Facebook announced the removal of the Bullet Train demo from its virtual reality experience booth at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) after public outcry in light of the recent mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. Developed by Epic Games to help show off the Oculus headset’s VR capabilities back in 2015, Bullet Train has the player rampage through a futuristic train station shooting armored guards and a giant automated drone boss.
It’s part of an anthology of short VR experiences Facebook uses to demo the hardware at various events, including at CPAC this week. The social media company recently decided to remove Bullet Train from the setup after public outcry over the optics and timing, spurred on by videos and screenshots circulated by Now This News and others.
“There is a standard set of experiences included in the Oculus demos we feature at public events,” vice president of virtual reality, Hugo Barra, said in a statement emailed to USA Today about the company’s decision to remove the game. “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.” “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.” Facebook also came under fire this week for its platform’s part in helping to promote and circulate made-up conspiracy theories about victims of the Parkland school shooting. Read more from kotaku.com…
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