Tim Schafer of Double Fine Productions is a stud. I mean, this is the guy who gave us Psychonauts! Grim Fandango! Day of the Tentacle! Full Throttle! If I ever meet him I will kiss him. He probably wouldn’t appreciate it, but still.
But I don’t think Tim will kiss Bobby Kotick, Activision/Blizzard CEO and asshole. There is no love there. But Tim is a nice guy and has apologized for calling Kotick a “prick,” which he totally is.
Tim’s Double Fine Productions studio has been through some rough spots. Psychonauts only wound up selling well after a Steam sale (that saw it shoot up to #2 in total units moved); his latest game, Brutal Legend, received middling reviews and didn’t do great at retail.
His studio was cut off during the Activision/Blizzard/Sierra/Vivendi merger, and Double Fine bolted to EA for publication of Brutal Legend. Activision, thinking it might have killed a goose that was gold, started carpet-bombing with lawsuits. Short version: Double Fine won, kept its IP, and published Brutal Legend through EA, which went on to be a disappointment, sales-wise.
Anyhoo, Schafer recently did an interview with Eurogamer, in which he calls A/B CEO Bobby Kotick a dick. And a prick. He suggests, and I agree wholeheartedly, that Mr. Kotick might be happier selling ball bearings, or bars of soap – products where creativity isn’t an issue. He said Kotick doesn’t like games. He said that you don’t need to behave the way Kotick does to succeed in the industry.
This was like a day or two before he gave a keynote speech at the Develop conference, and he very loosely apologized for his remarks. Very loosely. By saying that Kotick was Darth Vader. Well, implying it, is more like.
That’s the kind of apology we like to hear!
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