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Pandemic Shutdown Leads to Office Space Tribute

If there was a TV channel called "men beating office equipment," I'd DVR every minute.

The one good thing about layoffs is that it sometimes gives people the motivation to get out there and do something great, if only to spite their former employers. OK, that's probably not much of a silver lining, but it appears that a few "affected" guys from last week's deep cuts at Pandemic didn't wait too long to make something great.

So here's their tribute to Office Space, in which a printer is beaten into submission while tracks from the Geto Boys are played.
  

  

Hopefully the next thing they come up with will lead to a paycheck. Best of luck, fellas.  Meanwhile, the studio's final game, The Saboteur, is still on track to ship next month.  Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

The one good thing about layoffs is that it sometimes gives people the motivation to get out there and do something great, if only to spite their former employers. OK, that's probably not much of a silver lining, but it appears that a few "affected" guys from last week's deep cuts at Pandemic didn't wait too long to make something great.

So here's their tribute to Office Space, in which a printer is beaten into submission while tracks from the Geto Boys are played.
  

  

Hopefully the next thing they come up with will lead to a paycheck. Best of luck, fellas.  Meanwhile, the studio's final game, The Saboteur, is still on track to ship next month. 
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Posted by yeahno

Damn it feels good to be a gansta?

Posted by Sanj

Haha nice one fellas.  
 
Best of luck for the future!
Posted by Kohe321

Good luck to them in finding a new job.

Posted by MrBeabo

Wish them the best!

Posted by mattjam3000

That is awsome!

Posted by nanikore

:( Poor Pandemic. 
 
Office Space is awesome though! ;O

Posted by ErrantElement

awesome

Posted by mrsmiley

Oh god that was so good. The feathers... ROFL!

Posted by Kinarion

Feather was a nice touch.

Posted by CL60

Haha

Posted by W0lfbl1tzers

Bushwicke Bill and Scarface would be proud.

Posted by TooWalrus
@yeahno said:
" Damn it feels good to be a gansta? "
A real gangsta ass nigga plays his cards right.
Posted by shatteringlast

Maybe their next job will entail them picking up the pieces off the ground ;)

Posted by Darkstar614

pretty epic tribute

Posted by Balaamsafe

Best of luck dudes.  It's always a shame to see developers shutting down but what makes it worse is that, having played The Saboteur I can confirm it's bad assery.

Posted by EndrzGame

It really is too bad for the studio being dissolved. The Battle Front games were among my favorite games last generation and would probably hold up pretty well today. 
Best of luck fellas! With your talent I'm sure you guys will land on your feet somewhere.

Posted by EndlessMike

This is why Office Space is my all time favorite movie

Posted by get2sammyb

Amazing.

Posted by Oziriz

Nice tribute and good luck in the future guys.

Posted by dbz1995

NO YOU TUBE SPAM JEFF! BANNED!
 
Nice tribute.

Posted by WitchHunter_Z

Awesome tribute. Best of luck to thse guys, they did some good stuff even though their last couple games flopped.

Posted by Djeffers03

the guy who came to giantbomb and showed us the game wasn't let go was he, if so, good luck...

Posted by Emandudeguyperson

Nice hahaha.

Posted by Bucketdeth

They kicked the shit out of that printer looking thing.

Posted by Funger

Awesome, but the flip flops don't really scream gangster to me.

Posted by Zatoichi_Sanjuro

Posted by Th3dz

Because nothing says "gangsta" more than sandals :P

Posted by panda21

well i hope they cleaned that up afterwards, what a mess!

Posted by august

It's gotta be something in the water.

Edited by MeatSim

That sucks, Pandemic made some real good games. Nice Office Space tribute though.

Posted by AndrewB

The Office Space thing is so overplayed.... but... I'm still sad about pandemic, so it's okay this time. So many closures and layoffs this year; the gaming industry is bleeding.

Posted by pause422

That was pretty good..hopefully the guys can get something worked out fast. Best of luck to all of them.

Posted by Jayzilla

Thanks for working 12-16 hour days while making Sabateur for us. It just went gold. Clean out your office. We're letting you go. Even after making you feel guilty about only working an 8 hour day that one time in 2 months because your friend was in town for the first time in 2 years. Your paycheck is just deadweight to us now and doesn't look all that great for our bottom line. The suits still need their end of year bonuses too. Are the suits getting laid off too? No, they are being relocated and getting raises.

Posted by AlchemistiD

Awesome tribute to an awesome movie, I wish those guys the best of luck out there.

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But I'd have run it over.  I used to work with that same model printer.  All day, every day.  That thing got off light.

Edited by Linkyshinks

Haha, it's hardly gangsta shit when they look so worried about getting their clothes covered in ink.  Still funny though. 
 
lol @ the open toed Romanesque sandals.

Posted by LaszloKovacs

This is a wonderful thing.

Posted by JoelTGM

At least they get to end with what looks so far to be a well done game.

Posted by Afroman269

Office Space is pure awesomness

Posted by aurahack

You know, I think a swift poke at Mercs 2 or LOTR: Conquest is in order but looking back... Ugh... It makes me really sad to see Pandemic go... I had a ton of fun with the Battlefront games and Mercenaries 1 is one of my all-time favorite PS2 games. That game is fucking genius. Best of luck to all of them.

Posted by artofwar420

*tear*  
 
It's always sad to see a dev studio go, specially when it's not in the best of terms. Fly with the wind Pandemic, fly.

Posted by EvilTwin
Posted by CommodoreGroovy

That's what I feel about all printers. They just need to die. 

Posted by JJOR64

Sad to see another company go down under.    :(

Posted by lamegame621

Well that sucks. Them losing their job...not the tribute.

Posted by AjayRaz

sad to see them go. Mercs 1 was great, but they haven't been that great as of late. awesome tribute, but RIP Pandemic :( 

Posted by Th3_James

Great Tribute, Great company

Posted by Kr3lian

I think they should have removed the toner first, lol

Posted by Pkshields

Farewell Pandemic, we barely knew ye.

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Posted by mehteh

now we'll get a few less bad games in the future. high console development costs are killing console devs off left and right lately

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