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.