Q:I'm sure you've been asked already, but how do you feel about all the drama going on right now about Zoe Quinn?
You want me to walk into a minefield? OK. Let’s try to keep this short.
There are numerous angles to what’s unfolded over the last few days, and I’m not going to address all of them. Please keep that in mind here.
This has turned into TMZ. For just about all of this, it’s not our business.
There’s no excuse for the extreme harassment and abuse in the last few days. No one deserves to have nude pictures of themselves distributed all over the Internet without their consent. No one deserves to have their address blasted on social networks as a veiled threat. No one.
There is no excuse. None, nada.
Some people see a conspiracy. Others see common human decency.
What we have is an ugly corner of the gaming community exploiting an opportunity to tear into a situation with the flimsiest of justifications. The idea that such abuse is warranted because of concerns over the “ethics of games journalism” cannot be taken seriously by people who utter “whore,” “cunt,” “faggot,” and other words in the same sentence. A quick perusal of “zoe quinn” on Twitter will find you plenty of these people.
A response to that line of criticism might be “yeah, but…”
There is a universe where a blog was written specifically to raise ethical concerns about personal relationships between the games press, and not a character assassination meant to tear a person’s life apart.
We do not live in that world. Do not try to pretend that’s what this about.
Disclosure is important. Kotaku editor Stephen Totilo addressed this specifically on Twitter, given his reporter and publication are in question:
I’m on vacation overseas this week, but a matter has come up I need to address. This will take a few Tweets… (1)— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo)August 19, 2014
At root there has been a question about disclosure and one of Kotaku’s reporters, Nathan Grayson. (2)— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo)August 19, 2014
My standard has long been this: reporters who are in any way close to people they might report on should recuse themselves …(3)— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo)August 19, 2014
…from reporting about those with whom their close. If they must report about them, disclosure is mandatory. Readers deserve that. (4)— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo)August 19, 2014
The root of the questions about Nathan involve whether he was in a relationship with a developer he quoted in a Kotaku article on 3/31 (5)— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo)August 19, 2014
Nathan and I have discussed this and he assures me that at the time of that article he has not begun a relationship with the developer (6)— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo)August 19, 2014
Nathan also has not written about the developer on Kotaku since. I see my reporter as having met standards readers would hope for (8)— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo)August 19, 2014
Nathan has my trust, and I believe he deserves yours as well. (9/end)— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo)August 19, 2014
Nathan Grayson never wrote a review of Depression Quest for Kotaku. He did write about the indie game jam that went to pieces, which happened to involve Zoe Quinn. Numerous publications also wrote about the same incident, and nothing in Grayson’s write up is particularly different from what you would find elsewhere. On Rock Paper Shotgun, Grayson mentioned Depression Quest in a writeup about 49 other video games that were recently greenlit on Steam. Another mention of Depression Quest was published on RPS written by Adam Smith. You can verify this through the Depression Quest tag.
Yes, disclosure is important. Yes, we should be aware if the press has engaged in a personal relationship with a developer. But nothing justifies what’s transpired since. People have hijacked this for madness.
Cliche but true: some just want to watch the world burn.
Given I’ve spent the last few days trying to ignore folks accusing me of cheating on my wife, you’ll excuse me if I’m over talking about this now.
This is the last I’ll say on this topic. No other questions will be answered.
They should remake Clue. With Tim Curry and three endings. It just has to be the same level of amazing.
Don’t stop there. Remake every young Tim Curry movie with current Tim Curry. I want a Silver Fox Curry in a new Rocky Horror.
I know what I’m going to illegally stream tonight
Im gonna take a guess that this character is a mean antagonistic straw feminist
I can agree with this dude being the villain as he describes both Richard Dawkins and Ayn Rand as people with towering intellects
Meanwhile evil straw feminasty vegan reporter lies in wait to ambush down to earth duck dynasty duo for a rude interview
This movie also makes use of the “repressed muslim woman” stereotype as this character (who is not named yet even 20 minutes into the movie) has a controlling father that makes her wear a niqab and is implied to not let her drive
The Duck Dynasty guy in that screenshot looks like he’s out of a Cheech and Chong movie.
I’m not going to turn this into another Thing on here, but I just wanted to speak my piece about the whole Zoe Quinn controversy.
Whether or not she cheated on her boyfriend is completely irrelevant. Whether or not she exchanged sex for favorable coverage is mostly irrelevant (at least, irrelevant to what I’m saying here. I’m not here to discuss business ethics.)
Harassment and bullying is never okay. Don’t fucking do it.
I don’t care whether you like her or not, this behavior is not okay. Do I think these accusations are true? I don’t know. It’s not really my fucking business. But, I do know that we live in a highly misogynistic culture that will stop at nothing to tear down successful women and find dents in their armor. So, I take these accusations with a grain of salt, at the very least.
Between insensitive responses to Robin Williams’ suicide, ignorant reactions to the situation in Ferguson, and the hateful, misogynistic bile I’ve come across this afternoon re: Ms. Quinn, I’m extremely sad, disheartened, and angry these days, and I feel like I’ve been bathing in filth. I’m fucking sick of it.
I’m not saying you have to believe Zoe Quinn’s side of things. I’m not saying you have to like her. I’m just saying, don’t fucking be a part of the problem. Don’t be a cock.
Try to make a post or reply to someone:
"No, no, no, I sound like an idiot"
Do nothing instead
Basically the moment you become so invested in one thing that you start to use it to define yourself to mask your lack of personality, any criticism directed at the thing you like suddenly becomes a personal attack instead of a wake-up call to actually look at the thing you like critically.
And while I’m on that
"All this Social Justice bullshit ruined video games."
Has it fucking really?
Because to my knowledge we still got Call of Duty games (you know, the usual punching bag of everyone else when they say ‘this is ruining video games’). We still got games with female characters with little-to-representation. We still got bald white dude space marine protagonist with black/other race sidekick. We still got alien ladies with inexplicably human-centric sexuality and sexual parts.
We still got racial stereotypes, gender stereotypes, cheap uses of sex and violence and the interplay of both.
We still got homosexuality being used as a joke or a punchline, we still got skimpy ass costimes for the sake of skimpy ass costumes. We still got games where every Asian has to speak about honor and know kung fu, every black guy is some hip-hop stereotype. Where having a mental illness is a power-up or a character quirk.
And we still got fuckboys and fucksteaks who defend all of that shit with ‘it’s just a game’.
No no. Social justice hasn’t ruined video games. Because if it did ‘ruin it’ then that shit wouldn’t still be there and if it was it would be conveyed and portrayed BETTER.
All ‘them darn sjws’ did was trigger (pun fucking intended) that part of your brain that made you actually have to think about someone or something else for a second and the ‘hobby you love’.