CBOAT, a notorious video game insider and leaker has received a bit of a grilling from Halo franchise development director, Frank O'Connor. O'Connor posted the following on NeoGAF in response to another forum member who called CBOAT a "Prophet":
"Breaking embargos is not prophesy. Nor does it require any particular skill or insight. Ultimately he is taking or being given information and leaking it, illegally and often erroneously.
And he isn't doing it for some noble or worthy reason. He's doing it for attention.
People, including nice people with kids and families and stuff, work super hard on this stuff and wake up in the morning to find some of their effort blown up.
It's not fun, and for what? So you can have a mildly interesting surprise 8 hours early and lacking context? Or get hyped or disappointed disproportionately?
Or get someone fired or someone innocent yelled at?"
O'Connor makes some sound points about the ulterior motivations behind the likes of CBOAT, and potential repurcussions for such leaking, but is he perhaps overstating his case here? Is the video game industry as a whole too secretive? Let us know what you think in the comments section.