As we all know, the big developement company THQ closed last week after filling bankruptcy. It was a huge loss to many, including those unfortunate developers who lost their jobs. The gaming community has been deeply affected, a pain that probably wont go away so quickly, even though some developers and team licenses were sold to other great studios to continue their life in our happy little gaming universe, we still feel as if we have lost a dear family member. In the days following the doors of THQ closing, the studio still had final words for many people who supported them throughout the years. I was fortunate enough to receive an email earlier today of one of these farewell messages, I can safely say I didn’t expect this particular group to get a mention but it shows the giant company can surely fall with grace.
As you have probably heard, THQ will soon be closing down and we wanted to make sure we thanked all of you for the contributions you made over the years. Since the usability lab opened in 2008 we have had many titles come through our doors and each has been made better by the feedback you have provided. We are deeply grateful for the support you have shown to us and our products and proud of the games you helped us to make. We expect that most of THQ’s upcoming games will continue under new owners, hopefully without much change to the teams making them, and we hope you enjoy those games as much as we’ve enjoyed working on them and with you.
As a note for those who participated in a recent test, the NDA will remain in effect.
Thank you again and happy gaming,
The THQ Research and Recruitment Team
Matt, Brenda, Andre and Rickey
As game developers come, testers will always be necessary, in all senses of the way to create valued products with little to no bugs/glitches. The fact that THQ shows they had valued all the work that mostly goes unnoticed in the eyes of the game industry is rather humbling. Doing the work as a tester isn’t always easy, as it can be just as bad as playing a glitched game (Just see the Game Grumps play Sonic 06 and you’ll see how difficult it can be) so being thought of by a developer in their midnight hour makes me rather happy. I know it sounds lame, but the game industry really has a way of surprising you in the oddest times.
I personally say thank you to THQ for thinking of us in such a dark time. This makes the feeling of loss much greater for me, I’ll always keep THQ in my memory as I progress in this industry.