Oculus Rift engineer killed

Computer graphics engineer and cofounder of virtual reality company Andrew Scott Reisse struck by car carrying suspects fleeing police.

Andrew Scott Reisse, an established computer graphics engineer and cofounder of Oculus VR, was killed in Santa Ana, California on Thursday, ABC news affiliate KABC reports. He was 33.

Reisse was crossing a sidewalk when a Dodge Charger carrying suspects fleeing police struck and killed him. Police say the car was driven by 21-year-old Victor Sanchez, who ran "several red lights," including one near where Reisse was killed.

In a joint statement (via Kotaku) from Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe and chief software architect Michael Antonov, the company praised Reisse's accomplishments and said he will be sorrowfully missed.

"Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family," the statement reads.

"Some of us have known Andrew since college, and have worked with him at multiple companies beginning with Scaleform in Maryland which he helped start at age 19, then at Gaikai in Aliso Viejo which brought him out to California, and finally at Oculus where he was a co-founder and lead engineer."

"Andrew's contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world."

"Words can not express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family." Andrew will always be in our thoughts and will never be forgotten. We love you Reisse."

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

673 comments
wildone
wildone

Keep those illegals pouring in Obama!!!

krispi707
krispi707

We could blame everyone..but at the end .

God doesn't want to be happy.god want us to be strong.

They shouldn't chase flea in cars...Then AR would still be live.

that's why they have helicopters to.F**** THE Police. Learn from Japan.

Elann2008
Elann2008

Wow.. I'm shocked.. I certainly didn't see this one coming.  RIP Andrew Scott Reisse


meatz666
meatz666

Thx for the great DUI laws, USA!

deathblow3
deathblow3

this is why i tell my kids look both ways even at a red light. people get ran over all the time in cali it jsut not reported a lot.

19Gam3NErD91
19Gam3NErD91

this is just sad, such a brilliant mind dying in such a meaningless way, just goes on to shows how fragile life is...

R.I.P man.

davidoats2
davidoats2

That's mess up, this man was a great person and he's was making it real big in the game industry. The game industry need someone like him, but now he's gone because of those senseless criminals. RIP.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Soon police will accuse video games for such a pathetic accident. According to PoliceChief

" Videogames like GTA , TrueCrime & Sleeeping Dogs are responsible for the incident".

drakekratos
drakekratos

It's a sad day in America, when your brightest and most innovative minds are being killed by scumbag criminals. 

Redrivar
Redrivar

Fuck... this sucks.  Yeah those guys killed him, but when police decide to have a high speed chase inside the city, they put more innocent people in harm's way than if they would just put out an APB. We need smart law enforcement not blunt instruments and collateral damage

blackothh
blackothh

That is sad news indeed, Rest in Peace.  Hope that dumbass in the car does not get lightly.

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

So tragic. Many instances when game developers and designers are struck down and killed while in their prime.

Gunpei Yokoi comes to mind too, considering his death was also a tragic road accident.

Ovirew
Ovirew

RIP.  Sounds like a crazy freak incident, but it's unfortunate that innocent bystanders can be killed.  Don't know if the criminals intentionally hit him or not, but their recklessness over their own selfish getaway put others at risk.

Reisse accomplished quite a bit in his relatively short life.

bassplayer55
bassplayer55

Oy - there's an error with the quoting in the last paragraph.

carolino
carolino

May the reality he sees on the other side  make him forget about the need to enhance it

R.I.P

Vodoo
Vodoo

RIP dude. He was 33 but with that stache he looks in his 50's.

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

This sucks :( condolences

ecurl143
ecurl143

Sad to see that some people who try and make a difference in this world are often the ones who exit it the quickest.


a3thyr
a3thyr

I feel terrible for him and his friends & loved ones

sneakthief81
sneakthief81

That's a damn shame..RIP to Mr. Reisse..

