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Rob Pardo Leaving Blizzard Entertainment
Originally Posted by Rob Pardo (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Every ending is a beginning and today marks a new beginning for me.

After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career.

Before I even joined Blizzard, I was already a huge fan of the company and its games. In particular, I was extremely passionate about the emerging genre of real-time strategy games. It was a dream come true when I was given the opportunity to work on StarCraft, which at the time was being created by a very small team by today’s standards. It was tremendously fulfilling to get to know everyone on the team personally and to contribute our energies toward a shared goal in such a creative and engaging environment.

Blizzard Entertainment has been simply the best place in the world to be a game designer. The best aspect of designing games at Blizzard is that the entire company is passionate about the gameplay within each and every product. From the executive team to customer service to our global offices, every single person is a player and contributes to making the best possible games. It’s for very good reason that the first credit on every Blizzard game is “Game Design by Blizzard Entertainment.”

I’m really proud of the contributions I was able to make to Blizzard’s accomplishments. From building lasting games, to supporting the growth of eSports, to extending the Warcraft world into a feature film, and of course to being able to celebrate our shared passions with the Blizzard community online and at BlizzCon.

The Blizzard community is ultimately the reason why we come to work every day and pour our souls into every world and experience we create. Blizzard’s players are the most passionate in the world and your commitment and dedication are truly awesome to behold. Creating entertainment for you has been an incredible opportunity, and I know that you will continue to grow and become even stronger as a community over the years to come. It has been so meaningful on a personal level to help create joy for all of you.

I’m looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard. It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person. I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come. Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck.

As to what I will be doing next, I don’t have an answer for you yet . . . but I will “when it’s ready.” My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games, and think about what’s next. The game industry is such an exciting place right now with PC gaming thriving, the new consoles, mobile games, and virtual reality becoming an actual reality. It’s like having an empty quest log and going into a new zone for the first time.

In the past, I haven’t been the most avid Twitter user, but I’ll strive to do better and keep you updated there—@Rob_Pardo. Please stay in touch!

Rob
This article was originally published in forum thread: Rob Pardo Leaving Blizzard Entertainment started by chaud View original post
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  1. Protar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Granyala View Post
    Depends on the media I guess.
    In German mass media every WoW gamer is portrayed as a no life addict.
    It's unwise to admit you're playing this game here.
    Well I think that's mostly true all around but that's kind of separate issue. At least we'd be no life addicts supporting gay rights as opposed to just your regular no life addict.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Protar View Post
    At least we'd be no life addicts supporting gay rights as opposed to just your regular no life addict.
    Well, if you put it that way.
  1. Last Starfighter's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Infernix View Post
    Oh, they'll never publicly admit to his getting tossed out on his ass, but it is what it is. A public statement to that effect would have negative connotations in regards to the company as a whole and they're already on shaky enough ground as it is. They'll call it a 'mutual' agreement and amicable parting of ways, but let's get down to brass tacks: You don't quit a job of 17 years and have 'no idea' of what your'e doing next.

    He didn't quit. He got fired.
    Where does it say he got fired? And where does it say that he has no plan?
  1. gratzner's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Protar View Post
    Well I answered your question anyway. Diversity and representation are good things. That's why I feel WoW needs LGBT characters.

    And likewise I just said how the national curriculums are excising parts of history: By making history out to be more male centric than it actually was. And yes, all of those things are true, easily verified by a quick google. The Night Witches played a role in WW2, some where still alive until a few years ago.

    If you can't find enough diversity in wow, but have to toss in a gay character, you are looking for things to complain at.

    So the night witches played a role in WW2? What difference does it make?
    Everyone and everything.. played a role in WW2. Should we learn about everyone... and everything?
  1. Protar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gratzner View Post
    If you can't find enough diversity in wow, but have to toss in a gay character, you are looking for things to complain at.

    So the night witches played a role in WW2? What difference does it make?
    Everyone and everything.. played a role in WW2. Should we learn about everyone... and everything?
    I'm failing to see what diversity there is in WoW unless you think that fantasy races somehow constitute actual diversity.
  1. Zaqwert's Avatar
    This thread just shows you how far divorced from reality internet "justice warriors" are from real life.

    The classic vocal minority syndrome. These buffoons have completely derailed and hijacked this thread on Pardo leaving, as well as a lot of other valid discussions, out of their extremist and deranged views.

    Meanwhile 99.99% of actual WoW players absolutely could not give 2 shits about any of it.

    Go take your pathetic slacktivism elsewhere. There's a lot of real problems in the world you could spend your time on, oh but that would take actual effort right? Better to feign outrage behind a keyboard at some completely trivial, made up bullshit.
  1. Protar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zaqwert View Post
    This thread just shows you how far divorced from reality internet "justice warriors" are from real life.

    The classic vocal minority syndrome. These buffoons have completely derailed and hijacked this thread on Pardo leaving, as well as a lot of other valid discussions, out of their extremist and deranged views.

