An Apology to THQ

Yes, THQ. Again.

Time Has Come. Quome. They’re bankrupt.

They did it. They finally did it. THQ has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, which in plain English means they’re actually properly fucked this time. It seems no amount of Humble Bundles can save their ass; they’re dead and dead for good this time. Despite having a promising line up for the future and a host of original IP THQ could only dodge the protagonist of Darksiders 2 for so long (that’s Death for those of you who didn’t play Darksiders 2, which apparently was a lot of you, hence this post).

So we wave a non-too surprised farewell to THQ, who were our favourite developer to satirise. Indeed, looking back we may have been a bit too harsh. There was the time we said Valve had sold them off in a Steam sale, a story that gave us our biggest day of traffic. It even made it to a yahoo financial board, much to our horror/delight. This obviously more to do with the Steam sale than poor old THQ themselves, who we took the opportunity to mock a little in the bulk text of the article, but managed to bring in one of my personal favourite “characters”, Brian Farrell.

Poor Brian has had a hard time on our site. After accidentally crediting Darksiders 2 to a single man because he doesn’t know how to change his password to temporarily declaring the company bankrupt once already Brian has become the hapless well meaning sap here at Pixel Grater. Indeed, when he tried to clear THQ’s virtual stock he came across as borderline delusional but unremittingly chirpy. That said he didn’t always quite have his finger on the pulse, when he discovered that Metro Last Light had a Multiplayer Dev Team he confessed he wasn’t entirely sure what went on at THQ. And who could blame him.

That doesn’t excuse our terrible behaviour though, and we even admitted we probably attacked them too much when I went mad and tortured Michael Pachter for details on THQ DLC. Despite poking fun at THQ all the time the fact is here at Pixel Grater we’re cruel to be kind (well actually we’re cruel to be funny, but that’s beside the point). We will miss THQ and the fact they’re going is a sad state of affairs. They may want a 2012 do over but that’s not to say they’ll get one.

Sorry THQ.

To sign us off, here is Mr Farrell’s lawyer Mittens.

“Mrrrrrow. Meow. Purrr. Purrrrrrr.”

About Lewis Dunn

Lewis got into gaming as a child, when he was handed the portable version of crack cocaine, known colloquially as Tetris. He would spend hours trying to make blocks form lines so they would disappear never to return. At the age of 8 he had his first existential crisis as to what happens to blocks that disappear. Lewis has a deep love of humour in games, with some of his favourites being No More Heroes, Brutal Legend & Portal. Lewis enjoys writing bios in the third person.