The Simpsons writers try out Oculus Rift-- We can only imagine the jokes they are cooking up

Expect a future episode of the beloved animated series to poke fun at virtual reality in some way.

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The Simpsons writers have not shied away from parodying the video game industry in the past, and now they have more material to work with. Veteran Simpsons producer Matt Selman tweeted an image recently of The Simpsons writers trying out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Don't have a cow, man.

"Simpsons writers take Oculus Goggles for a spin," Selman wrote with the image at left attached.

You can imagine the kind of jokes The Simpsons writers might have in place for a future episode. Maybe they'll rip the technology for encouraging isolation or poke fun at the privacy concerns that come along with being a Facebook-owned company. We'll have to wait and see.

In fact, The Simpsons has already parodied virtual reality. Season 9, Episode 12 episode "Bart Carny" sees the popular animated family visit a traveling carnival where one attraction is a virtual reality experience called "Yard Work Simulator."

More recently, Selman himself wrote The Simpsons Season 23, Episode 5 "The Food Wife," which opens with Homer taking Lisa and Bart to "E4," an obvious parody of E3. In this episode, we see games like "Jalo," "Assassin's Creed: Summer of Love," and "Grand Theft Scratchy," among others.

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Discussion

53 comments
93ChevyNut
93ChevyNut

The Simpsons need to go away.  They've run their course.

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

They'll probably have a scene with Luckey bathing in $$ laughing at all the suckers who believed in his project.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Let see the jokes for the current Simpsons episode would go like this 
- Marge getting angry again at something or someone or some issue 

- Homer does something idiotic and fixes it 
- Pointless cameo by celebrity of the month appearing for hardly 10 secs maybe Mark Zuckerberg this time

- Since they used the Oculus Rift they will show Bart playing with it  
- Lisa being annoying again . 

Man the old episodes were some of the best stuff on TV.

001011000101101
001011000101101

I'm a true fan of The Simpsons and I can safely say that the shorts that were made before the first "real" season of the show were without a doubt the golden age of the show! It sickens me how everyone decided to jump on to my favorite show after the first season, resulting in the creators selling out. Simpsons hasn't been good since pre-season 1 and all you peasants KNOW it.

megamatics
megamatics

VR isn't going to go anywhere sadly because it's a technology held back by the lack of advancement in more practical gameplay conventions. Gyroscopic motion tracking has only gone so far but it's still got a long way and it wouldn't be ideal to use a normal face button controller with it. The only thing this could really be used for are Mech Games and Racing Games... Basically anything where you sit down predominantly. Now if we get some real nice Space Jet Fighting games I can see myself investing in one, but as it stands there is no damn way I'm playing some "do nothing but watch" simulator or using any game with a controller. 

paperwarior
paperwarior

Oh god, why do I read GS comments? The Simpsons isn't very good now but look at all you people patting each other on the back for hating it. None of you are clever enough to write a BAD episode of The Simpsons.

mr_nee
mr_nee

Oh, there was a Sega Genesis gmae Virtual Bart - a very good one!

gajbutler
gajbutler

Not very good ones judging how shit the show has been for the past 15 years.

Argle
Argle

The golden age of The Simpsons was seasons 3-9….there on what, 25 now?  Let the show die already

djsimpson95
djsimpson95

recent episodes of the simpsons are just really really boring, it's like they're not even trying to refresh the show

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

"We can only imagine the jokes they are cooking up."

Because it takes serious thought to match their basement level wit.

Gbullet
Gbullet

I still cannot believe they cancelled Futurama but kept The Simpsons going...

hystavito
hystavito

The "Bonestorm" episode comes to mind.  I've always loved that line from the spoiled kid, "Shut up mom!" :)

karenwen
karenwen

I once owned Virtual Bart on the SNES, pretty fun and challenging game. Maybe they're prepping another Virtual Bart videogame and need some inspiration.

deadpen
deadpen

The greatest joke has already been said "Facebook buys Oculus Rift."

haze0986
haze0986

the simpsons has never been funny to me, i doubt a new episode about a gaming product will sway me 

DrKill09
DrKill09

The Simpsons writers haven't "cooked up" a joke in 17 years.

