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.