Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A serious moment....

Hey Neill what's up. So, breaking my crazy character for a bit.

This Friday will be my last day at Arena Net. After seven years of Charr, Icons, Poobags, Dragons, delivered lunches, Battlefield Desert Combat grudge matches, 4 shipped games and Kekai's sweet smile, I'll be moving on.

My new gig is going to be at Undead Labs as the art director. Given the fact that I love the zombie genre (and have since 1988, when Curtis Pitt rented Dawn of the Dead for his slumber party) and pitched my first zombie game in 1997, with a slew of other pitches over several years (Three alone at Arena), you'd think this would have been an easy decision. It wasn't.

I went back and forth for a long time. It's selfish, but I wish Arena had fallen apart. I wish the projects became shitty and the people soulless shells that just punched buttons on their keyboards. That way I could walk away from this place with a 'fuck you' and not look back. It didn't. Instead it stayed amazing, and even more wonderful people joined. So now leaving is hard, and it'll takes a few weeks at the new job to fully accept my own decision.

The people here are tremendous, and their talent is unmatched in the MMO world. Having played Guild Wars 2 I can honestly say that the whole fantasy MMO genre is about to have it's teeth knocked out. The only teeth that will be left are the ones that it'll be choking on. Then it will die, and all that will be left is GW2. It's epic. As epic as Greg's (Not Broadmore) overpriced French Dipped sandwiches.

So that's that, it's been a helluva ride.


PS: Of course this is all moot when you hire me to write and star in the next District movie. I'll be playing the part of 'overweight beer drinking prawn'.


  1. mighty good blog fella... say hi to Neill from me ; )

  2. hey man, cheer up! it's been 10 days since you've posted! i look for an update everyday, get posting!

  3. Nobody, how can you even enjoy the blog? Didn't you have your large cyclopian eye jabbed out by a certain Greek and his sailors? No matter, I swear I'll post more soon. I ended up being pretty busy with some secret projects and my new gig. I have a few days off and am heading to the coast with the fam. When I return I'll post some art, or a picture of a large turd (hint:It will be mine). Thanks for all who check the blog, you make this thing really fun!

  4. not to call you wrong, but wasn't it that certain Greek that called him self No Man (a.k.a. nobody) and not the cyclops? doesn't matter, looking forward to your large turd!

  5. DAMMIT! I just ran up here from my shower to correct my mistake, but you beat me too it! I think I might be on the cyclopes side after this.

  6. Ahh would that make you poseidon? And please don't, I don't think my wife would wait 10 years to remarry...

  7. Aight, Doug. I'm feeling abandoned. What must I do to get you posting again? Need I concede that man needs gods, or at least their blogs? Cuz I'll do it!

  8. Don't worry, it's coming. If not tonight, tomorrow. Things are getting a little grounded again.