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Inafune: Making Games Is Hard, And I Hate My Job

Oh, so that's why. Disgruntled employees are always kinda gloomy.

Capcom boss Keiji Inafune has gone on record several times, talking about the decline of the Japanese gaming industry. One of his more infamous comments came when he told the New York Times that in terms of video games, Japan was "at least 5 years behind." Now, we find the Dead Rising 2 producer talking about "doing the impossible" and his job...which he hates. In a recent interview with Inafune cited by Kotaku, the Capcom executive replied to the allusion that he loves his job as follows:

"It's the opposite. I hate it! I want to retire early and take it easy."

He says that's why he's working so hard now and that "if one likes their work, then they can take it slow." For him, making games just isn't easy and really, it doesn't sound like he gets up every day with a smile on his face. Perhaps this was the fuel behind saying the Japanese gaming industry was "finished" and that Japanese developers are simply making inferior products. Maybe he's saying those things to push everyone in Japan harder and faster. Hideo Kojima was quoted as saying Japanese devs "lack motivation and passion," remember?

But however you view the state of gaming in Japan, if he's unhappy, those statements of his make a lot more sense.

Tags: capcom, keiji inafune, game industry, japanese games

10/12/2010 10:42:06 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (59 posts)

Kiryu
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:00:17 AM
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I think that's why he told japanese games r 5 years behind.
The Last Guardian is actually 5 years ahead!

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:15:50 PM

That's just one game at least name some others.

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FM23
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 3:42:45 PM

And you know this...yet we know nothing about this game.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:26:31 PM

The one Japanese game that comes to my mind is GT5.

That makes everything else seem like half or even a third of a game.

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Fane1024
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 5:03:14 PM

...and it's adding damage modelling about 5 years after every other racing game.

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Amazingskillz
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:02:17 AM
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Well maybe he should do something else for a living. I mean, is he really a provider of the top notch smash hit games anyway? If he doesn't like making games its going to show in the games sooner or later.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:35:32 PM

I'd say it shows already.

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McClane
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:35:35 PM

Resident Evil 5 anyone??

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 3:38:07 PM

this explains why capcom's only good game has been street fighter 4. everything else is pure garbage.

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:06:02 AM
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Perhaps the gaming industry in Japan isn't doing as well as I expected, maybe Capcom isn't the greatest company to work for. I am pretty excited to get into the gaming industry in a few years.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:36:15 PM

We at PSXE all expect you to give us the skinny on all the secret news.

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RobiinzZ
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:07:11 AM
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Well if you hate it, quit, simple.

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Ergi
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:12:30 AM
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Yeah there's no way you can do something well if you hate doing it. Imagine hatefull cooking.
I sure hope this isn't something that will happen to more developers in Japan, like a I hate my job epidemic or something.

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Akuma07
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @ 2:54:48 AM

I completely agree.

This guy should NOT be a Capcom Exec.

Simple as that.

If he hates his job, he shouldnt do it, not when your job is partly about passion.

Look how passionate Hideo Kojima is about his games, and just about everyone is a masterpiece!

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Mornelithe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:15:01 AM
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So, this guy is really simply the epitome of a money whore? He hates what he does, enough to complain about it constantly, but won't retire (and possibly bring new life to Capcom with it). Maybe it's not Japanese developers that're 5 years behind, it's that Japanese developers are working for a guy who hates his job.

What a tool.

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McClane
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:37:09 PM

Exactly, he is just a mercenary...

Working for money from 9 to 5 and that's it...

No commitment, no passion, no dedication...

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Hezzron
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:15:27 AM
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A while back, Activision (joked?) about taking the "fun" out of making games. Capcom has taken this a step further, and taken the fun out of PLAYING their games.

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ValdiPS3
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:20:14 AM
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this is a good news, retire asap inafume! because of you bad faith capcom games are horrible this gen.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:23:07 AM
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I hate his jobs too.

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Alienange
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:01:45 PM

Ha!

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Sir Dan
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:25:10 AM
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Are we sure this isn't more of a translation quirk? I've read lots of interviews that were translated from another language that read like this. Just putting that out of there.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:14:06 PM

It's possible. But we can only report on what's there.

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Shams
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:13:21 PM

'Continuing, he added that is why he's working so hard now. He says if one likes their work, then they can take it slow. He says he could do, say, a small bit on a game like Dead Rising and then get paid a high salary.

"There are loads of creators like that," Inafune explains. "But I'm not like that. If things are difficult while they are doing it, they can become a leader and a creator."'


Yes, as we can see from more of the interview, his statements don't translate so well.

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Guest
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 6:57:21 PM

Thumbs Up for the avatar...we *really* need another MediEvil game!!

