the fine young capitalists

Well surprise surprise Tom Preston’s retarded. Why you may ask? Well let’s break down his comic and artist’s description. first the comic itself. 

1. He knows nothing about how and why Vivian James was created

A group called The fine Young Capitalists (TFYC) hosted a charity (for lack of a better term) where women would pitch their ideas for video games, those ideas would be drawn out by concept artists, and then voted on. The winner’s game would be made and the funds would be donated to charity with 8% going to the girl who pitched the winning idea as royalties. 

Zoe Quinn (Yeah, we have to mention her again. Just think of her as the two bullets that started WWI) attempted to vilify the charity in a fit of persecution complex saying it was oppressive to have women give ideas for free. 

Not mentioning that was the extent of their contribution, ideas, not art or coding but being the ideas guy but I digress. She used her connections in gaming journalism to shame TFYC and major gaming journalists sites blindly followed her lead. 

When the Five Guys scandal started (this was before GamerGate was officially a thing), 4Chan’s /v/ caught on to this event when one of the “charity’s” prominent members wrote a comment on Reddit detailing what happened. You can read the comment here:

The result is something magical. 4Chan has defeated feminists by being better feminists and thus ultimately discrediting feminists. They funded TFYC’s project and donated enough money that they were allowed to design a character that would appear in the winning game. 

Being smart, they designed a female character that would go against the feminist’s assumptions. Rather than a ditzy bimbo, they created just about the most average girl ever but still one that was easily recognizable:

She was a girl. She was a gamer. But she wasn’t a gurl gamer. Her interests were video games. She hated video game journalists. Her shirt was green and purple representing 4chan’s color and she wore a 4 leaf clover on her headband to symbolize 4chan as well. Even her name was video game related. vivian James being a close approximation to vidya gaems, /v/’s terminology for video games. Save for the inevitable porn that was drawn of her later down the line, there was nothing inherently offensive about the character herself save for the people who made her. 

TFYC accepted the character and she became the face of GamerGate, a rebellion of the consumer against the corrupt devs, journalists, and social justice warriors corrupting the industry:

Of course feminists were still mad even though there was nothing offensive about Vivian’s design. They attempted to slam 4chan as pedophiles but that failed to catch wind. They attempted to contact and shame TFYC for accepting money from 4chan, ironic because it was feminists who attempted to destroy the “charity” in the first place. 4Chan funded a project to get women in gaming. Feminists are so hell bent on being victims that they actively attempted to oppress women from getting into gaming. Is there any finer argument that feminism is obsolete in the first world? 

2. Take a look at Dobson’s depiction of her and then take a look at what 4Chan made:

Dobson has made her shaplier, ditzier, wider eyed, and overall overly feminin. The very thing he criticizes artists hundreds of times better than he is of doing to women he did to a non-sexualized character for the purpose of making his side seem all the more valid. It was a deliberate choice on his part and he should be called out for such crude tactics. To put this in perspective, if 4chan had made a black character, Dobson would have drawn his lips bigger than the 4chan version. Apparently using stereotypical body types for women is only wrong if it’s not Dobson doing it. 

3. GamerGate isn’t sexist. 

In the very least, not in the way people are claiming it is. The members may not all live up to the standards set by First World Feminists and video game journalists but the movement is comprised of people from all walks of life. Outspoken feminists (including Christina Sommers, a Democrat labled as a conservative by journos) to Men Rights Activists. Various shades of philosophies about gender and gender identity can be found in the movement but the reason they all label it as sexist is because none of them subscribe to the extremists version that people like Tom Preston espouse. 

This is largely a problem with a lot of things. People and movements are unfairly labeled as sexist or racist because they wish to argue the point or don’t go all the way with what certain people think should happen. It’s even worse when it comes to history where the most progressive of people would still be vilified as racists or sexists for the crime of being born too early and subscribing to the views of the era. 

The point is when you hear something like a movement about video games being called sexist or misogynistic, take that with a grain of salt. Do your own research or the matter. Look at what they’re saying and maybe browse their forums and ask what it is that they’re against and why they might be called those things. Also look at who’s making the claim. How extreme are their views? dungeons and dragons was labeled as anti-Christian by radical Christians who see persecution everywhere. The film Drive was called anti-semetic…by a jewish man who sees anti semitism everywhere. 

People with extremist philosophies are going to see more persecution of their ideas than people who don’t. That’s just a fact of life so again, I encourage you to do your own research when people start throwing around accusations about these things. Especially when you wouldn’t be able to confirm it yourself upon a quick glance. 

