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Mark Kern: My Own Kobayashi Maru

Editorials By Mark Kern on December 25, 2013

My Own Kobayashi Maru

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 is a long time game maker and designer, having worked on games like Starcraft, Diablo 2, World of Warcraft and Firefall. He writes articles on game design and business in his spare time, and makes his writing home. You can find him on Twitter at Grummz.
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