Bobby Kotick is a Pr*ck!!!

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Here's an interview from Double Fine's Tim Schafer on Activision's CEO Bobby (Kotex) Kotick -

Eurogamer: What do you think about Bobby Kotick? He's a person. Bobby Kotick. He's a person.


Bobby Kotick. He's a person.

Tim Schafer: He is. Well, allegedly. Ah... I don't know.

Eurogamer: I'll tell you what I think.

Tim Schafer: What do you think?

Eurogamer: I think he's a bit misunderstood because he's trying to make lots of money when people think he has an obligation to make gamers happy.

Tim Schafer: His obligation is to his shareholders. Well, he doesn't have to be as much of a dick about it, does he? I think there is a way he can do it without being a total pr*ck. It seems like it would be possible. It's not something he's interested in.

Eurogamer: Why should he care?

Tim Schafer: Well, he makes a big deal about not liking games, and I just don't think that attitude is good for games in general. I don't think we're an industry of widgets. I don't think we can approach it like we approach bars of soap, where you're just trying to make the cheapest bar of soap.


Modern Warfare 2 pleased more than just the shareholders, to be fair.

He definitely has that that kind of widget-maker attitude. I don't think he's great for the industry, overall. You can't just latch onto something when it's popular and then squeeze the life out of it and then move on to the next one. You have to at some point create something, build something.

Eurogamer: Do you remember when he was quoted as saying, 'I want to take all of the fun out of making games?'

Tim Schafer: I've never understood the context of that. What did he mean by that?

Eurogamer: I've heard Blizzard describe it as a joke that didn't come off.

Tim Schafer: Isn't that what politicians say every time they make some sort of racist joke or inappropriate comment? They're like, 'Oh, that was just my lame attempt at humour.' Because everyone's willing to believe they have a bad sense of humour. I don't understand why he would want to do that. Hopefully he'll go back to another industry soon.

Eurogamer: He's too successful.

Tim Schafer: He could go to an industry that makes more money. Ball bearings... Something that suits his passions more. Weapons manufacturing?

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Azure Kite

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Kotaku said:
Brutal Legend and Grim Fandango creator Tim Schafer labeled Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick a "dick," "total *****" and, most damning, a ball bearing enthusiast. Fair enough. Just don't accuse Mr. Kotick of not liking video games, Activision says.

Activision has responded from the video game industry's playground today, firing back at Schafer (sort of) with a defense of Kotick's passion for games.
"Tim Schafer's comment that Bobby Kotick 'makes a big deal about not liking games' just isn't true," Maryanne Lataif, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Activision Blizzard said in a (honest to god) statement. "Bobby has always been passionate about games, and loves the video game industry. But as CEO of a company that makes games enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, the demands on his time now make it difficult to play games as often as he'd like to or as much as he once did."


Lataif added, "As Schafer himself notes, he has never actually met Bobby Kotick." Yeah. Major ice burn.


I guess that's Activision taking the higher ground here, which is classy, but we wouldn't have minded seeing a few expletives volleyed back or some, you know, sales figures comparing Guitar Hero V's performance against that of Brutal Legend's—a game that Activision opted not to publish when it merged with Vivendi many moons ago then legally tried to prevent from being released—to really keep this verbal slapfight going.

Tim? A little help, please? This hornet's nest isn't going to rattle itself.
http://tinyurl.com/353eyhn

(Used a tinyurl due to the Kotaku link containing the P word in the it)
 

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He is now back peddling on what he said
Tim Schafer has responded to the recent publication of critical comments he made about Activision boss Bobby Kotick.
"That was an accident," explained Schafer in response to a question following his talk at Develop this morning. "I was going to change the title of my talk to 'how to give interviews and remember to check the microphone is off.'
"I need to keep my mouth shut," he said. "It is shocking how you really can't burn bridges in the industry. You start your own company and you don't have to work for that jerky boss any more. Not naming names.
While Activision is posting this:
But the publisher has hit back at those jibes, claiming that Kotick does care deeply about games - but admitting that his day-to-day duties prevent him from playing too often
- Both sources are from GamesIndustry.biz (which you need to reg to read the articles)
 

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He is now back peddling on what he said
Tim Schafer has responded to the recent publication of critical comments he made about Activision boss Bobby Kotick.
"That was an accident," explained Schafer in response to a question following his talk at Develop this morning. "I was going to change the title of my talk to 'how to give interviews and remember to check the microphone is off.'
"I need to keep my mouth shut," he said. "It is shocking how you really can't burn bridges in the industry. You start your own company and you don't have to work for that jerky boss any more. Not naming names.
While Activision is posting this:
But the publisher has hit back at those jibes, claiming that Kotick does care deeply about games - but admitting that his day-to-day duties prevent him from playing too often
- Both sources are from GamesIndustry.biz (which you need to reg to read the articles)
Yeah he cares if the games dont sell to well.

Be honest Bobby you aint a gamer!
 

rudedog

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TBH I don't think Bobbie could even figure out how to turn on a PS3/Xbox

To me as an investor, I would be worried that the guy running the company I'm investing it does not know his products or the market.

then again, just like MW2, Activision is not doing too bad in the stock market so they must know something it's customers don't

I also like how you can't even have balls in the game industry to stand up for something you feel is true, without having to back peddle because you want to sell your next game. Kind of like the game review sites (large/small/print)

go figure.
 
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