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You forgot to mention the fact that Zoe admitted to having sex with these journalists, while she was in a relationship with another man, while comparing cheating to rape. And also that she had a women's charity game jam doxxed and blacklisted on Twitter, claimed to be attacked by an innocent image board for publicity, and used Robin Williams' suicide to promote her game about depression.

Nope, I didn’t “forget” to do anything. I very pointedly remembered to say that my interest was not in Zoe Quinn’s alleged crimes, but in the gaming community’s reaction to them. I’m still not making any statement as to her guilt or innocence, but since you’ve sent this to me, let me make a couple of comments.

First, I don’t care who had sex with whom, and whether or not they were in a relationship at the time. I have no stake or interest in policing the supposed sexual transgressions of strangers. And, as I said before, if this weren’t a woman with a nontraditional game, you wouldn’t care either. But society has a long and fruitful history of policing women’s sexuality more than men’s, by orders of magnitude.

Nobody inquires into the private relationships and sex lives of game developers and journalists. Nobody, not ever. And you know why? Because it’s nobody’s business and it doesn’t matter. Is cheating generally a shitty thing to do? Yeah. So if she did cheat, she probably owes someone an explanation and an apology. But that “someone” is not you or me. Do you investigate any other game developers to make sure they’re being faithful in their relationships? Of course you don’t. Because you don’t care. As well you shouldn’t. Because it doesn’t matter. The fact that you suddenly seem to care when it comes to a woman further cements the obvious fact that this has nothing whatsoever to do with ethics and morals and everything to do with gatekeeping your boys’ club and policing the behavior of women.

The rest of your accusations don’t even pretend to have anything to do with the journalism scandal, which once again shows that you and those like you are not interested in professional ethics, but rather using that accusation as a flimsy excuse to pile on as much unrelated abuse as you can. We’ve seen this many times before (notably with Anita Sarkeesian, who is accused of every crime imaginable, most of which have nothing to do with whatever the nerdbros found initially objectionable about her kickstarter), and it’s 100% transparent here.

Once again - I am not interested in debating the guilt or innocence of Zoe Quinn. I don’t know what she did or did not do, and neither do you. What interests me is the fact that gamers have turned her into the second coming of satan for alleged infractions that, had they been committed by a man, wouldn’t even be noticed, let alone sufficient justification for this ridiculous level of abuse.

DG, what's going on with all the Zoe Quinn stuff? I've been looking up stuff and even searched your blog but it's hard to sift through all the nastiness flying about.

Anonymous

So, supposedly, a game developer and a games journalist had contact that implicates questions of journalistic integrity. You know, that thing that happens approximately every 30 seconds in the game industry. In the AAA world, studios and publishers are constantly giving gifts of meals, trips, hotel rooms, etc. to journalists; and in the indie world, writers and developers very often are (or later become) very close friends and collaborators.

Normally, there are two ways we handle this: if the journalist in question writes disproportionately positive things about the products of a benefactor or friend, we question his ethics. Alternatively, we simply trust that journalists are adults and professionals and are able to properly separate their feelings about a game from their feelings about the developer and any consideration they may have received. This kind of possible conflict of interest, this appearance of impropriety, happens every day, and it goes mostly unremarked upon.

The difference in this case is that the developer is a woman, and the game she’s selling (as pay-what-you-want, I think it should be noted) is the exact kind of nontraditional game that makes myopic hateful nerdbros apoplectic with unrestrained rage. So, instead of people either ignoring it or reviewing the journalists’ writing and questioning their ethics as we do with every other case, all those angry nerdbros have turned this into the Scandal of the Century, and it’s all about the deceitful woman using her sexuality and feminine wiles to extract positive press for her terrible game that could not have gotten good press by any means other than her prostituting herself.

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So the problem with journalism here is the fear of rocking the boat when the whole thing needs to be capsized and the rats drowned. The thing is those decrying games journalism at the moment don’t realise they are the rats.

- Brendan Keogh on the trolls harassing Zoe Quinn

(Source: eliasgoliath)

robmeyer:

Hey, all. I just made an itch.io page where you can now play all three of my finished flash games in browser for free in one convenient place. Check them out and enjoy. :)
As an aside to other game devs, itch.io has a fantastic and smooth interface for hosting and distrbuting all sorts of games. So far I highly recommend it. 

robmeyer:

Hey, all. I just made an itch.io page where you can now play all three of my finished flash games in browser for free in one convenient place. Check them out and enjoy. :)

As an aside to other game devs, itch.io has a fantastic and smooth interface for hosting and distrbuting all sorts of games. So far I highly recommend it. 

rambleonamazon:

Gamer culture has pushed the argument about women’s roles so far to one side that most of them honestly believe the status quo of default objectification and women-as-rewards is the “neutral,” “nonpolitical” starting position.

intermediaryexistence:

Does anyone want a free Steam key for Deadlight? Bought the humble bundle for other games and already own this one.