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:27:49 AM
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I think it's because some companies just have a really effed up development/approval process.

Too much "how much is this game gonna make in the end?"

I know money matters and all, but they just need to make quality games. Catering to a crowd is not the way to go. Catering to quality is the way to go. As Ben once said "gamers reward quality."

Anyway, they're gonna lose more money with DmC

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0_o
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:39:01 AM
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Isn't Polyphony Digital Japanese?!

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:47:51 AM

Indeed, nice car you have thar.

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Qubex
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:45:21 AM
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Look at the mess that is Final Fantasy XIV online... what a joke!

There are very few decent "Japanese" developers left out there, and it may just be a fact that people have to face up to... only the strongest of the strong are going to survive in the next decade.

Gamers are demanding ever so much more now, and not just form the gameplay mechanic, but from the whole "technical" package. Poor effort on the developers side will equate to poor sales, which in turn, will equate to shut down...

It is a sad state of affairs, but it seems to me that developers will not have many a chance to prove themselves... even indie developers are finding it tough.

I was looking at getting into gaming, and quitting my telco job; but after re-looking at everything and seeing my fantastic earnings and benefits, not to mention world wide travel... why risk all that now for a creative whim... I am going to wait a while... and maybe wait for forever...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Alienange
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:03:45 PM

FFXIV tanked, and for good reason. The PC version is nothing but a beta for the PS3 version.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:13:40 PM

Why is it a joke? I've read about lots of people enjoying it.

I really like it too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:48:35 PM

They may have pushed it by promising to release XIV in 2010. Glad I'm not interested.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:01:22 PM

I do wonder if there are lag issues. My processor doesn't have the recommended GHz, but that shouldn't matter so much for me since, although mine is only 2.10GHz, it's a triple core processor. Besides, my load times are great... it's the lagging across the screen. It's not even like the game is doing a lot of complex physics. Plus, I have a GTX460 graphics card, which is a beast.

I'm thinking the biggest issue I have with the game has something to do with the SE server. I shouldn't stagger across the screen in higher populated areas. (It works perfectly if no one else is around me.)

As for the gameplay, I love it. Great customization, and everything has a reward. No more mindless crafting without purpose. And always different quests to go on! Honestly, that 8 hour limit crap? Makes no difference, really. It doesn't affect rank points, only exp for physical level. And trust me, your physical level is not something you ever worry about. It's ALWAYS further than any rank. Plus, it's better to switch classes. You can mix skills of one class with others. You WANT to, for example, give your gladiator a conjurer's cure spell or an archer's accuracy boosting skill.

P.s. Crafting gives you experience in this game. I love FFXIV with the exception of my lag issues. (10MB/second download 2MB/second upload service should not get lag in this...)

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Highlander
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 5:12:16 PM

Is it that the Japanese developers are not good, or is it the Japanese game executives? SE's problems are not caused by poor developers, they're caused by poor decisions. The same goes for Namco, CapCom, Konami, etc... This generation at least, too many companies were too happy to jump into bed with a.n.other console maker for a short term monetary gain (what do you think that is called?).

Instead of continuing to focus on simply making good games for the platforms that they were familiar with and focusing on their largest markets first, many of these organizations saw the glitter of cash in the US market and decided to change their direction.

In subtle and not so subtle ways, games were re-focused on the mythical western gamer. Platform focus changed thanks to the whole jumping into bed for money thing. Essentially they moved away from everything that had made them successful, respected game companies. But it wasn't the developers that changed, it was the people leading the companies and deciding strategy.

Look at Polyphony Digital. Very Japanese, and about to deliver a definitive Gran Turismo game. Have those developers changed? Their company remained focused on what it has always been focused on. OK they are a first party studio, but the point still stands because they illustrate how things could have been for others. Companies like Gust and NIS similarly continue to follow their own path. I don't see their games as being altered or changed for this generation or the mythical western gamer.

Perhaps one day, the leaders of these once great development/publishing companies will realize their mistake, perhaps not. but it's not the fault of the developers.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:12:04 PM

Speaking of Polyphony, i had a chance to play the GT5 demo at walmart. I was heart broken because it has quite a bit of screen tearing. I really hope Polyphony fixes it before the retail release.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:46:08 AM
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Why would you work at a company if you don't like doing the Job you wanted to do? I don't get people sometimes. You should do what you love to do instead of being miserable about it.

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Xombito
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:51:29 AM
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I'm going to take into consideration the possibility of something being taken out of context but if he is really saying what he is saying then I offially consider this guy the crybaby of the videogame world. Seriously to be inerviewed and say nothing but negative things about Japanese game development and then go on to say you hate your job. I mean, stop the f'n whining and do something to change it. But if he hates his job...then, maybe Capcom could fire him for these comments.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:49:30 PM

Incompetence is usually grounds for termination.

