Your Lies Get You a Movie? Seriously?! (A response to Zoe Quinn)

I’ve long since concluded that Disney is an evil monster that fucks with the things I love, ever since they decided to turn a film that I love into a piece of shit Kinect game.  But the truth is that as evil as Disney is, at least they are pretty open about it.  Sure, they project this family-friendly image, but we all know the truth, don’t we?  Disney is a bunch of evil fuckers, hell-bent on making as much money as is humanly possible.  The new Avengers made over $1 billion, worldwide, and they still consider it a financial failure.  Yeah, they are REALLY fucking evil.  But the truth is that the rest of Hollywood isn’t that far behind.  They hide their evil in various ways, but they are all a bunch of greedy money-grubbing corporations that don’t care if they are telling the truth or not, or if they are exploiting lies for money.  It’s all the same to them.

Something you should learn going through life is that being a liar and a cheat is not only possible in the 21st century, it’s financially lucrative.  Especially if you are a woman who has the term “feminist” associated with you.  If you can call yourself a feminist, in PC culture and corporate elitist Hollywood (and let’s face it, you don’t see a lot of poor urban women associated with modern First World problems feminism, do you?  It’s classist as fuck), then you are set.  Nowhere is this more exemplified than with Zoe Quinn.

This woman turned her lies and professional victimhood into a trip to the UN, to tell people who have financially supported dictatorial regimes in the past that the mean things said to her online are equal to a woman getting physically assaulted or raped.  She actually believes this.  I don’t believe that her little chum Sarkeesian buys it for a moment, but she is a real believer.  This woman has exploited so many opportunities to get her message out there.  The message being – I’m a victim!  Feel bad for me!

For those who don’t know, Zoe Quinn was a “game” developer, who made a choose-your-own-adventure text-based “game” about being depressed.  That was her claim to fame.  However, when her ex-boyfriend Eron decided to put out a blog post about why he dumped her dumb ass, he laid out that she had been cheating on him.  With five guys.  Now, nobody involved in what happened next cared about the fact that she was cheating on him.  It wasn’t the fact that she was sleeping around.  It was who she was sleeping around with.  One person was her boss (and married), and two more were game journalists.  One of which was Nathan Grayson, who they claim we totally mischaracterized because we said that he did a review of her game.  No, he didn’t.  Though, funny thing – he’s listed in the credits of her game.  Huh.  That’s interesting.  Grayson did, however, give her positive coverage on more than one occasion.  Like when she was responsible for destroying a group’s Game Jam.  Though he wasn’t so quick to defend her when she went after the Fine Young Capitalists.

When word got out about what Quinn had done, a lot of people had some thoughts.  Thoughts like – really, Kotaku?  You’re just letting one of your writers give positive coverage to someone he’s fucking?  That’s interesting.  This blog post, and the response behind it was the driving force behind what has become known as GamerGate.  Well, it was really when a YouTuber named Mundane Matt made a video about it, and the video got taken down.  Then the run on the games journalist machine was on.

Something that you would notice about what I’ve just said – I got away from Zoe Quinn fairly quickly, didn’t I?  It’s true.  So did everyone else.  Nobody cared about her.  At all.  She was a catalyst.  And because she has so little legit talent, we all just forgot that she exists.  We moved on to the more meaty things.  But poor little Quinn, not wanting her 15 minutes to end, went to every single outlet that she could bribe, exploit, or use her personal connections to get, so everyone would know that she’s the victim.  Of not being noticed.  Oh, I’m sorry – of harassment.  My bad.  Because everyone cares about her SO much, right?  Like how she was driven out of her home last year…during the time that she had already planned to be taking a vacation to Europe.  Convenient!  Another one-hit wonder who won’t go quietly into the night of Internet obscurity where she belongs.

Now, it seems that she has actually gotten people in Hollywood to take her bullshit seriously.  In an article from an unfathomably-biased source (linked here), they talk about how Quinn has a memoir of her “experiences” written, that someone named Amy Pascal won.  And it seems that she is getting a movie made, based on it as well.  Because what she went through is SO worthy of a film, right?  And, naturally, the company making this film is some Indie, hipster production company.  Of course.  Any major production company would laugh this lying bitch offstage, because the simple reality is that checking her facts can be done in one google search.  Like this lovely tidbit (linked here).

Nepotism and Hollywood have been bedfellows for a LONG time.  It’s the reason that M. Night Shits Upon still gets money to make movies.  By the way – fuck The Visit!  That movie is NOT some return to form for him!  Why do people keep being nice to it?  Is it because it isn’t as bad as films like The Happening?  Fuck me.  Anyway, it doesn’t surprise me that some pathetic SJW studio is making a movie about some pathetic SJW victim.  I’m amazed that Anita Sarkeesian hasn’t gotten a film made about her yet.  But this is another sign of why Hollywood is so fucking broken.  I wonder who is going to star in this hunk of shit.  Hopefully it will be as enjoyably bad as that Law and Order: Stupid Voters Unit episode “Intimidation Game.”  But I somehow doubt it.

In closing – Quinn, your 15 minutes are whimpering on, wishing that you would just stop.  Please, for the love of Groj, just stop.  Just fucking stop.  You don’t make yourself look better.  You make the bullshit you fought for look worse.