    Meanwhile 99.99% of actual WoW players absolutely could not give 2 shits about any of it.

    Go take your pathetic slacktivism elsewhere. There's a lot of real problems in the world you could spend your time on, oh but that would take actual effort right? Better to feign outrage behind a keyboard at some completely trivial, made up bullshit.
    Honestly the only other threads I've seen this topic discussed in have been threads specifically made to discuss them. Even here it is at least tangentially connected due to Pardo's comments. And let's be honest there isn't much to discuss of the actual topic here. Pardo left, we don't know why and that's that. There's pretty much nothing to discuss. And like it or not, Women's Rights, LGBTQI Rights - are actually real problems. People suffer everyday because of them. Now talking about it on the internet may not be the primary way in which we're going to make a change, but it's the most influence most of us have and you know Blizzard reads these forums. Maybe one day some dev will come across someone's comments and it will influence a change. Better than not trying at all. If you're not passionate about the issue that's up to you. You should have no reason to oppose people who are.
  1. gratzner's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Protar View Post
    I'm failing to see what diversity there is in WoW unless you think that fantasy races somehow constitute actual diversity.
    Then open your eyes because it's everywhere. Gay people are not the sole source to diversity. In a crowd of a million straight people you have tons of diversity.

    People suffer everyday for being gay. So what? People suffer everyday for various reasons, i.e. getting gay rights and womens rights shoved down your throat. Don't misunderstand, they should have the same rights like any other... but ffs im sick of hearing about it and I don't want to see or read about it wherever I might be. Keep that crap away.
  1. Greektoast's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gratzner View Post
    Then open your eyes because it's everywhere. Gay people are not the sole source to diversity. In a crowd of a million straight people you have tons of diversity.

    People suffer everyday for being gay. So what? People suffer everyday for various reasons, i.e. getting gay rights and womens rights shoved down your throat. Don't misunderstand, they should have the same rights like any other... but ffs im sick of hearing about it and I don't want to see or read about it wherever I might be. Keep that crap away.
    I knew it would happen.

    We used the term "Shoved down your throat".

    Is that the only phrase that conservatives have in their arsenal?
  1. Tkaczu's Avatar
    Why do you think that Blizz kicked Rob after placing him in WOD design team? It was GC who was kicked for WOTLK - MOP disasters. Rob joined design team for WOD to bring subscription up because of his work on TBC (exp themes are planned for the sub increase and when Blizz read all those "TBC was the best" they went in that direction) and then something happened. Probably he didn't get as much influence on the design as he expected and his ideas to undumb game were blocked by top management who found it too risky to implement.
  1. Arewn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pacster View Post
    Wether you like it or not, there are topics out there where being "neutral" unfortunately means that you support one side(usually the side that is in charge and that has established their rules and view for all). Nobody changes anything by being "neutral". If you face homophobia on a daily level then obviously everyone that claims to be neutral is on the other side...cause how can you be neutral when people are being cursed, beaten and spit on just for what they do in their bedroom? How can you say "I got no opinion about that"? Is it neutrality...or is it plain "I don't care as long as it ain't hurting me"-ignorance?
    Fact is that the LGBT-movement has just one goal and that is to change our mindset so they can live just like everyone else of us wants to live(and actually does live). Nothing more, nothing less. But you only get to that point if you expose people to the reality that homosexuals etc. are just as normal as all of us(and seriously, we all still grew up with the idea of gays being weak crybabies that dress in skirts and like dirty sex with children. Being called gay is still an insult to most of us.)...and you do that via mass media. WoW is mass media.

    To me to say "it's our game and we just do what we like to play" is pretty narrow minded and ignorant...especially given the huge world of WoW and that it would be a rather minor task. To "create" a new world and then keep homosexuality out of it, is at least questionable...
    I didn't say I felt neutral about sexism and homophobia, I'm quite against both and will at least speak against them when I personally encounter instances of it. I said I felt neutral about a game company's stance to not get mixed up in social activism. I don't see why a game company would have to be one of the LGBT's arms, and I don't see why a person working at a game company expressing as much is labelled "sexist and homophobic". He may very well already hold the mindset the LGBT-movement is trying to perpetuate, homosexuality just isn't something that interests him, so he's not imbuing the games he works on with it. As I said in my previous post, he may very well be a bigot on the other hand, I just don't feel "our company is taking a neutral stance and is sticking to developing things that interest and motivate us" as proof of bigotry.

    And that's absolutely inane, being neutral on a matter does not mean you automatically go to one side. That's what zealot's say to force other people to side with them, and make examples out of people who don't.
    Also, instances of sexism and homophobia happen on a daily basis... nationally. They don't happen on a daily basis to every individual.
  1. gratzner's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Greektoast View Post
    I knew it would happen.

    We used the term "Shoved down your throat".

    Is that the only phrase that conservatives have in their arsenal?
    Please refrain from labeling me to any kind of political ideology. If there is anything i truly despise it's just that.