This is a reblog, so contact OP to see if the game is still available. And, if you feel like helping your fellow human, maybe like this post when you do it, so others will know it’s already taken.

schrodingers-gunslinger:

AYE MATES , IM DOING A LITTLE STEAM GIVEAWAY.

  • What one lucky person is going to get : Jet set radio and DOOM 2 from Steam.
  • You enter by simply reblogging or liking this post!

You must:

  • Have a steam account
  • Have reblogged or liked this post
  • Respond within 24 hours 

If i message you that you won , and don’t respond or have a steam it goes immediately straight to someone else. Absolutely no whining. 

  • Ends: October 11th

Good luck ~ <3

postcardsfromspace:

Today is brought to you by the experience of waking up grimly certain that if the genders were reversed in the Zoe Quinn “scandal,” the headline would not be “dude trades sex for reviews,” but “lady trades sex for scoop.”

Anyone who thinks this story is about integrity and not punishing women for their presence is fucking delusional.

Non-gaming question: which show do you think has a chance of winning big at the Emmys?

Anonymous

Tatiany Maslany and Dean Norris aren’t nominated. Almost no nominations for The Americans or Justified. In recent years, Steve Carell never won for his brilliant comic acting on The Office while people like Jim Parsons and Alec Baldwin win every year for playing themselves. 

What I’m saying is that the Emmys get things wrong pretty frequently and pretty spectacularly.

officialcrow:

dekutree:

There’s something so comforting about being in GameStop

knowing im the best looking and smelling person in there

  • That Ranting Angry Nerd Geek Video Game Guy With The Glasses: THIS GAME, WHAt THE FUCk IS THIS, WHY IS THIS RAPING MY BRAIN, GRRR FUCKING, AAAGH AND tHE CONtROL SCHEME IS AUGHHHH, GOD, I WANT THIS TO FUCKING DIE, FUCK YOU AND THIS, ARE YOU SHITTING FUCKING ME, THIS IS FUCKING GAY, WHO WOULD FUCKING DO THIS, THIS IS THE WORST THING I'VE LITERALLY EVER SEEN HRNGGGGGGGGGGG
  • Gamer Dweebs: hahaha lmao yeah you're such a good reviewer, so articulate, spot on, i didnt even notice that, haha *quotes every line for four years*
  • Anyone: its kind of irritating that this game doesnt have any female characters, huh
  • Gamer Dweebs: i am SO SICK of SJWs and FEMINTITS complaining about EVERYTHING, why are you so OFFENDED all the time, youre LOOKING for things to be angry about, maybe you would have more support for your cause if you just CALM DOWN, its just a game, GOD

collegecutiepie:

Don’t torrent Indie games.

Don’t torrent Indie games

DON’T TORRENT INDIE GAMES

nprplays:

From NPR’s All Tech Considered and KTOO: Native Stories From Alaska Give Gamers Something To Play With

As in movies, native characters in video games tend toward stereotype. Few of them are heroes, but this game is different. Never Alone is based on a traditional story known as Kanuk Sayuka and the experiences of Alaska elders, storytellers and youth. The story follows a young Inupiaq girl and an Arctic fox as they go on an adventure to save her village from a blizzard that never ends.

nprplays:

From NPR’s All Tech Considered and KTOO: Native Stories From Alaska Give Gamers Something To Play With

As in movies, native characters in video games tend toward stereotype. Few of them are heroes, but this game is different. Never Alone is based on a traditional story known as Kanuk Sayuka and the experiences of Alaska elders, storytellers and youth. The story follows a young Inupiaq girl and an Arctic fox as they go on an adventure to save her village from a blizzard that never ends.

Trading Deep Under The Sky For Art

zemekiss:

My friend Colin Northway released his latest game this week and is including a really cool option for people who want to play. Send him fan art of the game you spent at least half an hour working on, and he’ll send you a copy of the game.

I don’t know anything about the game itself, but this is a pretty neat idea.