Corporate "he said, she said" can be a little boring at times, but Activision boss Bobby Kotick calling Halo creators Bungie "the last remaining high quality independent developer" is too good to pass up.
Speaking at an investor's meeting, Kotick said "Bungie are a very unusual company. They're probably the last remaining high quality independent developer."
That's not just a swipe at, well, every independent developer on Earth. It was also aimed at Microsoft.
"When they started the process of looking for a new partner, they'd been in business with Microsoft. They had a vision for a product they wanted to create that needed certain skills and capabilities - that Microsoft had some of.
"But as they started to go and look at the obvious candidates, they realised that no company other than Activision had the skills that they needed to be successful for the vision of that product."
Oh, to be so rich and powerful that you can put on a suit and make money trolling. That's the life.