Political Climate Can Affect Video Game Industry Too?

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Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey speaks during an intimate Dell dinner at Yardbird at The Venetian Las Vegas on January 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Virtual reality is the top trending topic during CES 2016, Luckey discussed Oculus's role in the emerging VR market and partnership with Alienware. Photo : Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Dell

As far as everyone is concerned, video games and politics respectively belong to each far end of the spectrum when it comes to news. This one, you don't just get to read about every day.

The team behind SuperHyperCube, Kokoromi, has made known to all that they are cancelling the video game's release for the Oculus Rift VR headset. SyperHyperCube is an anticipated virtual reality puzzle game that is supposed to be launched next month.

Why the sudden decision to cancel?

The cancellation is due to Palmer Luckey's political actions, as gathered from WeGotThisCovered.

For those who do not know, The Daily Beast recently reported that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey is funding a group supporting Donald Trump. The group aims to defame Trump's rival candidate, Hilary Clinton, by using internet memes. On the same report, the referred group known as 'Nimble America' states that it is devoted to proving that "shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real," - posted as the company's introductory statement, and also has admitted they are behind the billboard bearing a cartoonish large representation of Clinton's face beside the words "Too Big to Jail."

Publisher Polytron with Kokoromi just announced this decision on Twitter:

They turned to PasteBin  to provide better insight into their decision to cancel the game:

You may have seen the news yesterday that ties Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey to Nimble America, a Trump-endorsing organization Luckey started to defame Clinton via "the power of Internet memes".

In a political climate as fragile and horrifying as this one, we cannot tacitly endorse these actions by supporting Luckey or his platform.

In light of this, we will not be pursuing Oculus support for our upcoming VR release, SUPERHYPERCUBE.

If you are a voting citizen of the United States, please remember to register and make your voice heard this November 8th. Do not let bigotry, white supremacy, hate and fear win.

SuperHyperCube, which was conceived and created way back 2008, was supposedly set to roll out in parallel with the PlayStation VR headset on Oct. 13.

What are your thoughts on politics affecting the video game industry? Should it happen often? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below. In the meantime, here is the trailer for SuperHyperCube, the game that won't be seeing the sun anytime soon.


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