BioWare co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk warns against 'EA bear hug'
EA's become fairly known in the industry as a publisher that acquires other organizations and guts them. It's not a good reputation, and even though they've been attempting to eliminate this bad rap of late, they've still got a long way to go.
In an interview with IGN, BioWare's co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk today talked about the phenomenon, which he terms the "EA Bear Hug." He explained that his organization managed to survive relatively intact because it was well-established and could cope with the heavy pressure.
"I think one of the reasons that we survived" said Dr. Zeschuk, "was that our company was mature enough and that there was enough good people throughout to handle the EA Bear Hug - something that is well-meaning but vigorous." The interview concluded with Zeschuk explaining that it wasn't EA that drove him and Muzyka from BioWare, it was simply past due that the two of them retired from the industry; they simply weren't passionate about games in the same way they used to be.
"One of the few things I find kind of funny is the responses of the fans, because they sort of respond that they are kind of mad at us for leaving because they think we owe them more games. You know, it's sad; I wish I could deliver on that, but I don't think I would be as good as I was in that space historically. Like I said, the fire wasn't there."
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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