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Cliff Bleszinski takes offense to bad Gears of War story – destroys our website

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Yesterday Karl posted up a pretty innocuous article about the lack of Gears of War campaign that was playable at the recent Eurogamer expo.

According to a report on the Electronic Theatre website a Microsoft employee at the expo had stated that the campaign was currently too buggy to showcase and that is what it was only Beast mode that was meant to be played in public.

It was your typical news/rumour article, that is until Cliff Bleszinski saw it and decided to tweet the following


Which then caused pretty much all of his 39 824 followers to click on the link and sink us for about 20 minutes.

Apparently Cliff doesn’t think his campaign is buggy and someone over at Microsoft is about to receive a swift kick to the balls.

But this story has a happy and sad side to it, on the happy side Cliff Bleszinski has been reading the site which is pretty exciting seeing that I am a self confessed Gears fanboy and while Cliff may be a little unique he is still one of the most respected game developers out there at the moment.

On the sad side the number of people who tried to use this little episode to get themselves on Cliff’s radar is pretty depressing… Here are a few of the tweets that I saw go past happily insulting us for doing nothing wrong merely to get on Cliff’s good side.

GearsTweet3 GearsTweet1 GearsTweet2

I dropped Epic Games an email explaining our side of the story and to their credit they responded really quickly with Cliff stating that he was

“not too thrilled that someone representing our game would say something so incorrect and silly. The guys are working really hard on the game here and stories like that bum them out. Especially when the campaign is fantastic.”

You can understand their frustration that some random exhibition worker has managed to spread dodgy news about their game and I guess whether the campaign is buggy or not is still up for debate and to be honest I can’t see how it isn’t since we are still 6 months away from it’s original go live date and now 12 months away from the new one.

But in saying that the general consensus from everyone who has played the Gears 3 preview is that the game is coming along exceptionally well and with 12 months to go I am expecting great things from the campaign and multiplayer aspects of the title.

I’d like to say thanks to Cliff Bleszinski for the exciting morning though, it’s been different and to the entire Epic group who while weren’t ecstatic by our post were incredibly professional and prompt with their responses. It’s been a pleasure dealing with them at 5am in the morning.

Last Updated: October 7, 2010


  1. bluegoon

    October 7, 2010 at 08:09

    Well, considering how companies like Activision are wiping their arses on SA Gaming, I can say with much pride and glee that Lazygamer should just “Druk them n pit”. hehe.


  2. Gavin Mannion

    October 7, 2010 at 08:18

    Did I miss something, what has Activision done against SA gaming recently?


  3. easy

    October 7, 2010 at 08:20

    cliffy is such a sensitive pillock. people that lash out at rumours, usually indicates something is wrong. if he just stfu, no fuel would’ve been added to the fire.

    i would give him swift kick to the nads, but it seems arsenal is playing at home making the exercise pointless. :whistle:


  4. Gavin Mannion

    October 7, 2010 at 08:22

    Nah I just think he’s passionate to be honest, I’ve often ended up in pointless arguments because people insult something I really care about.


  5. Christo Le Grange

    October 7, 2010 at 08:26

    uhhmm…am I the only guy in the room thinking that this is a big deal???
    this is huge!CLIFFY F…..G B, da man himself is reading Lazygamer!
    and wrt tot the negative tweets…any publicity is good publicity, right?!!

    Well done, lazygamer bro’s!We’re famous!!

    This is what a ‘little’ SOUTH AFRICAN site can pull off. in your faces, you shmucks from ..(insert any other SA gaming blog here)..


  6. easy

    October 7, 2010 at 08:37

    i suppose passion and reason rarely see eye to eye.


  7. J

    October 7, 2010 at 08:45

    This is indeed joyous news.


  8. Gavin Mannion

    October 7, 2010 at 08:46

    Which explains the ‘discussions’ that my wife and I have…. :tongue:


  9. LordKhaan

    October 7, 2010 at 08:49

    all i can say is LULZ! But hes gonna make sure he reads your site everyday! Mmmmm freebies maybe?


  10. Squirrely

    October 7, 2010 at 08:50

    therealcliffyb Cliff Bleszinski
    http://bit.ly/caS9Oi Apparently *this* is the original article with the silly quote. Sorry, Lazygamer. Shouldn’t have reported it tho. 🙂


  11. NiteFenix

    October 7, 2010 at 08:54

    He uses a technique I like to refer to as ‘Trawling’ which according to wikipedia means:

    Trawling is a method of fishing that involves pulling a large fishing net through the water behind one or more boats.

    Essentially he trawls the internet looking for Gears of War 3 news/rumours and considering LazyGamer is such an up and coming/awesomely growing web site, he probably got an immediate hit.


  12. ReAVeR

    October 7, 2010 at 09:20

    I hereby dub this, the Cliffygate scandal.


  13. Grant Hinds

    October 7, 2010 at 09:31

    Rocking. I doubt he reads Lazygamer’s news on a regular basis unfortunately. If he did, he might’ve taken it the right way. Lazygamer is a great site and Cliffy makes great games. Simple.


  14. Christo Le Grange

    October 7, 2010 at 09:39

    i dont know, depends on what GAMESTATE your in?!?lol, lame..
    ..you should fly Gavin in from downunder and get Geoff and Nick for a Celeb co-op now!


  15. Ryan

    October 7, 2010 at 09:49

    Yea, maybe don’t report here-say as fact, tut tut. Oh, and I doubt Cliffy B reads Lazy, no offense. They’re called “Google Alerts”, I’m just saying 🙂


  16. Gavin Mannion

    October 7, 2010 at 09:57

    I think that’s a great idea… saves me the plane ticket home


  17. Gavin Mannion

    October 7, 2010 at 10:02

    we didn’t, it was reported as something that was said by a Microsoft exec at the Eurogamer expo.. something that hasn’t been denied at all.

    And I’m sure sure Cliff reads Lazygamer everyday… no one can prove differently :tongue:


  18. GooseZA

    October 7, 2010 at 10:13

    Seems he did apologise on twitter as well

    http://bit.ly/caS9Oi Apparently *this* is the original article with the silly quote. Sorry, Lazygamer. Shouldn’t have reported it tho. 🙂


  19. GooseZA

    October 7, 2010 at 10:15

    I see Squirrely already posted this :angel:


  20. Uberutang

    October 7, 2010 at 11:30

    Nice one lazy, there is no such thing as bad press in the end!


  21. AC!D

    October 7, 2010 at 12:02

    Wait till he watches The latest HipHopGamer show which claims Vanquish has owned Gears of War and Epic have some work to do :w00t:

    Then the shit will really hit the fan 😆


  22. Nick de Bruyne

    October 7, 2010 at 12:14

    HipHopGamer is just a huge troll. You should have seen him at E3, he spent the whole friggin’ week walking around with a Boxing championship belt around his waist…


  23. Hadlee

    October 7, 2010 at 13:08

    Good to see the SA gaming sites coming to the forefront! 🙂


  24. Gavin Mannion

    October 7, 2010 at 22:37

    Man that guy was annoying at the Sony keynote…. He just kept yelling out during the demo’s


  25. SubXaero ZA

    December 8, 2010 at 15:49

    I’d also be pissed! The guy’s dedicated to delivering
    a world class title and all of sudden there’s some oke
    who’s starting a shitty rumor about the game being of
    low quality. Fook yeah, I’d be pissed.


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