Until next time, a quote,

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”  – Mark Twain

Peace out,

Maverick

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You Really Think Denial and Trash-Talk is the Answer?! (Another Response to Gaming Journalism)

So, it’s been two weeks since the whole thing about Zoe Quinn and her using sex and underhanded tactics to get ahead broke.  It was a story that took the gaming world by storm.  Two weeks later, it’s still being talked about.  That is a LONG time in Internetland.  For real, two whole weeks might as well be an eternity.  But people are still talking about it.  Why?  Well, the reason boils down to this – the gaming journalism sites decided to fuck with us, and we aren’t rolling over.

I originally shared Internet Aristocrat’s video on the topic, so I’ll share his two follow-up videos (first one here, second one here) that show the response from sites like Kotaku about this issue.  At first, the tactic was to simply ignore it.  Kind of like Bioware after the whole incident with the ending to Mass Effect 3.  Like Bioware, the gaming media learned that that doesn’t work.  So, their next tactic was to try and censor the conversation about this, closing comments sections, deleting forum posts and just labeling everybody who continue as unpleasant misogynists who nobody should even talk to, unless they wanted to be a misogynist as well.  Of course, that didn’t work either.  The Streisand Effect was proven through this.  Now, the gaming media has decided to take on a different tactic – mockery and attack.  I mean to get into this strategy later, but we have ground to cover.

The lack of gaming journalism to address their corruption is baffling, to me.  I mean,, do they think we don’t notice?  More evidence has come to light of other people who were fucking gaming reporters and got good press from it.  The Internet blogosphere has been uncovering so much information that the rest of the gaming press has ADMITTED that they don’t want to do, as in a recent article on Forbes.  Gaming media has admitted that they don’t want to do the work?  Really?  You all are calling yourselves journalists but you don’t want to do the work that goes into, you know, journalism?  That is about as stupid as it gets.  Not only stupid, it’s arrogant.  For real, the level of hand-waving and casual attack of their demographic who reads their shit is astounding, to me.  It’s like these people think that their shit doesn’t stink.  They got a Master’s in journalism, so they know what’s-what.  Don’t agree?  Well, you must be one of those misogynists we’ve been hearing so much about.

Perhaps this shouldn’t surprise me.  After all, in my first post talking about this, I linked a video by one of my favorite video game reviewers, Angry Joe, which talked about the corruption of the gaming media.  He discussed having an interview with Jeoff Keighley and how Keighley took Joe’s inexperience and threw it in his face, and when Joe asked him a question in a Q&A panel that was being hosted, he got mocked by not just Keighley, but others in the room as well.  Like they weren’t supposed to be answering hard questions.  That was too difficult.  A theme that we see a lot, in all of this – too difficult for them.

In a recent Forbes article, Eric Cain decided to talk about the issue, while not talking about the issue at all.  He said that he didn’t want to discuss the issue in detail, that it was problematic for him.  After giving scant details, he talks about how journalists have a tough job and that it’s hard to keep relationships separated from one’s work.  Really?  That’s your defense?  My mind harkens back to a skit on SNL during the election season between Bush and Kerry.  They had an awesome Bush impersonator who, when pressed by journalists as to why no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, responded –

Because it’s hard!  We worked really hard!  We had people come in nights and weekends!  We worked really hard…

That’s what this feels like.  It feels like the “we work hard, so shut up, you lazy gamers” defense.  Like gamers have never held down a job.  All gamers are neckbeards that live in their parents’ basement, right?  Actually, given a recent slew of articles that have been vilifying pretty much every gamer there is, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the belief.  See, the most recent thing to happen on this whole affair is a TON of articles being dropped that basically say that being a gamer is wrong, how gamers are misogynists and how gaming is dead.  These publications have decided to go for the gold and totally insult the people who read them.  I’m just dying to know what the rationale behind that is.  I mean, did they decide – well, we’ve lost our gaming fanbase, so we might as well just go out with a bang.  Maybe we can start writing feminist articles now.  I mean, it’s not like we are trying very hard to write anything worth reading.  We can’t be bothered to do actual research.  Maybe we can get on the Tumblr feminist wagon and ride that gravy train for all its worth.

The reality here is that this entire PR meltdown is the gaming journalist company’s fault.  For real, they have no one to blame but themselves.  Instead of actually showing some ethical integrity, they threw the valid criticisms of people in their face.  Instead of actually trying to feign concern for their audience, they decide to label gamers are misogynists and saying that gamers are bad people.  Instead of actually showing some accountability and putting their foot down on these practices, they decide that we should all just shut the fuck up.

The Internet Aristocrat makes a good point at the end of his latest video – this is really making the whole Dorito thing with Jeoff Keighley look really good.  IGN may be a bunch of corporate shills, but at least they are honest about it.  They shill, but at least they are not getting hip-deep into this mess.  I am a student of journalism and public communication.  I studied PR and could actually have done a PR campaign for these companies that would be a thousand times less insulting than what we have been given.  And these companies clearly don’t care, because they just gave their fanbase the finger and then waved off.

How’s that working for ya?

Until next time, a quote,

“The more you learn, the less you know.”  -Omar Little, The Wire

Peace out,

Maverick