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Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for being absent last week, I have started taking some classes online and am still getting adjusted. I’ll try to be more active in the future. For today, I decided to write a Thought about a Studio Founder, video game developer, and a liar. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!
As some of you may have already guessed, the liar I am referring to the founder of Hello Games, Sean Murray. Hello Games is best known for their most recently released title, No Man’s Sky. An ambitious game that failed to live up to a lot of the promises that Murray made for it before launch. But saying that it didn't live up to expectations might be the understatement of the year. Because Sean Murray took every opportunity he could to get up on stage at big gaming events, and do interviews, and even be a guest on Stephen Colbert’s talk show. And when he was talking about No Man’s Sky, he was constantly, and consistently lying on a level that has rarely been seen in the video game industry.
That may seem like an exaggeration, but it is the truth. Sean Murray lied about choices that players could make in No Man’s Sky, he lied about how planets and solar systems would work, he lied about how the wildlife would work, and he lied about plenty of other features too. He even did all of that lying very boldly. He wasn't sly about those features, he didn't give vague answers that could be taken in different ways, or misinterpreted. He lied. Boldly and brashly.
The biggest of his lies was, of course, the claim that No Man’s Sky would feature multiplayer. Murray did say that, due to the scale of the game, it would be incredibly unlikely for players to find each other in-game, but he did state that it was possible. To this day, I am convinced that he was so high on his game that he truly felt that no players would ever actually meet up, and nobody would ever be able to call him on his bullshit.
But we know that isn’t true. Very quickly after launch, two players did meet up on the exact same planet, and they could not see, or interact with each other at all. And when called out on this massive lie, Sean Murray simply remarked how incredible it was that two players would be able to find each other in the massive universe of No Man’s Sky.
Sean Murray’s behavior, before and after launch, was disgusting, and to this day he is not owning up to it. Instead, he is playing the victim card in an attempt to dodge questions about why he lied so much leading up to No Man’s Sky’s launch.
For those that don’t know, it was recently revealed that Hello Games received bomb and death threats in the months after No Man’s Sky’s release. Now, this doesn’t really need to be said, but I’ll say it anyways. Bomb and death threats are bad. There is no circumstance where they are acceptable. And the few gamers who constantly make threats like these are a problem that should be dealt with.
But that is a separate conversation that needs to be had. Those threats do not, and should not erase from history the level that Sean Murray lied about his game. He still owes everyone that bought No Man’s Sky an apology, as well as an explanation. And he needs to be held accountable for his actions.
The fact that No Man’s Sky has just recently been updated to include multiplayer doesn’t change any of this either. It is so ridiculously frustrating that so many people are ready to forget everything he did because some fans went too far, and because the game eventually got an update to include a feature promised at launch. All this does is encourage developers to blatantly lie about their game, because they’ll never truly be held accountable.
Plenty of game developers lie, stretch the truth, or exaggerate about their games. But what Sean Murray did was beyond the pale. He lied over, and over, and over again. And to this day, he is still refusing to own up to his abhorrent behavior. I refuse to support him, or Hello Games until that changes, or he leaves the studio. And I encourage everyone to do the same.