Gears of War 3 campaign mode is 'too buggy' says MS rep. Cliffy B says 'horseshit'

Clifford Bleszinski is not a man you should mess with. For starters, he's the design director of Gears of War 1, 2 and 3. He's often seen sporting a chainsaw-equipped Lancer and laughing maniacally. And now it has come to light that he keeps his staff in check with swift kicks to the balls. But what would cause the man to react so harshly? Ooh, I dunno, maybe telling a video game journalist that the reason Gears of War 3's single-player mode wasn't playable at its recent public showing is because it's just too buggy to play. Gentleman, cross your legs.

Electronic Theatre enquired as to why the game was being demoed in multiplayer LAN mode only at the recent Eurogamer Expo and the Microsoft rep is alleged to have replied the single player game is simply "too buggy" to offer an accurate representation of the game. Not cool. And apparently a complete falsehood, although Cliff didn't quite use that terminology:

Above: Not practically horseshit. Not even massive horseshit. Total horseshit is what it is

Yikes. If you listen carefully, you can hear quaking in MS-branded boots right about now. Of course, the more logical explanation for the single-player mode not being playable at the expo is that Epic don't want to give away vast chunks of the plot almost a year before the game's release. And we already know the reason why the game was delayed so far into 2011 - Microsoft wants it to be the game of the Christmas 2011 season.

So what can we learn from this little episode? Possibly that working for Cliff is a little like working for Ace Rimmer.

07 Oct, 2010




  • Inthedistrict - October 10, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    Since when have game developers become rock stars? Settle down Cliff before some disgruntled employee turns around and sues your ass. Oh yeah, and GOW 2 was pretty buggy. A little sensitive?
  • KaiokenKid - October 8, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    Game looks super good.
  • malakai - October 8, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    cliffy has got to be the coolest game designer ever and i want a video of him kicking his way up the microsoft ladder all the way to bill gates that would be something
  • batmanboy11 - October 7, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    As soon as I heard about this, the only reason I could think of is so that Microsoft has a AAA release for next fall. They should have just announced it for the fall to begin with...
  • SpiritZephyr2012 - October 7, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    I fear for the one who's going to get it.
  • Amnesiac - October 7, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    Um, yeah, guy. It's a year away from being released. OF COURSE it's buggy.
  • Larinah - October 7, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    As long as Epic doesn't sell out to Activision Cliffy will continue to be mah hero! =D
  • shadowreaper72 - October 7, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    Eh GOW is overrated anyway. Especially multiplayer. I laughed my ass off on how horrible the multiplayer was and then moved on.
  • Wookiegonewild - October 7, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    First off, he isn't scary. Little men talk big shit. Second, he is just mad because someone called him on his shit. Saying "it was almost unplayable at some points" is a bold statement. One that is most likely true, because not many people, especially those who stand to make money from it, would toss that around lightly. Man up and stop being 8 years old Cliff. I LOVE the Gears games and cannot wait to play 3. But I want to play something complete and not broken in anyway. He sounds like he is reacting to his parents telling him he has to clean his room.
  • Christopia - October 7, 2010 2:38 p.m.

    Well, both gears 1 and 2 had fairly serious glitches, almost game breaking for single player. (pushing the car and the craine bits)
  • Syncmaster - October 7, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    off with their balls!!
  • CARDYKEV - October 7, 2010 2:08 p.m.

    What if this person was female or had a manakin crotch?
  • Mar27w - October 7, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    sounds like hes not too happy at the decision of MS to hold back GOW for the xmas period,dont blame him
  • asljirk - October 7, 2010 1:39 p.m.

    Is the game out yet? Then what's the big deal with saying there are bugs. Every game has bugs, and he shouldn't be afraid to admit it. Why else would they have only shown multiplayer?
  • Spybreak8 - October 7, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    Haha, I think most people know not to mess with Cliffy B since he means business while also being a cool guy at the same time. Sounds like the Microsoft guy was pulling PR speech out of his ass.
  • ShaneCedt - October 7, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    Cliffy B is a Gear of War
  • bengimon85 - October 7, 2010 1:03 p.m.

    Cliffy B is the new Chuck Norris
  • AlaskaGrown - October 7, 2010 12:44 p.m.

    Looks like even Cliffy B is not immune to some 'tough talk' on the internet. Hey Cliffy, it was me - now kick me in the jimmy! (then I will promptly sue your ass for premeditated assault and get me some of that gears $$$).
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 7, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    *Player "TheRealCLiffyB" has been kicked from server "Microsoft"*
  • OnyxOblivion - October 7, 2010 12:13 p.m.

    It's Two Worlds 2 talk all over again!

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