THE BUZZ: Crytek’s director of creative development, Rasmus Hojengaard, caused quite a stir when he made a comment regarding rumors of used game blocking software in next-gen consoles.
In an interview with CVG he made a comment stating that blocking used games would be awesome:
“From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome. It’s weird that [second-hand] is still allowed because it doesn’t work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well.”
He has since come out and made a new statement, saying that the comment was obviously meant in jest:
“My comment made in the interview released on the 24th of April, touching upon ‘blocking sales of used games’, was not intended to be taken seriously nor representative of the opinion of Crytek.”
EGM’s TAKE: In a social media world, developers have to be increasingly careful about what they say and how they word things. Sarcasm is a very hard thing to get across using the written word and unless made clear it’s difficult to tell when someone is joking in an interview. Hopefully this little mistake can be put to bed and forgotten about. Hojengaard will no doubt be a lot more careful with what he says in future interviews.
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