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VR Digest: Rothenberg Ventures downsizes
amid reports of lavish spending

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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 82 – August 24, 2016

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Rothenberg Ventures Downsizes Amid Reports of Lavish Spending

Early VR investor Rothenberg Ventures, led by Mike Rothenberg, was the subject of a bombshell article by Techcrunch that relied on anonymous sources to outline lavish spending that resulted in a situation where “very few people” will be left at the company.

Among the eye-opening details:

“...Rothenberg began to spend an inordinate amount of time managing his reputation, as questions began to surface around how he afforded it all. When Bloomberg last year questioned the firm’s ability to finance itself, Rothenberg sent two employees to SFO, purchasing them airline tickets so they could head to airport newsstands and buy copies of the issue in hopes that it wouldn’t be as widely read.”


Bits:

Minecraft is becoming a lightning rod for discussion about comfort in VR, with Polygon publishing a piece by a writer who deactivated the comfort features and then wrote “nothing I’ve done in VR has made me feel more ill.”

A video by Dexta Robotics promises mechanized gloves that will resist the movement of your fingers in order to simulate touch.

Oculus CTO John Carmack suggested a 360-degree video from Google be viewed by creators before they set out to make their own, so they will know what not to do.

UC Davis researcher Oliver Kreylos breaks down how VR works at a perceptual level in a 25-minute video from VRLA.

Mixed reality filmmaker Kert Gartner discussed how he makes incredible footage for trailers like Fantastic Contraption and Job Simulator in this 50-minute presentation from VRLA.

Enchanting VR experience La Péri for the HTC Vive was reborn as Firebird, which is ultimately intended as a series of musical experiences partially inspired by Disney’s Fantasia. The expanded software sells for $10 and features narration by John Rhys-Davies of Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones fame.

Europe’s largest gaming conference, Gamescom, recognized VR tank game Battlezone and psychological suspense game Wilson’s Heart -- coming in early 2017 to Oculus Touch -- as standout titles of the conference. PlayStation VR was also recognized as the best hardware of the conference.

Greenlight VR surveyed 1,300 adults about their opinion of brands using VR for marketing. The results were encouraging.

Kite & Lightning announced that they will be re-releasing Senza Peso on the Oculus CV1 and Vive. VR Digest and Studio Transcendent Co-Founder John Dewar worked on the experience, which is a stunning boat journey through limbo.

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