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Highlander
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:54:01 AM
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Well he doesn't say what it is he hates about the job, perhaps it's the long hours and life erasing commitment?

Either way, if you hate your job it's usually a good idea to move on. At the very least, perhaps he should move to a different capacity at Capcom and allow someone with a greater love for the role bring their energy and positive attitude to the role.

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daus26
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 11:54:43 AM
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I just don't believe it when they say Japan is 5 years behind in video games. The technology is there. If only he'd have even the slightest passion like Kojima or Kaz. But this guy seems hopeless right now. How can a company run with a leading guy like that?

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jaybiv
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:07:27 PM
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sounds like someone has a bad case of the mondays.

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Alienange
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:10:22 PM
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He wants to retire? And do what? If you're unhappy making games, buddy, there's not much else in life FOR you.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:36:51 PM
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Seriously man, why doesn't he go sell tires or something then. If you hate your job, your work suffers.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:49:51 PM
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We can tell. Your games suck a**. Just quit now you whiny pu**y.

What a disgrace.

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McClane
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:41:10 PM

Couldn't have said it better myself...

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 12:54:52 PM
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Hey Keiji, we can swap jobs if you really want to.

But seriously, why does this guy seem hell-bent on running Capcom into the ground with these statements? He's almost as bad as Kotick when it comes to making people dislike him. Either way, so be it. I don't have a great deal of respect left for him or his company.
Peace.

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Wissam
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:26:32 PM
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Go a head and retire no one is stopping you.
if he retire I will be in peace.he is saying a lot of annoying things lately. 5 years behind.
will laugh if you asked about a new onimusha.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 1:46:52 PM
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Capcom should just fire this douche. Hes only making their reputation worse and their games suck now.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:21:38 PM
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If that translation was correct & Keiji Inafune actually said that, then he must be looking to go the Western route for his next job.


Pssst, Keiji......Walmart's hiring!

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McClane
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:43:31 PM

LOL!!!

As cashier...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 2:50:52 PM
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I haven't played Dead Rising 2, but from what I've seen it isn't exactly AAA.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 3:14:18 PM

McClane,

As a greeter.....

No, wait.....his pissy attitude actually dictates that he be the top "urinal scrubber"

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McClane
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 3:28:49 PM

LOL!!!

Seems about right, but maybe he can apply to the "crapper scrubber" position, considering only sh!t is what he's been supervising/producing recently...

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FM23
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 3:45:17 PM
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People like myself could care less about what he has to say. Doesn't affect the past, present, or future. If you hate your job...quit and find something else. I don't think he is ruining Capcom's image as the games they've produced have done that and some more, but he just needs to stop bitching and find something he loves.

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RX78Zero
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 4:30:06 PM
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I don't know a lot about Keiji Inafune and how Capcom gos about devoloping games. But it seems evident that most of the Japanese devolopers out there are not making good quality games as they use to for whatever reason. Some of the games may lack inovation, storytelling, diologue, programing,or something else.
Games like quantum theroy, Front Mission evovled, Dead Rising 2, Resident evil 5, and Final Fantasy 13 are not as great as they should be.
Japan has rich culture that's cappable of producing very good technology,creative ideals are abondant here but life can be strainuous on this small island.
Mr.Keiji should find his resovle for his personal problem however he needs to, if it means changing the structre of the company or assign a replacement.
And everyone else here needs to stop pointing the finger at him or Capcom, they put a good effort into making a game for another distance counrty.
But still, things don't transition well or some ideals don't work.

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Metallisnake
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 6:20:17 PM
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this guy should just go the only great game capcom has relased for this gen that was dmc4 you know ur company is bad when 2 of the companies lead developer shinji and hideki leave........to SEGA!!!!!!!!!!

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Guest
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:08:05 PM
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I think Hideo nailed it.

Hideo's passionate, he's good at what he does, that "soul" shows in his games. I respect his opinion.

(Though I must admit I *still* want "Solid Snake" to find a youth formula and save the planet again, the dude frikkin rocks!!)

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Temjin001
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:38:39 PM
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the best part of this news was the word "infamous" used by Ben.
mmmmh, Infamous...and Infamous 2... can't wait

=p

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 8:58:16 PM
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Maybe this guy has seen the end of the world, he is the most negative guy right now.

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___________
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @ 3:15:57 AM
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oh figurbedo!
honestly!!!!!
come live in my world carting 50KG+ condensing units up ladders in the poring rain!
id have his job over mine any day of the week!!!!!
why have Asian developers turned into whiny b*tches?
they have one of the best jobs in the world, they get paid one of the best salarys in the world, and there STILL complaining!

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