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Shit really hit the fan for Palmer Luckey this week when the Oculus founder was outed by The Daily Beast as having bankrolled a political organization known as Nimble America, notable for being a major Trump supporter and perpetrator of crappy Hillary Clinton memes and bigotry. The organization’s goal is to use “meme magic” and “shitposting” to communicate their political message to a new Internet raised generation, and wouldn’t you know it there’s now vomit all over my shirt. Who put this here. Disgusting.

Not satisfied with merely financing the organization, Palmer was also accused of creating an account on Reddit (named NimbleRichMan) through which he disseminated Nimble America produced memes into the public conscious. Things, obviously, aren’t looking so great for Palmer, and by extension Oculus and Facebook. Both companies have also caught a lot of heat because of Palmer’s actions, despite his involvement with them being rather dubious since Oculus’s acquisition.

Trying to mitigate some of the damage, Palmer took to Facebook today with the following statement:

“I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners.The recent news stories about me do not accurately represent my views.

Here’s more background: I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America because I thought the organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards. I am a libertarian who has publicly supported Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the past, and I plan on voting for Gary in this election as well.

I am committed to the principles of fair play and equal treatment. I did not write the “NimbleRichMan” posts, nor did I delete the account. Reports that I am a founder or employee of Nimble America are false. I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America.

Still, my actions were my own and do not represent Oculus. I’m sorry for the impact my actions are having on the community.”

Unfortunately, this Tweet by Gideon Resnick, author of the original Daily Beast article, makes some of Palmer’s statement look like little more than back pedaling. While he denies not making posts as NimbleRichMan, it appears that he in fact did, but may have just not made the account or been the one to delete it. It’s possible this conclusion could be drawn from miscommunication between Palmer and Resnick, but a later snippet pretty much seals the deal, as Palmer admits that the NimbleRichMan account represents him.

Fuuuuuuuuck.

Fuuuuuuuuck.

The long lasting impact of this has yet to be seen, but like all things of this nature we’ll probably forget about it in a few weeks and move on with our lives. And so will Palmer, undaunted by the revelation that things aren’t always so sunny in his world, continuing to frolic merrily on a VR beach.

Not a fan of Bethesda's new logo.

Not a fan of Bethesda’s new logo.

Besides absolutely killed it with DOOM, although the lion’s share of that game’s success is owed to Id. Beyond that, it’s no secret that I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Bethesda. Will they be able to pull out something that actually gets me excited by the end of their conference? Join me and find out. This is your E3 2016 Bethesda media briefing live blog assfuck jamboree.

 

AW SHIT, Quake is back.

Quake Champions is a arena style FPS for the PC. They’re going out of their way to impress that the game will move fast, have an unlocked framerate, and will look crazy good. Consider how great DOOM was, bringing Quake back is the exact right thing to do, and a hell of a good way to start the show. It’s all down hill from here, I’m sure.

Ooh, we got unlocked FPS, ooh we got badass characters. You're gonna love my game.

Ooh, we got unlocked FPS, ooh we got badass characters. You’re gonna love my game.

 

Rolling right into Elder Scrolls Legends, so, great. To be fair, following up Quake Legends wasn’t going to be easy. And then the stream crashed, completely. So I think even it didn’t have any patience for this wanna be Hearthstone bullshit.

This dude has a sick talking owl, though.

This dude has a sick talking owl, though.

Legends will be coming to ipad, Mac, phones, and basically everything else later this year.

 

Bethesda will be doubling down on Fallout 4‘s shittiest content by offering such hot new base building mechanics like elevators, and conveyor belts. Wowee. Ohhhh boy. You can make tracks and build your own dumbass Rube Goldberg machine. And if that’s not enough to satisfy you, you can now build your own vault.

Oh and that remaster of Skyrim everyone totally knew was happening is happening. The remaster will include improvements to lighting, shaders, depth of field, and will have mod support on console. Essentially everything that was rumored to be in the update. It does look pretty good, but under that shiny new surface, it’s still the same Skyrim. Whether or not that’s worth the investment is up to you.

