He needs to "answer" for what he has done? C'mon get over yourselves.
I bought CIV5 special (or elite or collector or whatever it was) edition a few days before release I just couldn't resist playing what I imagine would be one of my favorite games. I played the game for about 8 hours, two or three days before realizing it just wasn't fun at all to play. I kept it on my hard disk untill the patch and after playing for a while after the patch I uninstalled it and just cut my losses. Not wasting my time with a game that I simply do not like. I never enjoyed the game and I did not get my money's worth with it.
People go to McDonald's everyday. Personally I think they are paying to eat crap, seriously crap. Yet I don't see people asking for McDonald's "lead designers" to come out and "answer" for selling crap to their costumers. Some people actually like it which is easily proven by the amount they sell.
CIV5 is not a commercial failure. We will never know the inside story about the dealings between Jon and Firaxis but in my opinion I doubt Firaxis was upset with how it turned out. They ordered a blockbuster game and his team (if we can call it that) delivered a blockbuster game. If he wasn't content with how the game turned out, we'll never know, if Firaxis wasn't content with how the game turned out, we'll never know either. Normaly these things have a way of being much less dramatic then people want them to be. My guess is that they just decided it was time to part because of differences of views with what to do from now on.
The lead designer for a game I did not like doesn't have to "answer" me for anything. His team made a game, I didn't like it, we move on. I don't go around asking directors for money when I don't like their films, and let me tell you there are some films that make you wonder if you could get those two wasted hours back. I don't go around flaming book writers when I don't like their books.
Anyway, all this discussion about CIV5 is nonsense. A lot of people like the game. Maybe a lot of the old fans didn't like it, but it is hardly a commercial failure. CIV5 is NOT MOO3.
The thing that matters here is Jon Shafer was hired by Stardock and what does this matters to us. Personaly, it doesn't make me say "awesome" or "damn". It is probably a good thing for Stardock. I can only imagine the kind of experience that he can bring after being involved with such a massive project. Also I'm willing to bet Brad knew exactly what kind of reaction people would have, all this nonsense about how he ruined your lives , etc. If he was willing to go through all that for the men's experience then, well Jon can't be that bad.
For what is worth, Jon, welcome and I hope you can help Elemental (and future Stardock projects).
Instead it seems Jon Shafer is like a catholic priest being shuffled to another church with the help of the very people who are suppose to stand against the evil said priest represents.
With all due respect comparing making a game you didn't like to child abuse is just...NO!
..and also, don't you think you are being naive? This is business, if he wasn't worth Stardock's money (and I bet it is a lot) he wouldn't be here. You really think that all the gaming companies just think he is too cute to let go? Trust me, if he didn't know what he was doing he would not be here.