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[KT] Valve's Top VR Expert Jumps To Oculus

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http://kotaku.com/valves-top-vr-expert-jumps-to-oculus-1553788613
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Valve's Michael Abrash, who was just giving a talk about the wonders of virtual reality at the company's Steam Dev Days in January and has seemingly led the company's VR research, has taken a job as chief scientist at red-hot VR company Oculus. In announcing his move, Abrash also explained why Facebook's controversial $2 billion purchase of Oculus is great news:

So now, he's either one of two things. teaching.gif

Is he an incredibly smart visionary who truly sees a future in Facebook?

Or...

Is he just a massive sellout?
Edited by frickfrock999 - 3/31/14 at 5:53am
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Sellout.
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looking for his part of the $2billion
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Im not so sure if striving for your dream to become a reality is being a sellout. Facebook aquisition has its downside but injecting 2 billion into the project make it clear that it will be a growing industry. What ever facebook has in mind a great vr experience is great no matter who owns it. High res,low latence screen and high FOV is what they are aiming for and its perfect foe gaming.

I wish it was valve that bought it but can you guys stop eith the doom and gloom.
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Definite sellout, who wouldn't want to try for 2 billion?
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looking for his part of the $2billion

Because that makes sense. That would be like showing up the day after the birthday party and expecting a piece of cake to be waiting for you.

My opinion: as long as John Carmack is with Oculus, there's still a reason for people interested in the future of VR to be there. He's just not the sort of guy that would hang around if there wasn't something to keep him interested.
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He sold out like everyone else would have done.
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An incredibly smart visionary who truly sees a future in Facebook VR.

I doubt he moved just for the money (might have helped however), because
a) Valve also pays its employees pretty well (especially someone like Abrash)
b) Last time John Carmack and Michael Abrash worked together, they made the quake engine.
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I'm excited for this. That's a lot of money to throw into any one project, and even though it was Facebook that bought them, I think it will work. I was shocked when I heard that they bought oculus, but not worried about what was going to happen. Having the capital to back the product can only mean good things for oculus. Having recruited another gaming veteran can only mean good things as well. Quit tripping people, and just let it play out.
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Here's a book I bought at the end of the last century:



It's 1400 pages. It helped me a lot in learning how to approach an optimization problem in programming. Him and Carmack were real heroes with the software renderer they managed to build for the original Quake.

I can't imagine the guy being after money. I bet he's genuine about just wanting to work on what's most awesome. He also won't get any of those two billion dollars. He's an employee after all, not one of the owners.
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