Earlier this week, Xbox head Don Mattrick announced his surprise departure from Microsoft, and his even surprisier move to becoming CEO of mobile and social gaming company Zynga. Rumour and supposition suggest it was because of the botched Xbox One reveal, but sources say it really has more to do with an internal Microsoft re-organisation that Mattrick wanted no part of.
It’s left sweaty, porcine-faced Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer in charge of everything for the moment, with Microsoft scrambling to find a suitable replacement. One may have already been found, in current Head of Windows Product Development Julie Larson-Green – who’ll oversee all hardware, including Xbox and the Surface Tablets.
And while this absolutely isn’t about gender issues within the videogame industry, it would be quite refreshing to see a woman in such a prominent position in videogames, delivering those E3 and Gamescom keynotes. Larson-Green has been with Microsoft for two decades, and while she possibly doesn’t know very much about videogames, she has to have a little more stage persona than Don Mattrick (who also really seemed to know little about games).
She has to, right?
I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces. I am also the emperor of the backend