4. Tom’s Joke was poorly worded. When I read “Occu-Lass Thrift, I immediately thought it was a pun on the Oculus Rift. A VR headset whose lead dev sold out to Facebook a few months ago. He really couldn’t figure out a better name to call her? Vivian Jame’s name works because it in of itself is a legitimate name but no one in their right mind would name their kid "Occu-Lass Thrift.” Again, Tom has no idea what Vivian James is and represents. If it weren’t for the girl’s comments, I think everyone would assume he was talking about the VR headset. Speaking of his comments. Let’s get right into that. 

Zoe Quinn’s jilted ex-boyfriend decided to post a rant about her online, accusing her of sleeping with journalists to get good praise on her free web game (accusations that were later found to be untrue). 

The Zoe Post (what Tom’s talking about) was written by Zoe Quinn’s ex boyfriend detailing her abusive and manipulative activities. The post in question left out a lot of information that was later found out by outside research but the gist is that she slept with journalists and game devs in order to promote her game Depression Quest. One of the people she slept with was her boss and another was the judge of an indie game contest that she contended. 

At this point it doesn’t even matter if they had their dicks in her at all. It was found that she has clear undeniable connections to these people and that they have promoted her and her game. This is a prime example of corruption in the video game industry where close ties kills objectivity and these journos report false information to the consumer in order to appease their friends and get more personal benefits from those they promote. 

 The #GamerGate movement was then started with the intention of pointing out issues with “gaming journalism ethics,” but thus far has only really been good at harassing women in the games industry and forcing them (and anyone who supports them) to leave.

Apparently no one has told Tom Preston about the campaign to e-mail the sponsors of these journos and get them to back out.

Nor has anyone told Tom Preston about #NotYourShield, a Twitter campaign encouraging people from all walks of life be it religious, gender based, race based, where you’re from, etc to come out and say they do not approve of these journalists and social justice warriors speaking on their behalf. 

And who would have thought that not one single person has mentioned GamerGate’s constant state of self regulation. You reading me type Zoe Quinn is the most you’ll get with that name because people in an attempt to separate themselves from her but still be able to comment on what’s important (her connections), have begun calling her “Literally Who.” In response to this Zoe has changed her Twitter name to Dr. Literally Who so it seems she’s loving the hate. 

Actually now that I think about it, I’m sure the critics Tom hasn’t blocked have relayed this info to him. I’m willing to bet he just deliberately ignored to so he can make history fit his ideals. Go back to the Ministry of Truth, Dobson. you’re a shit artist and a worse human being. 

When people started to question #GamerGate’s seemingly dubious motives, some 4-channers decided to make a “gamer girl” mascot called Vivian James to prove they weren’t sexist. 

See: Everything I have said previous to this and do refer to the links. The first two are screen caps going over exactly how and why vivian was made. Tom Preston is dead fucking wrong. Objectively wrong. If being wrong could hurt, Tom Preston would have died before he finished that sentence. 

After all… she’s a girl! Girls can’t be sexist, right? So if you’re wondering why there are so many icons of that girl on twitter or DA or whatever… that’s why.

Tom, I took this up with some psychologists and they have all declared you as a pathological liar. Short of the long. Vivian James is the face of the movement along with /V/’s board-tan (the simplistic angry looking bald guy you may see in GG images), real people like Milo, Internet Aristocrat (using his Youtube avatar), JonTron, Christina Sommers, etc. 

Sadly I have a feeling too many people will be coming here, arguing about #GamerGate’s true intentions, bemoaning “Not ALL GamerGate harassed women!” and completely ignoring my brilliant pun for the Occupy Wall Street girl. Bah.

Just do what you always do. block them like a little bitch. It can’t be that what you said was wrong. It can’t be that you’re deliberately misrepresenting the movement. It can’t be that you’re outing yourself once again as a white knight ass who knows absolutely nothing about what he’s talking about but somehow think his farts don’t stink. 

And fuck your little pun. Obviously people are going to ignore your shitty pun because that’s not what this comic is about you shit. Your entire description was about how sexist GG and vivian James are. Your first panel is a complete strawman of the movement. If I drew a picture of pig shitting on Muhammad followed by a second panel with a drawing of a chicken crossing the street, I’d have no right to say “and people are harping on my drawing of Muhammad and completely ignoring my brilliant why did the chicken cross the road joke. Bah.”

fuck you, Dobson. You’re objectively wrong. 

PS: Your girl looks worse than the one Reddit designed for TFYC! 

EDIT: Maybe he’s just mad that this isn’t how she’s usually depicted:

I went to the EDF and found that they thought the same thing about Dobson’s girl’s name. 

