I got this unexpected news from slashdot.org :
“Kotaku is reporting that Infinity Ward, the development studio behind Modern Warfare 2, has been at the center of strange events recently. Jason West and Vince Zampella, two lead developers, have been fired by parent company Activision for ‘breaches of contract and insubordination.’ Speculation is rife as to the reasons behind this; following Modern Warfare 2′s spectacular sales figures, it seems unlikely that the studio’s performance could be to blame.”
About unions in video games
I really think that IGDA should push foward for more cohesion in this industry. As of the moment we should look at the movie industry for answers about the futur of our profession. It is really sad to twist the passion of creators in this industry : “We have a real culture of thrift. The goal that I had in bringing a lot of the packaged goods folks into Activision about 10 years ago was to take all the fun out of making video games.” Kotick later stated he tries to promote an atmosphere of “skepticism, pessimism, and fear” in his company and, “We are very good at keeping people focused on the deep depression.”.
A befitting joke taken from slashdot comments
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, dies and goes to Hell. The devil greets him when he arrives and says “Bobby, out of all the people up there, you remind me most of myself, so I’m going to let you choose your punishment for your first thousand years.”
The two start at a short hallway labelled “First Timers” and stop at the first door. Inside is an old man, screaming, having his skin peeled off in 1 inch strips. The devil explains “At the beginning of the day, his flesh is renewed. By nightfall, he is nothing but a pile of organs hanging onto a skeleton. This is the only punishment where you get a few hours rest every night.” Bobby feels a bit nervous about the long future ahead of him.
They walk to the next door. Inside is an even older man, screaming louder than the first man, and he’s slowly being lowered into a vat of acid. The devil explains “This punishment lasts all day. It starts at the toes and works its way up. When you are completely burned away, it starts over. Some say that after the first 800 years, though, it feels more like a massage than a punishment. I suppose it’s not so bad if you really enjoyed hot tubs when you were alive.” Bobby starts sweating at the thought of his eternal reward.
They come up to the third, and last door of the hallway. Inside is an EXTREMELY old man, screaming at the top of his lungs. A gorgeous young woman, chained to him by the ankle, is giving him a passionate blowjob. The devil grins “This punishment may look like fun, but after the first few hours, you get tired, but you may never rest; not for a thousand years. This punishment is one of endurance. Now that you’ve seen your choices, which one will it be?” Bobby Kotick doesn’t take long to decide which of the punishments he’ll undergo.
“I’ll take the last one. The blowjob one.”
The devil accepts Bobby’s choice with a nodded bow, and opens the third door. He enters in, unlocks the chain on the woman’s leg and whispers in her ear “Your replacement is here, you’ve been relieved.”