Tim Schafer: Bobby Kotick Is "Total Pr**ck"


Posted July 14, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

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I don't know about you, but I love when video game industry honchos take off the gloves and tell us how they really feel about each other. Case-in-point: Tim Schafer, CEO of Double Fine and creator of Brutal Legend and Psychonauts recently gave an interview to Eurogamer where he was asked what he thought about Activision head Bobby Kotick, and how he runs his company. Here's what Schafer said:

"His obligation is to his shareholders. Well, he doesn't have to be as much of a d*ck about it, does he? I think there is a way he can do it without being a total pr*ck. It seems like it would be possible. It's not something he's interested in."

Schafer added:

"Well, he makes a big deal about not liking games, and I just don't think that attitude is good for games in general. I don't think we're an industry of widgets. I don't think we can approach it like we approach bars of soap, where you're just trying to make the cheapest bar of soap.  He definitely has that that kind of widget-maker attitude. I don't think he's great for the industry, overall. 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."

I can only hope Kotick plans to fire back with some insults hurled at Tim; I'll get some popcorn and sit back and relax... of course, it's more likely that Kotick will simply light a cigar with a hundred dollar bill, send out for a couple super-models, and forget the whole thing ever happened.

Oh, the rest of the interview contains all kinds of interesting observations about the nature of indie game making, Double Fine's plans for the future, Schafer's favorite movies, what he would have done differently with Brutal Legend and more, although it lacks further personal attacks.

Source: Eurogamer

Tim Schafer: Bobby Kotick Is "Total Pr**ck"


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