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Mark Rein Is Sorry For Being A "Jerk"

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So Epic's Mark Rein interrupted a discussion last week at a conference, and got people upset. It made for good theatre at the time, but now the dust has settled, Rein has issued an honest apology.

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"I want to apologise," Rein says in an email to Positech's Cliff Harris, the man who last week called him a "jerk". "It was completely rude of me to interrupt your panel with my opinion no matter how well intentioned. I'm supremely passionate about the plight of indie developers, and game developers in general, and I heard something I thought was incorrect advice and I just couldn't keep my big mouth shut."

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You hear/see so many fake apologies in this business that it's nice to see a real one, where genuine fault is acknowledged and there's actually a touch of sincerity involved. Well played, Mark Rein, well played.

You can read the full exchange at the link below.

Exclusive: Mark Rein's indie apology [Develop]

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It's stuff like this that makes me want to work for Epic even more. It just seems like every interview or exchange with the Epic guys, they just seem really cool. Rein nearly ruined that for me, but a classy apology? Awesome.

There's no way I could stand sixty hour work weeks, unfortunately. My doctors think it's a miracle I can get out of bed in the morning.

You know, when this first came out, I said something similar to what Develop said, but people were all "he's a douche, blah blah blah!" and that he was snorting and stuff.

Develop, who was actually ON the panel, had this to say: "While it is hard to refute the fact that Rein interrupted proceedings (something he has apologised directly to Develop for), his remarks from the audience only came across as well-intended over-enthusiasm by a man clearly enamored by the games industry as a whole. His involvement also brought a great deal of energy to the room, fueling much fascinating debate, and since indies in the session have spoken to Develop in support of Rein's passion for the industry as a whole."

So even though he did interrupt, not only did he apologize, but apparently his interruption had a positive effect.

Now, especially after reading Harris' (I think that was his name) full blog post, I really find myself unsympathetic to his apparent "corporations suuuuuuuuuck!" ideology. Of course, maybe he was just angry he was interrupted (I would be, I suppose) and feels differently about everything now, and deleted his post because he recognized that posting in anger was wrong and—well, I doubt it...