As I point out from the seventh paragraph onwards in this entry, Jordan Owen, of who I am a minor acquaintance and major fan, was in the process of making a documentary of this history of Sierra Online. As a non-gamer, I was interested in the documentary qua documentary because
a) it showed an IBM programmer taking the skillset he learned at IBM and applying it under his own shingle, much as the one and only Bruce McLaren took the racing and mechanical skills he learned racing for someone else and then set up McLaren Racing, which still is in Formula One today
b) it showed Al Lowe, a musician (i.e. non-scientist) being able, not only to adapt to, but excel in an applied science environment to the extent that he created several very well-received products, and
c) both a) and b) above involve the transfer of skillsets from one employer to another, something extremely relevant to a general, and even non-gamer, audience in today's environment of economic, and thus employment, uncertainty, a predicament NASA's now-defunct Space Shuttle Programme Engineers have been trying to navigate.
Tragically, for all of those who would have benefited from this inspirational story which would have illustrated people transferring skillsets from the old job to their own shingle or from their old job to an entirely different industry and succeeding with that skillset within that different industry in an ostensibly counterintuitive manner, Mr. Owen's documentary has been sabotaged because a Sierra On-line pezzonovante has chosen to be a willing executioner of the social justice warriors. Mr. Owen describes it best.
The pezzonovante in question is a programmer, someone familiar with the sciences. The pezzonovante in question, as did engineering PhD Ira Augustus Hunt when in command of a Brigade of the 9th ID in Vietnam in 1969, eschewed logic, reason and caluclus and analytic geometry for illogic in the name of something else. This underscores something I have been saying across a few entries now, namely that logic/reason are merely apps to the human mind and not its OS. In some cases, such as that of HRH King Abdullah II of Jordan, both the logic and non-logic (in HRH's case, religion) apps can coexist peaceably and without contradiction. In other cases, such as that of Josef Mengele and the case Thunderf00t describes below,
the logic app of persons with doctoral degrees in logic-intensive fields is overpowered by and shut down by the app of passionate attachment to perverse ideology. In the case of the pezzonovante in question, the perverse ideology is that of social justice jihadism which says that art must be severely censored so as to prevent it causing real-life harm. This is not a new perversion. It has been around since the 1950's at least.
The social justice jihadist perversion is as valid as the idea that dunking a woman in water will determine whether or not that woman is a witch. Again, referring to HRH, King Abdullah II of Jordan, when he was merely Prince Abdullah in the 1990's, he was one of the few people within the Star Trek fandom who admired Voyager, so much so that he secured a role in one episode as a Starfleet ossifer. How much did his fandom of Voyager affect HRH, King Abdullah II of Jordan's real-world behaviour? That is easy to demonstrate. The Star Trek franchise, since the 1980's at least, has had a strong anti-death penalty message, often depicting Starfleet ossifers intervening to prevent alien governments from executing someone. Yet, last year, when the partisans brutally murdered a Jordanian pilot, did HRH, King Abdullah II of Jordan do what Picard and Janeway would have done in such a situation? No. He did the exact opposite of what Picard and Janeway would have done in such a situation, and returned the serve by executing two partisans.
The social justice jihadists and their willing executioners, such as the pezzonovante in question, do not seem to be aware of this, nor do they seem to care about what this empirical observation does to the theology of social justice jihadism. Their theology app overrides and shuts down their science/logic/reason app. Specifically, the pezzonovante/willing executioner in question accused Mr. Owen of associating with questionable elements. Had the pezzonovante/willing executioner in question bothered to go the scientific/logic/rational route and look for evidence before making his claims, he would have found the following five videos which unambiguously show precisely how Mr. Owen regards the questionable elements the pezzonovante/willing executioner in question accused Mr. Owen of being associated with:
Alas, social justice jihadism is a theology and not a science, so it and its willing executioners do not use the scientific method before reaching their conclusions. Indeed, long-time viewers of Mr. Owen's videos know what social justice jihadist theologians have done to the art of video gaming and entertainment. It is precisely what the social justice jihadists' like-minded theologians did as illustrated below
As Mr. Owen notes in his video announcing the sabotage of his documentary, the pezzonovante in charge was well aware of the social justice jihadists' attacks against his own company and against even products that he himself had designed, attacks which said pezzonovante protested against at the time. Why, then, did said pezzonovante become a willing executioner of the social justice jihadists? Only said pezzonovante-turned willing executioner knows the answer to that. However, history has an example of another situation wherein a successful private sector enterprise decided, for motives best known to itself, to be the willing executioner of a perverse and poisonous ideology. The enterprise in question was named I.G. Farben, and once the perverse and poisonous ideology they became the willing executioners of fell into general disrepute, disfavour and powerlessness (as perverse and poisonous ideologies are have been known to do), the world did not forget that I.G. Farben had been a willing executioner. That was in the 1940's. Today, the court of the stock market proceeds far more swiftly on big names who transgress. This is evinced by the plummet in pharmaceutical company Valeant's share prices, with shares being dumped by their previous biggest cheerleader Bill Ackman, after it was revealed that they had engaged in underhanded practices. Accusing someone of associating with questionable persons without having tested for evidence of such an association to begin with certainly qualifies as an underhanded practice. Likewise, Chipotle's stock price plummeted, and advisers warned against buying it, after its unsafe food practices were revealed.
It is true that publicly-traded Activision's Sierra Entertainment is in a sector quite distinct from those of Valeant and Chipotle. Publicly-traded Activision's Sierra Entertainment's stockholders need not be the focal point of any decline of the concern as a result of this pezzonovante-turned-willing executioner's attack on Mr. Owen. End-users of Valeant products have to go through a doctor, and thus have a reduced say in their consumption of Valeant's products. Likewise, Chipotle may often be the only viable option for miles around. But publicly-traded Activision's Sierra Entertainment's product falls entirely within the realm of what is purchased by discretionary spending. Its customers need only vote with their feet and with their dollars, by giving said dollars to publicly traded Activision's many competitors. Moreover, publicly-traded Activision's Sierra Entertainment's customers, or soon-to-be-former-customers as the case may be, need not be voracious consumers of the specialty financial media to know about the pezzonovante-turned-willing executioner's unscientific, unevidenced attack on Mr. Owen. They have the ad hoc financial media specialising in the video game industry known as #GamerGate to communicate to them what has happened in an easily accessible, non-Financial Times, non-The Economist manner. How this will all play out is unclear at this time. However, I would certainly not encourage any investors to buy Activision stock since this incident shows an open contempt for customers, which betrays an imperfect at best grasp of their market, and which tends not to be favourable on the long run as dividends are concerned. The pezzzonovante-turned-willing executioner's actions suggest that publicly traded Activision fail to comprehend the meaning of "Who is John Galt?" which rarely augurs well for a business.