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Post by Dan @ 02:01pm 23/08/12 | 32 Comments
Confirming the legitimacy of the abusive "fuck that loser" remark he had allegedly made on Facebook about Blizzard North founder and Diablo creator David Brevik, Diablo 3 game director Jay Wilson has publicly apologised in a detailed post on the Battle.net forums.
As many of you probably know, I recently made a comment on Facebook about Dave Brevik. I want to make it clear that I am very sorry for what I said. I have higher expectations for myself than to express my feelings in such a rash way and disrespect a fellow developer like Dave, someone who deserves to be treated with greater respect.

What I said was expressed out of anger, and in defense of my team and the game. People can say what they want about me, but I don't take lightly when they disparage the commitment and passion of the Diablo III team. Dave is awesome. In Diablo and Diablo II, he made two of the games that have most affected me as a developer. I respect his vision for Diablo, but just like he said in his interview, the Diablo III team must drive a vision for the game that is true to us. We believe in Diablo and have stuck by it through years of hard development to make it a reality.
The incident was sparked by this interview with incgamers, in which Brevik, now the President of developer Gazillion Entertainment, politely explained how Diablo 3 was very different from the game that he would have made, and emphasised the significance of individual developers and how they impact the product. Indicating how most of the original Diablo and Diablo 2 team had departed following the closure of Blizzard North.

Wilson goes on to explain that the current team does still have some of the heart of the original creators, explaining how their lead programmer "built the basis of the Diablo III engine while at Blizzard North" and how most of the team were avid Diablo II players, but puzzlingly stops short of a personal apology to Brevik, going on to further explain the reasoning for the outburst and instead apologising to the greater community for the unprofessional outburst.
We made Diablo III because we believe in the Diablo games. We think the gameplay is awesome, the world is compelling, and it's the game we all wanted to play. Because we believe in it, we'll continue to stand by it and make it better. We are committed to making Diablo III the best Diablo game to date, and we hope you'll continue to help us do just that.

Saying that, I'd like to apologize to all of you, the players in our community. You deserve better than my reaction to Dave's comments. You deserve more honest communication about the game and what we're doing to make it a more awesome experience for us all. We care about Diablo very much, and appreciate your passion for it. Without you, we wouldn't be able to do this, and for that I can't thank you enough.
Read the full post over on battle.net.



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niteheh
Posted 02:57pm 23/8/12
The Incgamers interview was baiting him to say something negative about Blizzard and/or Diablo 3.
eski
Posted 03:02pm 23/8/12
Everytime I read "Brevik" I think of someone else. Sucks to have that name right now.

This message is nice, but it isn't nearly as authentic as "F*** that loser!". Obvious PR speak designed for damage control.
Julez
Posted 06:36pm 23/8/12
PR control in effect, it don't change a thing he got caught out who didn't see a text book apology like that coming. I still don't care for the guy in the slightest he is full of s*** and by that outburst toward David he just showed is true colours that we already new he had.
Inept
Posted 06:47pm 23/8/12
I want to know why Blizzard haven't sacked his ass - if there's anything good left in Blizzard they would, imo.
eski
Posted 06:54pm 23/8/12
Sack a guy who just made you hundreds of millions? Are you mad?!!
DM
Posted 06:58pm 23/8/12
Too little to late for me since it took what? 4 or 5 days for the apology to come out. 1 thing that really pisses me off is when someone starts an apology and then says but. They try and justify themselves in the same sentence. That defeats the purpose of the apology to me. If this was the lead project manager/dev at an EA company people would still be out for blood. Just because it's blizzard doesn't let them off the hook for such an outburst when the person it's directed at is being kind and simply saying D3 went in a different direction than he would of taken it.

Even with this "apology" it still doesn't make me want to ever buy a blizzard game again.
Enska
Posted 07:31pm 23/8/12
Yeah I'm with DM, the fact that this a****** couldn't even put out a personal apology as well as one to the "community" says more than that ass-covering statement ever will.

It's a pretty sad state of affairs when someone who paved the way for games of this genre to even be produced gets s*** on by someone who has clearly climbed on the bandwagon of action-RPG development
(lets be honest D3 is the same as every other f***** click fest from the past few years, yes its fun and well made but it's not exactly groundbreaking material)
dais
Posted 08:13pm 23/8/12
I'm not going to write off a whole company with an otherwise sterling record because of one asshat. Their games have the best art, music and storylines of any company I know of and I'm still looking forward to their future releases. Heart of the Swarm looks excellent.
kirkoswald
Posted 08:14pm 23/8/12
" well made " ..... did we play the same game?
Bertis
Posted 08:16pm 23/8/12
@ eski. All preorders. They could've put anyone in the world at the reigns and it would've been a huge success (money-wise). It's the games before it that deserve the credit there.
Reverend Evil
Posted 08:21pm 23/8/12
Sack a guy who just made you hundreds of millions? Are you mad?!!

