The History of the Future: How a Bunch of Misfits, Makers,

The History of the Future: How a Bunch of Misfits, Makers, The dramatic, larger than life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the bestselling author of Console WarsFrom iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction Until , when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer invents a device that has the potential to change everythingWith the help of a video game legend, a serial entrepreneur and many other colorful characters, Luckey s scrappy startup kickstarts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses As with most underdog stories, things don t quite go according to plan But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned, and never ending twists and turns including an unlikely multi billion dollar acquisition by Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg, which shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our realityDrawing on over a hundred interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns, and human drama of trying to change the world The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game changing new industry

10 thoughts on “The History of the Future: How a Bunch of Misfits, Makers, and Mavericks Cracked the Code of Virtual Reality

  1. Rupert Rawnsley Rupert Rawnsley says:

    I am reluctant to pass negative comments about peoples work, but I m upset about it s naive portrayal of Palmer Luckey and I feel somebody has to at least question it As far as I know the facts are correct and I think Blake is a good writer, however I have several problems with this book Problem 1 Blake gives Luckey a compl

  2. Hari Balaji Hari Balaji says:

    It is easy to say that one should never be penalized professionally for their personal views But what if they were the face of a company and had a view that was unpopular with the MSM resulting in their perhaps unfair vilification of the founder and by association the company Blake Harris does a commendable job taking us through th

  3. Karen Karen says:

    I was eagerly anticipating this one because I recently listened to Console Wars and enjoyed that immensely VR is my passion and I was looking forward to a similar treatment of its history This didn t disappoint, as it went into the inspirational history of Oculus and how it s been changing gaming These events are a lot fresher in my memory

  4. ⚣Michaelle⚣ ⚣Michaelle⚣ says:

    Adding this because Tristan James narratesunder a different name Thanks Trio

  5. Tamahome Tamahome says:

    Listening to the Geek s Guide podcast about it An hour in, the host asked if the book should be called It s Complicated Palmer Luckey, Corrupt Journalists, and Facebook s Web of Lies Even the author s own editor temporarily cancelled the book Listening to the Geek s Guide podcast about it An hour in, the host asked if the book should be called It s Compli

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  7. Shiri Shiri says:

    Interesting exploration story of the founding of Oculus Unfortunately like most Silicon Valley stories, there is a wide eyed star struck tone throughout the book with little or no criticism to be found anywhere other than of the criticism of the evil empire of Facebook I couldn t put my finger on it at first, but about 200 pages in, I finally saw mention of the first fem

  8. Raymond Harris Raymond Harris says:

    Couldnt put it down I was an original backer of the Oculus Kickstarter I remember many of the moments in this book It s incredible getting to go back and get so muchdetail and context from these moments in history Blake does an absolutely amazing job of presenting an objective and honest recounting of everything that happened.Thank you for making this amazing piece of work Palme

  9. Kai Detmers Kai Detmers says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Best book this year Alot of insider information Would have hoped for a look into the future.

  10. Anna Anna says:

    This is one of the hardest books I ve read to rate I would put it closer to 2.5 stars, but not close enough to other books I rated 3 stars to use 3 instead of 2 I picked up this book because of both an interest in VR and its history It wasn t anything I really knew a lot about beyond the names of the big companies, so I knew little about key players I found the first three parts interesting, bu

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