Tripwire CEO Steps Down Amid Controversy

The controversy over a tweet by John Gibson supporting the anti-abortion law that recently took effect in Texas has quickly boiled over. Yesterday it was reported that developers Shipwright Studios cut ties with the publisher and developer Torn Banner Studios distanced itself from Gibson's remarks. Now Tripwire itself is also created its own distance, announcing that Gibson has "stepped down" (presumably after some coaxing), and has been replaced by interim CEO Alan Wilson. Tripwire says Gibson's remarks do not reflect the opinions of the company:
The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company. His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment.

Effective immediately, John Gibson has stepped down as CEO of Tripwire Interactive. Co-founding member and current Vice President, Alan Wilson, will take over as interim CEO. Alan has been with the company since its formation in 2005 and is an active lead in both the studio’s business and developmental affairs. Alan will work with the rest of the Tripwire leadership team to take steps with employees and partners to address their concerns including executing a company-wide town hall meeting and promoting open dialogue with Tripwire leadership and all employees. His understanding of both the company’s culture and the creative vision of our games will carry the team through this transition, with full support from the other Tripwire leaders.
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Ash wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 14:43:
Indeed the difference between growing up and growing old is on display here.
Beautifully succinct.
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces." Carl Sagan
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Blue wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 16:51:
You seem to interpret anyone disagreeing with one of your hot takes as flaming and personal attacks. Which is then followed by you engaging in flaming and personal attacks.
You are not in the right. I'm asking you to examine this pattern and rethink your approach.

Morgan Freeman, narrator:

But deep down, Blue knew nothing would change in spite of his best efforts and hopes.
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Cutter wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 16:35:
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You seem to interpret anyone disagreeing with one of your hot takes as flaming and personal attacks. Which is then followed by you engaging in flaming and personal attacks.

You are not in the right. I'm asking you to examine this pattern and rethink your approach.
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WannaLogAlready wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 15:34:
Veinman wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 15:12:
Beamer wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 14:09:
At some point, Cutter probably should be banned.

There's no "probably" about it.
If I may respectfully dissent, hearing only what we want we create a closed environment, and end falsely thinking that everything is like it should.
Besides, Cutter, with ups and downs like we all have, has also had very valuable opinions, and is part of this house to me and I personally would miss him if he were gone.
We enjoy a fine moderator, thanks, imho no more is needed.


Cutter wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 16:35:
Veinman wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 15:12:
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At some point, Cutter probably should be banned.

There's no "probably" about it.
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Though it'd be pretty impressive if I had a time machine to create a troll account from 2003.
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"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Veinman wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 15:12:
Beamer wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 14:09:
At some point, Cutter probably should be banned.

There's no "probably" about it.
If I may respectfully dissent, hearing only what we want we create a closed environment, and end falsely thinking that everything is like it should.
Besides, Cutter, with ups and downs like we all have, has also had very valuable opinions, and is part of this house to me and I personally would miss him if he were gone.
We enjoy a fine moderator, thanks, imho no more is needed.

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Beamer wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 14:09:
At some point, Cutter probably should be banned.

There's no "probably" about it.
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Lemme just dip my toes into politics to declare women are second class citizens.... lets see how well that goes
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Beamer wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 14:09:
At some point, Cutter probably should be banned.

But I think that some here are missing his point, but that's largely his fault. In an article about a company parting ways with its CEO, he's whining about "woke companies" not cutting ties with other companies. Which makes no sense. It has no purpose here, he doesn't explain it well, and it's yet another example of a grown man yelling at a cloud.

Indeed the difference between growing up and growing old is on display here.
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All the whines about freedom. I have the freedom to own a gun, not the freedom to shoot who I want.
I can say anything, but there is a price.

At the core of all of this, is one huge hypocritical thing.

Freedom to talk about removing abortion because we're free to talk about anything we want, but this situation which is a removal of freedom of choice to the woman.

Also, when you are a CEO (brand ambassador) you're not a 9-5 worker, you're the 24/7 face of that company. period. And if the ceo is the face of a company that has investors, he might have cost them some $$$.

If there is one thing that will always trump freedom, its money.

Gotta love America.
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Aren't we all just screaming in to the void at this point?

Newton's Third Law of Motion applies to politics, business, society, and culture as well.
"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.

“Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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I don't see why this is surprising or even remotely objectionable. Become a liability to your company's bottom line, get forced out. It's been this way for as long as there have been companies. I don't really see what the alternative is other than admitting capitalism is evil and money shouldn't be the deciding factor for literally everything that happens in the world.
Do you have a single fact to back that up?
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CEO and stupid, don't believe he will learn his lesson.
That "law" is an inhuman monstruosity out of Belarus or Stalin's Russia.
It shows the sadly accelerating descent of part of the USA into the hells of irrationality.

And on the subject of media manipulation, nothing new about it on *all* sides.
But the gross farefaced mercenary merchantilism of attacking the people's health and the country institutions, is staggering.
If unexpectedly the Murdochs could make more money supporting Democrats or whatever, instead of fear and hate, Fox News would unashamedly change the tune in a month.


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At some point, Cutter probably should be banned.

But I think that some here are missing his point, but that's largely his fault. In an article about a company parting ways with its CEO, he's whining about "woke companies" not cutting ties with other companies. Which makes no sense. It has no purpose here, he doesn't explain it well, and it's yet another example of a grown man yelling at a cloud.
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"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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LOC wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 12:46:
What I don't get is the people who scream from the clouds about freedom of speech this and that - don't seem to understand how freedom of speech is supposed to work.
It seems fairly frequent that those yelling about how their freedom of speech is being suppressed confuse Freedom of Speech with Freedom from Consequences.

A good old XKCD on the subject
https://xkcd.com/1357/
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Beamer wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 11:33:
Why did Jamie Tartt find it so hard to find a new job despite being one of the best premier league players? Because he was a distraction.

... What? Who? The fictional person or am I missing something?
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I just hope there will be Killing Floor 3. I still play KF2 daily.
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