Nope. I'm Done. Too Far. Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian
Last time I posted, I said that people should not bully and harrass. I said that we should wait for information on the subject before demanding anyone’s head on a stake.
Today? I don’t even care anymore. Lines are being crossed and it’s time people took a stand.
TFYC.. The Fine Young Capitalists. The event developed for WOMEN by WOMEN (with one guy) to get WOMEN into the game development scene.
The idea is nice. They get a bunch of submissions of ideas from women who don’t have the means to make a game. They judged the games on all merits and chose 5 that would eventually be voted on and made by a female production company. Some money would go back to the person that submitted the idea, the production company would be paid for their time, and the profit would go to charity.
CLICK HERE FOR THEIR INDIEGOGO PAGE.
First, they were sank by Zoe’s efforts. They essentially “went down” with no coverage and no remorse. Zoe would have you believe that she only posted “4 tweets” on the subject. Really? FUCKING REALLY? Did you forget that the internet has photographic memory that can’t be tampered with? Maybe they should donate to Zoe’s game jam “Rebel Jam.” I won’t link it because I can’t in good faith. The donations made go directly to her paypal account. There is no information about this “jam” other than “it’s going to happen.” No dates, no organizers, no information. NOTHING. The same paypal account it’s linked to is the one she uses for her personal donations. How does one distinguish which donations being made are for the game jam and which are “tips” linked from her site?
It’s not a new thing for 4chan to be called misogynists and women-haters. They’ve been dragged through the mud every chance someone gets. I’m surprised they haven’t blamed them for the hole in the ozone layer. With the recent hate and smear-campaign against gamers as “misgonyst woman-haters” they had a call to arms to prove them wrong and donated over $5000 in one day. At this point, the latest I’ve heard, it’s over
$13,000 $25,000 in donations that these “angry misogynist woman-haters” have donated to a game jam devoted to women.
They pooled more than enough money to create what is the daughter/waifu of 4chan /v/. Vivian James. They also chose the charity that this money would be going to. It will be donated to Colon Cancer as a show of solidarity for TotalBiscuit, who suffers from colon cancer and was the first public figure to go against the grain and say “We should wait for more information.” He was immediately met with a barrage of hatred and beratement by game-devs and the “Pro-Zoe” camp.
(Copyright 4chan /v/ 2014)
Then Sarkeesian denounced the project because they got support from 4chan.. How disgusting, petty, and vile. You’re a terrible person and I don’t care who knows I feel this way. You don’t like that a bunch of ANONYMOUS people are donating to a cause, so you denounce the project? You do realize that after Zoe had other sites remove and censor any discussion of the matter, many people who don’t frequent 4chan flocked there to talk about it because they couldn’t anywhere else without being censored/banned, right?
Their Indiegogo page was hacked and taken down twice after this, with strong implications that it was done by people in the Pro-Zoe camp. This is speculation, but it should go noted.
Someone wants to post to get the message out about TFYC and what happens? They’re immediately met with controversy and remove it because “it was denounced by Anita and Zoe”
In case you’re wondering, she took it down. I don’t blame her because I doubt she wants the controversy, but it’s out there. This is a deliberate attempt to cover up and destroy this seemingly great cause, yet again.
This has me outraged. Real Feminists should be up in arms over this… but no.. not going to happen.. because the faux-feminists of today like Sarkeesian and Quinn rule their news feeds. TFYC? That won’t be discussed in their news.
Rampant sexism in the gaming industry? Bullshit. Don’t take it from me though.
Amy Henning, who has had a hand in the creation of the Legacy of Kain series, Jak & Daxter, and the Uncharted series. She’s now with Visceral working on Star Wars. She has been cited as one of the most influential women in the video game industry.
Here for more information.
Now don’t misinterperet what I’m saying. I’m not saying that there aren’t sexists and misogynists in the field, They are everywhere. I’m just saying that it’s pretty hard to believe it’s as rampant in the industry as some would have you believe.
Trivializing RAPE by writing articles about “virtual rape” and saying that some bullies on the internet are “essentially raping” Quinn. That’s an insult to real rape victims and you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Have some common decency and self-respect. I heard some stuff that reminds me of this “virtual rape” you speak of. It was the terms “consensual rape” and “legitimate rape.” Remember those? Yea.. talk about the hypocrisy of it all.
As far as the gamers themselves? They come from all races, creeds, sizes, colors, genders, and circumstances. There are just as many people being called “faggots” and “niggers” as there are being called names for being a girl, if not more.. No.. definitely more.
That’s what happens when the internet is brought into your house, whether you’re gaming, chatting on irc, or commenting/posting on youtube. You want to go off on the entire internet? Go for it, but don’t nail gamers to the wall because you can’t handle some 12 year old calling you names on Call of Duty or some shit.
Don’t even talk to me about the plight of the woman in modern day society. The REAL feminists are probably rolling over in their graves knowing they have the likes of Anita and Zoe representing them.
Try being an arab post 9/11 living in America and come back to me when you’re done being turned away from positions you’re well over-qualiified for because your name isn’t “traditional” enough.
Do I want someone to come defend me? No. That’s life. That’s the society we live in. If you want to make a change, go picket the politicians. Go stand up for your beliefs at their doorstep. Don’t bring it to my doorstep. Don’t bring it to my hobby.
I’m as progressive as they come. I’m all for standing up for your beliefs and going against the grain when you see injustice.. But there is a TIME AND PLACE for that. Video Games are not it. Most people just want to play the games. Direct your discontent with society in the right direction.
I am not a Misogynist. I am not a “Tea Party Member.” I am not a Terrorist.
These are the things I (we) have been called in the last week for simply holding an opinion that is different from someone elses. Not by just some “other twitter people,” but by journalists, game developers, and people in positions of power. Fuck you Devin Faraci. Fuck you for calling us “terrorists” “worse than ISIS.” You’re a piece of shit. You’re no “son of Brooklyn” you asshole.
As if having an arabic name and being half-arab wasn’t enough of a reason for people to call me a terrorist ALL THE TIME… Now I can add being a gamer to the list. Thanks you self-righteous, lemming-like prick, blindly following your friend Quinn off a cliff with the rest of them.
Finally… Game developers and legitimate game journalsts who want this industry to be taken seriously.. THIS IS YOUR TIME TO RISE. It’s your time to come out and defend your fans. You can be a voice of reason in this madness. You can stand up for us and the fans will only love you more for it.
YOU OWE IT TO US.
We bought your games. We read your articles. We bought tickets to your sold-out conventions. We, the fans, got you to where you are today. You can be against bullying and harrassment while still saying, “THERE IS A PROBLEM.”
We are not all bad. We are not all assholes. Some of us just want to play games. We don’t deserve to be painted with this broad brush of hatred against our community.
Now… I know that only a handful of people will ever read this.. But it must be said.. and when I’m old and grey and none of this matters anymore, at least I can say I tried. At least I know that I had a small voice somewhere that maybe only a few people heard, but it was heard.