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Posted by MB
@kpaadet

Creative Strategist?, give me a break, its fancy talk for community manager. So nobody should really care about him leaving.

Exactly. This move is completely inconsequential, its not like he was a developer or a designer or anything like that.

May he fade away into obscurity in silence.
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Posted by iAmJohn

@aurahack said:

These comments, as usual, are terrible. Dude was always upfront and should be respected for that. Sad to see him go, though I'll giggle some if he ends up at Respawn.

To the contrary, I'd say these comments perfectly capture how much of a fucking loudmouthed shit Robert Bowling is, between his constant lying to the community about features and patches and fucking awful stunts like that "one shot center mass" shit.

Posted by Cybexx

Well the deal was that you had to stick around at Infinity Ward and make Modern Warfare 3 to get Infinity Wards share of the Modern Warfare 2 profits right? He is one of only a handful that stuck around it seems so I suspect he recently received a large payout.

Posted by SeriouslyNow

I'm pretty sure this means that MW is drawing to a close. 

Posted by ConduitFourSale

Wait this dude was a community manager as recently as MW2 -- who cares?

Posted by Obinice

Call of Duty? Is that some new Mass Effect DLC? :D

Posted by Zips

@Sekoku: Sorry but you're going to have to get used to this. A lot of companies do this already so I'm not sure why you'd give him any guff for doing it as well.

I know 402 got a lot of crap, some deserved but most of it is unwarranted. Serving as the voice of an entire company or franchise that is as popular as Call of Duty/Modern Warfare is a thankless job. He put a smile on as best he could despite threats, insults, and God knows what else slung at him for being the voice of Infinity Ward and Activision (to a lesser extent). Best of luck to him.

Posted by Intro

Haha, hover hands.

Posted by DustoMan

You know. I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't a long time coming since the fallout at IW after MW2 launched.

Posted by Volgin13

You just know he's headed to Respawn... West and Zampella made an offer he couldn't refuse perhaps?

Posted by Sekoku

I've got no problem with him. but good. Maybe we can get someone that doesn't use twitter to get fixes and news out to people. (Oh, who the hell am I kidding?

Posted by BigChickenDinner

@ArcLyte said:

@Mystyr_E said:

<checks pockets>

<checks under bed>

Hm, can't seem to find a fuck to give

\end of thread.

Posted by m0rdr3d

Respawn: Yo, Robby! We could probably use your services now, afford to pay you, etc. You ready?

Robert Bowling: "Today, I resign my...."

Posted by mordukai

Does he do any sort of game design or is he just a glorified forum mod?

Posted by DukesT3

@Mystyr_E said:

<checks pockets>

<checks under bed>

Hm, can't seem to find a fuck to give

heh.

Posted by Mike76x

@Rmack said:

One shot, center mass.

Does nothing In Call of Duty

Posted by Apathylad

Random picture is random.

Edited by Dany

@Diablos1125 said:

Robert Bowling gets hired at Respawn Entertainment confirmed?

@deerokus said:

I wouldn't entirely expect him to show up at Respawn, they already has a community manager http://www.giantbomb.com/abbie-heppe/72-99837/. Mind you, I don't even know what 'creative strategist' means in the context of CoD. I really doubt he had any creative control over the game.

@AuthenticM said:

$20 he's going at Respawn.

@YukoAsho said:

So tomorrow he gets hired by Respawn?

@adoggz said:

so what are the odds he ends up at respawn?

@slyspider said:

respawn got a new person?

@wsowen02 said:

Respawn needs a mod for their message boards.

Posted by Diablos1125

Robert Bowling gets hired at Respawn Entertainment confirmed?

Posted by Walreese55

The dude's married and has kids, so yeah, I can understand the hover hands.

Edited by deerokus

I wouldn't entirely expect him to show up at Respawn, they already has a community manager http://www.giantbomb.com/abbie-heppe/72-99837/. Mind you, I don't even know what 'creative strategist' means in the context of CoD. I really doubt he had any creative control over the game.

Posted by AuthenticM

$20 he's going at Respawn.

Posted by DFSVegas

@Mystyr_E said:

<checks pockets>

<checks under bed>

Hm, can't seem to find a fuck to give

And yet, here you are. That reminds me, I have to find a Rugby message board, so I can go there and tell them how much I don't care about Rugby.

