‘Dead Space’ Producer Clarifies ‘Gears of War’ Criticism

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Dead Space  producer Chuck Beaver has had quite some time to reflect on comments he made last week regarding the writing in Gears of War – and it looks like he’s ready to flip the script.

Speaking in an EA interview series on April 16th entitled “Breaking into the Industry,” Beaver broke out  a full-scale fusillade on Epic Games’ frenetic shooter, saying it contained “atrocious, offensive violations of story basics” and represents “literally the worst writing in games.”  The almost-immediate firestorm that ensued lead EA (who has yet to comment on the matter) to remove the interview entirely from their site, likely in an attempt to distance themselves from the comments which also reflected harshly on the Dead Space storyline.

History couldn’t be erased for Beaver himself, however. After mounting pressure – and with plenty of opinions expressed on both sides of the issue – he released the following statement to IGN:

“I just wanted to jump in and clarify some of my comments that were taken out of context about Gears of War. First, let me say that I’m a huge fan. It is an epic franchise that has trail-blazed more than a few industry-leading player experiences and mechanics. It is deservedly recognized as a top-tier title. Its success as a property is evidenced by its giant sales and rabid fan base. The industry is far better for Epic’s contributions, and we all owe a great deal of inspiration to their work.”

It’s convenient to allege that the comments were “taken out of context” – that the context no longer exists makes it subjective if you try hard enough. By all accounts and impressions, though, he was hardly intent on waxing so eloquent about Gears of War when conducting the original interview. The follow-up statement seems like more of a kneel to the “rabid fan base” Beaver alluded to as opposed to an honest professing of his love for the franchise.

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Keep in mind: we aren’t suggesting Beaver needs to apologize for his opinions; rather, just the opposite. It’s hardly an overstatement to say that he has a beef with the story in Gears of War, and if the controversy brings out more discourse and self-awareness throughout the industry, then so be it. Granted, he’s employed by EA, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they influenced his downplaying of the situation for their own business interests. But if that were the case, it’s unfortunate that a company who openly wages war with Activision and Call of Duty has to pretend like it never even happened. In the end, that’s the worst story of them all.

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Source: IGN

TAGS: Dead Space, Dead Space 2, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3

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  1. Not too happy with this sort of apology since he really didn’t do or say anything wrong but that’s just how it goes I guess. I’m sure someone pressured him to make this statement. It’s a shame people can’t be speak their minds now adays without people getting all butt hurt about it.

    • It’s that whole “politically correct” BS.
      Needs to die.

  2. its ok but he also needs to apologies to epic him self and cliff (creator of gears of war)

  3. He shouldn’t have to apologize for voicing his opinion. Where is free speech these days?!

    • Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences or freedom from other people exercising their own freedom of speech.

      Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the power and influence that the rich, powerful corporations have over the media, politicians and others, but if someone is representing a company, they do have to watch what they say.

      He made the decision to backpedal so as to avoid any harsh consequences for his words.

  4. So sad. Has to make the fake corporate apology for expressing an opinion. So what, a producer doesn’t like Gears. We elevate art by disagreeing over it.

    • ixnay on the art upidstay.

  5. FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP! FAP!

    • While I do not agree with your conduct, at least clean up when you are done.

  6. Yeah he didn’t need to apologize. He never said the game sucked, just the story (which it does). Multiplayer is soo fun. I just wish u could drop off ledges. It gets annoying when u can’t drop down 2 ft.

  7. It’s funny how many gamers and industry people want to be taken seriously but whenever someone says something negative about a game there’s always this immature reaction of flaming and trolling the targeted person. I don’t see why he should apologize for saying Gears of War’s plot was terrible. Yes we may disagree, yes it maybe hyperbole but to out and out crucify him is just smearing more s*** all over the windows.

  8. Why is this being censored? Let people be speak out, stop holding back honest thoughts because of PR.

    He didn’t do anything wrong – we know Gears wasn’t sold based on story. He didn’t say the game was bad or overrated.

    • It’s a corporate specialty. Make zero waves, forever, or suffer the wrath.

  9. Another testament to a big gaming question. Why would anyone want to work for EA? When is there going to be an honest employee who backs up his original beliefs even through the pressure of others?

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