Of course I am days behind on the breaking news that Brad McQuaid has died.
And I feel loathe to even link to my posts about him here in the past. But I will. Here is when he suddenly returned and I called him out for shenanigans and past issues – fairly or unfairly at the time. I thought it was a hoax. Sure, that was 10 years ago but when I learned of his passing I immediately thought of that post.
The second time, here, I attacked his Kickstarter – not because it was him specifically, but more railing against the past “Rockstar CEO” syndrome where people had success (once, typically) with a game and are heralded as people who can do it again – and none have to date. Specifically speaking about British, Jacobs, and McQuaid there.
Now we will never really know if he would have had it with Pantheon. If it’s brilliant he will get the credit, if it’s bad he won’t get the blame. In either situation we won’t really know how much of the final product that is launched (if it is) was due to his vision and parameters or the changes that were made in his absence. Either way, it will be very interesting.
To be fair my stance softened over the years and I was genuinely interested in Pantheon. I came close to really investing a top tier to get into alpha. I mean, I am so discouraged by current gaming due to the overt focus on monetization instead of enjoyment that I am becoming that bitter, jaded old gamer. And that isn’t really fair for the industry that for the most part is churning out some of it’s best work, if you look closely outside the AAA studios.
Point is, whatever I disagreed with about Brad McQuaid the developer in the past I didn’t know the person. And the person died. He had friends, family, admirers and haters but human life is indeed precious so I will use my little space of the internet to simply apologizing for my rants about the developer – without knowing the person.
Doubly fun, is now my primary gaming enjoyment is his original vision, preserved, in Project 1999. It is some of the longer term most stable and fun gaming I have had in a long time.
So not only do I say “Sorry”, but “Thank you” as well.