Schafer Brands Kotick ‘A Dick’

As anyone who enjoys watching DVD commentaries and behind the scenes interviews knows, there is nothing more eye rolling than the ‘love-ins’ that get paraded in front of cameras…if you believe that the cast all loved one another and thought that the director was a gem, their co-stars were awesome, and the on-set dynamic was never less than Waltons-esque then you’ll believe anything.  Cut to the gaming world however, and you’ll, on occasion, find someone who doesn’t believe in feeding their words through a mincer first.  Enter Tim ‘Monkey Island god’ Schafer who, in a recent interview with Eurogamer, let his opinions on Activision and, in particular, everyone’s favourite punching bag, Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick, spill out.

When Eurogamer suggested that they consider Kotick to be misunderstood, that he is just trying to make money,when people think that he has some sort of obligation to make gamers happy, Schafer didn’t beat around the bush:

“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 prick. It seems like it would be possible. It’s not something he’s interested in.”

He goes on to say:

“He makes a big deal about not liking games, and I just don’t think that attitude is good for games in general…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.”

Not a fan then, but given that Activision tried to sue Schafer’s company, Double Fine Productions, in a vain attempt to stop Brutal Legend being published by hated rivals EA, it is more than understandable.  Something which Schafer admits may have held up the writing of dialogue, but goes on to say that he would likely have left it to the end anyway, due to his penchant for procrastination.

When Eurogamer suggested that Kotick was perhaps too successful, Schafer had a few suggestions for a career change:

“He could go to an industry that makes more money. Ball bearings… Something that suits his passions more. Weapons manufacturing?”

However, with Kotick gone, who would be gaming’s new Mephistopheles?  Our new panto villain?

Source: Eurogamer

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