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Congrats on the new show guys. Looks great. We didn't have luxuriant oxblood leather wingback chairs in my day

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I can't tell you all how how happy I am to see that this story has struck a chord with so many people. The intention was to have this be the beginning of a conversation, and inspire people to be more open about it - and judging from the comments here, that seems to be the case. It's true that the plight discussed in the story is true of areas outside of game development also, and I hope we can keep the exchange of ideas going so that people can help each other out. I'd love to see the whole work-life balance issue perhaps elevated in its importance within our culture.

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Something I'd like to mention about how this article was pieced together, for those who have asked questions and comments: I actually reached out to a lot of developers to ask questions - not just these six guys. Some were a little nervous about speaking their mind in a public forum, some were just uncomfortable opening up, and some just didn't have the time to respond. It takes some guts to bare your soul in a story like this. Honestly, I could have written much, much more on this topic from the conversations I had with people but we also didn't want to overwhelm you with a gazillion words. It's a pretty long piece as it is. I think there's probably a book in this at some point (though I doubt it would be a huge seller!)

Also - I'd like to mention that not ONCE during any of my conversations did any of them whine, complain, or bitch about their lot in life. They love games, love making games, and all of them love making something that people enjoy playing. These are guys that talk about "players" not "consumers."

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@Samparksh @twizzickle this piece isn't about talking trash about anything, it's about letting a great brand die with some dignity

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@StarkJJ curious what that comment is based upon, other than just the headline. The piece calls for important parts of our shared history to be shown due reverence, and gives an account of how such an important brand undermined itself over the years

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@Samparksh @twizzickle I'm curious as to why you would think that after reading the whole piece. It wasn't my intent to "talk trash" about Atari at all, in fact quite the opposite. The piece is attempt to chronicle the decline of something that is at the foundation of our love for video games (and particular my own personal love of them,) but which has been destroyed by mismanagement and bad decisions over the years.

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@Granpire my understanding is that it's now up for sale

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@Dirk_McHardpeck nicely put

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@Samparksh @twizzickle I'm curious as to why you would think that after reading the whole piece. It wasn't my intent to "talk trash" about Atari at all, in fact quite the opposite. The piece is attempt to chronicle the decline of something that is at the foundation of our love for video games (and particular my own personal love of them,) but which has been destroyed by mismanagement and bad decisions over the years.

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@krizalidzero absolutely! Played the reboot that First Star just did for iOS, and it wasn't the same with the jazzed up visuals. It's so much better in the original style