Peter Molyneux is a special kind of human, as I read in this eulogy, so I will add my own eulogy. After all, the evil that men do lives after them, so let us remember the good.

First, we must recall the many excellent games he has given us. What a genius Molyneux was when he created Populous, Dungeon Keeper, The Other One From The 90’s and parts of Black and White. We must heap upon Molyneux the highest praise as presumably he worked single-handedly on these titles, since we never hear about anybody else. We must remember that the most vocal member of any organisation is completely responsible for their success, because otherwise why would they talk so much?

Let’s be clear, as well, how special he was. No other developer spoke to the media in the past, and certainly none of them had a personality. I simply cannot name another individual developer from before 2008 and, be honest, you can’t either. Molyneux was never a PR man. He spoke honestly and openly about the amazing things his games were going to do. And exclusively about the positives. Other developers today speak of difficulties and problems yet Molyneux was so skilled in his craft that he needed only mention the positives. Even if the positives did not technically exist.

And now Molyneux, this most honest of men, is being dragged over the coals of public attention merely because he could not meet his promises. How many other developers can say the same? We must remember that no video game has ever been released on time, and certainly never in a working state. And if a company announces that one lucky person will be entitled to a share of a game’s revenue, it would be churlish to expect that to actually happen. If one makes a Kickstarter pledge, we must not treat it like an actual pledge. It’s like a political party’s manifesto: we know they will never be fulfilled. No developer I know has ever honoured a Kickstarter pledge. Ever.

Special men, honest men, deserve to be held to a different standard. When we criticise other, lesser, developers, that is only the natural result of being in the public eye. If another beloved developer kickstarted a game but failed to deliver, they would be held to account. But not Molyneux. Criticism, and especially harsh criticism, must be withheld from anyone as successful and honest as him.

After all, he is only a millionaire. How could he be expected to withstand public censure? He has led his team, some of which I assume worked on Godus, with integrity and honesty. If the company fails, how could the millionaire Peter Molyneux, well-known as the creator of classic games like Populous, ever survive? By next week he could be literally scavenging half eaten sausage rolls from the bins outside EA. The rest of 22cans will presumably be fine though. They aren’t famous, and hence never have to deal with difficulties in the job market or stuff like that.

However, now the last honest man in video games is leaving us. He promised to at least three different outlets that he was not going to speak to another outlet, and unlike all the other promises this one will surely reflect reality. Without Peter Molyneux handling the maintenance of his and his company’s favourable public images, all we’ll have left is public relations, defined as “the professional maintenance of a favourable public image by a company or other organization or a famous person.”

Never again will we speak honestly and openly with a developer. From now on we will only be able to speak to some developer’s PR person. No developer nowadays speaks to the press on their own. We must mourn the loss of honesty in this industry. With Peter Molyneux gone all that we can expect is distortion and dishonesty and fear and war and probably the destruction of video games as a concept.

*takes out onion*

I shall weep for Molyneux.

I shall weep for us.

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  • Uh, I’m pretty sure any developer that you should be talking to (being an “indie” news outlet) will gladly talk to you. I was seriously confused by this. Did Molyneux off himself I first wonder? No… well he’s retired in a tizzy right? No… oh so he’s just not talking about his work? WTF?! He shouldn’t be doing that in the first place! Glad to hear he’s come to his senses.

    (eulogy is already a word. words have meanings.)