Former Halo music composer Marty O’Donnell has filed a lawsuit against game maker Bungie and its chief executive Harold Ryan for failing to pay him for unpaid vacation time, paid time off, and other benefits.
This is just really, really sad all around. :(
Come on Bungie...tainted by that Activision greed already?
Music composers should be paid for there work. The soundtracks for halo are amazing.
You do know that Marty was let go because he was asking for too much money right???
@FantasyStar: I don't know why you're getting dislikes, that stuff happens all of the time in many fields. Bruce Willis was asking for a lot more money than the rest of the cast in The Expendables 2 and he was dropped from the cast. Though, the problem could have been that O'Donnell was being underpaid, if that's the case, then I'm pretty sure Activision is behind the firing. They're giving money to Bungie to make the game, and Bungie's probably asking for more money to pay O'Donnell, but Acti didn't want to. I'm not sure if that's what happened, but Activision is a pretty greedy company, so I'll go with that.
Really, just really Pathetic, hmmm Team Taka let go to his to talk him about this!
paid vacation. whatever.
Asking for a pay rise is not a sack-able offense!
He'll get his insurance paid for in the end. It is his ...................... destiny.
Lmao! Go get your coat....naow!
I wonder how many others at game studios don't get their full benefits -- but never sue?
Marty was technically a contractor with Bungie right? Contractors typically don't get those kinds of benefits that Marty got. He wanted more money and the Board didn't flinch. They called his bluff.
Microsoft should scoop him up for Halo 5 Someone should tweet Phil Spencer.
I think they already have.
Has he ever replied? Surely something as big as this would of been replied to I mean no offence to Neil Davidge who did Halo 4s music but if they had to choose in letting him go in order to replace him with Marty then so be it. Neil Davidges music didn't have that "spark" in the Halo music, it sounded more like a OST for a Hollywood action block buster.
@Foxtrot For some reason I'm remembering an article of sometime back that he's gone to 343i. I think it's my imagination.
Dude when he got laid off...There were tons of tweets saying #343hireMarty. It was a big thing, because that's one of the big things Halo 5 could be missing. Halo 4 had amazing music but it's not jaw dropping like Marty did for Halo for all those years.
The best composer in the gaming industry 343i needs to hire him.
Marty is great, but there are others just as great, even better than him that exist all around the industry.
#1 Jeremy Soule #2 Marty
You think....hes better than Hans Zimmer......... That's just ONE composer I thought of off the top of my head. He does the music for Killzone... And like EVERY MAJOR SCI FI Movie
Killzone's music isn't even in the same league as Halo's Music.
xD Says the guys who 1 never played it and 2 is using his opinion. Hans Zimmers music is known worldwide and EXCELLENT. No matter what the score....Marty is ONLY in the gaming industry. Just because you have a MASSIVE hard on for anything HALO...doesn't make it untouchable. But IDK why Im arguing that with you since even if I showed you ALL the awards hans has won for killzone's music Like EVERY SCI FI movie and other games...you'd probably still not change your mind. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm... you cant even FIND awards for Marty in the same league on the net
Problem is that every Hanz Zimmer track sounds samey. He even reused the Crysis 2 motif for The Amazing Spiderman 2 movie. Seriously, you don't do that!
He also cannot hold a candle to John Williams, hell nobody can hold a candle to Williams.
Marty is good but all around I personally prefer Shoji Meguro over many others
No wonder he as a smirk on his face
I hope he joins 343i and composes music for Halo 5 and the TV series.
The score is probably pretty much done for Halo 5.
AND....looks like the break up was not as "business as usual" as Bungie would have liked all to believe.
I think we all knew something was up.
There 'was' a post on Reddit by an alleged Bungie employee that gained traction before the mods deleted the post. Basically Marty was a contract worker and was being paid a lot to continue to work with Bungie. Marty wanted more money(which he should be getting) and went to the Board to negotiate. . . ....things happened and now Marty does not have a job with Bungie anymore. If Marty was indeed a contractor for Bungie then this all makes sense as to why he is suing for the same reason that the workers at EA sued for. It's not uncommon for composers/producers to be contractors because making music on a salary is not worth the time/effort spent outside of the workplace for a salary a government-worker earns just going from 9-5. Anyone on Gamedev.net will tell you that.
One does not simply fire one of the greatest composers in video game history for no reason, especially when Marty has become synonymous with Bungie itself.
actually dog eat dog IS business, as usual...unfortunately..
Such a shame. Marty is a fucking legend for those Halo scores.
the Halo music was both haunting (chants) and pulse-pounding (drums). It made the game so memorable.
...Well there you go. Wow this was unexpected.
you all act as if bungie was your freaking crush or some type of princess you are dissapointed of. nobody knows all the facts therefore you can't judge.
Sad state of affairs, tbh. Bungie....tsk, tsk.
:( This is incredibly depressing... I mean, going by Marty's tweets and whatnot, clearly he wasn't incredibly "okay" with the termination, but... But one of the founders suing the studio he helped create? This is a very sad day. Not swaggy. Not the kind of news I want leading into E3 weekend.
Sounds like Bungie has already been "Rare'd". And here I thought O'Donnels departure was just the beginning of a slow downhill slide. It sounds like they're already alien.
Getting kinda scary ! Tough times for almost everybody, when it comes to money!
Sorry, but it is a lot like a programmer. How hard is it to find another decent musician to take his place? Not hard at all. Sure he was fantastic, but the music itself isn't going to sell a game. I've not once (besides topics involving topics like this) seen a review or fan discussion go "man that game was amazing and the music makes it even better!" SOME reviews may mention music, but it doesn't really go beyond that. So when he starts demanding more money, of course a studio is going to second guess using him. He doesn't accept the lower offer? Fine, let the next guy walk in. Thats money that can be spent making a level better, or hiring another programmer, etc... And he is just throwing a fit because his bluff was met and he got let go, hoping to flex some muscle and pretend the studio is the one that lost.
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