I'd say the guys who made Diablo 2 made Blizzard all the money, not the current team.
DM
Posted 08:24pm 23/8/12
I was looking up when jay wilson actually joined blizzard and found this on diablowiki.net

Jay Wilson is the Game Director of Diablo III. As the project lead and a good communicator, Jay is the most frequently-interviewed member of the Diablo III team, and his quotes fill the content articles of this wiki.

a good communicator

F*** that loser.
skythra
Posted 09:05pm 23/8/12
1 thing that really pisses me off is when someone starts an apology and then says but.

I'm sorry but, you're wrong. The justification here is that when someone says something that offends someone, they don't often mean to offend the person but rebuke the point that person was making. If i offended you for saying that your home has a distinctive look which i'd never stand to live in and even visiting makes me feel awkward, i might not be trying to attack you personally just i'm saying that what your vision in houses is doesn't meet my expectations nor should we have the same one.

The apology is for saying it wrong, not for the point he made.

Edit: the hilarious part is in this instance it's like a bunch of your buddies came up to me after Isaid something to you in haste, and threatened me into an apology. You might not have sent them but apparently the internet can fight battles for a mere man.
Dazhel
Posted 08:44pm 23/8/12
Wilson goes on to explain that the current team does still have some of the heart of the original creators, explaining how their lead programmer "built the basis of the Diablo III engine while at Blizzard North" and how most of the team were avid Diablo II players


Heh, that's like saying we love to play cricket, we've got a whole team of guys that love to watch the guys on TV play cricket, one of our top guys had an ICC ranking in the nineties, so it just follows naturally our outfit deserves to simply claim the Ashes urn, right?
Superform
Posted 08:55pm 23/8/12
a good communicator F*** that loser.


sounds like he got his point across quite clearly..

also i was waiting for this..

i remember when it happened i was in the kitchen and thought.. he cant just say that lol
Eorl
Posted 11:27pm 23/8/12
DM I believe Jay Wilson use to be a RTS director, I'm not exactly sure if I'm correct here though so don't count me on it.
niteheh
Posted 09:52am 24/8/12
Why do people get so assmad about a comment made on Facebook between current and former Blizzard employees?
Creepy
Posted 10:08am 24/8/12
Probably because they felt that Jay took their rose-coloured glasses and twisted them in half and snapped them in two, when he chose to voice his response to criticism.
Zapo
Posted 10:12am 24/8/12
Who gives a s***. His comments, while unprofessional, are not going to impact me buying any Blizzard game in the future.
Dark Might
Posted 05:42pm 25/8/12
Who gives a s***? The people who actually are Blizzard fans.
You clearly are not.

Do you not realise the guy speaking is the heart and soul of Diablo? Ignorant idiot.
Khel
Posted 05:58pm 25/8/12
I'm a Blizzard fan and I don't really give a s*** either, don't see where ignorance factors into that, I just don't really care that one game developer called another one names, doesn't have an impact on my enjoyment of their games. Its only blown out into such big news because D3 was/is so controversial and this can be loaded into the chamber as another bullet to fire in the war against it. At the end of the day it boils down to a guy losing his temper and saying some stuff he shouldn't have in a place he shouldn't have, honestly, who HASN'T done that? Its not like he killed a baby and drank its blood or something, he called someone a bad name on Facebook.
Jim
Posted 06:02pm 25/8/12
I love how khel the blizzard fanboi comes along and presumes that jay wilson DIDN'T kill a baby and drink it's blood. do you even have any evidence to show he didn't?
Khel
Posted 07:09pm 25/8/12
I'm sure it was an accident if he did
Ozzy
Posted 09:01pm 25/8/12
this is entertainment... i love it...!!
ravn0s
Posted 05:54pm 18/12/12
it's not an mmo.
paveway
Posted 06:46pm 18/12/12
it's not an mmo.


blizzard obviously didn't get that memo
Bah
Posted 06:55pm 18/12/12
Is it not massive, not multiplayer, or not online?
groganus
Posted 07:31pm 18/12/12
I feel like one of those lame people who buys celebrities magazines and watches the today show for the celebrity gossip and read the celebrity gossip section on news.com.au when I see gaming sites go on and on about s*** like this.

One of the things I like about reading game websites is because it focuses on critique of creative content... not dumb s*** like this.
kos
Posted 07:51pm 18/12/12
Is it not massive, not multiplayer, or not online?

By that logic every game ever made that has ever been played by more than a single person is a multiplayer game. :P
Hogfather
Posted 09:52pm 18/12/12
By that logic every game ever made that has ever been played by more than a single person is a multiplayer game. :P

Well ... yes.
kos
Posted 10:06pm 18/12/12
Well ... yes.

Let me rephrase, a total playerbase of more than 1.
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