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Facebook removes VR shooting demo from conservative conference

chinatopwin chinatopwin 2018-02-24 09:39:40
This week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Facebook chose to maintain a 
booth for attendees that includes an Oculus virtual reality demo. Now This writer Sean Morrow 
noticed that it included a demo of a shooting game, Bullet Train, where players teleport around a 
train station killing waves of masked enemies. The timing of the demo came into question as it's 
so close to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week. After the photos 
surfaced, Facebook VR VP Hugo Barra said that it's part of a standard package, but "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."

Bullet Train lead programmer Nick Whiting told Engadget in 2015 that in this game, the player is 
"badass...you can't die. You can grab bullets out of the air and throw them back. You can throw 
guns at people, and then teleport back and shoot the guy next to them."

While Facebook has been criticized by conservatives over alleged bias, the demo, and its
appearance at the conference is interesting. ThinkProgress spoke to attendees who had seen 
"proof" that students from the school were crisis actors on Facebook, while several conservative 
leaders including Donald Trump have blamed violent incidents on violent videogames.