For a while now I’ve been kind of meaning to write a long, in-depth post about 4chan. With the recent controversy between them and some significant feminist figures in the gaming industry, I think it’s important that I finally go ahead and do this. Since, let’s be honest: any time there’s a big…
Man, you’ve been typing a lot of posts lately! This is time that could be spent working on Prequel!!!!
I know, I know, I should be drawing comics. I admit, I’ve been writing a lot of essays over these last couple days partly because of current events in the gaming industry.
Serious talk, though:
I… don’t like to take positions on controversial topics. I recognize that there are always more facts to something than are readily apparent, and I don’t want to present wrong information and alienate someone who looks up to me. I feel bad taking a position on an issue like this, and I also feel bad standing against someone who can literally install Deus Ex on a computer by pointing at it, but I’ve been looking at as much information as I could over the last few days, and things are painting a very consistent picture that I don’t like.
Based on the information I have seen, and verified to the best of my ability, I feel confident beyond a reasonable doubt that game developer Zoe Quinn raped her boyfriend and spurred her followers to perform a DDoS attack against The Fine Young Capitalists.
I don’t want this to get swept under the rug and ignored. I don’t want people laughing it off as “4chan misogyny” or claiming “men are just upset because she’s female”. Most of all, I don’t approve of how gaming journalism is handling this. They’ve been nothing but hostile and dismissive to people who are legitimately concerned that this developer harmed others. This is not a sexism issue - criticism is popping up from all parts of the gender spectrum. It’s an issue of one human being’s extremely unethical behavior. The fact that Quinn is using her status as a feminist icon as a shield makes it even more disgusting.
I am not committed to these beliefs. If I can see counterevidence that proves she is innocent, I will change my tune. But the fact of the matter is, I am not being given any information that refutes Zoe Quinn’s allegations. Instead, I am just being told that “people are harassing her”, or that she’s “scared for her life”, or that “the people accusing her are just misogynists”. Her supporters want me to feel bad for her, but they’re not answering this question of whether or not she totally raped a dude.
I really hope this crashes down on everyone involved and they suffer ramifications for their unprofessional behavior. An industry professional should never be rallying attack groups over social media or lashing out at gamers as a whole as being clueless and naive. There is no excuse for this behavior.