John Carmack Ditches Meta – Cites Company’s Lack of Efficiency for Departure

Videogame industry pioneer John Carmack has left Meta according to an internal memo leaked to the media on Friday, December 16. He has since made it official via his Facebook page.

Carmack, a legendary programmer who has been at the forefront of gaming since the early 1990s and a founding member of id Software, did not mince words in his departure message.


“We have a ridiculous amount of people and resources, but we constantly self-sabotage and squander effort. There is no way to sugar coat this; I think our organization is operating at half the effectiveness that would make me happy.

“It has been a struggle for me. I have a voice at the highest levels here, so it feels like I should be able to move things, but I’m evidently not persuasive enough. A good fraction of the things I complain about eventually turn my way after a year or two passes and evidence piles up, but I have never been able to kill stupid things before they cause damage, or set a direction and have a team actually stick to it.

“…Make better decisions and fill your products with ‘Give a Damn!'”

John Carmack via Facebook

Carmack is straight-up cold.

It’s tough to believe that Carmack, a man who has helped to bring cutting-edge tech to the masses and was the tech lead for titles like Doom and Quake had issues with the dumpster fire that is Meta under the leadership of a pseudo-human android.

Can one blame him? Carmack went from working on intense classic first-person shooters, rocketry, VR, and AR to something that looks like a shitty Nintendo Wii shovelware game.

Carmack however, is not riding off into the sunset. He plans to spend more time at his startup, Keen Technologies, developing AI systems. Maybe he can help develop one to replace Zuckerburg’s current AI to make him appear more human?

[Source: Facebook]

Oculus Rift Headsets Knocked Out of Service for a Day

Yesterday, Oculus Rift owners found that their expensive VR headsets were turned into doorstops, for what appears to be an administrative oversight.

The root cause of the issue was apparently the failure to renew a security certificate. Users who attempted to use their Rifts encountered the following error message.

Users waited all day apparently and became frustrated at the lack of information coming from Oculus until they put out the following on Twitter.

It appears that Oculus got everything working as of Thursday morning March 8.

[Source: BBC]

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe Steps Down

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe is stepping down from his position, but he’s not going far, according to a post on Oculus’ official blog. Iribe will be moving on to another position within Oculus.

“Looking ahead and thinking about where I’m most passionate, I’ve decided to lead the PC VR group—pushing the state of VR forward with Rift, research and computer vision. As we’ve grown, I really missed the deep, day-to-day involvement in building a brand new product on the leading edge of technology.”

A replacement has not been named, but according to the post, Iribe will work with Mike Schroepfer, CTO of parent company Facebook to find a successor.

Xbox One Streaming Coming to Oculus Rift on Dec. 12

Slow your roll though, it’s not exactly what you’re thinking.

Microsoft and Oculus will be launching an app on December 12 that will allow you play Xbox One games on an Oculus Rift headset.

Now, you’ll need a beefy Windows 10 PC to pull this off, as the games technically stream from your Xbox One to your PC, and then to your Oculus Rift. Even then, the games won’t be in virtual reality, but rather a large virtual screen experience, for private gameplay.

The app will be free, even though you’ll need an Xbox One, Oculus Rift, and an impressive PC to pull this off, so it’s not exactly an inexpensive proposition.