Right now, I’m pretty bored with all games
-Mark Pincus, former Zynga CEO in a Wall Street Journal interview
On the one hand, his longing for the early days of FarmVille, to which he claimed to be “addicted,” is an understandable emotion, at least to me. I certainly long to relive the early excitement of some games.
On the flip side… really, FarmVille is the pinnacle of your gaming excitement?
But I think it is clear from his history that Mr. Pincus was looking for a way to make money in life, not a way to make games. I particularly like this old quote:
I did every horrible thing in the book, too, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar which was like, I don’t know, I downloaded it once and couldn’t get rid of it
Well he made money and left his mark on an industry. I still wonder what Lord British thought we was getting into before Zynga pretty much fell apart.
Hat tip: Game Politics