Facebook Pulls Oculus Rift Station From CPAC For Its Violent VR Experience
Facebook has found itself in a little bit of controversy this week during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). One of the VR stations at the conference was hosting an FPS VR game called “Bullet Train” by Epic games that allows you to combat enemies inside a subway station using an array of firearms.
But admist the recent tragedy at Douglas High School in Florida, some found the VR experience alarming and distasteful. Attendees found that such experiences should not be showcased at political conventions. So the Facebook team swiftly removed the Oculus Rift station from their booth.
Facebook is at CPAC and they have a VR shooting game pic.twitter.com/wmV23jezpN
— Sean Morrow (@snmrrw) February 23, 2018
Hugo Barra, VP of VR at Facebook and Oculus stated, “We removed the demo & regret failing to do so at the start. We got this wrong. Our demos come with a standard set of content, some action games with violence. These shouldn’t have been present, especially in light of recent events & out of respect for the victims & their families.
We removed the demo & regret failing to do so at the start. We got this wrong. Our demos come w a standard set of content, some are action games w violence. These shouldn't have been present, especially in light of recent events & out of respect for the victims & their families.
— Hugo Barra (@hbarra) February 23, 2018
Hugo Barra also issued a statement to VR AND FUN saying, “There is a standard set of experiences included in the Oculus demos we feature at public events. A few of the action games can include violence. In light of the recent events in Florida and out of respect for the victims and their families, we have removed them from this demo. We regret that we failed to do so in the first place.”