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. 


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. 


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.

I’ve seen this picture going around on Tumblr over the last few days, and what I have noticed is that there was no link back to the article. I had to look it up myself, and I was actually appalled with what I found.

Instead of an argument showing both sides of the GamerGate issue, you are treated to a one-sided backlash against an ideology.

In fact, just for the sake of criticism, I’m gonna make a counter argument. Here I go.

You’ll find the article here. What you’ll find is a gross misrepresentation of the issue at hand. Instead of looking into the issue any further than “Look at these poor poor girls! We should kiss their booboos!”, they decide to turn the entire argument into an issue of sexism.

And now some women who have criticized video games, or those who play them, are being subjected to death threats by men who play those games.

If you’re referring to Brianna Wu, she was criticized for publicly attacking GG supporters on Twitter. Not just because of her games.

Anita Sarkeesian has been called out publicly for receiving 25x her Kickstarter Goal for Tropes vs. Women, and only producing half of the proposed videos within her proposed schedule. People are not attacking her because she is a woman. They are attacking her because she is a con artist. A con artist who has publicly stated that she is no video gamer.

Zoe Quinn on the other hand has not been relevant in GamerGate since her alleged affair with multiple men/journalists. But if you want to open old wounds, how about the fact that she was responsible for sabotaging a competition held by TFYC?

If you’re thinking, “none of this makes any sense! Why would anyone become so mean and vicious simply because someone said something negative about the gaming scene?,” then you’re right.

None of it makes sense.

And yet on Twitter you’ll find some particularly disturbing tweets from men who play games. Here are some:

The tweet provided can be found here, and you will notice something. None of these tweets have anything to do with GamerGate. In fact, the only one relating these tweets back would be Brianna Wu herself.

Now, that does not make it okay. Harassment on any scale is terrible, and should not be tolerated. But the example provided seems more like a personal attack against Mrs. Wu.

I’d make less of a big deal about this, but considering Business Insider decided to use this as their primary example, I figure it’s only fair to criticize their decision.

There is no doubt that video game web sites publish some pretty feeble stories posing as “news.” But that’s the case in any business trade news niche.

Similar to your article? To me, this says that any form of news cannot be taken seriously, as all news stories are inherently bias.

But look at the priorities here. On the one hand, a handful of women have said, “Some of these games are frankly not great, guys!” and been threatened with death for having that opinion. And on the other hand, a huge chunk of the gaming community is now fiercely arguing that the death threats aren’t important. Rather, the technicalities of video game reviewing are the priority.

Again, these women have allied themselves with the Gaming Journalism websites that have posted, all on the same day in fact, that Gamers are Dead. Anita Sarkeesian has been proven to be a con artist while Brianna Wu has, on multiple counts, made fun of GamerGate supports.

But clearly your concern here is priority. The issues of journalistic integrity are automatically moot because of the death threats of a few. Just like all the positive contributions Muslims have made to the world have been rendered null because of the rise of ISIS.

It’s completely insane. It’s insane that you even have to say out loud that sending death threats to people who disagree with your opinion of video games is wrong.

And it is also insane to know that we live in a world where we have to honestly, legitimately, wholeheartedly say that a business should not treat their customers like garbage or that journalism should be as accurate as possible without any personal bias or political spin.

You’ll notice that, well for the most part, GamerGate as a movement would end if some sort of legal action was taken. Meanwhile they have been treated to constant insults and put downs. While liars and scammers are given free rides to the top.

GamerGate also underlines one very sad aspect of the gaming scene. The stereotype of a “gamer” is a lonely young man who has replaced his social life with a set of animated avatars on a screen, and now has difficulty relating to women: The angry male virgin nerd, in other words.

Let’s assume this stereotype is grossly unfair. Gaming is bigger than that.

Well I would hope so, as you failed to even mention the #NotYourShield campaign on Twitter. Filled with a large amount of females, POCs, and people of varying sexualities have voiced their opinions on the matter and have claimed to support the GamerGate movement.

I find it hilarious how they manage to slip in a subtle insult to the GamerGate supporters, just before conveniently skimming over that.

Despite where your stance is on this movement, journalism like this is why GamerGate has reached 1.3 million tweets on Twitter as of this post. Yes, there are irresponsible people on both sides of the argument. But shunning the intentions of one side because of the actions of a few is disgusting.

I’m not expecting this to get more than 5 notes. No where near the amount of notes the previous post is getting. But I needed to get my voice out.

