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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 9:39AM arnavdesai said

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What prompted this weird and out of place on Massively article in the morning. Most serious gamers know Bobby Kottick is a douche so wonder what the point of this article was.

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 1:34PM (Unverified) said

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I think the whole point was just to use that creepy picture. They just need to replace the background with flames and it'll be good to go.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 3:40PM (Unverified) said

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Vampires don't like flames. It causes them Aggravated Damage and sends them into Rötschreck.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 9:40AM archipelagos said

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I imagine that he is far from the only big-wig spouting gems of wisdom like that. There is a lot that we will never hear about publically and you can bet your bottom dollar that it's much worse than what this "super special individual" has ever said. This is the world we live in folks.

$ > All.

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 9:49AM (Unverified) said

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whoa! he looks like a demon from supernatural with those eyes.

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 10:46AM Tom in VA said

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^^ Those were my thoughts EXACTLY. lol
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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 2:05PM (Unverified) said

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I was thinking the EXACT same thing! xD
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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 9:45AM (Unverified) said

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I can't remember when I've seen a lazier "article" on this site. Stringing together a couple of out-of-context quotes with some off-hand speculation doesn't substitute for real news or actual journalistic thinking.

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 9:47AM Gaugamela said

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Like what you did with his eyes. :D

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 10:02AM (Unverified) said

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This is the same guy who dropped several IP's because they did not have Guitar Heros "Sequelability", and who has gone on record as saying that games are too cheap (Though unfortunately, he is probably correct on that in terms of termket trends).

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 9:58AM Greyjoy said

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With all the lawsuits being banded around, wouldn't be surprised that Actiblizzard doesn't try and sue Massively for defamation through that image

WATCH OUT!

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 10:06AM (Unverified) said

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/devil's advocate mode on

Well, his job is to make profits for shareholders, and he has been pushing that end of his role to the extreme.
Also consider a certain-recent-MMO that had a 'fun' atmosphere that seems to show couches and Rockband set-ups in the breakrooms are not necessarily conducive to good business.
Maybe workers need to....y'know....do some work. Not be entertained.

/da mode off

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 10:40AM Nadril said

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Except that things such as that are conductive to a better work environment.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 8:08PM (Unverified) said

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You forgot to mention that while his workers may work, they've been doing the same damn thing for the last 6 years. Making the same games with the same fluffy content. They haven't exactly been innovators since their last big releases. Just about all their new content is from other games features(this goes for WoW, CoD, and GH).

You are right thought, the Kotick is all about that money, money, yeah yeah.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 10:15AM Wensbane said

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This is what happens when you go out on expeditions to Z'ha'dum...

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 10:50AM Lateris said

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Ok, but does he not look like the kid who put his tongue on the pole with the ice on it and it was stuck in to the pole in "A Christmas Story"?

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 10:52AM (Unverified) said

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I hereby predict Blizzard dominance in world gaming to be at the start of their decline.

All will be sequels from now on, and their new title will flopp.

In 5 years, Bioware will be the big thing with EA in their backs.

Then we get the current EA director at the time saying something 99% alike to this, and we have the same thing going again and again.

Well, at least there is something good comming out of this. We'll never really get gaming monopoly. The directors drive for money just ruins the fun out of it.

And guess what!? Gaming is about "fun".

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 11:03AM wjowski said

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In five years, Bioware'll be lucky if they don't end up being subsumed into EA Canada or something.
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Posted: Sep 17th 2009 11:20AM pcgneurotic said

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Surely this guy is kidding around when he says things like that? :O

Posted: Sep 17th 2009 11:53AM Psychotic Storm said

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No but in his defence and probably in the defence of most CEO, he is just a guy that finished management and got the reigns of a company, hence the economic state, if you educate people to be managers instead of taking the natural selection and evolving them from inside the company you are bound to end up with such statements.

He probably has no real understanding how his company works, how the consumers work and what is his place as public front of the company and how such statements might sound good in the ears of investors, that usually want money and don't really understand what the company they invested money on really does, yes it makes "computer games" but do you know what these things are?, but it hurts the public face of the company in their consumers audience.

its a sad truth that the state of economy is as it is because people like him are in these positions.
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