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Mornin '12
Filed under: BIOWARE
Many of you have probably heard the news that BioWare bosses Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka have left the development studio and have also decided to retire from video game development.

Also, I noticed that a lot of you have been blaming EA for this. Well, to tell you the truth, I think both Greg and Ray just got tired of the industry and the way triple-A games are being developed these days - with strict aim to reel in as much casual gamers as possible, which leaves precious little room for innovation and experiments (in terms of gameplay primarily).

It might also be possible that they both wanted to work on a project independently, but then realized that there's no point beginning from scratch, when they can just retire and become brewers (well, one of them at least).

In a nutshell, we have to say that we will miss these dudes. They were responsible for several classics, chief among which are Baldur's Gate, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights and Mass Effect.

So, they're leaving... so what? Good for them. They deserve some time away.

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Reikhardt Sep 19 2012, 04:58 am EDT

Good luck to them I say, I've enjoyed a good many of their games in the past.
As for EA, I'm not a big fan of their current business practices, but at the end of the day they are a business and they are driving their business to the largest (and therefore most lucrative) markets. There is no point whining about it, those of us with a more old school/ less casual approach to gaming can go elsewhere. I think a number of people who complain most vocally about EA, Activison, et al are forgetting that the gaming industry is no longer a little niche market for a few young men and boys anymore.
Un Om Bun [STAFF] Sep 19 2012, 06:27 am EDT
The cowards simply don't wanna be around when that MMO of theirs shuts down in a few months.
Juxtapose Sep 19 2012, 06:53 am EDT
@Reikhardt Bingo, I agree completely. Gaming is a completely different beast today, more mainstream. The golden age of gaming, in my opinion, passed in the earlier 2000's. The tech might be better now, but the quality and innovation, at least outside of the indie circle, is long gone and will stay that way until the larger consumer base dictates otherwise (which I can't see happening anytime soon).
SeNtrY Sep 19 2012, 07:03 am EDT
When you sell your company to EA for billion dollars and more you start to ask yourself why work anymore, especially when you have a family which you can be with. So I completely understand. For me personally they didn't make nothing special after KotoR but nevertheless they deserve a huge amount of respect for games before that era, and for that they will always be a giants in my book.
Bubu Sep 19 2012, 09:28 am EDT
Who need those fuckers? A lot o ppl seem to forget that most of the work on BG 1 and 2 was done by the guys at Black Isle. That's why those games are the best in their portfolio. BLACK ISLE!
Vodoo Sep 19 2012, 09:33 am EDT
when Gary Gygax wrote fantasy stories and rule-books for dice games, i had no age or at best i was still having sleep overs at my neighbour's house playing Sonic on the Sega Genesis.

i'm sure some people still remember jokes about gamers, the social pariahs....hidden away in the shadows. i wish i was one of them however i was too young and the country i live in had little love for gaming as a medium paralleling books or at least attempting it.
though having Mario, Tanks, Pong, Duck Hunt, Hogan's Alley, Frogger as examples, that statement became invalid from the get go.

technology has grown but the spirit of those who would have wielded it in the past has grown old and knackered.

only 10 years ago, people wanted but they couldn't; now they can but they won't.

it's not JUST about the money, it's about satisfaction with the least effort possible. Nintendo, Capcom, EA, Activision, Blizzard.

look in the mirror, at your friends and families. YOU caused this.
  KraGeRzR: Yes
Doomsday. Sep 19 2012, 10:07 am EDT
Morkrul Sep 19 2012, 11:52 am EDT
man i just came back from south, and boy wasn't that a trip (literally tripping balls one day)
Terminator Sep 19 2012, 12:46 pm EDT
I'm sorry to see Zeschuk and Muzyka retire, but maybe it's for the best. Bioware belongs to EA now, and these guys can't do what they want anymore. It's up to other developers to fill the void Bioware left.
Breedy_Mcfluff Sep 19 2012, 10:21 pm EDT
Make sure to pick up the new Humble Bundle.

And I agree. EA blows, but AAA game development probably has taken some serious blows all over the place. Gotta have that big-ass budget, but you also gotta make sure to get as many people to play as possible, no matter what. Glad they decided to leave while they felt that way, rather than wait a few more months and feel even worse about being in the big-time game industry.
I love kick-starter so damn much.

Also, today's botd is totally a porn star. I've seen her... in a movie... sucking face... camel toe.
  Reikhardt: Who is the BOTD though, Google image search failed me.


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