Fast forward to GG ( Yes, I am going there! ). Sort of a shameful thing to admit but I was totally not interested in the drama and politics. I like games but I don't like the community and didn't really care what was happening. Until I described myself as a feminist to my brother...
Stepping back a bit let's look at:
Exhibit A: Depression Quest
If you don't feel like watching the videos the end of the last one presents my judgment. It's not enjoyable, granted they disclaimed that it wasn't supposed to be. But neither was it provoking engaging compelling or whatever else. I can concede that there is room in the universe for a graphical novel (with no graphics) telling the story of an infantile lesbian incapable of dealing with a normal rather comfortable life. Even be it as badly made as it was! But there definitely is no room for such a production on steam and it surely shouldn't be praised by game critics and journalists. The only way this thing gets an award is if it was made for a game development contest in high school and it took the offbeat lesbian social commentary award (probably due to lack of competition in that category).
In order to make such an utterly inconsequential *production* ( I put "*" so that Zoe and other of her ilk can choke on them ) somehow valuable it is thematically tied to a mental health issue. Botching this goal makes the game a misrepresentation of people suffering from clinic depression as a bunch of self centered low self esteem losers. Thus adding insult to injury.
Exhibit B: https://thezoepost.wordpress.com/
- Joshua Boggs who is allegedly married (w.e.t.f. that means)
- Friggen Nathan Stupid-Red-Pants-Wearing Kotaku-Writing Grayson.
- Robin Arnott, why you gotta be like that?
- Turquoise who doesn't really make much sense since he is obviously a raging homosexual (Turquoise)
Why do we factor in questions of fidelity. Although we would like to leave people's private sexual promiscuity aside during a debate of social issues. We can't ignore evidence pertaining to the accused's character. The implication is not one of "bad" sexual behavior, for if we judged that Milo Yiannopoulos would be on trial and he would undoubtedly derive some sick sexual gratification from the indictment. The implication is honesty, and the exhibit demonstrates that the defendant's character is dishonest.
Exhibit C: GamerGate
By far the most damming thing in this whole story is what happened after the public outcry against the nepotism in the gaming press. In lieu of a pathetic public apology and the self flogging that were due, the community was subjected to a massive smear campaign. A manufactured controversy used to split the community between uninformed well meaning idiots and informed rightfully angry GG participants and supporters.
Zoe Quinn is not central to GG, she is not important and/or vaguely interesting. Looking at GamerGate at this point she is as irrelevant as any other single individual. That being said, we are not here to discuss GG, we are here to bring Zoe Quinn to justice. Zoe Quinn who in the moment of truth had no regard for the damage her misconduct could cause gaming. Who hid behind lies misrepresenting every member of a community she claimed to belong to. Who sought personal gain when what was required was personal responsibility.
From what has been presented to me Miss. Quinn is guilty of everything from vanilla lying to grotesque manipulation with the specific intent of harm. She is an example of a non contributing zero, lacking talent in any creative venue yet excelling in manipulating the people around her. Her willingness to use others to further the delusion of her part in a community that neither wants or needs someone of her questionable character. As fun as it would be to imagine some harsh consequences for her, the true punishment is going to be far worse than anyone could imagine. People like her need not be confronted for their "crimes", nothing anybody could do to her would be as bad as what she has done to herself. She has boxed herself in with a group of people just like her. And is set to hit bottom hard enough that all her hopes and dreams will shatter before her very eyes.
Have a nice life Zoe Quinn.