It was announced yesterday that Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk have retired from the video game business and Bioware. Both Muzyka and Zeschuk wrote about their own reasons for leaving and the future endeavors they plan on pursuing. The two of them were called the heart and the vision of Bioware and its games and this is why this is such a sad occasion for anyone that truly loves games or calls themselves a gamer.
Here are some facts you should be aware of about the history of Bioware that I read in this great Gamasutra article. Greg and Ray were practicing medical doctors at the time when they decided to create their first game (together with a friend of their – Augustine Yip). The second game they made was Baldur’s Gate. Baldur’s Gate is largely considered as a game that revived the RPG genre. Delving into mature topics and doing unprecedented storytelling in an enormous world made it an instant classic. Every next game they made was RPG gold and the best in its genre. Great games that followed, Neverwinter Nights, Baldur’s Gate 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and their biggest success, sci-fi RPG Mass Effect, are all among the greatest games in the history of video games. Greg and Ray made these games possible with their dedication to their basic principles – quality. To quote Jason Scott Livingston’s article about the doctors’ departure:
Ray really did believe in the principle of quality: Quality in our Workplace, Quality in our Products, and Quality for our Investors (“our players are our investors”).
That is why us gamers loved Bioware and the games they made and spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours with their games. Now, that its founders left,all that remains is a memory of how great Bioware was with them and hope that there is someone out there with a heart and passion big enough to create great games like the good doctors did.
Thank you for all the great gaming experiences.
Best to you and yours.
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