Ken Levine: “Maybe I am an asshole,” but rumour doesn’t matter

Wednesday, 30th July 2008 15:15 GMT By Patrick Garratt

2K Boston’s Ken Levine has responded to rumour that certain members of the original BioShock team left to work at 2K Marin because of dislike for him personally by saying talk of its kind simply doesn’t matter.

“My wife finds it more upsetting than I do,” he said, talking to VG247 at Develop in Brighton today.

“I think the thing that was the most damaging is that it’s not something I can respond to. There’s no point in it. Look at the BioShock credit list and see how true that rumour is. My personality? I don’t know. Maybe I am an asshole.

“Honestly, the people I respect? Maybe I’m the nicest guy in the world, maybe I’m the biggest asshole. I couldn’t tell you. I think people choose to work with me because I can work with them and make a game called BioShock.

“Do you like to see people say you’re inconsiderate? No. When it comes to hiring, does it really matter? No.”

Levine reiterated the point that his wife takes the brunt of the scuttlebutt.

“It really, really hurts my wife,” he added. “But I could be Britney Spears with my gut hanging out on TMZ. It’s mild compared to that kind of stuff.”



  1. CastellanSpandrell

    A designer not giving a shit about what other people think? How surprising!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. pjmaybe

    No, rumour isn’t the word you’re looking for there Ken, it’s the other one, the one beginning with F and ending with Act..

    I swear, I’ll hunt the fucker down wearing one of Captain Nemo’s old castoffs and fire a spear gun through his nadbag if I hear him bleating about how Bioshock shouldn’t have sold and focus groups didn’t like it.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. scuz

    “i think people choose to work with me because i can make a game called bioshock”

    what? he’s making it sound like it was a huge evolution in games.

    good game but the fella does have a hidden ego.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Michael

    “what? he’s making it sound like it was a huge evolution in games.”

    Last time I checked, it was. It’s certainly created a valid space for artistic integrity within gaming, at least.

    #4 6 years ago

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