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Creator of Minecraft Develops Experimental VR Project ( 63

An anonymous reader writes: Despite his on-again off-again relationship with VR headset maker Oculus, the creator of Minecraft, Markus "Notch" Persson, has developed an experimental virtual reality project that leverages WebVR technology to run directly within a browser using a Rift DK2 headset. Notch contributed $10,000 to Oculus' 2012 Kickstarter, and even traveled from Europe to visit the company in its early days. After Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus in 2014, his enthusiasm dwindled, saying "I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook." One month before selling his own company to Microsoft for a similar sum, he said he was "officially over being upset about Facebook buying Oculus."
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Creator of Minecraft Develops Experimental VR Project

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  • You don't need VR to fly by the seat of your pants.
  • That may be. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sims 2 ( 994794 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2016 @07:31PM (#51385305)

    But I am still not over having to setup a facebook account to login to sites that cba to make their own login page.

    Or the fact it takes 3 months for their support team to remove your email address from their system.

  • Incentives ... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by BitZtream ( 692029 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2016 @07:37PM (#51385333)

    he said he was "officially over being upset about Facebook buying Oculus."

    Yea, when you're about to be bought out by the company who you said you'd never make software for certain things they make ... and then you change your mind for a billion dollars ... you gotta kinda shut your fucking mouth about the other sell-outs that did the same thing you're about to do ... don'tcha?

    Notch is a sell-out douche, plan and simple.

    But you know what, for a billion dollars ... I'm a sell-out douche too. Everyone has their price.

  • makes it easier to move on
    • by Anonymous Coward

      You might think so, but Notch posted not so long ago that the experience hasn't been all good:

      "The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance."
      "Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I've never felt more isolated."
      "In sweden, I will sit around and wait for my friends with jobs and families to have time to do shit, watching my reflection in the monito

      • I think theres a point where you'd have to go "I can literally fly to space as a space tourist on the interest of my bank account". I have no reason at all to be unhappy when 3/4 of the world are on or under $100 a week

      • by Reapy ( 688651 )

        I do honestly think the isolation of becoming suddenly rich is probably difficult enough to the point that I would wonder if I were better off working at a good salary in a field I enjoyed rather than sitting on mega millions. I mean look at the posts about notch ever since he hit it big with minecraft, everybody is just mad at the guy all damn time, he can't win.

        I think being 'new money' is probably pretty isolating, and what really is the point and joy of life, of creating anything really, if you don't ha

  • by Arkh89 ( 2870391 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2016 @07:43PM (#51385377)

    ... presented by Inigo Quilez and Pol Jeremias, last year at GDC. Shadertoy had this for more than a year (if you want to warm up your GPU : []).

  • by spire3661 ( 1038968 ) on Wednesday January 27, 2016 @08:40PM (#51385611) Journal
    He will sell out to Microsoft, a convicted abusive monopolist, right there next to AT&T and Standard Oil, but Facebook is a bridge too far? What a tool.
  • by WaffleMonster ( 969671 ) on Thursday January 28, 2016 @12:06AM (#51386363)

    Opening up the GPU to random sites on the Internet is going to be quite the gold rush for hax0rs everywhere.

    • by narcc ( 412956 )

      It's been supported, by every major browser, for years. It hasn't become a problem. Your fear is imaginary.

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