16 Memes Based On Time Magazine’s Terrible Oculus Rift Cover Photo

When something hits the cover of Time magazine you know it has reached a critical tipping point where even grandma and grandpa are going to have some sort of awareness of it. If you are a fan of indie bands that are only cool when nobody knows about them, it “sucks” when your favorite small time rockers “Half Past Noon” grace the cover of Rolling Stone. However, if you are a fan of futuristic technology, the more it goes mainstream  the more it is going to become a reality for mass consumer production and distribution.  So for those of you who have been following the rise of Oculus Rift over the past few years (here are Break you know we are excited for VR porn), the virtual reality headset acquired by Facebook for $2 billon dollars; it was exciting news that 22 year-old Oculus inventor Lucky Palmer is going to be featured on the cover of Time for a story on virtual reality. Everyone in the VR community was thrilled until the print publication released the photo they chose of the now un-lucky Palmer:

They made him look more like The Lawn Mower Man, than Keanu Reeves in The Matrix.

 

The good news is it looks like we are finally going to be getting those virtual reality headsets we were promised as kids.  Time even released a short clip on Twitter that looked like something out of graphics from Tron- the original 1982 Tron:

TIME’s new cover: Virtual Reality. Why it’s about to change the world https://t.co/1nbXSsF36w

— TIME.com (@TIME) August 6, 2015

Needless to say with images like this grandma and grandpa might pick up their periodical not really get what all the fuss is about. The internet reacted as the internet does and turned the silly image of the barefoot Palmer, in the midst of some weird virtual reality seizure into a meme. The Daily Dot sent out the blank image to be Photoshoped:

 

Weird, VR looks boring.

Needless to say everyone created some new and exciting reality for Lucky. Here are some of the best ones;

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Source: Time