Show Trials used to take place in totalitarian political states. People who spoke out about the State would be forced to admit to their guilt in public even if what they'd said was basically fair. Thankfully that does't happen in the creative industries of today. And now, the tale of Dead Space 2 story producer Chuck Beaver.
EA ran a blog called "Breaking Into the Industry", which featured Chuck. It has since been deleted and even the cached version has been killed it seems
During this blog, Chuck had an opinion. His opinion was that the Gears of War
franchise, "contains atrocious, offensive violations of story basics. Yet it doesn't seem to ruin it for many, many people. It's literally the worst writing in games, but seems to have no ill effects."
Harsh? Maybe? But it's only an opinion by someone who works in a creative industry. You know, an industry unlike say the one involved in making ballbearings? An industry in which entertainments are made? You know, entertainments about which people have... opinions. The kind of opinions that lead to creativity?
Nah! Apparently EA thought differenetly and pulled that blog. Not only that but Chuck fronted up to industry journal IGN with the following contrite statement. So contrite that you might think it was, well, suggested to Chuck that it might be a good idea for him to make it.
"I just wanted to jump in and clarify some of my comments that were taken out of context about Gears of War. First, let me say that I'm a huge fan. It is an epic franchise that has trail-blazed more than a few industry-leading player experiences and mechanics. It is deservedly recognized as a top-tier title. Its success as a property is evidenced by its giant sales and rabid fan base. The industry is far better for Epic's contributions, and we all owe a great deal of inspiration to their work."