Skrimmmmm!

Skrimmmmm!

 

Good news everyone, the press sneak fucks couldn’t stop Prey 2 from becoming a thing. Well, ok, maybe a little bit. Prey looks to be getting the reboot treatment, so while it’s not Prey 2 exactly, it’s still a new Prey.

I pray it won't get delayed. Get it? Cause it's Prey. Rate this joke on a scale of 1-10, send your response to customercare@destroyallchildren.com

I pray it won’t get delayed. Get it? Cause it’s Prey. Rate this joke on a scale of 1-10, send your response to customercare@destroyallchildren.com

DOOM‘s first level will be free for everybody for this week only on all systems, so go download that, cause DOOM is such a good game. It’ssuchagood game. They’re saying it harkens back to DOOM’s shareware days, even though it’s really… just a timed demo, but whatever. DOOM will also get a few new maps and an additional demon for multiplayer mode, but nobody in their right mind cares about that. Not even me, and I kinda like DOOM’s multiplayer.

Matt Thyroid is here to tell everyone about how great The Elder Scrolls Online is doing, so if you don’t mind I’m going to go get something to eat.

“As you can see, the community loves playing Elder Scrolls Online”

“Hell yeah” yells some girl who is OBVIOUSLY A MARK.

A Dark Brotherhood expansion will be coming to The Elder Scrolls Online. The same woman from before is losing her motherfucking mind about this video game.

“All content barriers are gone.”
“WHAAAAAAT???”

This woman.

But, yes, as soon as you leave the tutorial you’ll now be able to go anywhere. That’s probably very neat for people who care about this game, like this psychopath in the audience.

 

Blink 182 will also be dropping their new album after the show and putting on a little performance. Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb are here, and I think I might have slipped into a time hole to 2002.

 

Bethesda will be offering VR support for both DOOM and Fallout 4, I am excited for exactly one of those. If the promise of VR is playing DOOM in VR, then I’m on fucking board. Now let’s catch up with Adam and Morgan.

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Dishonored 2, which we’re now getting to see quite a bit more gameplay of, looks pretty great.

dishonored

There’s a lot going on here, but the gameplay demo will likely be up on youtube within a couple hours of the conference ending. Rather than drone out all the details, we’ll post gameplay footage once it’s available.

Dishonored 2 will have a limited edition that comes with a replica of Corvo’s mask. If you pre-order the game now you can also get a free copy of the original game with all the DLC.

 

And that’s the Bethesda conference. Overall, prettyyy prettyyyy prettyyyyyy good, a clear leap ahead of last year’s show. Granted, last year was almost entirely Fallout 4, which does nothing for me. But throwing out some hot Dishonored gameplay, rebooting Prey, announcing a new Quake, and announcing that DOOM will get VR support are all be pluses.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more live blogging. It’s Sony and Microsoft’s turn to show off what they’ve got, and Ubisoft will surely have a total fucking disaster on their hands like they do every year. So stay tuned, because tomorrow is when E3 truly begins.

Three hundred ninety-nine US dollars.

Three hundred ninety-nine US dollars.

Announced today at the Game Developer’s Conference, Sony’s Playstation VR will retail for $399 USD and launch in October of this year. Competing VR headests from Oculus and Vive have been priced at $599 and $799 respectively, making Sony’s device the most affordable on the market. However, if you lack a dualshock or move controller, and a Playstation Eye, that price tag could go up a bit, as both are required for some games. The package that releases in October only include the headset, external processing unit, headphones, and cables.

Sony promises the Playstation VR will be supported with over 50 games between its launch date and the end of the year, although the scope and quality of those titles is still currently unknown, as is what kind of price point they will retail at. Playroom VR will also be available for free at launch, and will include six games meant to demo the headset’s capabilities.

Still, the real question for me is whether or not there’s really that much of a demand in the mass market for VR, and how much the large price points for these headsets are going to dissuade consumers from investing in them. The Kinect launched at a fraction of the price that the Playstation VR is aiming for, and had a hard time maintaining a software library worth giving a crap about. It will be interesting to see how everything shakes down in October.