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Bobby Kotick is a “total prick” says Schafer

July 15, 2010Written by Cameron Teague

I think its about time for someone to phone up Don King and get him over here as there might be a fight brewing on our hands. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, DoubleFine’s Tim Schafer spoke out about Activision head man Bobby Kotick, calling him a “total prick” and a “dick.” These words from Schafer could possibly have something to do with the fact that Activision was originally going to publish Brutal Legend, only to drop out at the last second and leave Schafer and company to find a new suitor named EA.

“His obligation is to his shareholders,” Schafer said. “Well, he doesn’t have to be as much of a dick about it, does he? I think there is a way he can do it without being a total prick. It seems like it would be possible. It’s not something he’s interested in.”

He added: “[Kotick] makes a big deal about not liking games, and I just don’t think that attitude is good for games in general. I just don’t think we’re an industry of widgets.

“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.

“Hopefully he’ll go back to another industry scene. He could go to an industry that makes more money. Ball bearings… something that suits his passions more. Weapons manufacturing?”