Specter of a Spector Departure?

Shacknews is reporting that "multiple sources" inform them that Warren Spector "is said to be leaving" ION Storm, reporting the Austin Texas-based developer has also laid off 20-25 employees. Ion Storm Implodes is the headline on a similar story on IGN, which reports on the layoffs, as well as Eidos' explanation that this was a normal staff reduction associated with the completion of the pair of game projects that were underway at ION, quoting the publisher as dismissing the idea that Warren was laid off as well, though they don't actually come out and say he did not quit. They have yet to receive a reply from ION Storm, but this was Eidos' response to questions about Warren's departure:
"Ah rumors... well that sounds like a good one... but it is just a rumor," said the representative. "He certainly has not been laid off."
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They really are not different - at least, they do not have to be.

I have all four systems, but that is really just do to having console-specific releases and/or different hardware.

If I could play the different Mario and Metroid games on my PC - so long as I had an equivalent gamepad/controller - I certainly would.

A good game should, ideally, be a good game on any platform. The reason so many of these cross-platform releases do not work is either that companies spend little to no effort making sure the release is up to par or developers do have this self-imposed distinction between platforms, usually making them make some seemingly bizarre design issues.

There are a few differences in the architecture - PCs have been developed to have small monitors whereas consoles generally have been played in the living room. Still, what do you do about that? Note the way consoles are adapting online play and, especially this next hardware round, will make it as a basic necessity. Why not just leave it as a PC-only aspect? Because it does not need to be and it is fairly stupid to leave it that way.

There certainly are some expectations for both sides, but I generally come to "expect" these things because they make common sense and I find it hard to play without these (input, configuration, gameplay, resolution, whatever it may be.) Heaven forbid people actually try to merge these.

Although far off, this is why people look to the all-in-one setup at your television or HDTV monitor. Ideally, there can be a system that integrates 95% of these items and ends up being the Uber entry for people...

Just wanting to play good games,
Ray

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