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Pipeworks head quits over exaggerated military background

Robert Daly makes public apologies over special forces claims

Robert Daly, head of developer Pipeworks Sware, has resigned from his post after controversy over his military credentials.

"I am honoured to have served with the 12th Special Forces Group as an Intelligence Analyst (96B) from 1991 until 1994," said Daly.

"While I wore the green beret as part of my uniform, I utterly regret that I have misrepresented my role by creating the impression that I was a Green Beret. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the Green Berets and my fellow servicemen, and I respectfully apologize to the Special Forces community."

Daly had been with the company for 5 years.

Earlier this month IndustryGamers broke the story that Daly had misrepresented his status as a United States Army Special Forces soldier.

Pipeworks Studio developed a title based on the popular American television show Deadliest Warrior, where fighters from various historical periods are pitted against each other. Daly's military background was used to lend weight to the game's military authenticity.

"At this point in time for the best interests of Pipeworks Software and F9E I am voluntarily resigning my position of Studio Head of Pipeworks effective immediately. Furthermore I have no plans on appearing in any more episodes of Deadliest Warrior."

Daly was caught out when professionalsoldiers.com obtained his records from the military from the US's National Personnel Records Center and United States Army Special Operations Command, which showed he was an analyst, rather than a Special Forces soldier.

Pipeworks was founded in 1999, developing Rampage: Total Destruction, Zumba Fitness and uDraw Studio. It is also part of indie developer collective Foundation 9 Entertainment. It also created Deadliest Warrior: The Game for XBLA and PSN in conjunction with Spike television.

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Antony Johnston Writer & Narrative Designer 5 years ago
Ah, shades of Micah Wright all over again. When will these people learn that veterans tend to remember which soldiers they served with?!
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis5 years ago
Erm... does anyone really care enough for him to have to resign?
Did he do a good job for Pipeworks? Guessing the answer was yes since he was there for 5 years.
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus5 years ago
From an ex-Navy guy: find me someone who says they never exaggerated their service record - even just to get laid - and I'll find someone that's lying to your face.
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Keldon Alleyne Handheld Developer, Avasopht Ltd5 years ago
@Barrie Tingle: precisely. I loved Deadliest Warrior, and don't tell anyone I said this but this is the first I've heard about anyone in their team being in the special forces.

UPDATE: Foundation 9, ProfessionalSoldiers.com issue their responses.
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Gregory Keenan5 years ago
Lots of people beef up what they did/do in the forces. But most draw the line in saying they worked in the SF.

On an aside. My favourite spot in the UK is people saying their in the armed forces to get laid - wearing their dog-tags. Their oblong dog tags.
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Zack Karlsson Vice President, Business Development, Double Fine Productions5 years ago
This is a real shame on many levels. Robert is a good guy that has built a good team out in the middle of nowhere. It's a shame he exaggerated his service in such a way.

If it had been about his role on a game project, no one would have batted an eyelash.

I'm looking at you 85 Producers of the Sims and 1450 members of the Bioshock 2 Dev Team.

I wish him the best.
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Brian Hannah Studying Bsc Hons Computer Games Software Development, Glasgow Caledonian University5 years ago
Why do you never get RLC or REME walts, I don't have to rely on hyped up tales of daring do to get me laid, I have the marroon machine for that lol
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