Infinity Ward Pokes Fun at Bobby Kotick

| 18 Sep 2009 18:36
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Infinity Ward apparently does not fear the wrath of their supreme overlord Bobby Kotick, because the company subtly poked a little fun at the Activision CEO at a recent Modern Warfare 2 event.

There are some brave souls at Infinity Ward, I have to admit. If they're willing to rib Bobby Kotick - even in the most barely noticeable and super-subtle way - they've got to have some hearts of iron.

You might remember earlier this week when Mr. Kotick decided to make himself even more transparently hate-able by saying some pretty crazy stuff during a presentation at the Deutsche Bank Securities Technology Conference. He made clear that he has designed his company to treat employees so that it "really rewards profit and nothing else," which okay, dude's running a business, so that's not surprising. But then Kotick said some somewhat creepy stuff, describing how he maintains a company culture that is grounded in feelings of "skepticism, pessimism and fear."

Kotick thinks that's appropriate considering our current economic condition, but what ever happened to a happy worker is a good worker?

I'm guessing the folks at Inifnity Ward (otherwise known as I-Dub) are happy enough, because they don't seem to be skeptical, pessimistic or fearful, certainly not of Kotick. During a presentation at a Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer press event, community manager Robert Bowling showed off the game's custom class selection menu, which included three classes he possibly created named Skepticism, Pessimism and Fear.

Fear, apparently, carries an M4A1, a rocket launcher, two flash grenades, Tactical Insertion and Perks for increased melee distance, easier Killstreaks and "full resupply from dead enemies."

Do you see this, Bobby Kotick? These people are not afraid. At least until you give them a personal phone call and scare the living bejeezus out of them, they are not afraid.

[Via NeoGAF, Joystiq]

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smart guys with some balls

Unless there's something beyond amazing coming out (by that I mean Modern Warfare 2), I'm boycotting anything Activision, and anyone who cares about gaming should too. Activision is the anti-Capcom, and even the anti-EA. We have ourselves a successor to EA's throne as the Evil Empire of gaming. At least EA is making an attempt at innovation, and the developers who are in their EA Partners program speak glowingly about it (BioWare and Valve are prime examples). Infinity Ward themselves said that they had to fight Activision every step of the way to make Modern Warfare a reality.

Amnestic:

Donnyp:
who exactly is Kotic? i've seen people talk about him but have no clue to who he is.

Robert "Bobby" Kotick is CEO of Activision Blizzard and an incarnation of Satan.

Nah, I don't think Satan would roll like Kotick does. Satan would at least make enjoyable games accessible to all so that he might brainwash us. Kotick seems more like a fascist dictator intent on purging all fun from the video game industry.

Infinity Ward, clever bastards. Not only are they at the right hand of the devil rather than in his path, but the devil can't afford to lose them from his side.

Crowser:

Donnyp:

Amnestic:

Donnyp:
who exactly is Kotic? i've seen people talk about him but have no clue to who he is.

Robert "Bobby" Kotick is CEO of Activision Blizzard and an incarnation of Satan.

So we should run and hide?

No, stand and fight!

Sir. You have inspired me. I will STAND AND DELIVER!

This would seem to suggest that Kotick isn't quite as draconian as he appears through his press statements, if he allows devs to get away with stunts like this.

I said it back then, I'll say it here: the whole Skepticism, Pessimism, and Fear deal was Kotick attempting to pull the gaming companies under his thumb away from the rosy viewpoint that they're in a recession-proof industry: attempting to get them to realize that job security does not mean you can be lazy with your work.

And he's right.

Donnyp:

Amnestic:

Donnyp:
who exactly is Kotic? i've seen people talk about him but have no clue to who he is.

Robert "Bobby" Kotick is CEO of Activision Blizzard and an incarnation of Satan.

So we should run and hide?

No, stand and fight!

Amnestic:

Donnyp:
who exactly is Kotic? i've seen people talk about him but have no clue to who he is.

Robert "Bobby" Kotick is CEO of Activision Blizzard and an incarnation of Satan.

So we should run and hide?

Keane Ng:

More Fun To Compute:
They hid the message in a game which is one place that Kotick would never look as he has no interest in games at all. They are safe.

That actually makes sense. Those guys at I-Dub, so clever.

Gah! Kotick is making so much money off of CoD. And yet he's probably the only person at Activision who would turn around and say "Huh, who's Captain Price?...How much are we paying this guy?"

Bobby Kotick is the kind of guy whose company you just want to buy all the shares in then fire him. Or better yet, make him the bathroom attendant.

He's an arse hole. I'm liking Infinity Ward though - they seem to remember they're making games, not selling shitty night vision goggles and plastic figures.

And why are IW called I-Dub?

The Sorrow:
Anyway, am I the only one getting this vibe?

Heh, I would say that he is more like The Beast from Transmet. Riccitiello seems like more of a Smiler character.

The whole fear/scepticism/pessimism for workers sounds like a pile of shite to me anyway, I know that Blizzard gms dont have it too bad at least from talking to some of them. They also get a games room for break times etc. On the other hand I`m luck if I get a break time !

