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Did Fan Criticism Cause BioWare’s Founders To Quit?

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Posted on September 28, 2012 AT 12:03pm

The announced departures of BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk came as a shock to many, but one ex-BioWare dev believes negative fan reaction may have had a hand in their decisions.

Trent Oster—a former video game director at EA and Bioware, creative director of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, and director of Neverwinter Nights—thinks that the negative reaction BioWare games such as Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic received from the gaming community may have contributed to both Muzyka and Zeschuk not only deciding to leave the company they helped found, but the video game industry entirely.

“The last time I met up with [Greg], I felt his exhaustion,” Oster told NowGamer in a recent interview. “‘Punch out, eject, get the hell out’, was my suggestions to him and it hit closer to the mark than I had realized. I also think the Mass Effect 3 fan reaction and the Old Republic fans negativity was just too much.

“You have to love games and you put your heart into them to create them. To have the fans creating petitions against the work is pretty hard to take, especially when you’ve spent the last few years crunching overtime to try and ship a game. It can be hard to shut off the overwhelming negativity the internet spews forth, especially when it has your name or the name of your company in it.”

For the full conversation on this topic with Trent Oster, hit the link below.

 

Source: NowGamer

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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