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Author: Daedren

The Steak Just Walked Out

Posted by Daedren Wednesday September 17 2008 at 9:02AM
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Just when I thought I had escaped writing about Age of Conan, something as superb as THIS knocks on my electronic front door. The infamous Gaute Godager, Game Director for Age of Conan and of Steak and Wine fame, has 'resigned' from Funcom. For those that don't know what 'resigned' means, it means that they told him to resign or they'd fire him.

I can't help but feel a little responsible for all this. Sure, my scathing review of sorts of Conan probably didn't help his cause - but I think I've been too hard on the guy. I've called him out multiple times, not only for his Steak and Wine quote (man I love that) - but also possibly one of the weirdest 'welcome to the game' messages ever created. He managed to include slave whipping, confuse it's players on whether they are riding a ship or driving it, use the phrase "nature launches" and even use the word "bumpiness". I'm almost tearing up re-reading that announcement. It seemed so long ago we were so naive of the ways of Funcom and had such high hopes for the game.

While I wish Gaute the best of luck in his new career - and speculation on where that will be will only cause fear in the collective MMO community - I think it's safe to say that MMO's probably aren't your forte. That might be a bit harsh, but for those keeping count, that's 0/2 for Mr. Godager - Anarchy Online and Age of Conan. At least Richard Garriott has Ultima Online to reminisce about as he shoots off to the Moon or whatever.

Adieu, Mr. Go Danger, your savvy wit and cheeky quips will forever be remembered.

Original article is here, at my blog.

Resin213 writes:

 However much you dislike the guy, gloating is still unbecoming.

Wed Sep 17 2008 10:32AM Report
MyPreciousss writes:

Your post is so full of hatred, who do you think you are to rejoice at someone's misfortune of being fired, some kind of high priest fighting evil and purifying the MMO scene from its demons? MMO should be about fun playing, positive constructive criticism, not harassing other people and dragging then in the mud. I don't want to play AoC and don't care but frankly your sort of violent "reviews" as if you were slapping this guy in the face and you had a personal revenge to exerce upon him are evil... not evil in the sense of a funny cool badass character, just plain negative evil from a guy who's trying to hurt and harm people. You suck dude.

Wed Sep 17 2008 11:39AM Report
Reinier001 writes:

it looks like everyone is jumping off the sinking Funcom Ship

- 50% of players dont resubscribe after the first free month

- Many More leave after realizeing theres not much 50+ content

- Stocks Sink from $45-55 to $14

- CEO sells stocks

- Head producer who has been with the company 16 yrs leaves

whats next?


Wed Sep 17 2008 12:55PM Report
chrisleko writes:

...because his resignation had anything to do with you.

Wed Sep 17 2008 1:31PM Report
imbant writes:

wow looking at the responses to this blog tells me one thing...this world is definitely getting soft.

I avoided AoC like the plague before it was released because of the shady tactics being used, and was happy that I was right. 

But the fact is that this guy straight up LIED to the community and in a way stole from people expecting features that were obviously not there.  Thats pretty low and deserves to be fired and have people be happy about it.

Wed Sep 17 2008 3:30PM Report
UncertaintyP writes:

chrisleko shoots and scores

Wed Sep 17 2008 3:45PM Report
Daedren writes:

Ah, sarcasm is a lost art.

Humor, people, humor. Lighten up. ;)

Wed Sep 17 2008 4:22PM Report
Rambo621 writes:

Richard Garriott, anyone? That creepy dude should have been fired for the massive failure known as Tabula Rasa. Instead, he gets to go into space with his millions!


...hate that Richard Garriott, his dumb Operation Immortality (so lame!!!)

Thu Sep 18 2008 12:25AM Report
PrinnySquad writes:

When your game's two main features are female nipples* and decapitations, you are royally boned.

*Note: The term nudity for Age of Conan is a double-standard since I can't show some dong.

Thu Sep 18 2008 12:27AM Report
cosimusta writes:

If MMOs are your forte, then that means they are your natural calling in life.

As much as I dislike him, I don't want to bash him now.  I only wish he would take his lil whore-bot Erling with him.

Thu Sep 18 2008 3:31AM Report
triste writes:

Seems to be a lot of haters in here the past couple of days. I have a feeling that it's because most people are off enjoying Warhammer, while those that aren't come in here all jaded.

Everyone needs to chill. Godager was a disaster for the MMO industry. He ruined AO when he touched it and he was responsible, completely, for Age of Conan.

The worst thing is some other company will probably hire him to make another MMO because of his experience.

Cut Daedren some slack. You don't see people defending Enron CEO's or movie directors who constantly make shit movies. Gaute's the UWE BOLL of the MMO Industry.

Thu Sep 18 2008 3:42AM Report writes:
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