Robert Bowling Unexpectedly Announces He is Exiting Activision [UPDATED]

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#51 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

These comments suck.

#52 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

...And them hover hands

#54 Posted by TehChich (165 posts) -

@gorkamorkaorka said:

HOVER HANDS

HOVER HANDS?! -scrolls up- HOVER HANDS!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#55 Posted by leejunfan83 (960 posts) -

Out with the old in with the new

#56 Posted by Branwulf (403 posts) -

Lets be honest, not much need for a "creative" strategist at Activision is there, HO HO HO.

#57 Posted by EuanDewar (4885 posts) -

BOLT ACTION RIFLE, CENTER MASS

#58 Posted by aurahack (2270 posts) -

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.

#59 Posted by Otrebor (86 posts) -

Se~or Superdouche?

#60 Posted by evanbower (1210 posts) -

"Does that sound at all to you like the sort of thing a company not quite expecting this type of thing to happen might say? Read that way to me, anyway, but maybe I'm off-base."

I think it sounds like what a huge company would say regardless of the situation. I wouldn't read too much into it.

#61 Posted by mynthon (51 posts) -

I learned a new meme today

#62 Posted by Milkman (16637 posts) -

CALL OF DUTY SUXOR AMIRITE?!

Internet.

#63 Posted by Bane122 (786 posts) -

@AnEternalEnigma: W@AnEternalEnigma said:

I lost all respect for this guy when he stood on a stage at Call of Duty XP and announced "NO MORE LAST STAND!" to a screaming crowd of approval when he damn well knew Final Stand, which is much worse, was going to be kept in the game. Not to mention all the other lies he's fed the community since CoD4.

GTFO.

Was Last Stand taken out?

#64 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4970 posts) -

Bowling doing the ol' hover hand in that one picture. So beta!

#65 Posted by kpaadet (410 posts) -

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

#66 Posted by jedge (57 posts) -

@Milkman: That is the most brilliant comment I have ever seen in my time at Giant Bomb. Bravo sir, bravo.

#67 Posted by OneManX (1685 posts) -

@Bane122 said:

@AnEternalEnigma: W@AnEternalEnigma said:

I lost all respect for this guy when he stood on a stage at Call of Duty XP and announced "NO MORE LAST STAND!" to a screaming crowd of approval when he damn well knew Final Stand, which is much worse, was going to be kept in the game. Not to mention all the other lies he's fed the community since CoD4.

GTFO.

Was Last Stand taken out?

Yeah, but they kept in Final stand (which is the Death Streak version). So yeah he wasn't exactly lying, but he wasn't telling the truth either... so... yeah,

#68 Edited by WhiteLotus01 (22 posts) -

Hopefully BLOPS2 FLOPS. Yeah, I'm witty!

#69 Posted by laserbolts (5317 posts) -

If I felt that him leaving might result in some changes to call of duty to make it feel at least a little fresh again then I would be happy but I know this means nothing.

#71 Posted by TheHT (11128 posts) -

@Floppypants said:

@Tamaster92 said:

That photo is proof of winning.

Winning does not involve hover hands.

They never fail to make me chuckle though.

Online
#72 Posted by adoggz (2061 posts) -

so what are the odds he ends up at respawn?

#73 Posted by Sergio (2080 posts) -

@msavo said:

Who?
#74 Posted by TzarStefan (428 posts) -

I wonder if he asked if it was ok for him to touch them before he did the hover hands.

#75 Edited by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

Enjoying all of these "meh I don't care but here's me commenting anyway because I'm Internet k00l and don't have anything better to do".

I only remember this guy because of how much he would pander as a community manager to the "hardcore". Didn't he have a feud with some YouTube troll, where he posted team killing videos and Bowling got him banned or something along those lines? Funny Internet/world.

Maybe this has something to do with on-going legal war between Activision and Respawn (obvious observation). I can only imagine it was a pretty easy job all things considered.

#76 Posted by Jimbo (9799 posts) -
@positron said:

Well there was no point in him joining Respawn until they had something to talk about.

Good point.
#77 Posted by YukoAsho (2017 posts) -

So tomorrow he gets hired by Respawn?

#78 Edited by SaturdayNightSpecials (2368 posts) -

@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.

#79 Posted by Phatmac (5725 posts) -

Good luck to him and his future endeavors.

#80 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4700 posts) -

He obviously wasn't very good at his job.

#82 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

I cant stress his hover hands enough people.

#83 Posted by project343 (2817 posts) -

@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.

#84 Posted by wsowen02 (318 posts) -

Respawn needs a mod for their message boards.

#85 Posted by Zabant (1236 posts) -

@TheHumanDove said:

I cant stress his hover hands enough people.

#86 Posted by rm082e (200 posts) -

@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."

:)

#87 Posted by FritzDude (2262 posts) -

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

#88 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

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

#89 Posted by Danda (76 posts) -

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.

#90 Posted by david3cm (635 posts) -

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

#91 Posted by Zamir (507 posts) -

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

#92 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7076 posts) -

@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.

#93 Edited by Adaptor (186 posts) -

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.

#94 Posted by Enigma777 (6071 posts) -

@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.

#95 Posted by slyspider (1201 posts) -

respawn got a new person?

#96 Posted by Ronald (1360 posts) -

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

#97 Posted by big_jon (5723 posts) -

Owned

#98 Posted by Xeiphyer (5602 posts) -
@TheHumanDove said:

I cant stress his hover hands enough people.

You don't touch the dancers!
#99 Posted by NapTimeSleeper (330 posts) -

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.

#100 Posted by ArcLyte (884 posts) -

@Mystyr_E said:

<checks pockets>

<checks under bed>

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

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