Steve Jobs Got A Little Angry About Microsoft's Bungie Acquisition

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

I love reading Steve Jobs outbursts stories. Dude has the best bitter face on the planet, and purportedly goes bonkers whenever he feels slighted. So, with great pleasure I bring you this little piece of anecdotal news: a long time ago, when Microsoft bought then-nearly-Mac-exclusive studio Bungie, Jobs got ticked off enough to give Microsoft a ring. In an effort to calm the man down, Microsoft brokered a deal to help port a couple of games to the Mac, one of which might have been the Halo: Combat Evolved port in 2003.  
 
This news--which is old news now--stems from a recent Ed Fries interview with Develop. Fries was once the VP of games publishing at Microsoft and supposedly dealt with Jobs after he showed Microsoft how angry he was about the Bungie deal. 
 
"As soon as we announced we bought Bungie, Steve Jobs called," Fries said. “He was mad at [Steve] Ballmer and phoned him up and was angry because we’d just bought the premier Mac game developer and made them an Xbox developer.”
   


== TEASER ==Fries continued with his story, saying that Ballmer emailed him and told him to "calm [Jobs] down about the whole thing." Part of that soothing effort was a game-porting deal. According to Fries, Microsoft helped Peter Tamte create a company to do these ports.

Bungie probably hasn't looked back since its acquisition. Halo, if I'm recalling correctly, went on to become a pretty big franchise for Microsoft and both Xbox platforms. Bungie has since flown the coop and has started working on a new franchise under an exclusive, 10-year Activision publishing deal. I wonder if Ballmer has called Kotick yet?
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

I love reading Steve Jobs outbursts stories. Dude has the best bitter face on the planet, and purportedly goes bonkers whenever he feels slighted. So, with great pleasure I bring you this little piece of anecdotal news: a long time ago, when Microsoft bought then-nearly-Mac-exclusive studio Bungie, Jobs got ticked off enough to give Microsoft a ring. In an effort to calm the man down, Microsoft brokered a deal to help port a couple of games to the Mac, one of which might have been the Halo: Combat Evolved port in 2003.  
 
This news--which is old news now--stems from a recent Ed Fries interview with Develop. Fries was once the VP of games publishing at Microsoft and supposedly dealt with Jobs after he showed Microsoft how angry he was about the Bungie deal. 
 
"As soon as we announced we bought Bungie, Steve Jobs called," Fries said. “He was mad at [Steve] Ballmer and phoned him up and was angry because we’d just bought the premier Mac game developer and made them an Xbox developer.”
   


== TEASER ==Fries continued with his story, saying that Ballmer emailed him and told him to "calm [Jobs] down about the whole thing." Part of that soothing effort was a game-porting deal. According to Fries, Microsoft helped Peter Tamte create a company to do these ports.

Bungie probably hasn't looked back since its acquisition. Halo, if I'm recalling correctly, went on to become a pretty big franchise for Microsoft and both Xbox platforms. Bungie has since flown the coop and has started working on a new franchise under an exclusive, 10-year Activision publishing deal. I wonder if Ballmer has called Kotick yet?
#2 Posted by SSully (4330 posts) -

Cool stuff, not. 

#3 Posted by sixghost (1679 posts) -

Non-news, 5 days late

#4 Posted by Ezlo (49 posts) -

Poor Jobs.

#5 Edited by drumpsycho89 (508 posts) -

yes??? fuck! lol

#6 Posted by TadThuggish (913 posts) -
@SSully said:
" Cool stuff, not.  "
Oh buuuuuurn!  SSully told you with his quick, sharp wit he got on the playground!/where he watched the movie "Borat" at the age of 7!  Yeah, you feel owned Brad Nicholson?  What now?
#7 Posted by august (3866 posts) -

Why would you need to worry about keeping your competitor happy? It's a little confusing.

#8 Posted by Yzzerdd (521 posts) -

Giant Bomb's Epic Yawn

#9 Posted by oatz (1090 posts) -

Steve Jobs is a genius when it comes to making technology and selling his products, but the man has an enormous ego.

#10 Posted by SSully (4330 posts) -
@TadThuggish said:
" @SSully said:
" Cool stuff, not.  "
Oh buuuuuurn!  SSully told you with his quick, sharp wit he got on the playground!/where he watched the movie "Borat" at the age of 7!  Yeah, you feel owned Brad Nicholson?  What now? "
I am not talking about Brad Nicholson, i am talking about Stevie boy. He is a immature business man, and this article, although old news, emphasizes that.  
 
Maybe you need to chill out a bit?
#11 Posted by KeepThisKoupon (94 posts) -

kinda funny

#12 Posted by DonPixel (2628 posts) -

He has implemented some nasty industry strategies in apple.. he has no moral autorithy to complain, Apple is as "evil" as MS or wrost IMO

#13 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5155 posts) -

Yeah well Apple maybe you should invest a little more in games.

#14 Posted by JJOR64 (19070 posts) -
@sixghost said:
" Non-news, 5 days late "
#15 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -
@JJOR64 said:
" @sixghost said:
" Non-news, 5 days late "
"

#16 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4988 posts) -

He appears to be frustrated.

#17 Posted by l3illyl3ob (286 posts) -
@TadThuggish said:
" @SSully said:

" @TadThuggish said:

" @SSully said:
" Cool stuff, not.  "
Oh buuuuuurn!  SSully told you with his quick, sharp wit he got on the playground!/where he watched the movie "Borat" at the age of 7!  Yeah, you feel owned Brad Nicholson?  What now? "
I am not talking about Brad Nicholson, i am talking about Stevie boy. He is a immature business man, and this article, although old news, emphasizes that.   Maybe you need to chill out a bit? "
Oh, holy fucking shit!  The "chill pill" trump card!  Oh...oh OH, retard can't prove he's not retarded, tells everyone making fun of him to "chillax a bit bro".  Man, everyone who knows that it's "an immature" not "a immature" and everyone who is older than 8 enough to not use a "NAWHHT" joke are on the ropes now! "
What else do you tell people who go completely overboard over such petty remarks?
#18 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

He sure has an egghead.

#19 Posted by Sharpless (472 posts) -
@SSully said:
" @TadThuggish said:
" @SSully said:
" Cool stuff, not.  "
Oh buuuuuurn!  SSully told you with his quick, sharp wit he got on the playground!/where he watched the movie "Borat" at the age of 7!  Yeah, you feel owned Brad Nicholson?  What now? "
I am not talking about Brad Nicholson, i am talking about Stevie boy. He is a immature business man, and this article, although old news, emphasizes that.   Maybe you need to chill out a bit? "
Nope, that was pretty much the only way to interpret that without any further context, as a slam on the post's writer. If you post short, vague, easily misconstrued comments, expect to be misinterpreted from time to time.
#20 Posted by AtomicEdge (310 posts) -

Yeah this did break earlier in the week, but it is still a pretty amusing piece.

#21 Posted by SSully (4330 posts) -
@Sharpless said:
" @SSully said:
" @TadThuggish said:
" @SSully said:
" Cool stuff, not.  "
Oh buuuuuurn!  SSully told you with his quick, sharp wit he got on the playground!/where he watched the movie "Borat" at the age of 7!  Yeah, you feel owned Brad Nicholson?  What now? "
I am not talking about Brad Nicholson, i am talking about Stevie boy. He is a immature business man, and this article, although old news, emphasizes that.   Maybe you need to chill out a bit? "
Nope, that was pretty much the only way to interpret that without any further context, as a slam on the post's writer. If you post short, vague, easily misconstrued comments, expect to be misinterpreted from time to time. "
Clearly i have learned my lesson. I cant believe i managed to make someone react like that. Oh well, lesson learned i suppose. 
#22 Posted by babblinmule (1262 posts) -
@Mrskidders said:
" @JJOR64 said:
" @sixghost said:
" Non-news, 5 days late "
"
"
Grow up people.
#23 Posted by ezdude (406 posts) -

Well, there you go. Some people were wondering what they were going to do with those 35 billion dollars. They going to buy Bungie as a joke and make Mac games. They will finish episode three for Valve and then buy them too. wahahaha Jobs will define a new term, Buying Rage.

#24 Posted by ajamafalous (12163 posts) -
@Yzzerdd said:
" Giant Bomb's Epic Yawn "
Fucking lol.
#25 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -
@babblinmule: Ill grow up when you fuck off.
#26 Posted by Milkman (17336 posts) -
@Mrskidders said:
" @JJOR64 said:
" @sixghost said:
" Non-news, 5 days late "
"
"
It's news to me and I'm sure to a lot of other people too. 
#27 Posted by babblinmule (1262 posts) -
@Mrskidders:  Haha, youre only digging the hole deeper!
#28 Edited by ThatFrood (3396 posts) -

This is maybe crossing the line in terms of newsworthy posts... this isn't a vanity fair mag.

#29 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -
@babblinmule: Great, thanks.
#30 Posted by babblinmule (1262 posts) -
@Mrskidders:  You're very welcome sir. :)
#31 Posted by CitizenKane (10508 posts) -
@Yzzerdd said:
" Giant Bomb's Epic Yawn "
I actually chuckled a little bit at this.
#32 Posted by Manatassi (791 posts) -

Um...  why all the angry posting?

#33 Posted by Vinny_Says (5721 posts) -
@TadThuggish said:
" @SSully said:

" @TadThuggish said:

" @SSully said:
" Cool stuff, not.  "
Oh buuuuuurn!  SSully told you with his quick, sharp wit he got on the playground!/where he watched the movie "Borat" at the age of 7!  Yeah, you feel owned Brad Nicholson?  What now? "
I am not talking about Brad Nicholson, i am talking about Stevie boy. He is a immature business man, and this article, although old news, emphasizes that.   Maybe you need to chill out a bit? "
Oh, holy fucking shit!  The "chill pill" trump card!  Oh...oh OH, retard can't prove he's not retarded, tells everyone making fun of him to "chillax a bit bro".  Man, everyone who knows that it's "an immature" not "a immature" and everyone who is older than 8 enough to not use a "NAWHHT" joke are on the ropes now! "
I'm starting to hate this community now too...
 
