We Need To Stop Being Toxic To Video Game Developers Except Bobby Kotick

You’d think that in the hellish landscape we live in, fans might be excited for a new Monkey Island game directed by Ron Gilbert. And they were! Most of them. Almost all of them. But not enough, as some fans decided the art style wasn’t to their liking. And as is always the case in video games, these people were really normal about it and decided to attack the original creator of the series endlessly until he decided to completely stop posting on the game.


Which is sad. Because there is no reason to harass or insult the developers.

Unless they’re Bobby Kotick. So, how are you.

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Whether they like it or not, video game developers have an extraordinarily difficult job. Even the smallest indie game takes thousands of hours to create; even the biggest triple-A games suffer from tight budgets and tighter deadlines. Sure, it’s disappointing when you’ve paid for a game that’s let you down or a series is “ruined” by a choice you don’t like. It’s understandable that you’re angry. But you have to remember that with the exception of Bobby Kotick, these developers are real human beings with real feelings.

Now, let’s be clear: there is a difference between crit and attack. It’s fair to criticize a game for promised features that aren’t up to snuff. Heck, it’s even fair to criticize an art style you don’t like. But the developers don’t make these choices to piss you off. When fans flood a developer‘s stream, forums, and inbox with accusations, a valid criticism becomes an outpouring of hate. And no one deserves that, except for the CEO of Activision Blizzard who made billions while overseeing a company that systematically replaced joy in its titles with loot boxes.

It’s disappointing that harassment from game developers has become the norm. Even legendary characters such as Masahiro Sakurai felt harassed with decisions. And this is Sakurai we’re talking about! The man created Kirby and Smash! Unlike Bobby Kotick, who didn’t really contribute to games but contributed to a culture within games that allows intense sexual harassment and discrimination with no real consequences.

It’s not like developers like cutting features or having to delay their games. We know the next God of War will almost certainly be a good one – and we know that because developers like Cory Barlog are focused on providing the best possible experience. There’s no reason to harass him because he’s not Bobby Kotick. Bobby Kotick isn’t even a real developer; he just collects money and makes decisions that crush the lives of true creators. Eight hundred of which he once laid off at the same time Activision announced record profits.

Making a developer’s life hell may seem satisfying in the moment, but it’s an empty gesture unless it’s directed at Bobby Kotick. To write that someone is sold because of an art style is ridiculous. Especially when Bobby Kotick would throw his own mother under a bus if it meant making an extra five bucks. Yelling at a dev as a gag for not including a meme character is stupid. Shout out to Bobby Kotick, whose outstanding leadership enabled Bill Cosby-themed conference rooms. Don’t flame someone for being late. Flame Bobby Kotick because he runs a company that absolved itself of wrongdoing and said, “Well, solved that.”

There’s enough hate in this world already, except when it’s directed at Bobby Kotick. We are already so divided, even though we should be united to make every moment Bobby Kotick spends away from home a nightmare. We shouldn’t add more negativity to this toxic landscape, unless that negativity is led by a dude who looks and acts like the third Weinstein brother.

So, how are you.

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