Robert Bowling Unexpectedly Announces He is Exiting Activision [UPDATED]

#101 Posted by TheBostonPops (71 posts) -

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

#102 Posted by phrali (677 posts) -

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.

#103 Posted by Rmack (1105 posts) -

One shot, center mass.

#104 Posted by Brendan (8663 posts) -

@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.

#105 Posted by DFSVegas (366 posts) -

@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.

#106 Posted by AuthenticM (4244 posts) -

$20 he's going at Respawn.

#107 Edited by deerokus (595 posts) -

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.

#108 Posted by Walreese55 (566 posts) -

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

#109 Posted by Diablos1125 (188 posts) -

Robert Bowling gets hired at Respawn Entertainment confirmed?

#110 Edited by Dany (8018 posts) -

@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.

#111 Posted by Apathylad (3234 posts) -

Random picture is random.

#112 Posted by Mike76x (559 posts) -

@Rmack said:

One shot, center mass.

Does nothing In Call of Duty

#113 Posted by DukesT3 (1977 posts) -

@Mystyr_E said:

<checks pockets>

<checks under bed>

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

heh.

#114 Posted by mordukai (7794 posts) -

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

#115 Posted by m0rdr3d (476 posts) -

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

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

#116 Posted by BigChickenDinner (787 posts) -

@ArcLyte said:

@Mystyr_E said:

<checks pockets>

<checks under bed>

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

\end of thread.

#117 Posted by Sekoku (106 posts) -

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?

#118 Posted by Volgin13 (207 posts) -

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

#119 Posted by DustoMan (37 posts) -

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

#120 Posted by Intro (1247 posts) -

Haha, hover hands.

#121 Posted by Zips (44 posts) -

@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.

#122 Posted by Obinice (298 posts) -

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

#123 Posted by ConduitFourSale (187 posts) -

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

#124 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8504 posts) -

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

#125 Posted by Cybexx (1287 posts) -

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.

#126 Posted by iAmJohn (6145 posts) -

@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.

#127 Posted by MB (13908 posts) -
@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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#128 Posted by scottygrayskull (491 posts) -

Look at Bowling in that picture! Hover-handing those ladies like a bawse!!!

#129 Posted by NDN_Shadow (136 posts) -

When did we care so much about PR people? He was really just community manager, not "lead developer" or "developer" by any means.

#130 Posted by MachoFantastico (5440 posts) -

Never been a huge fan of Robert if I'm honest.

#131 Posted by sandweed (154 posts) -

@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.

Hahm I've had this person on my twitter for a while as "person who works in gaming" had no idea it was a girl. The more you know!

#132 Posted by Longevitous (161 posts) -

Never really understood why the GB community hates everything Call of Duty related, and this barely qualifies as that. He's a community manager, much like the gentleman who wrote this post was once for Harmonix. Would you say that Alex wasn't important in the promotion and PR of Rockband? Bowling became the face of CoD and the voice for the fans and there are a lot of CoD fans. Plus how can you not be a fan of Bowling after " super-douche?"

#133 Posted by Fastidiocy (3 posts) -

The increasingly fancy titles for an identical job always made me smile, and all the train wrecks along the way were certainly interesting, but he always seemed like a nice enough guy who tried to make the most of a shitty job. Sometimes it must have been impossible to avoid fucking it up.

But despite an impressive résumé which includes leading Infinity Ward, creating Call of Duty, and writing lyrics for Chris Remo, I'd be shocked to see him at Respawn.

#134 Posted by Branthog (5717 posts) -

@sandweed said:

@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.

Hahm I've had this person on my twitter for a while as "person who works in gaming" had no idea it was a girl. The more you know!

It's basically a generic catch-all for "I talk on twitter and facebook and put out updates in the forums and sometimes give interviews". I don't know about Bowling, but most of these type of titles mean "nothing to do with the actual game and everything to do with interactive marketing and promotion of it". Hence, why these are often positions held by GAME JOURNALISTS.

#135 Posted by Branthog (5717 posts) -

@MB said:

@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.

A good community manager who can create a solid rapport with people is important to gamers, "journalists", and developers/marketing, but as you point out, they are inconsequential to the game itself.

#136 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1244 posts) -

Meh, It's like if Larry Hyrb left Microsoft. It would be news but not really significant to the product.

#137 Posted by matti00 (677 posts) -

Now that's a man that appreciates a mature woman.

#138 Posted by Will_M (353 posts) -

Only Alex would bust out a pic like that. Pun intended.

#139 Posted by Gregomasta (1599 posts) -

@Mystyr_E said:

<checks pockets>

<checks under bed>

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

bravo.

#140 Posted by Quemador (205 posts) -

@gorkamorkaorka said:

HOVER HANDS

Good catch, now lets speculate how much of a loser he is.

#141 Posted by buckybit (1517 posts) -

To my understanding Robert Bowling was a one-trick pony. Now, he is not anymore. Good for him?

#142 Posted by LegendaryChopChop (1311 posts) -

Looks like the era of Call of Duty is truly over.

#143 Posted by Fuga (207 posts) -

These comments, as usual, are terrible

#144 Posted by dudeglove (9100 posts) -

So it looks like he's off to Vegas then with his ladies.

#145 Posted by R3DT1D3 (208 posts) -

I'll never forgive him for saying MW2 on PC will be just like Call of Duty has always been and then, a few weeks before release, spilling the details that they gutted it and you may as well buy the console version so you can trade it in. I don't know how he lasted this long lying to customers and twisting statements to make it sound like Activision cares.

Even before that though, he always struck me as someone who dodged any real questions and he never seemed to have any knowledge of what was going on other than what he was prepped to say for interviews. Hopefully someone more honest and straightforward takes his place (although I doubt it with how Activision is managing IW).

#146 Posted by dvorak (1510 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.

The difference is that Sandwich Artists probably have more self-respect.

#147 Posted by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

@dvorak 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.

The difference is that Sandwich Artists probably have more self-respect.

Four slices of roast beef, ham, turkey, slami, and provolone/swiss/some semblance of cheddar to a footlong sub. Your choice of veggies. That's art.

#148 Edited by raiz265 (2243 posts) -

All he's ever been to me is the guy who told me that MW:2 wouldn't have dedicated servers.

Listening to that podcast was painful.

#149 Posted by blacklab (1682 posts) -

@gorkamorkaorka said:

HOVER HANDS

Hah, totally

#150 Posted by TheWesman (445 posts) -

@LegendaryChopChop said:

Looks like the era of Call of Duty is truly over.

One can surely hope.

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