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Mark Kern: My Own Kobayashi Maru

Editorial By Mark Kern on December 25, 2013

Last week, this website and other gaming websites reported my purported demise as the CEO of Red 5 Studios. Since I’ve been writing for, I decided I would release a brief statement here about my departure.


For the past twelve months, I was presented with a Kobayashi Maru test.  When that occurs, the Captain must always find his own solution.  While there have been rumors about whether I was demoted, terminated or maybe even corporately executed, I will only say this: remember that Han always shot first.  It does not matter if the person revising history is George Lucas himself, because Greedo never shot first (sorry George).

I have, officially, resigned from Red 5 Studios and, like Pitfall Harry before me; I am off in pursuit of new adventures, phat lewts, purple items -- and hidden Easter eggs.

My time with Red 5 Studios has passed, as things always do, but my memories of Red 5 are fond. I will always remember how we, the Tribe, built a company together, and strived to innovate in the MMO space.  While that dream will continue without me, in the immortal words of V: “There’s no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill.  There’s only an idea.  Ideas are bulletproof.”  Those ideas will now be embodied in a new management team, and I wish them success.

To my former Tribe members (you know who you are) – a blue ghostie returns and mixes film references quoting: “sometimes the needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”  I wish you a successful launch of Firefall.  May the force be with you, always.

Mark Kern

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Mark Kern
Game maker turned two-bit writer, Mark Kern currently works on Firefall, the MMO Shooter. In between running Red 5 Studios and founding groups like, Mark covers topics on online games, game theory and industry trends. Follow him on twitter @Grummz.
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