Poodger
Poodger

"we cannot imagine-"


It will probably be another of their recycled, stale jokes that we actually CAN predict and imagine... and probably even find a version of in at least 10 other episodes.

whocaresrly
whocaresrly

The Simpsons is just like RARE; dead in the water & an empty shell of its glory days.

enoughofthis
enoughofthis

have not watched south park, simpsons and family guy in years

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

"We can only imagine the jokes they are cooking up"


Wait, you mean The Simpsons' writers can actually think of something funny these days?


That is the real news here.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Look forward to not watching it like every episode for the last four years.

juboner
juboner

The old writers where conservative the new ones are extremely liberal. That explains the loss of humor.

manbaku
manbaku

2005 called gamespot commenters, they want their "Simpsons sux" comments back.

john_matrix_007
john_matrix_007

"The writers should be ashamed of themselves!"

"Cartoons have writers?"

JoInfo
JoInfo

A washed up TV show, and a washed up VR peripheral.

catsimboy
catsimboy

I'm sure they'll have some pointless flavor-of-the-month celebrity cameo using the Oculus and then proceed to make some un-funny jokes about it. Maybe the writers can use the goggles to see what it's like to be Conan O'Brien, a writer for the show who didn't suck.

sanchango
sanchango

@kitmeep  oh lord here we go...another person who thinks Oculus Rift sold out...

hellguide
hellguide

@megamatics  Eve Valkyrie looks sick as hell and Star Citizen is being designed by Chris Roberts of Wingcommander fame

CorkeyFord
CorkeyFord

@paperwarior  I agree. People do seem very hostile. I'll gladly admit that the show is nowhere near as good as it used to be, but I always find great comfort in watching "The Simpsons". Whenever I'm feeling down that show usually cheers me up again. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

@Argle  There was a blog called "Dead Homer's Society" that actually referred to seasons 7 onwards as "Zombie Simpsons"  One post said "It lacks all signs of life, but just won't die!"  XD

DrKill09
DrKill09

@hystavito  Ah, back when the Simpsons had clever parodies.  MK, Crash Bandicoot, Mike Tyson's Punch Out...


Now all the "parodies" are lame as hell.  Lame references to Black Swan and The Social Network.


The newer episodes simply exist to insult your intelligence.

Argle
Argle

@hystavito  And all I've done is enter my name….'Thrillhouse!'

deadpen
deadpen

@Poodger  They will probably rewrite Mr. Plow and just put in Oculus.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@whocaresrly  Pretty much.  More recent Simpsons episodes have devolved into straight up gross out humor in a pathetic attempt to be Family Guy.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@enoughofthis  Yeah, as I mentioned before, I only like a few episodes of the Simpsons after Season 8.  The past few seasons of South Park are painful.  Family Guy jumped the shark with the "Brian's dead" hoax.

Argle
Argle

@enoughofthis  South Park can still put together seasons of more good than bad episodes.  Simpsons and Family Guy are and have been pretty dead though, IMO

Poodger
Poodger

@jZangetsu21 Exactly, we have to "imagine" the humor, because we would be waiting forever if it was real.

Xmus942
Xmus942

@juboner  

Yeah, that's why most comedians lean conservative.... oh wait. The show has simply run it course, but leave it to a conservative to find some made up reason as it pertains to their political enemies. Shame you can't win in actual debates where it matters. 

manbaku
manbaku

@catsimboy  ....O'Brien created about 2 episodes for the simpsons, he hardly contributed to its overall success more than any other writer.


But if bashing the simpsons in 2014 makes you feel good, carry on then.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Spartan_418 @JoInfo  No point kidding ourselves, it may as well be washed up.

Haha I'm only joking. Doubt it will make it to anything other than a niche product but "washed up" is a little strong regardless.