The very first thing to know about this article is that at the top, by the person’s name, it says that the opinions of this person are their own and not that of Forbes Magazine. Well, fuck that. This read like a hit-piece, and Forbes is shameless enough to put it on their platform. This is an article that they want associated with their publication. Hey, Erik Kain, you cool with this? You cool with a publication you associate with putting out complete hit-pieces of respected gaming critics who died of cancer? I’m sending you this, so I hope to get an answer. Really, really am. Though, we all saw your credibility die with the very thing this article talks about, so hey, let’s get down to it.
Some bitch on Forbes decided that instead of talking about the legacy of consumer advocacy (as opposed to Jim Stirling, who has agreed with Ben Kuchera that doxing is cool, so long as it’s somebody that they don’t like), she decided to talk about his connection with #GamerGate. A movement that, four years later, still hasn’t died in the eyes of these people. It never ceases to amaze how they are so quick to slander someone based on a movement that is dead. But hey, let’s take a look at the article itself and see what this idiot is on about. Here’s a link to the article, now let’s get into it.
The late YouTube Legend known as John “TotalBiscuit” Bain would have turned 34 on Sunday had he not lost his struggle to bowel cancer about a month ago. Instead of “Happy Birthdays” and tributes to his decade-plus career in the video game industry, however, his name is currently being evoked with the firing of two game developers and associated mob harassment. His critics call it “fitting” that this is Bain’s legacy… but many of his fans, some of whom have grown up with him, are wondering why some internet drama from 2014 is still relevant enough in 2018 to damage Bain’s brand forever.
TotalBiscuit has fuck-all to do with the firing of the Guild Wars 2 devs. Nothing. It’s being evoked with that by people who want to smear him for the purposes of…I don’t know. It genuinely eludes me as to what is to be gained from besmirching the dead when they can’t defend themselves. You all are the ones doing this. Because you can’t talk about the fact that the dev in question who got the ball rolling took a COMPLETELY innocuous comment on her PUBLIC Twitter page (she did not set it to private) as an attack on her because of (insert gender politics) and decided to lambast him. A guy who has said that he loves her work and even replied that he was not trying to offend her. What followed was an insane outrage against the community and making it completely and utterly about (insert gender politics issue).
You all are the ones who did this, and now I am just DYING to know what TB has in common with this issue, seeing especially that it happened long after he died!
To progressives and what constitutes as “mainstream internet,” Bain was the man who legitimized GamerGate, the 2014 harassment-campaign-turned-consumer-revolt that went on to inspire conservatives.
What?! What the fuck are you talking about? When?! When did he do this? These people have such an insane view of what happened in the heyday of GamerGate. It blows my mind. For those who want a complete break-down, with all the main players involved, here’s a compilation of videos that Internet Aristocrat did about the whole thing. He goes into great detail, and can clear up ALL of this bullshit. Let’s take a look, then we can go further.
Wow. So, in the very interesting story of what happened between the Quinnspiracy and GamerGate, I didn’t much about TotalBiscuit. That’s funny. I wonder why that is? Could it maybe be because this woman is full of shit and looking to attack someone for reasons that I honestly couldn’t tell you? I’m assuming that this woman is an SJW, and was just looking for a chance to get up on a pedestal. That’s how these people do. Well, let’s see what her reasoning is.
He could be described as the Anita Sarkeesian of the right in the current culture wars, always aggressive with his opinions but a bit thin-skinned to criticism himself. (He threatened to quit social media, Twitter and reddit a few times, for starters.)
I’m not getting this. The Anita Sarkeesian of the right? According to whom? How do we know his politics? You’re making a ton of assertions, and I haven’t seen anything he’s said himself that gives you insight into this. This whole article is just you using other people’s statements to bolster your opinion. What did TB say that clues you in to him being right-wing? Specifically. I want specifics, you stupid bitch. You’re slandering a dead man, so I think he deserves that much.
As for him quitting social media, he said in a SoudCloud post that he was doing so because he was dealing with cancer. I’m sorry that that makes him not as thick-skinned as you’d like. He couldn’t deal with the stress of all his cancer stuff and the nonsense of social media at the same time. Tell you what, sugar-tits, let’s see you get Stage 4 cancer and then be as popular as him on social media, where people are want to say inflammatory things (because male or female, it happens to everyone with large amounts of name recognition), and see how well you deal. I’m sure that you will be the Paragon Virtue of being able to take the knocks without a scratch. I’m a-quiver of curiosity to see it.
For someone so savvy at digital media preceding the incident, Bain’s involvement with GamerGate in 2014 can only be explained as a lapse in judgment. Up until that point he hadn’t yet been duped by any fake news campaigns perpetuated by organized online trolls.