Because this is behavior that makes sense.

Posted by Brendan

@Enigma777 said:

@Sooty said:

Is Creative Strategist (Community Manager) sort of like how Subway call their employees Sandwich Artists? fourzerotwo always struck me as either incredibly ignorant of the PC platform or he was being told what to say by Activision.

Hey, it takes a real artist to make a sandwich like that.

It must, because none of the people working at any Subway I go to can seem to keep it together.

Posted by Rmack

One shot, center mass.

Posted by phrali

was totally looking forward to whatever Respawn was coming up with.

if they hire this guy, i need to hear him say "activision MADE me tell all those lies so i quit" or else i'm not interested in anything that Respawn does.

Posted by TheBostonPops

"... many years of service" ? Did he just resign from the military?

Posted by ArcLyte

@Mystyr_E said:

<checks pockets>

<checks under bed>

Hm, can't seem to find a fuck to give

\end of thread.

Posted by NapTimeSleeper

I hope he ends up working somewhere he enjoys. I can only imagine working as a community manager for Infinity Ward and dealing with all the shit that they get.

Posted by Xeiphyer
@TheHumanDove said:

I cant stress his hover hands enough people.

You don't touch the dancers!
Posted by big_jon

Owned

Posted by Ronald

Maybe he finally got paid his bonus from MW2, so it was time to move on.

Posted by slyspider

respawn got a new person?

Posted by Enigma777

@Sooty said:

Is Creative Strategist (Community Manager) sort of like how Subway call their employees Sandwich Artists? fourzerotwo always struck me as either incredibly ignorant of the PC platform or he was being told what to say by Activision.

Hey, it takes a real artist to make a sandwich like that.

Edited by Adaptor

He had a tough job. I can see how he could get demotivated by higher-ups insisting on keeping stuff in the game that he knew the fans wouldn't like and the subsequent hate directed at him personally. The CoD community isn't the most considerate and it's quite a feat to keep your sanity for 6 years being the face of a game that so many people love to hate. Maybe he's smart to leave now before the annual milking really starts to ruin the CoD franchise.

Posted by MariachiMacabre

@Sooty said:

Is Creative Strategist (Community Manager) sort of like how Subway call their employees Sandwich Artists? fourzerotwo always struck me as either incredibly ignorant of the PC platform or he was being told what to say by Activision.

It IS Activision we're talking about. My guess is they scripted him like crazy. He always seemed like a nice guy who had no control over what he said in public. I wish him luck. Maybe he has a position at Respawn? MAYBE?

NEVER.

But seriously, maybe.

Posted by Zamir

caption of the photo of Robert Bowling in the article "Bitches Love Community Management"

Posted by david3cm

@FritzDude: God damn I love me some word play, well done sir.

Posted by Danda

So this guy was the visible scab who wasn't even a developer but who seemed to convey the message "hey, it's still great to work here at IW, not EVERYBODY has left!". And now he leaves.

Posted by MrKlorox

Yes, how totally "unexpected" of him, and not at all predictable.

Posted by FritzDude

He will open 'Robert's Bowling' down the street.

Posted by rm082e

@YukoAsho said:

So tomorrow he gets hired by Respawn?

Reading the headline I instantly thought "Okay, so Respawn is announcing their game at E3 and he needs two months to get settled into the company before he's out their pitching the game. Got it."

:)

Posted by Zabant

@TheHumanDove said:

I cant stress his hover hands enough people.

Posted by wsowen02

Respawn needs a mod for their message boards.

Posted by project343

@Mystyr_E: He's one of few major names that stayed with Infinity Ward beyond the shit-fan incident. I think it's a pretty big deal that he's leaving, and it's perhaps an even bigger deal if we find out where he's going.

Posted by TheHumanDove

I cant stress his hover hands enough people.

Posted by GunslingerPanda

He obviously wasn't very good at his job.

Posted by Phatmac

Good luck to him and his future endeavors.

Edited by SaturdayNightSpecials

@rebgav said:

@SaturdayNightSpecials said:

Remember the "one shot center-mass" thing?

He sure changed his tone since then.

Wasn't that Noah Heller? Or are you talking about the angry blog post?

Yeah, the blog post.

I guess he was scared into silence by West and Zampella being fired. Which might have cost him a job at Respawn today, though maybe EA itself could use him.

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