Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

February 19, 2010 -

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is definitely not afraid to speak his mind, which may or may not be a good thing for investors in his company. His recent comments at the D.I.C.E. Summit did nothing to change that perception.

While Kotaku labeled his speech “warm and fuzzy,” one section of his talk centered on why he doesn’t play games anymore, and caught our attention:

I play from time to time, but the nature of my personality is such that if I was regularly playing Modern Warfare 2, I would not be able to stop and it would be at the expense of all my regular responsibilities.

What does it say about the addictiveness of videogames if the CEO of the third largest publisher in the world can’t play games because of his addictive personality? Granted, as CEO, Kotick’s days are probably packed incredibly tight, and, as he admitted, he is a single father to three daughters, so it’s probably commendable that he puts aside games for work and his family, Still, it’s not a stretch to imagine videogame critics jumping all over Kotick’s quote and using it in future assaults on videogames.

What do you think? Another case of Kotick sticking his foot in it, or is this just a case of a CEO letting his hair down and talking from the heart?

Kotick's full speech embedded via G4.


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Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

This story is Jack Thompson approved!

http://www.joystiq.com/2010/02/21/activision-ceo-bobby-koticks-full-dice...

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Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

(Facepalm)

Jesus Christ.  It's worse than just a slow news day; GP is actually now writing Jack Thompson's talking points FOR him.

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

I hate them both, so very, very much, for different reasons.

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

He should be Getting help, Not Grandstanding over the activision CEO

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

You mean Kotick was a gamer before he was a CEO? Proof or it never happened!

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

You mean human....


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Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

I don't see anything wrong with his position. As noted, he's both a CEO and a father, so he's got much more pressing matters to deal with than leisure. It shows a maturity that is often rare in gaming circles to recognize and avoid things that are especially addictive, and to put aside entertainment activities in favor of work and family. Besides, he admits that he does play occaisionally. So what if he doesn't play games that often? The nature of the industry is that it is just that: an industry. You need business-people just as much as you need artists, designers, and programmers, and the unfortunate reality of business-people is that they are there to make money, not art. There is the rare business-person who understands the need to balance making a buck against producing quality entertainment, but those kinds are few and far between. It's not a nice reality, but reality isn't there to be nice.

Let's compare this to the TV/film industry. There are plenty of suits there who don't know jack about film production beyond what they see in making-of dvd extras, but they get to make decisions about which films are made, and how. They're the kinds of people who run promising projects into the ground because they have lots of power and an inversely proportionate amount of knowledge. They watch movies. They watch TV. They know what they like, and they know what's popular. So do millions of people across the globe. That doesn't make them qualified to make decisions about entertainment production. It makes them an armchair coach.

So in terms of industry, whether or not Kotick plays games much anymore doesn't make much of a difference. If he's smart, he's not choosing the direction of his company based mainly off of what he likes/dislikes playing, but off of advice given to him by people who know what's going on in the gaming world, what people want, and what would make the best games.

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

Well said. And let's not forget what happens when you let gamers run companies and development, *cough* DNF *cough* Daikatana *cough* anything with Battlecruiser in the title.

 

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Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

Kotick is just a grade-A asshole, regardless of his gaming habits.  This is the jackass who ran the music genre into the ground with oversaturation, then fired the developers, and went to talk about he wishes he was dealing with Harmonix.  I guess he really made good on his promise to "take the fun out of game development".

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

In my mind, if you no longer have at least some fun doing something, then the ned product fails. Might explain a lot about their more recent offerings.

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

Slow news day?

No, this means absolutely nothing.  I'm not an addict but I frequently comment that I don't have time for, say, MMO's because of the time commitment they require.

He made an off-the-cuff remark that, hopefully, we can all identify with on some level -- responsibilities to job and personal life cut into game time.

It seems like GP is increasingly posting about nonsensical nonissues (two posts dedicated to Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom?).  What, JT's disbarment left you with nothing important left to cover and now you'll just link any article flagged by a Google search for "games" and "politics"?

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

well..what do you expect? i'm guessing games aren't exactly THAT prevalent in the political arena, especially with Thompson gone.

If you can find better political gaming articles then by all means, start your own blog or submit them to GP.

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

"Slow news day?"

More like a slow news month.

"What, JT's disbarment left you with nothing important left to cover and now you'll just link any article flagged by a Google search for "games" and "politics"?"

Honestly, I believe this hits the nail on the head but for good reason. Currently, the only thing really worthy of my attention is news on Australia and Michael Atkinson and even that's inconsistent and boring. Whilst Jack Thompson was amusing to laugh at and gave us a decent source of news to read about nearly once a week, I wouldn't want him to return for that purpose.

I'd rather GamePolitics report on "nonsensical nonissues" than Jack Thompson make a comeback and start suing game publishers/developers and calling all gamers heathens again. Sure, it's funny the first few times, but it get's REALLY old, REALLY quick.

-- Randi Tastix

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

Jack was disbarred before his time. I had not yet tired of him when it happened.

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Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

"What do you think? Another case of Kotick sticking his foot in it, or is this just a case of a CEO letting his hair down and talking from the heart?"

Sounds more like gamepolitics reaching for another good Kotick headline. Rather disingenuous to bring up addiction in the context of a busy guy who knows he doesn't have the time to play a lot of video games. Really disappointing.

 

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

"I play from time to time, but the nature of my personality is such that if I was regularly playing Modern Warfare 2, I would not be able to stop and it would be at the expense of all my regular responsibilities."

Translation:

I think our game is just

That

Damn

Good.

And I LOVE doing things that are just

That

Damn

Good.

Nightwng2000

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Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

"What does it say about the addictiveness of videogames if the CEO of the third largest publisher in the world can’t play games because of his addictive personality?"

Absolutely nothing.  It speaks only to Kotick's "addictive personality."

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

I don't think it even says anything about his "addictive personality", maybe a related trait: will power. For all we know he might be easily distracted from work by other forms of entertainment. ;)

I'd rather do any number of fun things instead of work, but I know they need to be done so I get on with it, obviously not everyone is the same. Deferred gratification is harder for some than others, but that's an underlying weakness of personality cf. the addictive properties of a specific activity/substance.

Gift.

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

And that will stop critics how?

/b 

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

It won't.  Idiot critics will still act like idiots.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

The indutry CEO/leders are either gray suits that enver played a game or people who are remvoed from gaming by at least half a genereration... its annoying seeing titles and qaulity fall to to the side for the quick buck watering it down brings....I guess if you could make money being pissed on you would too..I guess....


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Re: Kotick Not Much of a Gamer Anymore

More to the point, what does it say about Activision that their CEO isn't a gamer "any more". (I find it doubtful he ever was to be honest.)

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