BioWare Bosses Gone, Pachter Blames "Whining" Gamers
BioWare is currently working on Dragon Age III and there's every chance we'll see a new Mass Effect at some point.
But bosses Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have announced their departure, and analyst Michael Pachter thinks he knows why. In a recent Pach-Attack episode (which is well worth a look), the Wedbush Morgan analyst pulled no punches, saying Muzyka and Zeschuk's leaving means future BioWare products "just won't be the same." And who's to blame? The "whining fans," who freaked out over Mass Effect 3. Said Pachter:
"That really could’ve been the straw that broke the camel’s back for the doctors. I think you guys who were out there whining vocally about how BioWare screwed you out of a happy ending, should really look in the mirror and wonder how you’re not getting anything like those games again with the doctors gone. You might get good games, they won’t be the same. That is like making a Godfather movie without Coppola being involved. It’s just not the same.
Your whining just pisses everybody off. It pisses off creative people. You’re not getting any enjoyment out of that. You have lost two super creative guys. You chased them off. Shame on you."
While it isn't necessarily the lack of a "happy ending" that annoyed gamers, I take his point. I and many other journalists and industry people were embarrassed at the hostile and altogether overly entitled outcry from gamers concerning the ME3 issue, and I've made it plain I have zero respect for the ME3 fan base that reacted in such a fashion. I'm not saying this contributed to the departure of Muzyka and Zeschuk but Pachter is 100% correct when he said that such whining "pisses off creative people."
It's important to have a voice. It's also important to shut the hell up when you're blatantly being selfish, nasty, and downright adolescent about a video game. More having fun, less complaining. Thanks.
10/8/2012 10:52:51 AM Ben Dutka