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."

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672 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!

DP1130
DP1130

To the Family and Friends of Mr Reisse:

A Limb has fallen from the family Tree. I keep hearing a voice that says "Don't grieve for me". Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my herritage. I'm counting on you. Keep smiling,and surely the sun will shine threw. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remebering all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions no matter how small. Go on with your life, don't worry about falls. Ill miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.Until the times comes where together again.

                                       Andrew Scott Reisse

God Speed.

focuspuller
focuspuller

What a piece of shit that guy in the car is. Fucker.

Anyway, rest in peace. There is no rational reason for you not to still be here.

goku2000
goku2000

RIP Andrew Scott Reisse. 
On another note: I've never seen such stupidity in some of these comments.  How the hell does someone come to the conclusion that the blame should be placed on the cops for what happened?  Last I checked, the suspect took the blame for what happened as a result of a a crime, not the cops trying to capture the suspect.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

If the oculus becomes the future of games I really hope they don't forget to give this guy some credit

Kos1c
Kos1c

I'm very sad to hear this. Rest in piece Andrew Reisse. Your work with the Oculus will be enjoyed around the world once it is released, you won't be forgotten for your help on moving gaming into the next generation.

AznEvan
AznEvan

Rest in peace, Andrew Reisse. It's such a shame that this is an extremely unfortunate event. 

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

That's SO horrible. It's horrific thing when ANYONE loses their life, but it really hits me hard to hear about this talented guy being struck down at such a young age.  I'm sure his talent and abilities would have allowed him to achieve so much more in his lifetime.  This is a real shame.

I only hope Oculus and anything else he was involved with succeeds, so his efforts leave their mark on this world.

RIP.

Parkourscott
Parkourscott

You were a great mind and will be missed. And can't help but think that they could have used a better picture.