EDIT: It would seem in my first point, I came across as providing excuses for the threats they have received. I apologize if this is how you perceived this, but my intention was to say they had received threats for other things than just being females criticizing things.

The Fine Young Capitalists aren't actually helping women get into the games industry

Note: I get most of my info from here

So, there’s been a lot of back and forth about TFYC. Are they trustworthy? Are they feminist? Will this help women get into the industry?

The way 4chan would talk about it, they donated to a charity to help women get into games. TFYC is not a charity, tho. They’re a for profit. They’ve admitted such themselves.

The money raised doesn’t go to charity. Absolutely none of it. It goes directly to TFYC and to Autobotika who they’re hiring to make the winning game. Even if they get more money than they need to make the game. They still get to keep any excess. This is a very important detail.

Matthew Rappard, the founder, says this is to show that games developed by women can be profitable. But remember, the winner of the contest isn’t making the game. Autobotika is. She is just the “idea person” who hands off her idea to them to make.

EDIT: He now says the winner, Danielle, will be in charge of a team. I source TFYC’s website because whenever they talk about it, they always do so as, “These developers bringing the idea to life,” and talk about the winner and the developers as separate entities. At no point does he seem to clarify what the winner’s role will be in the process besides providing ideas.

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If the game is profitable, the message sent is not that women can make profitable games. It is that Autobotika can make profitable games. So, how does this help women get into game development?

Well, then Matthew would say that because the woman gets to have the game in her portfolio, it will help her get a job in the industry. There is a problem with this, too. The point of a portfolio is to show a potential employer work you have done. It is a resume of sorts, to convince them that you have the skills they want for the job. An Autobotika developed game does not show the skills of the woman who came up with the original ideas. It shows the skills of Autobotika.

What game development company is looking for an ideas person who has nothing in their portfolio to show that they can execute those ideas? I’ve seen many job listings at game development companies. “Ideas Person” has never been one of them. Perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps this very moment Bioware or Platinum Games is looking for someone with “good ideas” and is okay with that person having no experience with the work necessary to make those ideas a reality. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

The other women don’t even get that. They essentially have a way to show off their ideas but no game in their portfolio. “I have good ideas!” they can say, but everyone thinks they have good ideas. At least, most people do.

Well, at least the profit will go to helping women, right? No, it will not. Exactly 8% of the net profit will go to the “ideas person”. I suppose this could be a decent amount of money if the game sells well enough. But will it sell well? Autobotika is not a well-known name when it comes to game development. They don’t have a pre-existing fanbase to buy a bunch of copies and to convince others to do so.

Does TFYC intend to advertise the game when it’s ready for release? What are their marketing strategies? Will those come from money already raised or will they be deducted from the gross profit, thus lowering how much the “idea person” gets?

74% goes to charities. So, assuming it sells well (which is a pretty generous assumption), this will help charities a decent amount. So yay, it can still help women get into game development! Except that’s not what /v/ and 4chan want their chunk of the profits to go to. They want their profits to go towards finding a cure for colon cancer. “To cure butthurt” Very mature of them. 

EDIT: Apparently other considered options were male abuse shelters and prostate cancer. It sounds definitely like 4chan thought it’d be a laugh to give their profits from a feminist game jam contest about getting women into the industry to services specifically targeted towards men. So, just keep that in mind the next time 4chan tries to abuse that goodwill.

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So, not only does that not help women get into games, it isn’t even women-focused at all. So much for this allegedly feminist organization.

I don’t know if TFYC is intentionally scamming people or if their complete lack of experience with this sort of thing has resulted in the trainwreck we see today, but it’s clear that the main benefactors of this are Matthew Rappard, TFYC, and Autobotika. Fun Fact: Matthew Rappard is an executive director at Autobotika. Did you know that?

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He has an explanation, that he had them list him on the site so he could threaten to sue someone not paying them, something he did out of the pure, loving generosity of his heart. Perhaps you believe his explanation. I do not.

I’m sorry for the folks who donated to TFYC. They’re being taken advantage of in a big way, and they’ve committed themselves so completely to this on an ideological level that I don’t think they can even convince themselves to pull out before it’s too late. I simply hope that after this people will be a little less trusting of TFYC, and of certain websites that helped fund them.

Addendum: This week, Humble Bundle is donating to a charity to give scholarships to women. This would help women get into the industry. Maybe pull your donation from TFYC if you can and give it to Humble Bundle instead?

EDIT: The post originally said 92% went to charities. This is incorrect as apparently 8% goes to TFYC and 10% to Autobotika. So 74% to charities. The net profits are also “after royalties” which I am unsure as to what that would entail. Source


I didn’t even know about this yesterday when I wrote that long post on Empowerment, but apparently there is some pretty big empowerment stuff going down right now. Or, at least trying to go down.

