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Super Douchery

November 8, 2008

My first rule of anything in life is that shit happens. And I know I don’t normally swear on this blog but I don’t feel like sugarcoating it. Events occur over which we have no control. Sometimes we let a word or two slip about someone while the camera is rolling. There are different situations for this, though. If you didn’t know the camera was on, for instance, you could probably get away with some sort of apology since nobody was ever meant to hear what you said. However, when you flat out call somebody a “super douche” in an interview, call them out by name, and they just happen to publish your games… well, I’d say expect to face some consequences.

What you have just done is tarnished your entire company’s good name. When you are in this industry and the camera is on you, you are not representing yourself, you are representing who you work for, and also indirectly, everyone you know. Your opinions of other people should remain inside your cubicle. If somebody gives misinformation in an interview, you politely correct them. To demonstrate, it’s time for another “Good Idea, Bad Idea.”

Original Quote: “Bolt-action rifles in Modern Warfare were not one-shot kill weapons, as they are in World at War.”

Good Idea: “Actually, bolt-action rifles have always been one-shot kill weapons in Call of Duty, be it Modern Warfare or any of the previous ones.”

Bad Idea: “WTF are you talking about?! “in previous Call of Dutys blah blah blah”. First of all, you didn’t work on “previous Call of Dutys”, so don’t talk as if you’re down with how / why things were designed the way they were. Second, you’re completely fucking wrong. Bolt Action rifles are one hit kills in every Call of Duty we (Infinity Ward) made!!”

Eesh.

I have three words for you buddy:

Kotaku Dot Com.

Now that this is up there, you’re going to be found out. Your boss is going to be getting a phone call, and he is going to have to let you go or else your company’s name is tarnished forever. It doesn’t matter how amazing Modern Warfare was, you don’t talk down to people in the industry, especially not THAT far down. Certain things like, “He is misinformed…” are iffy but certainly not a sin and not something that’s going to hurt you permanently. But calling somebody a “super douche?” That’s completely unprofessional.

Look, we all hate douchebags. But there is a difference between a regular douchebag and a douchebag who can fire you for calling him a douchebag. Shit happens. Pick your spots.

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One Comment
  1. On my blog I’m always very careful with how I word things. Even if I think a design decision was absolutely stupid or that the UI designer was so inept they should be fired. I won’t say it. I’ll criticise the UI or design and say no more.

    For all I know, I could be working with that guy one day. What’s the point in burning bridges I haven’t even had the chance to build yet?

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