I wasn’t planning on commenting on this, but I feel that it’s important to keep a few things in mind while reading or thinking about it. First, if you haven’t read the post in the link yet, go do that first. Here are the things that we need to keep in mind before formulating a response either in our minds or physically:
- The post is very obviously written in a state of shock and deep anger after the individual was fired. A buildup of anger is understandable and predictable, the most obvious target for lashing out is the employer.
- The individual is anonymous (understandably), posting on the internet and has no proof of their claims. As far as credibility goes, I’d rate this lower than hear-say. Of course, we have no proof that the claims aren’t true either, so someone interested in staying objective would discard this as a rumor.
- Even if we assume everything the person has posted is true, this doesn’t change much for WAR players. Most of us have probably known that EA isn’t exactly the friendliest gaming company out there before reading the rant. They’re first and foremost a corporate giant, a game publisher/developer third. As in any ruthless business, the employees are going to suffer, especially when the world’s economy is in such a bad state. I am not saying that this is right or that it should be ignored, I am saying that it is nothing new.
Furthermore, most of the people mentioned in the post used to work at Mythic but have long since moved on. If we assume everything in the post is true, however, it still means that the game might be affected because of a lack of funds or interest by EA. This too, is something we’ve known for quite some time.
- The person was employed as an artist that worked on WAR. When he says the game is shit because of x, y and z, it’s a rather trivial argument for a WAR player. Mainly because most of the issues he mentions have been or are being worked on and because you are fully fit to judge them for yourself. If they bothered you that much, you probably aren’t playing the game anyway. (As a side note, from reading all those comments I get an impression that disgruntled players who quit WAR in the first few months really have no idea how much has changed for the better. It seems that they are reluctant to even try the game again.)
- Because of the above, anything the person writes about future games (SWOTR) that he/she hasn’t directly worked on, is worth less than a preview done from Gamespot or IGN, even if the person believes it to be the truth! Let’s wait for the game to come out before we judge it.
As a final word, I feel the need to say that I don’t think WAR is as bad of a game as everyone seems to think it is. The management has changed and the game is heading in the right direction now. Even if everything that the rant describes did happen, it’s all behind us now and there’s no point in crying over spilt milk. The game can and is being salvaged, we need to look into the future now. I’ll leave you with this quote from the comments section of EA Louse’s post (yes there are lots of spelling and grammar errors):
Lets not get into sematics.
I suppose its a coincidance that all the people/projects/entitities that are directly on indirectly responsible for his job being cut also happen to be the *insert random derogatory remark* segment of the company. Big surprise lol.
I sympathize, I really do. Sux getting fired. Working environments too can be less than ideal, and everyone and everything has flaws.
But this is obviously such a heat of the moment “I just got advanced notice” rant lol… Taking this rant seriously would be like taking all the ex-wives claims that their ex-husband mollested their children as holly scripture when we know theres a very very VERY high chance its emotionally driven BS to get revenge and vent lol.
Are the poeple, entitites and projects this guys craps all over perfect and infallible? Heck NO lol. But are the claims that everything and everyone are an incompetant failfest something a rational human being would put much stock into? Yea, I dont think so lol. OP himself likely wont think so when he cools off a bit with time and moves off to a new company and a new project.