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#1 Edited by heatDrive88 (2267 posts) -
@cdviking said:

Love the backseat lawyers who will rush to judgement without having any idea what role Carmack played, what kind of agreements may have been made between Zenimax and Occulus, and whether that NDA was amended or replaced.

Guess what? None of us know right now! It would be a pretty huge blunder not to resolve a NDA.

Exactly this.

Everyone booing Zenimax right now doesn't have a decent grasp on employment contracts and NDAs for intellectual property. If Carmack (or whoever) didn't go through the proper process for clearance, and it's proven that Zenimax substantially invested resources for Carmack to pursue Occulus development (which realistically shouldn't be difficult to prove), then Zenimax deserves every penny they are owed.

If otherwise, then of course not - but until we know the further details of such (which likely will never be disclosed), there's no way of really knowing. This story is about how you manage your employment contract, not corporate greed.

Throwing Zenimax under the bus just because it's generally easy to hate on the greed of corporations is rather unfair, even if in multiple cases elsewhere it is justified. It just might not be the case for this one.

#2 Edited by heatDrive88 (2267 posts) -

@dezvous said:

@darkest4 said:

Corporate greed is just insane,

While you're not wrong I think this is one instance where they're not so insane. You'd run into issues like this at most companies.

Most companies aren't usually thrilled when they pay you lots of money for R&D and then you go take it somewhere else, especially when you make a ton of money off your research. The same research that you were really only capable of doing because ZeniMax was paying your salary to basically do said research. Generally when you pay someone for R&D you're expecting a return on that investment of salary and time in the form of pushing that companies work forward and making more money because of it.

It actually sounds like a pretty logical complaint.

Even at the base level, if you use work resources to work on something that is not for work, your employer has a right to either 1) the work you created, 2) any monetary share or gains from the work, or lastly, 3) to terminate your employment.

This is pretty standard boilerplate for any company you work for. Obviously there are deeper legalities that are involved depending on your job/position, and the creative element of it, but it definitely is standard fare in perpetuity unless you take the care for people to sign off on things as they are created, or unless stated otherwise as per your work contract with your employer (especially so if your job involved creative or proprietary elements).

#3 Edited by heatDrive88 (2267 posts) -

Well, I know where I'm going next time I'm near Rochester.

#4 Posted by heatDrive88 (2267 posts) -

@giantstalker said:

... an internal division responsible for some of the company’s most groundbreaking games, including... F-Zero, and others.

I wonder if they'll ever make one of those again. Just reading this made me kinda sad.

As much as people ask for Metroid or F-Zero, those games don't sell nearly as well as people think they do.

I sorta miss being able to throw F-Zero into the faces of people who thought Blast Processing was a real thing.

#5 Posted by heatDrive88 (2267 posts) -

@wunder_ said:

@dylanfill: Can I ask what everyone was there for if not for Jeff? I'm just curious because I thought the event was a talk with a few people, with Jeff being one of the headliners, but I suppose I have very little knowledge of the actual event surrounding the Q&A. Was it open to the public? What else was going on besides the interview and questions?

I mean, it was advertised as one talk in an ongoing series of discussions with important game biz people. But it was only ever promoted as An Evening with Jeff Gerstmann, and not like a roundtable discussion with other gaming minds. What I'm confused about is the...older people in the audience, some of which didn't seem particularly familiar with Jeff or his work. Maybe they just really dig community events.

If you take a look at some of their past events, they cover a pretty broad spectrum - it's sometimes easy to forget that even though we're in the know about Jeff and Giant Bomb, there's still a ton of people out there that haven't (even if they are into video games).

#6 Edited by heatDrive88 (2267 posts) -

This is like Steam trading cards but instead of playing video games on Steam, I'm willfully subjecting myself to the Lang Zone.


#7 Posted by heatDrive88 (2267 posts) -

I'm sure Phil Spencer is a nice guy and it's a good fit and all, but holy fuck I get weirded out by his smug smile when he's on stage.

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#10 Posted by heatDrive88 (2267 posts) -

Man, I am so hyphy for this, you have no idea.

@drewbert, I assume you guys may delve into other kind of racing too, right? I know it's kind of hard to talk about because it's not nearly as heavily televised, but stuff like rally racing and the WRC maybe?