"You Bunch Of Cynical B*stards"
EA recently released a so-called "Indie bundle," which was a bizarre name for an admittedly impressive selection of smaller games published as part of the EA Partners program. However, Mojang boss Markus "Notch" Petersson has taken to Twitter to decry this promotion as a shameless example of a triple-A publishers cashing in on the Humble Bundle bandwagon... and "methodically destroying gaming" in the process.
Persson didn't cast aspersions on the quality of the bundle's six games, but instead attacked EA over marketing a discounted bundle as an Indie bundle, accusing them of "methodically destroying" the hard work that Wolfire and Rosen put into the Humble Bundle scheme. As well as gaming in general.
EA releases an ‘indie bundle’? That's not how that works, EA. Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards.
Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it.
Interestingly, Persson was quick to suggest that he doesn't consider his own company, Mojang, to be an "indie" developer any more after Minecraft went global, instead lauding other boutique developers like Vlambeer (Super Crate Box) and Polytron (Fez) for their efforts.
I don't even call Mojang indie any more.
Vlambeer is indie. Polytron is indie. Stephen, Ed, Terry, Derek, Tommy and Chris are indie.
EA haven't exactly covered themselves in glory recently, what with being voted the Worst Company In America and starting a flame war amongst other embarrassments. On balance, mind, the six games in the offending bundle are all very good, from boutique developers like Vanguard Games and Trapdoor (who aren't owned by Electronic Arts), and it's a crying shame that EA didn't find a better name for the pack.
But are they "methodically destroying" gaming?