Thursday, 29 April 2010


I'm sure a majority of you have heard abouut the recent controversy surrounding Activision and Infinity Ward, as someone who has yet to enter the industry don't you feel somewhat unnerved. Back in the day you would always see in movies the supposed inner workings of companies, being run by greedy fatcats and so much underhanded business that you feel dirty just hearing about it, but to me that just felt like a gross exaggeration for entertainment's sake, hearing how activision has acted as well as the nefarious dealings of Bob Kotick, I fear that it's a rather striking truth.

For those not in the now the incident involved the unfair departure of two of Infinity Ward's top honchos, a dick of a move by Activision who had just received an amazing reception to Modern Warfare 2. It turns out it was due to creative differences with Activision wanting more COD games and basically cheat IW out of the Modern Warfare Brand, but Activision being the greedy trope lovers they are decided that instead of accomadating IW, they simply cut them loose unexpectedly, abruptly firing the two studio heads.

I know the games industry isn't exactly the safest industry in the world, and I should really expect this to happen at least once in my career, but I thought the games industry was above this petty stuff, cutting off one of your best devs for such a thing is both an rnderhanded and immature move. Hopefully it turns out alright for the IW staff involved, and thanks to other IW staff leaving, that Activision learn how to better treat their Devs.

"The goal that I had in bringing a lot of the packaged goods folks that we brought into Activision 10 years ago was to take all the fun out making video games. I think we've definitely been able to instill in the culture the skepticism and pessimism and fear that you should have in an economy like we're in today."

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