Diablo Fans Abuse Jay Wilson on Way Out

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Last week, Blizzard’s Jay Wilson announced he was leaving the Diablo III team to work on a new project within the company—and the haters POUNCED. Soon after the genuine well-wishers and “see ya later”ers, a bunch of folks unhappy with the way Diablo III turned out appeared and started leaving nasty messages on his farewell post.

According to a post on Eurogamer, the sentiments of the mob got so unruly that chief creative officer for Blizzard Rob Pardo stepped in to come to his colleague’s aid, and to try and silence critics who’d gone too far:

“This thread saddens me greatly. I know that the Battle.net forums have earned a reputation for rough justice, but I do not believe justice is being served by how people are speaking about Jay’s departure from Diablo 3. […]

I’ve worked with many, many designers at Blizzard and Jay is one of the best. He has a great career at Blizzard ahead of him and I guarantee that you will enjoy Jay’s game designs in future Blizzard games. […]

If you still feel the need to dish out blame, then I would prefer you direct it at me. I was the executive producer on the project; I hired Jay and I gave him advice and direction throughout the development process. I was ultimately responsible for the game we released and take full responsibility for the quality of the result.”

Internet commenters can be pretty rough. One of the greatest things about the internet are the ways that everyone has a say. One of the worst things about the internet is that saying something, anything, is as easy as slapping the keyboard and hitting “submit,” with little to no regard of who’s on the receiving end of the hatred. Whether you’re a fan of what Wilson has done or not, just think about it: he’s a real, living, breathing human being. If you don’t like his work, that’s fine, but you don’t have be a major dickhole about it when he changes jobs.

C’mon, internet. Let’s just be nice. For once.

Via Eurogamer

  1. I’m sure it balances out somehow, considering he talked about his former colleague in about as rash manner as any Diablo forum poster.

    I believe Jay’s words were “Fuck that loser.” — in reaction to this interview. http://diablo.incgamers.com/blog/comments/interview-diablo-creator-david-brevik-discusses-his-feelings-on-diablo-3

    Now, I’m not saying anyone’s right here. No one is. And I do know that Jay did apologize at some point down the road for such thing.

    But, because the “Legion” does not forget or forgive, Jay is just reaping what he sow in their eyes.
    Unfortunate on all ends. Hopefully Jay is an optimist, and shrugs it off.

  2. I didn’t care enough to go there either commend or bash the guy, but c’mon, he and his team ruined a perfectly good franchise, and then proceeded to get butthurt when people start saying they hated the game, then he and his posse of monkeys tell one of the greatest minds in VG history to “fuck off” what did he expect?

    Fine, I’m extremely bias towards this subject, but you get the point, while I agree that it’s very rude and childish to dish out on the dude, it sorta goes with the territory, this being the internet and everything.

  3. Got banned for a week for saying Jay said “F that Loser,” while still wishing him well in the end. The mods were deleting just about anything negative about Jay. It was disturbing, really.

    Funny, though, that it took Jay leaving for Pardo to finally have his back.

  4. Jay Wilson is a douche bag asshole who deserves everything he got.

  5. He turned what was a beloved franchise to millions into an attempted revenue stream for ActiBlizz shareholders. Every aspect of the design was to make the RMAH the path of least resistance, and far too often fun was sacrificed in the name of greed (and worse, some harder things like procedural generation or special death animations were scrapped… because they were too hard…).

    So yeah. Fuck that loser.

  6. jay Wilson is nothing but a mere cockhole

  7. He brought it on himself. He totally deserves all the hate leveled at him. Not only did he make a shitty game, he’s totally arrogant and full of himself and unapologetic about it, and got all butthurt when someone far more talented criticized Diablo 3 – the guy that fucking MADE Diablo a beloved franchise.

    No, people were well within their right to tell Jay Wilson to fuck right off.

  8. Why should Jay Wilson deserve sympathy? The guy is a jerk. He directly insulted fans. He mocked his own development team. He referred to Dave Brevik on facebook by saying “f&@% that loser.” Brevik was the creator of Diablo, which basically would equate to Peter Jackson saying F that loser in reference to J. R. R. Tolken. People didn’t randomly decide to hate Jay Wilson. He earned his hate.

  9. serves him right…… “arent you thankfull” that none of the raging fans cursing on him and his family….. imagine his kids going through all those hard time in school……..

    might as well “Double it”………. oh wait, “we’re doing it wrong”…. it’s not “Fun” that way…..


  10. >But you don’t have be a major dickhole about it when he changes jobs.

    We do when he’s not working for another company we don’t care about. Fans are mad at Blizzard for being stupid enough to keep him on. What’s he going to ruin next? Their next-gen MMO?

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