Doktor Merkwurdigliebe:

Keane Ng:
Perks for increased melee distance

Long handed mutants? Spear instead of knife?

Lmao, a spear would be Legendary!!!

Good on ya, boys. Looks like my personal boycott of Activision will be lifted for you guys.

Anyway, am I the only one getting this vibe?

I-Dub: image

Kotick: image

Amnestic:

...which gets ruined if they impliment a similar Rank Up system like they had in MW1 and which was used by Treyarch in WaW.

You know, where you don't start off with every perk/weapon already.

Meaning that imbalanced perks do bugger up the game for those who are rank 1 against those who are rank 55.

Dunno if they are keeping the rank system for MW2 but honestly I don't see them getting rid of it.

There is no chance they will dump the leveling. Look at how many people prestige over and over. It's a real draw for some people.

It's a pain in the arse at low level but at least they give you a good selection of weapons to start. I't picks up quick. I was happy as soon as I got UAV jammer.

Keane Ng:

CantFaketheFunk:

Amnestic:

NezumiiroKitsune:

Deviluk:
I dont know why this guy is such a dick. You can care for games, and make profit, just look at Blizzard, or any of the first-party devs.

Although I did read about Starcraft II and the Blizz guys seemed to think that its too good to be given to us mere mortals who may not appreciate it fully. "You're not allowed to change the camera angle! We made it to look like this!"

Blizzard is a subsidery of ActivisionBlizzard which Kotick is the CEO of.

Pretty sure Blizzard has free reign over everything that goes on within their offices though. Fairly certain someone (Funk?) mentioned that in a previous thread mentioning Kotick/ActiBlizz/Blizzard.

It's kind of complicated, as I understand it.

Blizzard is owned by Vivendi. Vivendi and Activision merged, with Vivendi as the majority shareholder, and former Activision boss Bobby Kotick at the helm. So technically, it was Vivendi acquiring Activision and not the other way around. Blizzard is a bit of a special case, as Vivendi largely left them to do their own thing - for one thing, they're completely self-published. Look at WotLK, and the ActiBlizz logo isn't anywhere on there, it's all them.

As far as I can tell, Blizzard is still largely autonomous, if only because Vivendi had the sense to leave them alone and let them do their own thing and Vivendi is still technically in charge. Activision, meanwhile, got to start calling themselves Activision Blizzard.

Either way, it's a complex situation, and I'm not 100% confident on this, but I'm fairly sure it's how everything went down.

I'm pretty sure that's how it worked/works.

Regardless, has there been any legitimately convincing evidence that the merger has changed the way Blizzard makes its games?

Not that I've seen. If Activision were behind things, they'd probably be shooting for less than a decade between sequels (as with SC2 and probably Diablo 3).

Also, fascinating read here.

CantFaketheFunk:

Amnestic:

NezumiiroKitsune:

Deviluk:
I dont know why this guy is such a dick. You can care for games, and make profit, just look at Blizzard, or any of the first-party devs.

Although I did read about Starcraft II and the Blizz guys seemed to think that its too good to be given to us mere mortals who may not appreciate it fully. "You're not allowed to change the camera angle! We made it to look like this!"

Blizzard is a subsidery of ActivisionBlizzard which Kotick is the CEO of.

Pretty sure Blizzard has free reign over everything that goes on within their offices though. Fairly certain someone (Funk?) mentioned that in a previous thread mentioning Kotick/ActiBlizz/Blizzard.

It's kind of complicated, as I understand it.

Blizzard is owned by Vivendi. Vivendi and Activision merged, with Vivendi as the majority shareholder, and former Activision boss Bobby Kotick at the helm. So technically, it was Vivendi acquiring Activision and not the other way around. Blizzard is a bit of a special case, as Vivendi largely left them to do their own thing - for one thing, they're completely self-published. Look at WotLK, and the ActiBlizz logo isn't anywhere on there, it's all them.

As far as I can tell, Blizzard is still largely autonomous, if only because Vivendi had the sense to leave them alone and let them do their own thing and Vivendi is still technically in charge. Activision, meanwhile, got to start calling themselves Activision Blizzard.

Either way, it's a complex situation, and I'm not 100% confident on this, but I'm fairly sure it's how everything went down.

I'm pretty sure that's how it worked/works.

Regardless, has there been any legitimately convincing evidence that the merger has changed the way Blizzard makes its games?

Those perks sound even more cheap and unbalancing than Modern Warfare. Oh how I miss when COD wasn't full of little kids and you couldn't get kills by grenade spamming over buildings, noob tubing across the map, using cheap perks and all that ghastly crap. The game doesn't even look any different, and it's being charged at over full fucking price.

I still play Counterstrike, and I'd rather play Counterstrike. Counterstrike will always be remembered, people forget about COD as soon as the next reskinned, outdated generic pile of shit made for the masses gets released.

Oh well, at least that class name was funny.

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