 billion. Two freakin’ billion dollars. That’s just how much VR company Oculus Rift was worth to Facebook. That’s what success and fame can do for a start-up company, as the virtually real hardware developer found out when the house of Zuckerberg bought them out. One other industry success story that won’t be up for sale though? Chris Roberts and Imperium Games, who are staying independent.
Ever since the announcement of Facebook acquiring Oculus Rift for a cool $2 billion arrived, everyone has had something to say. Now, former id Software genius and current chief technological officer at Oculus Rift John Carmack is throwing his hat into the ring, commenting on his position following the sale of the VR firm.
Only two years ago, a little company took to Kickstarter asking for $250k to make "the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games". The Kickstarter raised almost $2.5 million for Oculus, and now they are exceeding funding expectations again. But not all developers are keen on their new owners.
Ah, Facebook games. They are evil yet also insanely addictive. I confess that I'm hooked on Candy Crush Saga, and I used to play that weird Assassin's Creed Facebook game, too. This year, Facebook gave out a Game of the Year award, and it may surprise you.
So, we knew that you could capture five minutes of gameplay with the Xbox One. Five minutes of fame, here we come! However, you will only be able to share those clips to Facebook and YouTube next year - fine for us seeing as we're only getting the console next year anyway.
The social gaming bubble may well be on its way to bursting. The deluge of Facebook invites to games you really just couldn’t care to play, thanks to the likes of Zynga’s ubiquitous Farmville and EA’s Sims Social are set to recede, as EA shuts down a number of its Facebook games.
For the past few years now, platform owners and software developers have been trying to get a slice of the casual gaming market. Nintendo certainly captured that market with their DS and Wii, and Facebook has been inundated with addictive, spammy junk from the likes of Zynga and similar companies. Has that cash-filled bubble burst?
Hitman Absolution is a great game, as some of you may be aware of. Still, it hasn’t had the most public of advertising campaigns and with Christmas around the corner, Square Enix needs to make some money. The solution? A Hitman Absolution promotion that allows you to place hits out on your buddies through Facebook, contracts with parameters such as their eyes, hair and whether or not they have small tits. Wait, what?
Unless Darryn has broken something you’ll be reading this while Geoff and I are still on our way to Cologne in Germany for Gamescom 2012 and as you may have noticed this year our coverage is being supported by Black Ops 2 (you’ll find out why tomorrow)
The argument between exploitation and sexualisation of ladies in the gaming industry is one massive controversy, that won’t die down any time soon. Both sides make valid points, and while we’re just as divided on it over here, we sure as hell can do something at least to level the playing field.
So prepare yourself people, for Sexy Mario!
There have been a lot of community meet ups popping up around the country and as a rule we don’t generally cover them all otherwise you’re going to be swamped.
However I’m making the exception today for two reasons, one it’s an incredibly slow news day right now and I’m desperate for a story (hey at least I’m honest) and two.. well because you get free stuff at this meet up.
Spider-man developer Beenox has revealed the new Web Rush mechanic for the Amazing Spider-Man game - and it’s starting to sound like this game could rise to the heights set by Spider-Man 2 and Ultimate Spider-Man; very probably the best games to feature the web-slinging hero.
We at Lazygamer have made our stance on piracy quite well known; we detest and abhor the theft (and it is theft!) of software. We understand the need for IP holder to protect their rights. That said, there’s no way in hell we can support the controversially vague Stop Online Piracy Act and its evil little cousin the Protect IP act. In case you’re unaware, SOPA and PIPA are currently trying to work their way in to US legislature, and could very well end up changing the face of the internet as we know it.
While they sound noble - both of them seek to curtail online piracy, especially those sites not directly within US jurisdiction - the way in which they go about it is a little nefarious, and ripe for abuse. SOPA, if passed in its current state, would allow companies and corporations to block access to websites they believe infringe on copyrights; with little in the way of procedure or due course. It also makes sites like YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook et all responsible for user-posted content, curtailing freedom of speech much like the Great Firewall of China. In fact, the very header image you see above this is probably an infraction.
Besides no longer being able to access your favourite games website, how does SOPA affect you as a gamer?