Maverick game developer Tim Schafer has revealed what he really thinks of Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, describing him as a "dick" who isn't interested in games.
Schafer, whose work includes Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts and Brutal Legend, experienced the wrath of Activision first-hand when Brutal Legend was dropped by the publisher (opens in new tab) in 2008.
Following Activision's merger with Vivendi, the mammoth games publisher announced it would only be carrying on a select few franchises, leaving the heavy metal romp at sea. Not only that, when Schafer negotiated a new deal with EA to publish the game, Activision responded with a lawsuit (opens in new tab).
In a revealing interview with EuroGamer (opens in new tab), Schafer said, "I don't know what to say about those guys [Activision]. I don't want to get sued again. It's a small industry. You don't want to burn any bridge because you never know. But once somebody sues you... Maybe that bridge is pretty burned."
The interview then moved on to Kotick, who EuroGamer claimed was perhaps unfairly misunderstood because his role was to make money, rather than making gamers happy. Schafer acknowledged that Kotick had an obligation to his shareholders, but pointed out that "he doesn't have to be as much of a dick about it, does he?"
There are other ways in which Kotick can carry out his duties "without being a total prick," says Schafer, but he reckons it's not "something he's interested in".
Lawsuits and publishing decisions aside, it looks as though Schafer's main beef with Kotick is his attitude towards games. "He makes a big deal about not liking games, and I just don't think that attitude is good for games in general," said Schafer. "I don't think we can approach it like we approach bars of soap, where you're just trying to make the cheapest bar of soap."