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acedrgn asked: I'm sure you've been asked already, but how do you feel about all the drama going on right now about Zoe Quinn?

patrickklepek:

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.

However.

Disclosure is important. Kotaku editor Stephen Totilo addressed this specifically on Twitter, given his reporter and publication are in question:

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.

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Anonymous asked: What would you do in drakes place

natellite:

rabbivole:

ohcorny:

cry

i think we all would

wait what did drake do

he dead

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ntlm i suddenly realize you haven’t been in irc and i’ve been saying stuff @ you for the past couple days

i’m sorry i reblog so many of those but they’re one of the few things to consistently make me laugh irl on this godforsaken website

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venom517:

Last one, I swear.

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What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term [civilian] these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians, the only other thing they could be was soldiers. — "Snuff" by Terry Pratchett (via knerdy)

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chapmen:

literally wtf the fuck

i love how the balloon one is just like ????

This is REALLY CLEVER.

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princessbrat7:

It wasn’t an error. All of those people were advertising false weight lost products to their follower base for money. They were using their target audience of insecure teenagers to sell weight lost pills so they can get a few extra bucks.

princessbrat7:

It wasn’t an error. All of those people were advertising false weight lost products to their follower base for money. They were using their target audience of insecure teenagers to sell weight lost pills so they can get a few extra bucks.

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Let’s Ruin Video Games

ohcorny:

fakegirlgamer:

My name is Arden, and after a few days of thinking I’ve decided that I’m going to ruin video games.

I’m going to be doing everything in my power to destroy them completely. Walking simulators about feelings and emotions as far as the eye can see! Guns that shoot kisses! Lady characters that aren’t designed to cater to the whims of straight men! I’m hiding loving queer couples in every treasure chest instead of new armor. Every game will now be required to have at least one section that can be described as “too” personal. Fuck, if I’m feeling really bold, I might even throw some non-white characters into a game or two! I’ll magically replace every copy of every big-budget first person shooter with either Gone Home or Dear Esther and listen to the agitated shrieks of gamers.

Non-men have been “ruining” games for a long time, of course, by virtue of existing and trying to make the medium and the spaces around it more inclusive and less festering garbage. I’m just owning up to it now, so there can be no doubt: I’m here to ruin games. The space gamers have carved out is broken and vile, and I’m done with it. This is not their hobby anymore, it is our art.

I’m ruining video games! Join me! Make a personal story in Twine, nothing pisses gamers off more than interactive fiction sharing experiences that don’t cater to them! Make something in RPG Maker! You don’t even need to put combat in it! Make a dating sim or a visual novel in Ren’Py! Ruining games is easy, I know you can do it too!

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rafi-dangelo:

We’re not people really.  Our concerns are not America’s concerns.  We are just here for entertainment. We’re a convenient treasure trove of limitless creativity to be pillaged, watered down, and re-purposed for White audiences and the people getting rich from bastardized stereotypes and simplified caricatures of everything we bring to the table have nothing to say when shit gets really real.

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giantbomblr:

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.