PsychicKiller82
PsychicKiller82

R.I.P Andrew, I thank you for your contribution's to the gaming industry.

blacksayian
blacksayian

RIP man and Thank YOU for all you have done for the gaming Industry Love ya

vadagar1
vadagar1

sigh lost track of the replies down there, in UAE for example they don't chase criminals on the streets because it would put citizens at risk they just keep track via cameras and just wait for them to stop, they will stop eventually and they always get caught, where are they gonna go?? if airports, bus stops, roads, gas stations...etc are all tracked!!

that's what I meant when I said more civilized countries don't risk people's lives unnecessarily 

Solace427
Solace427

...Why? Seriously of all the people to get killed by some dumb ass breaking the law!

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

@AggrandizedUser I second that you are a prick.....  I can assure you, nobody will give two shits when you are killed in a hit and run too, douchbag!

Blue_Tomato
Blue_Tomato

@vadagar1 In some countries taxi drivers are working with the police, and report on the whereabouts of cars of interest. Taxis are everywhere and is a good way to get a fix on the criminals without risking anything. I am sure countless deaths has been avoided this way. US police are way too aggressive, too eager to have some action rather than resolving things safely.

ihl0700677525
ihl0700677525

@vadagar1 Well.. Maybe most 'criminals' at UAE is a rich person that actually posed only minimum threat to others. But here, in my country, not chasing criminals means a crime spree. More people will get wounded and killed.

What I mean is that some methods that deemed effective in your country might not work on other country. And 
I don't think this is about how 'civilized' the country is.

Shenmue_Jehuty
Shenmue_Jehuty

@vadagar1 yeah, they just spy on your every move and strip you of al your civil liberties. 

monson21502
monson21502

@Solace427 when its your time to go your going.. dont matter where you are or what your doing 

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

@Solace427 

So it would have been fine if it was another innocent person, but because he worked on the Oculus Rift that's the problem?

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

@NbAlIvEr10000 It is not about who actually care about a person you dont know, but the pathetic fact of being killed by such primitive and rudimentar behavior like reckless driving. If I were you, I be caring about that.

vadagar1
vadagar1

@ihl0700677525 @vadagar1 yah thats why the crime rate in countries in UAE is like 1000 million times less than the US :/

like I said there are more effective ways to keep the peace instead of chasing criminals on highways and shooting and throwing grenades and using orbital ion canons, last time I checked there are no poor/disadvantaged UEA citizens (foreigners excluded) or in Qatar, while a large portion of people in countries like USA don't even have medical insurance or homes.

hell check some countries like Canada or Sweden, watching too much Hollywood crap is not reality, read more, see more, travel.... don't accept the shit they tell you immediately, hell even here in Lebanon, with all the carp going on I would still live here instead of walking in some dark ally in new york :P

but trouble is always around everywhere, chasing criminals wild west style ain't gonna cut it no more, that's all I'm saying.

surppo
surppo

@ihl0700677525 @vadagar1 Thats the dumbest shit I've ever heard in my life.  You sound like one of the cops in gta, comeback to reality.  Cops dont catch the real bad guys, they just chase petty criminals.  9/10 of police chases are for non violent offenses.

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

@EL_Bomberdor I know you are getting a lot of crap for your comment and I know what you mean, but he means that the fact he was an occulus rift engineer made it worse.

Solace427
Solace427

@EL_Bomberdor No as in why does ANY INNOCENT PERSON going about their day have to be the victim of some idiot speeding for no good reason -.-

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@vadagar1 @ihl0700677525 

Not trying to get into the argument here, but I really think you are comparing two unlike things.  From what I understand from talking to my friends from the UAE, citizens there don't have to pay taxes and everyone receives free medical care due to the profits made from the sales of government owned oil.  Its hardly fair to compare that to the US.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@CItizenTaylorI think Solace427 had a poor choice of words the first time around.  I don't see where EL_Bomberdor twisted anything he/she said.