The recent shut down of Rockstar's Vancouver studio hits me a little bit harder than other studio closures over the years.
For one thing, I thoroughly enjoyed Rockstar's most recent entry into the Max Payne universe. Max Payne 3 had its share of technical issues and literary inconsistencies, but Rockstar managed to stayed true to the grim atmosphere and emotional dread that carried itself through the previous two Max titles so well. The emotional dread that I like to describe as "half a mind in the grave of despair and insanity, while the other half floated away on alcohol and painkillers" Cheesy, but it works for me, I don't see Max as a realistic, rounded character but rather a psychopath with a righteous streak.
The studio closure also hits me harder than usual because it hits close to home, in a very literal sense. I live in Vancouver and have been delighted to see the technology & gaming scene grow over the years. This feels like a major step backwards for Vancouver's gaming scene and I hope it does not become a trend.