No In-Game Ads in Paid Games
Rumours are circulating that ads are coming to games. After paying for a game I feel it is unjust to be subject to advertisements.
Scott John Dougan commented
Facebook can't keep funding Oculus forever, with no profitable future in sight. Ads is one way they can keep Oculus alive. As long as it's tastefully done.
Some games like blaston are opting out of the experiment
Alex Falieros commented
We bought this headset for several hundred dollars under the belief that there would be no advertisements inside. Based on the pretense of that transaction, NO ADS should be present in ANY GAME, free or paid, as this is how the Quest 2 was sold to all of its owners.
There is a good way and there is a bad way of implementing Ads.
- We only hate Ads when they are intrusive! When they stop you from what you were doing! That is the bad way.
- In VR you should add them the clever way: A poster on a wall, a billboard on a building, a blinking tv in a room, etc. You know, make them part of that world, in the game. And do it differently for every game type(horror, adventure, city action, etc).
If you do it like this, WE HAVE NO ISSUES!!!! I would even stop and read them!
But if they are like on mobile: Stops the game with a huge window in your face, and shows you a timer to skip, then my game is ruined!!!!!!! And not to mention show up randomly... Pffff.........
Keep in mind: People come here to escape the **** outside! And while we, I understand why you do this, I am asking you to do it in a bearable, more pleasant way.
Do it like I told you, and everyone WILL be happy.
Say a customer buys your headset, then they purchase a game from the oculus store. Now without telling anyone beforehand Oculus decides ads need to be shoved directly through your cornea. This is extremely disingenuous, and will cause many to switch to Valve or HTC headsets. Hopefully for Oculus's sake they pull this idea, or they will face the backlash of the consumer.
If you place ANY ads in a game I paid for the headset will collect dust and i'll never purchase another game off the store. Oculus isn't the only VR headset, or gaming platform. I don't need that BS.
There are two main things to consider when exploring advertising in-headset in VR. The first is that very few people will tolerate ads within paid apps. Many users understand the free-to-play, ad supported business model, and if done right, I believe the Oculus VR community may tolerate that.
The second is the implementation and impact on user experience. Obviously, ads in VR should NEVER be obtrusive, break immersion, or obstruct gameplay. Many users agree that specific products, services, and brands that "fit the atmosphere" of a particular game or experience could be well tolerated. However, this requires a much more selective approach than just offering a rectangle in your SDK that developers can insert and which will serve a targeted ad to the user. This would require developers to hand-select specific brands to appear in their game - more of a product placement. Players are not going to want to squad up in Population One and then see an ad for adult diapers or drain cleaner. Things like energy drinks or athleticwear or VR accessories are going to have a better fit in most games.
Please tread carefully with ads so as not to trash the reputation of VR within the general public as one giant advertising gimmick. Thanks for taking this feedback into consideration.
You say you will listen to community feedback regarding the ad system. I hope this feedback is added to a long list of entries where people share their thoughts on the issue. I for one think it's offensive that you consider it acceptable to be potentially forcing ads on users that have paid for their console and their content. This is clearly not for the benefit of anyone using an Oculus product, and no real user would say they benefit from being advertised to through their VR headset. This is a disgusting reach of power for the sake of capital gain, and if this survives testing and goes out to the general public, rest assured that you will lose a lot of business from people like me, of which (as I'm sure you're already well aware) there are many. You've given your competitors an edge simply by giving them the opportunity to say "we won't put ads on the console you paid for / the games you paid for." The fact that advertisers have a safe haven on phones and computers is bad enough, but to force it on us in our gaming consoles in the way that you propose to do it is both unprecedented and unwarranted. In short, stop money-grubbing, or your business will justifiably suffer. I don't want to not support Oculus, but this is a deal breaker for me and many others like me. Wise up and quit this while you still have something to salvage.
If I pay for a game. I don't want to see ads for the real world. I want to put my headset on to escape the world. Not have it be even closer to my face
James Peterson commented
If ads get added to paid games or especially the home menu i’ll sell my quest 2 and search for a different system
Hearing of ads coming to the Quest 2 was a major disappointment, ads on Facebook, sure. Its a free app. There should not be ads coming to a headset nor games that are paid for.
The Quest 2 community does not want interrupting / distracting ads during game play.
In mobile gaming, free to play games have ads, but paid for games do not as you've supported the developers through purchasing the game.
Blaston is the first of 3 games to have ads, and it costs $11.99.
Users hope that the ads will be in the background, (on posters, TV's, banners, etc) that will still be distracting, but atleast not disruptive to game play.
But many have concerns that the ads will start subtle, then slowly get disruptive to gameplay and turn many off of the games they loved or put out a premium subscription for no ads on top of an already paid for game.
We do understand ads were coming but please do not disrupt our game play or run non-gaming related ads.
We don't want to see an ad for a car or snowpants while playing ECHO VR.
Please note, many are thinking of switching to the competition if our experience is hindered by your ads.
The Quest 2 community is hoping you hear our concerns and will take them into consideration.
This was started as a petition and gained 200 votes in 2 days.
If oculus starts putting ads in games, especially games that cost money, I will never buy an app or game from oculus again. I encourage everyone to boycott buying from oculus if they follow through with putting ads in paid games. I will either use my quest for steam link exclusively or just sell it and buy a Vive, and I recommend everyone follow suit.
Stop ads in paid content period.
I repeat, ******** if you put ads in any part of the Oculus Experience. I did give you my money that I worked my *** off for so you could get more money for FUCKERBERG. I would rather sit on a pile of fire ants but *** naked than tolerate ads in my ******* games. ******** MARK FUCKERBERG.
I dislike advertisements in games, but they’re not the end of the world. As long as the game is free, or it’s made clear beforehand, I’ll begrudgingly accept them, or better yet just avoid the games they’re in. Blaston being the first game to get advertisements doesn’t make sense. Many people have already purchased the game for $9.99, and it’s not fair that ads are being added to the game now. When people purchased the game, they expected an ad free experience, which is now being taken away from them. Adding advertisements to preexisting paid games is a bait and switch, you though you were buying a game without ads, and then that game is swapped with an inferior product. That’s not okay.
Trenton Holland commented
I will not buy a game from your store if it has ads supported. This needs to be fixed.
If they put ads, it will turn so garbage that I won't buy any games and stop playing with it.
Darlene Heisserer commented
If I pay for a game and I pay a monthly sub, I do not want ads. If they put ads in my Supernatural game, I will likely have to see what I can do to workout some other way. I certainly won’t be buying any other games for it either.
If it were free games, ads are expected, but paid games. Just no.
Don’t become Sorrento from IOI from Ready Player One.
I will go back to my HTC Vive if this is true. And I have a serious Oculus game buying addiction. NO WAY do I support this.
Fotis Kalafatis commented
+1 I too agree that I don't want to be seeing ads in paid games.