Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence

There is an interview with Peter Molyneux on The Guardian, talking with the designer about the uproar over the failed promises of Godus. The thrust of this is his noted habit of letting his mouth write checks that his games cannot cash, which has become a thornier issue now that it involves directly disappointing crowdfunding backers. He explains some of the project's failings, including the lack of reward for the winner of the Curiosity "game," saying: "The problem we have is we can’t start his reign as God of Gods until we implement the technology that allows him to have influence over people’s worlds and crucially allows him to be challenged in competitive games of Godus and as people have pointed out we have to add combat to Godus still." He concludes telling them the interview would be his last. Imagine their surprise when they discovered he said the same thing to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, and they say they hear he did another interview after theirs. The RPS interview, meanwhile, takes a contentious, if not hostile tone, starting with the question, "Do you think that you’re a pathological liar?" The site is hosed right now, but the article can be read through a cache. For the record, here's his answer to the liar question: "I’m not aware of a single lie, actually. I’m aware of me saying things and because of circumstances often outside of our control those things don’t come to pass, but I don’t think that’s called lying, is it? I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly lied, at all. And if you want to call me on one I’ll talk about it for sure." They proceed to call him out on a variety of statements in a very uncomfortable conversation.
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Reading the interview, though he repeatedly denies it, it's obvious that he does constantly lie - to himself. Beyond that, the sad history of overpromising, letdowns, double-speak, forgetfulness, and excuses paint their own picture.

I understand he is frustrated with the industry and he blames the "gaming press" for his current situation, but seems to have gone down a hole that lacks any significant self-awareness or accountability. If not for giving him a pass for once being the Molyneux of the 80s and 90s, in many ways, he treats the gamming community with the same abuse, neglect, and contempt that many publishers do.

I hope he can do some self-analysis, find out what he wants to do and can actually accomplish something creative and positive in the current funding environment. He is currently lost and overwhelmed and appears to be on an unhealthy, unsustainable trajectory.

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