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Shack Snack: July 7, 2014

By Steven Wong, Jul 07, 2014 5:30pm PDT

End your day with a Shack Snack, a short recap of three big stories you should know. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.


Oculus VR acquires and open sources Raknet

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 07, 2014 11:05am PDT

Oculus VR has acquired C++ game networking engine RakNet and has released the open source files to all Oculus Rift developers.


"I'm dying for Oculus to announce the controller. They've repeatedly hinted that they've got ..."

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Shack Snack: May 21, 2014

By Steven Wong, May 21, 2014 6:00pm PDT

End your day with a Shack Snack, a short recap of they day's big stories. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.


"You really need like 6 months to a year to get it down and understand how to be natural and stuff."

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Zenimax and id Software file lawsuit against Oculus VR [Update]

By Ozzie Mejia, May 21, 2014 12:15pm PDT

Nearly three weeks after accusing Oculus VR and John Carmack of stealing their intellectual property, Zenimax and id Software have formally filed suit against the company in a Texas court.


"Obvious money grab. Zenimax wants a piece of that pie. And they're probably going to get it ..."

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ZeniMax claims Oculus stole VR tech with Carmack's help

By Steve Watts, May 01, 2014 8:50am PDT

ZeniMax has issued a legal threat against Oculus VR, claiming that it both took proprietary VR technology and used John Carmack's expertise from his time at ZeniMax-owned id Software.


"? i thought it was considered pretty bad, but, i havnt actually played it. (and dont plan on it)"

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John Carmack expresses optimism and concern over Facebook/Oculus deal

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 31, 2014 1:30pm PDT

John Carmack has spoken out about Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR, expressing confidence in the social media giant, while also expressing concern that tech startups will now enter the field with the goal of acquisition over innovation.


"There is an article on Oculus and John Carmack in the latest Time magazine. That was a weird ..."

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Valve's Michael Abrash exits company to join Oculus

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 28, 2014 4:15pm PDT

Michael Abrash was previously known as one of the faces of Valve's VR initiative, having most recently spoken about the potential of VR tech during January's Steam Developer Days. Today, Abrash has announced his depature from Valve, having joined the team at Oculus VR as its...


"In this case I think Facebook just equals lots of $$$. Sure they could ruin the tech and use it ..."

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Facebook acquires Oculus VR for $2 billion

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 25, 2014 3:00pm PDT

Facebook has taken an unexpected step into the realm of virtual reality and has acquired Oculus VR, Inc, makers of the Oculus Rift VR headset, for $2 billion.


"Okay I'm just going to leave for the record that this was an overreaction and I'm now taking a ..."

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Oculus Rift running short on components, may have to suspend sales of devkit

By Steve Watts, Feb 25, 2014 6:30am PST

Oculus Rift production has hit a snag, as some components are no longer being manufactured. It is searching for alternative sources, but warns that it may have to suspend sales in regions as it runs through existing stock.


"This is how I see it. Letting existing stock run dry, talk about DK2 at GDC, DK2 & consumer ..."

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Consoles are 'too limited' for Oculus Rift's dreams

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 13, 2013 11:45am PST

Oculus Rift may be the latest 'future of gaming' for people who have money to spend on expensive peripherals (and whose eyes are fooled by fake 3D), but it doesn't seem very interested in consoles. That's because the quickly-developing nature of VR tech and the slowness of c...


"You seem to be forgetting that it has to render this in 3D. Take a look at the sacrifices ..."

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