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Old 03-26-2014, 05:58 PM   #21
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Step aside Candy Crush...
Along comes Oculus... the new Virtual Reality device that Mark Zukerberg thinks is a great buy at a paltry 2Billion, even though there may be no product for another few years.

Zuckerberg paints a surprising future for Oculus VR: 'The most social platform ever' | VentureBeat | Business | by Christina Farr

I just worry that I'll be seeing a car coming in the other direction, with the driver wearing one of these..
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:11 PM   #22
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Zuckerberg:..... “there aren’t many things that have the potential to be the next big computing platform,” he added. “Oculus has the potential to be the most social platform ever. Immersive, virtual and augmented reality will be part of people’s daily lives.”

As Bloomberg’s Brad Stone points out, there’s actually nothing less social than blotting out everything around you with a pair of darkened glasses. Indeed, Oculus VR is best known among gamers, who use it to immerse themselves into a virtual simulation of a game world.

So who do you believe?

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Old 03-27-2014, 07:51 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Katsmeow View Post
For Hearthstone and similar games I think it is more of a gray line and it is really a matter of paying cash versus paying time. Hearthstone is a card game and so the cards you have are very important. You can get every card in the game free without paying a dime. But, that takes a substantial investment of time. Or you can buy packs of cards which makes it easier to do well if you have good cards. You can buy packs of cards using in game currency (basically obtained through playing) or through using real money. I don't personally consider that pay to win any more that is paying to win when someone buys physical cards to play MTG.
You make a good a point about the cash vs playing time issue. Diablo 3 had a real money auction house (you can buy or sell virtual items for $) and I was interested in this as an economic experiment (blizzard took a cut of sales). But the game kinda sucked (hard to balance advancement vs rewards vs ability to get gear on AH) and I lost interest. I think Blizzard eventually decided to shut it down due to impact on game play.

I never heard of Hearthstone but my wife likes card games so I'll point her toward that.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:26 AM   #24
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Thought you might enjoy this comment from Money Watch...

Sophisticated investing personified?

Virtually Buying Everything: Shares of Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) slid by more than 5% after the company announced plans to purchase Oculus VR Inc., a maker of virtual-reality glasses and systems. Some investors got so hung up on the $2 billion deal that they started purchasing shares of another company sharing the same name. Shares of Oculus VisionTech Inc. (Nasdaq: OCLS), a medical products manufacturer, surged by more than 6%, forcing the company to issue a press release today that they are not the same firm purchased by Facebook.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:22 AM   #25
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Tech Momentum
discussion on MSNBC today about trends in Tech Stocks. Likely stimulated by the drop in King and Candy Crush value, but the broader view about longer term profitablity and sustainability of many Tech based, not just game or internet but biotech and many more emerging technologies including Tesla.
Likely temporary, but the Nasdaq is down 5% in the past 2 weeks.

... and by the way... another discussion about big investors leaking info on the purchase of Tech Stocks.

Also... Microsoft Office for Ipad... a test of willingness to pay big $$$ for Apps when freebies are already available.

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