Originally Posted by Schoat333
I could care less about the data mining. Just about everyone does it. Yep, even your gaming console, and your cell phone carrier.
My problem is Facebook ruined Facebook. Seriously, the original Facebook was simple, and worked perfectly. Once they started adding clutter like games and all that annoying stuff, it went down hill fast.
I expect them to make the same mistake with everything they touch, which is why I am disappointed by this.
Facebooks in-house teams haven't covered themselves in glory alright but one would assume that whatever plans they have for the platform, they will get the Oculus team to interpret for the VR platform and implement.
Originally Posted by Moragg
It's fine, I've been quite vocal in my defensive of this acquisition (after my initial knee-jerk reaction which was in line with everyone else's).
The thing is, I do think that the acquisition lowers the price of CV1 substantially, so that is the money being made up by advertising in my eyes. I also don't expect the ads to be intrusive because that would destroy the user experience, and at this early stage FB and Oculus know how damaging that would be. And later on, they're more likely to be personalised billboards when walking round virtual cities.
I agree with Carmack on this, I really don't see what's so bad about it.
With regards to the advertising my thoughts are along similar lines.
The things we enjoy on the internet that we dont pay for are only free because of advertising. Its simply a fact of life/economics. I only use adblock on youtube now and sites I am not a regular user off to prevent popups etc. Youtube because they overlay ads over the actual content. Why don't I use it everywhere? For the very reason that the adverts *ARE* targeted now. I see targeted advertising as a good thing, not a bad thing.
Then again, I'm from Ireland. I haven't grown up in a country were there is a commercial/ad break every 5 minutes during a TV show. It never ceases to amaze me to watch a US talk show go to a commercial and the show comes back only for the host to simply say goodnight and the credits to start rolling. Over here and the UK its about 2 minutes of adverts every 20 minutes or so.
In the US, increasing internet advertising might be the 'Straw that broke the camels back' with regard to US internet users tolerance for advertising so to speak.