This may be one of the most annoying analysis I've ever read.
I am shocked and hurt that when people stood up as fast and hard as they could, screaming for something, throwing their money in the air and hoping that this mattered enough that they could ignore the jaded past where everyone else sold out by now, all it did was raise their acquisition payout to exactly the guys we were hoping to avoid.
The problem with this deal is that Oculus' crowdfunded background and public support made it feel like the next big thing in tech could maybe, possibly be a movement powered by enthusiasts and hobbyists instead of venture capitalists and giant corporations. It would have been DEEPLY satisfying for a beloved Kickstarter to IPO and the best chance we've seen at that just vanished.
The 'problem isn't that the got rich'.. oh wait, the problem is pretty much exactly that they got rich. Boo-hoo, they cashed in to venture capitalists. I mean, wank. This was a project that was going to take tens of millions of dollars not just to fund, but to create a distribution network, a means of development, etc. etc. It was an idea that needed a big company to swing in and I think anyone who donated should have realized this from the beginning.The idea of sponsoring and backing it wasn't a matter of saying 'and they will never take corporate money', it was to show there was enough interest in this product to hopefully attract someone to move forward on it. Now, admittedly, I think if say, Apple had bought them Sam you'd be far less opposed
But there were other targets.. Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony and others were probably considered to be in the hunt. The idea that the writer of the boing-boing puts out that 'boo hoo, this is exactly what we were trying to avoid.. hoping to change things..' is one of the most childish rants I've ever read. You did change things. You put up money and you got people interested and you rooted for it through development. That's it.
Ok, my rant over.