I can no longer work for any organization that treats the creators of its products like pawns in the corporate game of chess.
A public departure by a disgruntled game designer in 1984: a bad year for Atari.
Hello coinop With regrets, and after much soul-searching, I have decided to resign. While there are many factors that went into this decision, by far the most important is the following: On Monday I took the following position: put the present product bonus plan in writing, or I will quit. More specifically I would need to be assured, IN WRITING, and in a LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT, that such events as the sale of Atari Corp., or getting laid off (or fired) by new or existing management, do not affect the payment of past due royalties. I was informed that this would not happen in the near future, if ever, but I was assured that the present bonus plan is still in effect until further notice and that the August payment would "probably" be paid on time. This put me into a difficult dilemma. Do I stick to my word, and possibly lose a large (>$5000) bonus in August, and possibly even larger sums of money next February for consumer cartridge sales. Or do I go back on my word and stick around a while longer. I admit, I had to think about it. From a purely greed standpoint it would be stupid to turn down the chance at that much money for one or two more months of work. But then I read one the robot stories by Asimov, called "the Bicentennial Man". In it a robot buys his freedom for $600,000. The robot had earned the money by producing wood sculptures. He argued that money is no object when it comes to freedom. I agree. I can no longer work for any organization that treats the creators of its products like pawns in the corporate game of chess. My plans for the immediate future are to relax, and take a break. Then I will seek out new corporations, and go where no game designer has gone before. I have enjoyed working with all of you, its been fun. You can reach me at (xxx) xxx-xxxx. The answering machine message is strange sometimes, but then what else would you expect. Good luck to all of you, Franz X Lanzinger ( the X stands for ex Atari employee)
Jul 12, 1984