As for the article, we could do without Brad...
#34 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -
@Mrskidders
@JJOR64 said:
" @sixghost said:
" Non-news, 5 days late "
"

#35 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

You know, I kind of always wondered about that particular bit of business. I figured the guy had to be pretty ticked off, but man. MS really went out of their way to keep him quiet lol.  
As someone who is passionate about this industry as a whole, including history that doesn't involve "retro" stuff, I appreciate this post and recognize that even if I didn't enjoy it myself, I was not wronged by it's existence. 

@l3illyl3ob said:

" @TadThuggish said:

" @SSully said:

" @TadThuggish said:

" @SSully said:
" Cool stuff, not.  "
Oh buuuuuurn!  SSully told you with his quick, sharp wit he got on the playground!/where he watched the movie "Borat" at the age of 7!  Yeah, you feel owned Brad Nicholson?  What now? "
I am not talking about Brad Nicholson, i am talking about Stevie boy. He is a immature business man, and this article, although old news, emphasizes that.   Maybe you need to chill out a bit? "
Oh, holy fucking shit!  The "chill pill" trump card!  Oh...oh OH, retard can't prove he's not retarded, tells everyone making fun of him to "chillax a bit bro".  Man, everyone who knows that it's "an immature" not "a immature" and everyone who is older than 8 enough to not use a "NAWHHT" joke are on the ropes now! "
What else do you tell people who go completely overboard over such petty remarks? "
Best approach is to not respond to tools like that. While the original post was pretty vague, once clarity is introduced, an intelligent and mature person would have just said something along the liines of "Ohhhhh, aright, that makes more sense, cool beans, yaddayaddayadda". Not thrown a bitch fit. 
 
Unless that's really Brad's secret posting account! =O
#36 Posted by Deusoma (3032 posts) -

Interesting. Considering nothing of note has come out on the Mac in a while, I wonder what those three games were.

#37 Posted by twistedvibe (3 posts) -

Jobs lives in a dream world, will kick up about anything and certainly has no quams about doing the same...
 
I'm suprised people humour him so much.

#38 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Thanks gossip girl.

#39 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -
@august said:
" Why would you need to worry about keeping your competitor happy? It's a little confusing. "
This is what I was thinking. Steve Jobs is a twat.
#40 Posted by MisterMouse (3564 posts) -

only a little angry... and I wonder where we would be today if Apple had gotten Bungie...

#41 Posted by stinky (1554 posts) -
@nintendoeats said:
" @august said:
" Why would you need to worry about keeping your competitor happy? It's a little confusing. "
This is what I was thinking. Steve Jobs is a twat. "
because MS is not run by children. you don't burn bridges ever.  as a company you exist to make money, if someone has the power to make you money then you try to keep a relationship conducive to business.
#42 Posted by SSully (4330 posts) -
@pyromaster222 said:
" only a little angry... and I wonder where we would be today if Apple had gotten Bungie... "
I dont think they would be anywhere. Halo could have been just as good as it was on xbox, but it still would not have had the success it had on the xbox.
#43 Edited by ptys (1992 posts) -

Well it's not all so clean cut Jobs being the nut. Microsoft ripped off Apple's operating system, mind you a Apple ripped it from Xerox, but it left the company in ruin. Both he a Bill Gates are greedy pirates and Microsoft taking his game company must have been the straw which broke the Camels back.
  

#44 Posted by gla55jAw (2697 posts) -

Jobs is a bitch.

#45 Posted by The_Traviz (29 posts) -

"I can't wait for this Bungie game, man! It's gonna be sweet on our Macs!" 
"Uh, Bungie just got brought by Microsoft." 
"..." 
"..." 
"Someone get me my phone."

#46 Posted by Aaron_G (1617 posts) -

Did no one find this funny?

#47 Posted by oraknabo (1514 posts) -

It's funny how he gets so enraged about getting screwed when you consider how badly and deliberately he ripped off Wozniak -- who he would have been nothing without.

#48 Posted by AjayRaz (12477 posts) -
@Manatassi said:
" Um...  why all the angry posting? "
kind of curious myself. o.o 
 
 although, this isn't a very great news post to begin with. 
#49 Posted by MetalMoog (908 posts) -

Why is Jobs upset? It's not like Mac is a viable gaming platform anyway. I have a Macbook Pro which I love, but it plays games like shit. Much rather play a game on my Xbox 360.

#50 Posted by Faint (833 posts) -

mac isn't for gaming anyway, no matter what way you look at it. it's in the consumer's mind that windows is for games and mac isn't and that's just how it is. apple will need to launch their own console or buy a company in the market (if they could ever buy sony or nintendo) to get their slice of the pie.

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