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R-F
23-01-2012, 04:16 PM
So, yeah, Diablo 3's Senior Producer Steve Parker has announced that he is leaving Blizzard after five years with the company. He sent out this particularly interesting Twitter message:-

Hey Twitter, I'm no longer working at Blizzard or on D3. I've had a great 5 years there and those guys are going to kill it with Diablo.

Do you think it might be about the way they've pretty much completely changed the game in the last week, or something even deeper down?

Wizardry
23-01-2012, 04:17 PM
Probably means that the release of Diablo III is going to be better than his 5 years there, hence it's going to "kill it". Nothing to see here.

vinraith
23-01-2012, 04:30 PM
The use of "kill it" there is pretty ambiguous, could be taken as positive or negative.

LongBlade
23-01-2012, 04:44 PM
Not much context there - it could be read either way.

One thing it does not do is shower glowing praise.

While my gut tells me he thinks this is a bad thing, ultimately we'll have to have more context. He may be under some kind of NDA, which would account for the vague tweet. Probably better if he'd said nothing (if that's the case) but he may have wanted to go on record as safely as possible.

Then again, maybe he's thrilled with the product but found a better job. Time will tell.

Heliocentric
23-01-2012, 04:46 PM
You don't say it in a negative way while you still have a pension, nda agreement etc. to keep you quiet.

Unaco
23-01-2012, 04:59 PM
It could be read ambiguously. But only by someone with the emotional intellect of a horseshoe crab. He's saying he's had a great 5 years, and he's happy to leave the game with 'those guys' because he has a lot of confidence in them, and thinks they are going to do a really great job. Nothing to see here.

Drinking with Skeletons
23-01-2012, 05:06 PM
I doubt he'd say that they were going to fuck it up after saying he had a great five years there. It would also be deeply stupid to start a job hunt by publicly announcing that the high profile game you were heavily involved with--in a high-ranking position no less--is going to suck.

That's not to say that there isn't something about it that he was unhappy with. If he was truly happy with things he wouldn't have left. It could simply boil down to the fact that Blizzard has become so stream-of-revenue-crazy that he believed that staying on would mean just updating DIII for the rest of his career.

Anthile
23-01-2012, 05:08 PM
It's obviously a planned terrorist attack. Somebody call the feds already.

Althea
23-01-2012, 05:09 PM
That's not to say that there isn't something about it that he was unhappy with. If he was truly happy with things he wouldn't have left.
Burn out, better job offer...?

LongBlade
23-01-2012, 05:14 PM
It could be read ambiguously. But only by someone with the emotional intellect of a horseshoe crab.

Horseshoe crabs have survived 250 million years, so I guess I could do worse. And their mating rituals are kinda interesting, so I'm good with that.

DigitalSignalX
23-01-2012, 07:47 PM
Regretfully off the topic of crab sex, I'd have to say it's a positive sign as well. I think he's giving it (Diablo, not crustaceans) a big thumbs up. It's normal for people to leave a firm once a really big project is so near completion it's out of their hands. I think this is likely the case as well, leveraging this superb notch on his resume for a much better position.

Back on topic, who do I have to hump to get a beta key.

edit: sry double post

Wizardry
23-01-2012, 07:51 PM
Regretfully off the topic of crab sex, I'd have to say it's a positive sign as well. I think he's giving it (Diablo, not crustaceans) a big thumbs up.

Back on topic, who do I have to hump to get a beta key.
The guy below you.


Regretfully off the topic of crab sex, I'd have to say it's a positive sign as well. I think he's giving it (Diablo, not crustaceans) a big thumbs up. It's normal for people to leave a firm once a really big project is so near completion it's out of their hands. I think this is likely the case as well, leveraging this superb notch on his resume for a much better position.

Back on topic, who do I have to hump to get a beta key.
The guy above you.

