I am just curious, if you can't blame the people who worked on a game, and you can't blame the publisher who publishes a game, who exactly can should you blame for a bad game?
I don't think one person is responsible for Civ V's current status amongst many strategy fans anymore than I think only one person is responsible for Elemental's disastrous release. I am beginning to wonder though where exactly blame can be assigned. Hey when it hits the fan, blame may not be productive, probably counterprodutcitve but that doesn't meaneveryone involved gets to walk away blameless.
Well. First off, you seem to have a major misunderstanding. Firaxis is not a publisher; It is a developer. You have the actual people working on the game (programmers, designers, etc; Jon), the company they work for directly (the developer, Firaxis), and the publisher (2K).
Frogboy said you shouldn't blame Jon or Firaxis. Hmm, I wonder who that would leave....
Whether it's true or not we can't know, as we don't have all the info, but that is certainly what his post seems to imply. Same goes for Jon's stated reasons for leaving Firaxis: "Freedom to make the kind of game he wants to."