The REAL Reason Peter Molyneux Left Microsoft: Chair Lady

You've read the fluffy reasons Peter Molyneux left Lionhead, the studio he built, and Microsoft along with it. The general stuff. It's important to know, sure, but I like the raw specifics a bit better.

In another post-Microsoft interview, this time with Develop, Molyneux says it was all about the chairs.

I had this unbelievable desire to make something special. Of course I didn't have the idea for the game itself, partly because when you're at Microsoft any idea you have is property of Microsoft.

But then, this terrible thing happened to me.

One day I was at the studio sitting on my chair, in the zone, my eyes closed, my headphones on, blaring music in, trying to think of ideas for Fable The Journey.

Suddenly I felt my chair move. I looked around. Standing there was the Microsoft chair adjustment personnel, this nice woman who comes over once a month, fiddling with my seat settings to make sure it was posturepedically correct.

I thought; this is insane.

If you've never worked in a large office before, these people do indeed exist. It's cheaper to pay them a salary than to pay someone with a bad back claiming a mint on worker's comp.

I hope she doesn't feel too bad. It's the game he hated, not the player.

Molyneux: This is my last chance [Develop]


    What a travesty! How dare she! Doing her job and all, what a horrible experience it must have been.

    So resigning from your job is the clear course of action according to this tosser. Wouldn't a less eccentric person just thank the lady and readjust the chair to whatever when she left?

      I think you're taking it too literally, he didn't resign because someone interruptded him to adjust his chair, that was just the tipping point for him, the spark that lead his mind into the direction that said "time to move on". He refers to her as a nice woman so he didn't have anything against her or her job, It sounds more like he just didn't like the idea of being part of that, part of a big company so corporate that it hires someone specifcally to check your chairs so you can't sue them.
      At least that's the impression I got.

        I'd go further than that, I'd say that's obviously what was meant.
        Also I didn't know this happened and it scares me... yet it fails to surprise me... which just scares me even more...

    I get where he is coming from, it's a culmination of events that climaxed with a ridiculous ending.

    I completely understand what he's saying...

    I don't remember Molyneux's head being this spotty.

      He needs a butter menthol:

    sounds like the real Molyneux is becoming the fake one, Molydeux

    I dislike his use of semicolons.

    "I had this unbelievable desire to make something special" like what !!!!!???? Like 3 versions of Fable ????

      Probably more like anything that WASN'T 3 versions of Fable.
      You have to remember this is actually one of the most creative minds the industry has seen.
      Populous, Syndicate, Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper, Black and White, all of these were entirely new and exciting things.
      Once he sold his company to Microsoft though they basically just said "Hey Fable and Black and White are cool, you should make more of those. And more of those. And more of those.", at that point he left to try new things again.

    I cant believe how many people actually took this as "Peter Molyneux hates people touching his chair"

    I didn't know these chair fiddlers existed, I guess I've never worked somewhere big enough. Or maybe this is just a US thing?

    Obviously there are a lot of comments here from people who have never worked anywhere other than Target, KMart or McDonalds....

    If you've ever worked in an office long enough to start seeing the flaws, you'll understand where he's coming from. If not, watch Office Space and refer to the section on TPS reports and getting the memo about it.

    Holy crap, guys. Half of you seem to be trying to say "Straw that broke the Camel's back." But...for some reason, wont.

    Is that just not a cool thing to say anymore?

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