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Mythic's Tough Day.

Posted by garrett Monday November 9 2009 at 7:37PM
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I wanted to take the time to post in my blog about the tough day that Mythic had today.

As many of you saw, there were staff cuts there today and people had to go home without a job. Instead of pointing the blame at EA, Mythic, or Warhammer, I simply want to point out that this type of event never helps anyone. I listened to EA's earnings call today while they explained to analysts that the company is moving forward and the stock price is up. I heard no mention of the people who were out of work today because of bottom line decisions.

So I am posting today to those people who lost there jobs at Mythic. Many people dream about making games as an occupation and to me nothing worse can happen to you than losing your job, okay maybe a health or family problem is the only thing worse.

I had a lot of friends at Mythic, some who lost their jobs today. My heart and best wishes go out to them and their families and I hope they all find a bright future.

If this sounds sentimental, it is. There is nothing worse than seeing people out of work, struggling to make ends meet. Regardless if games are a success or failure, people now have to scramble to find a pay check and take care of themselves or the ones they love.

I wish we lived in a world where everyone could work, do a good job, and never fear losing their livelyhood.

Vexe writes:

 It is very unfortunate that EA made this decision, and it does make me angry, but I won't go into that here. Because these people need our support or to at least know that we know what is happening and care. My best goes out to all of them and I hope they all find new jobs soon.

Mon Nov 09 2009 8:51PM Report
shylock1079 writes:

Yeah.  Some really talented people entered the job market today.  Hopefully they will quickly find work and incorporate their skills into an appreciative company. 

Tue Nov 10 2009 4:36AM Report
Yoge writes:

 Not really suprising at all with EA's track record. EA is such a fail company if you can not just tweet grapics year after year and change some names, numbers, and stats EA fails.

Tue Nov 10 2009 9:00AM Report
myrrdinirl writes: "spell checker" Tue Nov 10 2009 9:41AM Report
myrrdinirl writes: "spell checker" Tue Nov 10 2009 9:41AM Report
Amorien writes:

yeah Since Daoc Days Mythic has ruled and  you could tell that alot of Mythic was Hindered with the incorperation of EA.

 

Buisness is Buisness and sometimes those hard descions have to been made. So ill just say what needs to be said by all. F--K You EA

Tue Nov 10 2009 10:56AM Report
Urrthling writes:

 I know something worse you ingrate.  Turn on your TV or read the news.  Its Veterans day tomorrow, a lot of soldiers lose their lives everyday defending your freedoms.  Losing a job is trivial compared to what happens everyday in other parts of the world.

Military Veteran listening to sheltered ignorant civilian spewing crap everyday.

Tue Nov 10 2009 11:12AM Report
dalevi1 writes:

Hey, Urrthling. You are right about one thing, tomorrow is Veteran's Day. In case you missed something, that means it is not today. Today someone lost their job. He blogged about it. Tomorrow, he would likely blog about veterans.

You might want to get that looked at...

Tue Nov 10 2009 12:01PM Report
Tzetoth writes:

Yes, because we should restrict our feelings (or thanks for active/former military) to one day of the year.

I'm former military and I've been without a job for 4 months- suck it up and move on.

 

Tue Nov 10 2009 12:28PM Report
nAAtimus writes:

Losing a job is never a good thing, especially if one has family to support.  Who cares when Veteran's Day is, it doesn't change the fact that people have lost their livelihood.  But as Tzetoth put it, "suck it up and move on."  I was unemployed from January until last week, it sucks, but it isn't the end of the world.

Tue Nov 10 2009 1:06PM Report
dalevi1 writes:

Tzetoth - I'm not saying we should restrict our feelings or thanks concerning the armed services to one day, but I am saying we should not restrict our feelings towards other members of society simply because we have men and women deployed.

I do agree with you on the second point though. It sucks, but you have to move on...

Tue Nov 10 2009 1:18PM Report
Mystik86 writes:

Let's get back on track here. This isn't about Vet's Day, this isn't about the mindless fighting going on in Iraq and Afghanistan (yes, mindless, it's all fucking stupid). This is about people who lost their jobs to yet another greedy corporation that cares not for it's employees or customers.

EA is ruled only by the numbers they can produce. They don't care how they do it, why or when. They just do it.

Also, the military life isn't for everyone. It's not that if you aren't military you're a coward, it's that some people genuinely aren't interested in military stuff or in the mindlessness of it all. After all, the US made one of the worst decisions by entering and continuing to support such a pointless war...

Tue Nov 10 2009 7:13PM Report
TacBoy writes:

I'm former military and the reason I was was so that people could have jobs and lead their life and pursue the American dream. I feel for the people at Mythic, I feel for the vets (living and dead) and I feel for the unemployed vets or not.

Don't lose your humanity. hooah.

Tue Nov 10 2009 9:45PM Report
Jixx writes:

Mythic knew EA had a bad case of the herpies when they crawled in bed with them. 

I remember when I first read about EA aquiring mythic.  I pretty much knew Mythic's days were numbered.

You know what is going to happen from here?  EA is going to continue to chop away at Mythic until its nothing.

EA did the same thing to Origin.  Hell EAs bottom line is why UO 2 got canned and then later Ultima Odyssey got shot down.

Mythic I'm sorry you caught the herpies but you knew what EA was and is about. 

 

Wed Nov 11 2009 12:01AM Report
breadm1x writes:

Yeah must be goz EA just bought playfish for 300 million dollar.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/ea-confirms-USD300m-playfish-acquisition

Just after that they showed massive losses.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/losses-widen-for-electronic-arts

Guys at Mythic are not the only ones.

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=25999

 

Wed Nov 11 2009 7:04AM Report
tbox writes:

Maybe this will be an example out many other similair examples of why small dev companies should not sell to a large game corp.

Losing a job is not like losing your health or a limb. Jobs can be found.  In the wake of these firings I bet more creativity will be the ultimate result. As far as their families I hope no one is seriously hurt from the loss of income. 

Wed Nov 11 2009 2:39PM Report
AutemOx writes:

I'm sure if the employees at mythic wanted stability they could have become nurses or something.  They are probably following a dream, which is risky, and these things happen.


Fri Nov 13 2009 2:08AM Report
Cendharia writes:

I want to add my comment here too, my condolences to those that lost their jobs, been there done that..thru no fault of my own....the term used to lay us off was "redundant" and "downsizing"   ...after 15 years of working for this office, I was laid off.   

I see alot of folks who think that when this situation arises...that its time to laugh at other's misfortunes.   I think that those people who laugh and point fingers have obviously never experienced the worry that comes from trying to find another job in the same field.   There is high competition for jobs out there and necessitates alot of resume building and sendouts...with fingers crossed that someone will step in and hire you.

Never laugh at someone else's misfortune....it could happen to you.

Thats all I had to say...and just sending out goodluck wishes to those folks at EA that lost their income and jobs.

Thu Nov 19 2009 9:00PM Report
Eridanix writes:

I'm a C++ nerd and my dream well would have been working for Mythic. It's running after a dream, but it's all loose when the dream is stacked and burnt by a mega corp with no soul.

Thu Nov 19 2009 10:20PM Report

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