Xbox World 360 issues public apology over Bleszinski quote

Wednesday, 9th June 2010 15:08 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Xbox World 360 has issued a public apology over a misquote from Epic Games lead designer Cliff Bleszinski.

A CVG piece from yesterday quoted Bleszinski saying, “technically, Japan just can’t keep up with the US.”

He soon went on the Twitter offensive, however, saying the quote was a “fabrication”.

“It’s come to our attention that, due to an error in the production process, a quote from Epic Games’ Cliff Bleszinski has been taken a little out of context,” the magazine said in the apology.

The quote Bleszinski actually gave was:

“To be frank, this is largely not my department. It’s a strategic decision by Epic to continue to provide Middleware solutions to developers all around the world.

“My department is: ‘Ooh, let’s make the fun!’ But yes, it’s very much a strategic play; knocking on Japanese doors and saying: ‘Hey, if you use this you can cut through a lot of the costs of building your own engine plus have a better game that comes out sooner and costs less money.’ It’s pretty much that simple.”


Get the full thing here.



  1. OrphanageExplosion

    Which definitely deserves an apology – unlike the VG247 story about Heavy Rain’s “hideous” children, which was just basic reporting.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Blimey, “a little out of context” doesn’t quite cover it! You can sort of see why Cliffy was mad – that quote is absolutely nothing like the eventual headline! It was the guy asking the questions who actually said that Japan couldn’t keep up, not Cliff himself. :-D

    Anyway, good on C&VG for putting the record straight – they’re a pretty decent site these days.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Aimless

    I was a bit confused until I read the actual C&VG article; “How can you fabricate an answer as part of an ‘error in the production process’?”

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Alakratt

    He might be an incredible designer, but he will always be a douche!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Boris Fett

    How the fuck is *that* a misquote? It’s not even a similar sentence! They literally made the words up.

    @4 I hope he continues to be a “douche” then. Its always nice to see honesty and integrity in this industry. Most gamers are just over-sensitive nerds.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. iampaddy

    Ah, easy mistake to make. If I hadn’t read that through thwice I’d have made the same error.

    By the way, Johnny. The article sounds as though you’re condemning CVG. Might wanna switch that up a little.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Alakratt


    Ummm no. Right now everything’s going his way, fine, but when things start to go wrong, he won’t get support because of his douche ways…ESPECIALLY from Japan. Cuz as you know, criticizing Japan is the new thing!

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Raining_Upwards

    Because god knows the Japanese criticise themselves enough anyway…

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DJ Deathstar

    Haha so the bit about Japan not keeping up with the US was actually from the guy asking the question!

    So all the headlines should have actually been

    Man interviewing Cliffy B thinks Japan can’t keep up with the US

    #9 5 years ago
  10. lirky

    ppl that never did respect him, dont respect him even more now. So they will not purchase his software him & itagaki no one are really fans of them.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    Well to be fair it was Xbox World 360, and everyone knows 360 fanboys hear and see only what they want.

    /runs away.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. itsucks

    599 US Dollas: Can’t keep with this kind of shit, japan. keep your Giant Enemy Crabs.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. frostquake

    Just curious did the 4 year old Reporter who “misquoted” Cliff get put in Time out with no Juice Box???

    #13 5 years ago
  14. OrphanageExplosion

    I’d imagine that’s exactly what happened, yes.

    #14 5 years ago

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