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— Sunday, January 8, 2006 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 7:44:53 AM ET

New CNCNZ Article

There's a new article over at CNCNZ entitled 'The Skaggs Conspiracy':

This article, although long overdue, is dedicated to whom I (and many others) see as the Unsung Hero of the Command and Conquer Community: Mark Skaggs.

The Red Alert 3 Project may as well been a Government Military Project. It was all hush-hush and "If you tell anyone outside these doors we will hunt you down". It was controversial as it was exciting. I mean, hell, a new Command and Conquer game? Set in arguably the most popular universe, the Red Alert series? Who the hell wouldn't be excited? The fans have been expecting something from EA since the disappointment that was Generals, although admittedly, that game was a change, something fresh and new. But, the point is, someone at EALA was getting frustrated with this secrecy. That someone was Mark Skaggs....

I say, cut the bullshit. He was fired because he wanted to keep the Community alive. It's pretty damn obvious that he was taken to court over the whole matter. Although, thanks to his efforts, Red Alert 3 is now probably shelved indefinably, we must admire him for the fact that he wanted to do something for us: the Community.

Although, at the moment, the future of Command and Conquer is in doubt, we still have another year of possibilities. We should not give up hope until we are absolutely sure Command and Conquer has died. Which is why we should remember the actions of Mark Skaggs. In my opinion, the Unsung Hero of Command and Conquer.

It's an interesting article, but it doesn't really have the factual support it needs to come across well. There seems to be quite a bit of evidence that the Skaggs/EA split was a mutual one, and one determined by a number of factors, not just the RA3 announcement, and not just Skaggs community outlook, which may be inaccurately characterized in the article. In any event, it's a good point for discussion, and you can read the whole thing here.