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Film Director Blasts Microsoft for Exploitation

"This anti-trust thing will blow over. We haven't changed our business practices at all."

--Bill Gates, 1995



Summary: James Gunn, who worked for Microsoft, talks about how Microsoft back-stabbed him

ONE of our readers has mailed us this gem from the lesser-covered news outlets:

“Microsoft/XBox was by far the most dreadful, non-talent friendly company I’ve ever worked for,” claims director James Gunn following his experiences with the company’s “Horror Gone Comedy” video series.

Gunn, who is most notable for writing the two live-action Scooby Doo films, signed on to create a video for Microsoft, “for, essentially, no money,” based on the idea that he would have complete creative freedom. According to a post on Gunn’s blog, it didn’t quite work out like that.


Bungee said pretty much the same thing about Microsoft's treatment of talented people and those in Ensemble Studios and even Flight Simulator (now grounded) probably realise that priorities at Microsoft are improperly set.

Microsoft's gaming side -- apart from losing billions of dollars -- has a track record of mistreating people. Microsoft sacked a key XBox employee for telling the truth and potentially saving lives this way (turns out he he was right). Microsoft also mistreated a gay XBox employee and customers.

Is it possible that Microsoft simply attracts sociopaths?

"Do you feel like you're screwing a porcupine and you're one prick against thousands?" the OSCON audience member asked Ramji. Ramji politely replied: "It takes time to change and I knew that I'd be unpopular when I took this job..."

--Microsoft: Not worried about open source patents



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