Posted Tue, Sep 18, 2012 by Martuk
Today two of gaming loses two of its modern legends. Doctors Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka are calling it quits and have announced their retirement from EA and BioWare, and perhaps even from the gaming industry indefinitely. The duo will both be taking some time off to spend with their families and to pursue projects outside of gaming.
In his farewell message, Muzyka recalled some of his fond memories of working in gaming.
The decision to leave the videogame industry is hard to explain, but essentially I feel similar now to how I felt in the early days of BioWare over the decade post-medical school, while I was still practicing as an ER physician, back when I first realized that the world of video games was my next career ‘chapter’. Two wonderful decades working at BioWare and later EA was the result of that decision. It’s not often that you can truly say you were able to pursue and achieve your dream job; I know how lucky I am to be able to say that now, in my early 40s.
Likewise, Zeschuk recollects the past while looking to the future, and describes the difficult decision to depart the industry after nearly 20 years.
After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue something new. This decision isn’t without significant pain and regret, but it’s also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family. I’ve reached an unexpected point in my life where I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation. For the people I have had the privilege of working with, however, my passion burns as brightly as it did the day we started. The people I work with now, and that I have worked with in the past, have inspired me and really made all of the challenges we’ve collectively faced over the years worthwhile. We have been blessed with tremendous success over the years at BioWare, and the reason is simply down to a large number of great people doing great work. Successful people or companies have to admit luck also plays a part in their success, and it certainly did for us; a few times over the years we made the right game at the right time and success flowed as a result. When we got it right, it was like a hole in one or a home run; it was a magical feeling and incomparable in positive impact for everyone involved.
We would like to wish Zeschuk and Muzyka in whatever future endeavors they have planned be it within the realm of gaming or otherwise. Their contributions to gaming over the years have been notable and provided many players with a number of memorable and enjoyable experiences. In the meantime, you can read the farewell messages from Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka.
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