    Gawd, politics.. it makes me cringe.
  1. daem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gratzner View Post
    People suffer everyday for being gay. So what?
    You sheer pacifism over the entire thing is utterly appalling.

    It boggles the mind that even as a social species, there are those of us that lack any shred of basic empathy.
  1. Luko's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by daem View Post
    You sheer pacifism over the entire thing is utterly appalling.

    It boggles the mind that even as a social species, there are those of us that lack any shred of basic empathy.
    This isn't about empathy, it's about relevance.

    People suffer every single day for anything there is to suffer from, nothing in the world makes this topic any more special or important than any of those and severely less so in a thread that has NOTHING to do with it.
  1. daem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryngo Blackratchet View Post
    This isn't about empathy, it's about relevance.

    People suffer every single day for anything there is to suffer from, nothing in the world makes this topic any more special or important than any of those and severely less so in a thread that has NOTHING to do with it.
    I'm having trouble understanding why you're bothering to explain how a comment such as the one I previously quoted is somehow OK in any context...but I guess we're thinking about this in different ways.
  1. BaZERGer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by daem View Post
    I'm having trouble understanding why you're bothering to explain how a comment such as the one I previously quoted is somehow OK in any context...but I guess we're thinking about this in different ways.
    I'm having trouble understanding how you can reach the conclusion that he's defending the use "in any context" when he's specificaly explaining about the use in THIS context.
  1. wheelmandan's Avatar
    Cold winds are riseing.
  1. Protar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gratzner View Post
    Then open your eyes because it's everywhere. Gay people are not the sole source to diversity. In a crowd of a million straight people you have tons of diversity.

    People suffer everyday for being gay. So what? People suffer everyday for various reasons, i.e. getting gay rights and womens rights shoved down your throat. Don't misunderstand, they should have the same rights like any other... but ffs im sick of hearing about it and I don't want to see or read about it wherever I might be. Keep that crap away.
    I doubt anyone has ever suffered as a result of having gay and women's rights "shoved down their throats". Unless by suffer you mean experience mild annoyance. However irksome you might find it to hear people going on about the issue, your so called "suffering" as a result doesn't really compare in any way to the stuff women and LGBT people go through often on a daily basis.
  1. F-Minus's Avatar
    Mr. President, please understand, it really is that bad
    It won't just go away, it's just beginning
    The ballots have been cast, we make like seaward rats
    Leave this sinking ship, leave and not look back
    The things we never tried to disallow
    Have come back to haunt us now
    With apple pie and chevrolet
    We've come to see the end, we've all made this bed
    Now we got nowhere to lay, dies and gentlemen
    Try and understand
  1. Darthyogi's Avatar
    Every ending is a beginning and today marks a new beginning for me.

    After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career.

    Before I even joined Blizzard, I was already a huge fan of the company and its games. In particular, I was extremely passionate about the emerging genre of real-time strategy games. It was a dream come true when I was given the opportunity to work on StarCraft, which at the time was being created by a very small team by today’s standards. It was tremendously fulfilling to get to know everyone on the team personally and to contribute our energies toward a shared goal in such a creative and engaging environment.

    Blizzard Entertainmenthas been simply the best place in the world to be a game designer. The best aspect of designing games at Blizzard is that the entire company is passionate about the gameplay within each and every product. From the executive team to customer service to our global offices, every single person is a player and contributes to making the best possible games. It’s for very good reason that the first credit on every Blizzard game is “Game Design by Blizzard Entertainment.”

    I’m really proud of the contributions I was able to make to Blizzard’s accomplishments. From building lasting games, to supporting the growth of eSports, to extending the Warcraft world into a feature film, and of course to being able to celebrate our shared passions with the Blizzard community online and at BlizzCon.

    The Blizzard community is ultimately the reason why we come to work every day and pour our souls into every world and experience we create. Blizzard’s players are the most passionate in the world and your commitment and dedication are truly awesome to behold. Creating entertainment for you has been an incredible opportunity, and I know that you will continue to grow and become even stronger as a community over the years to come. It has been so meaningful on a personal level to help create joy for all of you.

    I’m looking forward to new challenges in my career, but I will always cherish the time I spent with you all and the amazing and collaborative teams at Blizzard. It was both satisfying and humbling, and it made me a better developer and a better person. I look forward to playing Blizzard games as a player for many years to come. Most important, now I have plenty of time to learn how to build a competitive Hearthstone deck.

    As to what I will be doing next, I don’t have an answer for you yet . . . but I will “when it’s ready.” My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games, and think about what’s next. The game industry is such an exciting place right now with PC gaming thriving, the new consoles, mobile games, and virtual reality becoming an actual reality. It’s like having an empty quest log and going into a new zone for the first time.

    In the past, I haven’t been the most avid Twitter user, but I’ll strive to do better and keep you updated there—@Rob_Pardo. Please stay in touch!
    I did some careful examination on Robs letter and found clues as to what happened. This is totally legit I swear.

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