Oh! So all that stuff in Internet Aristocrat’s video? Fake news? What a crock. Agree or disagree with his politics, IA did a very good break-down of what was happening, as it was happening. He made those videos in the thick of it, following threads and forums and seeing the gaming media coming in solidarity of exposed collusion. Because they couldn’t be honest about their mistakes. Fuck that noise. Instead, they have to get the gender politics train running, full steam ahead, and make it about that until the cows come home.
And there are so many details they missed. Like how Brianna Wu lied about being driven out of her home. She was doing TV interviews during that time via some kind of streaming. It wasn’t something they set up. And guess where she did those – from her office! Five guesses where her office is. Not to mention, Zoe Quinn saying she had to flee her home for another umpteenth time just happened to correlate nicely with her having a trip to Europe that she had announced months ahead of time. There are SO many things that Internet Aristocrat missed, but I guess that this chick is just going to sweep it under the rug by calling it “fake news.” That’s very SJW for ya. I swear, anyone who uses the term “fake news” unironically is immediately put in my book as an idiot.
Unfortunately for Bain, his star power, white male privilege and massive fan base of more than a million could never change the narrative to the issue he wanted to discuss. Further, this mistake would eternally brand him as the face of a troll movement whose main claim to fame was making headlines for privacy breaches, hacking and various online crimes including harassing women out of their homes and threats of gun violence.
When was TB the face of GamerGate?! Who did that?! His name came up one time in a TwitLonger where he laid out his misgiving about the situation, but that was it. You even cite it in your stupid fucking article! All the names that got notoriety in all of this. Internet Aristocrat, Mundane Matt, Eron Gjoni, Nathan Grayson, Adam Baldwin for coining the term, The Factual Feminist, none of them are TotalBiscuit! Hell, I remember the Vivian James cartoon being more of a face of the movement, because the movement recognized it didn’t have a face! This is so factually dumb! This man has been saddled up to this fucking movement that you all are talking about all these years later because you feel like defaming him, and it fucking pisses me off!
You went on before about all the good that TB had done, as a way to set up how it doesn’t excuse him for the EVIL things that he has done here, but fuck that! It’s telling how vague you are about the the EVIL things that GamerGate did. Never mind that in Internet Aristocrat’s video that really got the issue blown up, he said right at the very beginning that he didn’t care that Zoe Quinn fucked five guys. He cared about who those men were, and the ethical implications that went along with that. Because they were giving her positive coverage. IA made GamerGate into a household name. Back when his channel existed, because he closed it out and made a new one, the views on those videos that the compilation was made from were insane! You’re putting on a man who has no part in any of this, all of the blame. It’s disgusting, and shame on you for doing it. Let’s keep going.
I’m trying to find things to make a point about, but it’s impossible. This article just goes on and on and on about how GamerGate is evil and anyone who says otherwise is “fake news” and that TB was somehow in the thick of it. The fucking author even points out that TB only did that TwitLonger and didn’t engage past that. He made his point and left it at that. But now, somehow, because Anita Sarkeesian, he’s the figurehead of it?! I am so fucking confused here.
Here’s what I’m seeing. I am seeing someone who wants to talk about GamerGate as a thing. I appears to be that TB’s name being included in all of this was just something to get people to click. It’s click-bait. Pure and simple. Forbes published some click-bait bullshit that is fact-free, and all over the propaganda, to help push a narrative about an issue that these people won’t let die. I can prove this, too. Get a load of this statement.
While Gamergate faded away and lost relevancy except among progressive social media bubbles and white supremacists, TotalBiscuit as a brand separate from Gamergate continued to stay relevant among video gamers, both competitive and on Twitch and YouTube.
Did you see that? The SJW has a brief moment of self-awareness because they have to flee back to the talking points that they want you to know are the real talking points. And to hell with anyone who thinks otherwise! This is her pulpit, dammit, and all of us have to agree with her. From there, she goes on and on about GamerGate and some tangential relation to TotalBiscuit, when there is none! None! Nobody remembers him for his contribution into this culture war except for you lot!
Maybe you’re mad that two Bioware employees (one former, one current) besmirched him and were publicly lambasted to no end. Is that it? I don’t think so. She threw every SJW big issue except the kitchen sink at this post. Anita Sarkeesian, the Guild Wars 2 devs (an issue which has fuck-all to do with TB since it happened over a month after his death) getting fired, whatever you could find to throw into this, and however tangentially, lay at the feet of a dead man. It’s fucking bizarre.
Which brings me back to what I began this article with. This is what Forbes wants associated with their publication. Complete and utter click-bait, and used the name of a popular, dead critic in order to have a pulpit to bitch. I find this asinine in the extreme, and unethical. This was an editorial, masquerading itself as a straight news story. Huh, if only there had been a movement about this sort of nonsense being in mainstream publications. Like, one that had been building for years and then broke open when one person decided to DMCA a video talking about it. Hm, I wonder what kind of big event that would be? A fucking mystery to me. What about you?
Until next time, a quote,
“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken