Video Game Tuesday: On Activision

Michael Blaker
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Hey all I’m back with a heavy subject and answer to a question I got from family during the holidays for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. It’s all On Activision!

Activision? Why Haven’t You Said Anything Yet?: Frankly because it was such a hot topic and I don’t want to stick my metaphorical foot in my mouth.

What’s gone on in Activision-Blizzard isn’t okay, has never been okay. Frankly I’m not really qualified to talk about this as I’ve never A. Worked for them, despite at one time aiming to get a job at Blizzard myself and B. Am not a Woman. It doesn’t mean I condone or even agree with anything that went on, but it’s not really my been place to talk about it except in the broad strokes when I was asked during the holidays.

Frankly it’s always been known that Activision, not Blizzard though it’s clear it wasn’t exactly a fountain of reasonable and mature behavior either now, has done some bad things. This wasn’t news for years before the 2010 Infinity Ward debacle after Modern Warfare 2 was released back in 2009. Bobby Kotick has frequently been called out ever since he took on the job of CEO back in 1991. In more recent years that’s been in the background, but as someone who’s been a gamer for decades the fact that shady dealings were occurring in that company has never been unknown. It was just accepted and I tended not to buy any Activision games because I didn’t really want to support them. Blizzard got a pass because they released quality games up until about the time WoW: Cataclysm was released.

This latest scandal therefore wasn’t too much of a surprise, though the fact that Blizzard let it go on in their own halls for this long was disheartening.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday.

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