Everyone's favourite corporate smoothie, Phil "Mostly Hairless" Harrison, has now officially left Microsoft - and announced what he'll be doing next. After stints masterminding various hardware launches at both Sony and Microsoft, pouting, pretty-mouthed Phil has formed his own company - Alloy Platform Industries.
According to Gamesindustry.biz, Harrison says the following things: "Investing and investigating some new technology spaces, which if we are lucky and smart, will hopefully be catching that next wave. We're in stealth mode at the moment, we'll stay in stealth mode for a while. It's very exciting, and something I've been planning for a little over a year, in full consultation and collaboration with Microsoft, specifically with Phil Spencer. I'm taking a plunge into the start-up pool."
In short: whatever Alloy Platform Industries is doing, it's apparently going to be doing it in partnership with Harrison's former employer. Interpret that as you will.
"Let's hope Phil is 'juicing-up' his hype-hose for when he's finally ready to spray us with it!!!!?! That guy is a master of getting everyone excited for his products!!!!!!?! Can anybody say 'Wet t-shirt contest'??????!!!"
Though everyone involved is at pains to stress it has nothing to do with the controversy surrounding the ensuing delays to Godus (and associated destruction of a young competition winner's lie), Jack Attridge is leaving developer 22 Cans to set up his own studio.
As the co-creator of Godus, Attridge appeared, virtually expressionless, in the infamous Godus community update, during which 22 Cans boss Peter Molyneux addressed (or didn't, depending on your point of view) investors' concern over the game. Speaking to The Guardian, Attridge was keen to show support for his beleaguered former employer, describing him as "inspiring".
Attridge also insisted his leaving has nothing to do with February's Godus controversy: "It was January that I said to Peter I was looking to leave 22Cans and go off to start my own thing. I was really worried that it might be perceived that I was leaving the studio because of that. It really is a shame because that felt like such a terrible time for us to part ways.”
Indeed. And it probably won't do much to reassure Godus' backers either.
"With all that support inspirational Peter has been giving him, what else was he supposed to do but leave the company - and the allegedly troubled Godus - behind?????!? I'm sure that's the best thing for everyone involved!!!!?!!"
Members of a Gamergate-supporting anti-censorship group, The Honey Badger Brigade - established two years ago by Alison Tieman, creator of the Xenospora web comic, apparently - were last week asked to leave the Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, after allegedly disrupting a feminist panel discussion.
The Honey Badgers had reportedly set up a booth at the event, selling merchandise featuring Gamergate mascot "Vivian James" (a character created by members of the 4Chan message board to represent an anti-feminist ideal of a female gamer, or something).
During the discussion, members of the Honey Badgers either deliberately caused a fracas and were "actively disregarding" the mandate of the expo - which promotes "equality across the board" - or were asked to leave despite Tiernan doing nothing more harmful than giving "a short statement in which she argued that the brand of feminism articulated by the panelists was too quick to embrace victimhood".
Like much of anything to do with Gamergate, the story is being spun two conflicting ways, depending on which insane level of entrenched opinion and values the commentators adhere to.
"Let's not forget that even Hitler loved his dog and was a vegetarian, or something, and that nobody has ever had an emotionally-condititioned knee-jerk reaction to anything ever!!!!!!??"