Valve VR Contractor Explains Why VR is Bad News

By   /   Jul 14, 2014

In a time where Virtual Reality Headsets are about to revolutionize the gaming industry, Fabian Giesen, a former Valve contractor – worked on projects like Valve VR room – holds the opinion that “VR is bad news” and tries to make his point in a lengthy post on GitHub.

Now, before you dive in to read, know that Giesen begins jotting down his statement, stating that he is a programmer and has worked with Valve for a year so he knows what he is talking about.

Following Valve’s work on VR Technology, Giesen decided to put an end to his contract stating that VR seems to induce anti-social experiences, exhorting users away from a social environment:

[VR] seems to be fundamentally anti-social, completing the sad trajectory of entertainment moving further and further away from shared social experiences.

Giesen acknowledges his lack-of-fondness towards Online Gaming and is against the idea of creating a “gateway to the ultimate MMORPG,” which again promotes not a worthwhile user interaction.

Our anti-VR programmer is also against Oculus Rift’s Facebook Acquisition as it will enable them to monitor everyone’s activities and to selling unwanted attention to advertisers:

Imagine a shared universe MMORPG, expressly operated by a company that *already knows all your friends*, that’s trying to maximize your engagement (‘hey, all your friends are playing right now, don’t you want to join too?’), selling your attention to advertisers, and by the way, also building a detailed profile on everything you do so they can do all of this even better in the future. Its okay, go on doing whatever you want, we just want to watch! (Through your own eyeballs if possible).

Concluding himself, Giesen states that at least he knows better than living in a cyberpunk future.

What’s your take on this?

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