If you haven’t been following it, there was a whole bunch of scandal stuff recently in the indie gaming scene. I don’t really care. The important part is: a group called The Fine Young Capitalists - geared toward bringing more female developers into games and black representation in manga - has been under fire, getting slandered and having press coverage denied. And in the midst of it all, 4chan of all places has been banding together to come to their aid.

This is still a pretty fresh issue and essentially involves a fracturing of feminism, so I’d encourage you to look into it and draw your own conclusions before supporting anyone. Personally though, I really agree with the approach The Fine Young Capitalists are taking. It mirrors a lot of my feelings on empowerment - there is a recording where they talk about it at length. The important part:

We tried to explain this to journalists, and everybody just [said] “you need to have a woman who is oppressed, and to discuss it”. And it was very disheartening because we just wanted to do something were I could just point to them and say “This game. I helped this woman make this game. And the only reason I did it was because I really liked the game”. And it’s just… that was apparently the last message I should be giving. 

The Fine Young Capitalists have been having a hard time getting attention. There’s no figure they’re demonizing, no message of oppression they’re forwarding, nothing but this positive idea that women can make awesome games. And yet, they’ve been getting flak for everything from their transgender policy (requesting that entrants in their female-only game contest have self-identified as female for at least six months) to the very fact that their organization is accepting money from 4chan. You know, accepting money to give to female game developers and charities.

They asked 4chan what they could do to gain attention, and at their suggestion TFYC has been doing a video series on significant women in the games industry. Not ranting about how the industry is unfair to women, or all the reasons women can’t become successful, but focusing on the awesome women who helped shape gaming today. 

I guess what I’m asking is: don’t let this group fade away. Gaming news outlets are refusing to cover them - possibly because they were doxxed, slandered, and ddos’d by a relatively popular name in and indie gaming. I’d encourage you to look into this group yourself, and if you like what they’re doing, show some support. 

Next time a woman becomes prominent in the gaming industry (if that ever happens again, despite someone’s best efforts) she’ll be dogged by controversy, guaranteed.

“Is she really asking for money to fund a huge project or is she just looking to pad her pockets?”

“Did that game get a good review because it was good or just because she slept with the asshole who wrote that review?”

The two most prominent faces of women in the gaming industry are a damsel-caricature con artist and the other is a lying, manipulative, cheating (in more ways than one), greedy sociopath who is trying to sabotage a pro-women charity for her own gain and the only reason she’s even notable is because she fucked a bunch of pathetic losers in exchange for publicity.

That’s the kind of reputation they’re damning the next prominent woman to.

And just remember, sjws, white knights, people who are so desperate for sex they’ll defend the outright despicable;

This is what you wanted. If such harassment befalls someone who never even did anything wrong, it’s because you excused and celebrated the people above.

You’re setting back women who would actually work hard, or at all for that matter. Nice going, arseholes.

Hell, you already are hellbent on ruining several potential careers. Thanks so much.

So, 4chan donates 5000 dollars to TFYC, the same organization that Zoe Quinn tried to shut down, and snowflakes and supporters of her are calling it “dirty money” and accepting bribes from sexist rape apologists.

I’m going to repeat that.

An organization created to help women, accepts a donation to help women, and people scream because the money came from a website they didn’t like.

Christ, this is no different than Christians being outraged over a charity accepting donations from atheists.

Simply pathetic

Guys, this is really important.

This group of game developers are running a campaign to fund the ideas of a few female designers who have never made a game before. Mainstream gaming sites don’t seem to be willing to run their story to help them out.

If we ever want to see an increase in the female population of game developers then we need to fund it. Diversity is something we can all get behind.

Thank you for your time.

(I know we don’t normally post this kind of thing. We try to stay away from stuff that might start some sort of argument because this isn’t meant to be a platform for serious stuff right now. We’re usually more focused on entertaining you and making you happy than we are bringing issues like this to light, but we felt this was important enough to deserve a moment of acknowledgement. Your regularly scheduled content will not be changing to a more serious tone. That is, unless enough people request that we tackle serious issues, at which point we will gladly listen to our fans.)

that moment when 4chan does more for women in gaming that any “game journalist” or “gaming feminist” and people refuse to donate because of it.

“oh no we TOOOTALLY care about women in gaming!111”

>refuses to donate to a cause made to help women in gaming because of a bunch of “sweaty neckbeards” donating

suck my fucking dick