Memph
23-01-2012, 08:51 PM
From Gamesradar:

"Hey Twitter, I'm no longer working at Blizzard or on D3. I've had a great 5 years there and those guys are going to kill it with Diablo," he tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/retailsails/status/160238129977098240) this Saturday, later adding (https://twitter.com/#%21/retailsails/status/160242461283856384), “Yeah, probably should have used a better verb than 'kill it' about D3. They're going to do an amazing job.”

IDtenT
23-01-2012, 09:31 PM
Horseshoe crabs have survived 250 million years, so I guess I could do worse. And their mating rituals are kinda interesting, so I'm good with that.
More like 500 million years.

R-F
23-01-2012, 10:53 PM
From Gamesradar:

"Hey Twitter, I'm no longer working at Blizzard or on D3. I've had a great 5 years there and those guys are going to kill it with Diablo," he tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/retailsails/status/160238129977098240) this Saturday, later adding (https://twitter.com/#%21/retailsails/status/160242461283856384), “Yeah, probably should have used a better verb than 'kill it' about D3. They're going to do an amazing job.”

Huh, interesting.

I still find his choice of words interesting. "They're going to do an amazing job."

Chevy
23-01-2012, 10:54 PM
Huh, interesting.

I still find his choice of words interesting. "They're going to do an amazing job."

What is it you're looking for there? Cause I see him saying they're going to do a good job.

R-F
23-01-2012, 10:58 PM
What is it you're looking for there? Cause I see him saying they're going to do a good job.

The fact he's implying they haven't done a good job so far despite (or maybe because) the fact they were underneath him? Just a bit weird, is all.

Unaco
23-01-2012, 11:02 PM
The fact he's implying they haven't done a good job so far despite (or maybe because) the fact they were underneath him? Just a bit weird, is all.

It's a FACT that he's implying they've done a poor job? There's no such thing. He's saying they'll do a fine job even though he's leaving. There's nothing to this... The guy is switching jobs, he used 'kill' to mean they're going to do a good job with the game, and then he clarified what he meant. There's no implication that they're not going to do a good job, or haven't done a good job in the past.

SirKicksalot
23-01-2012, 11:06 PM
The fact he's implying they haven't done a good job so far despite (or maybe because) the fact they were underneath him? Just a bit weird, is all.

This is one of those times I wish this forum had smileys.

I suppose the dude got tired and the game is nearing completion anyway (Beta patch 10 should roll out today and includes all those revamped systems revealed last week).
He's worked on, what, only Battle Realms and Diablo 3 for the past 10 years? I bet he wants to work on something else that preferably doesn't take 7 years to come out.

Memph
23-01-2012, 11:17 PM
Yuppers, i see nothing to this tbh. Ok, so he did use a peculiar verb, would could easily come across as a rather narcissistic 'i did so much and now they're just gonna balls it all up' but after the retweet, clearly he meant 'they're gonna own/pwn/smash/etc it'.
Isn't the game pretty much done anyhoo? Likely his work's done and just needs dusting.

ado
23-01-2012, 11:22 PM
Just face it people, Diablo 3 will kill it! Kill the franchise! Kill Blizzard! KILL EVERYBODY! We heard it from the horse's mouth, so there's no denying it!

Or maybe he just meant that the game is great and in good hands...

vecordae
23-01-2012, 11:33 PM
Honestly, I find it deeply suspicious that his exit from the company was announced via a tweet rather than dark sorceries.

Drinking with Skeletons
24-01-2012, 08:11 PM
Burn out, better job offer...?

Speaking as someone who has been there, being "burned out" means that the job got to the point that it was pure misery and you have no faith that it will get meaningfully better going forward, so I think that my suggestion that he could have been unhappy with that position stands up.

However, it definitely could have been a better job offer, though I'm somewhat doubtful that "better" in this case means a bigger salary or a more prestigious role, as I don't see how much he could improve over heading up a AAA sequel in a massively popular franchise while working for one of the biggest, most generous (in terms of time and money given for titles) publishers in the industry. A position that offers less corporate oversight, on the other hand? I could definitely believe that.