having a few bevs in a toast to fucking things up so royally this whole year, may we learn from out mistakes
This is not about the fact that she cheated on her boyfriend with
This is about the fact that she slept with Nathan Grayson, Joshua Boggs, and Robin Arnott, who have notable presence in the video game industry and have connections. This is about the fact that she traded sex for favors and favorable game coverage.
Deep down, this is about the game industry’s corruption at it’s core. We’ve known for some time that they can be bought out with money, but the idea that they can be bought out with sex was never on our minds.
Zoe, as of today, has faked a raid on her own Tumblr page, lied about being doxxed yet again, including giving out a fake phone number that quite obviously wasn’t hers (as many figured out from a quick Google search).
She is desperately trying to cover her own tracks, trying to spin this as “slut shaming”, and lying about doxxing is her current plan to come out as the “harassed victim” a la Anita Sarkeesian all over again. No one is making money off of the YouTube videos covering the scandal, as she claims. No one is doxxing her, as she claims.
Also, remember that this is not the standard women in the game industry should be set to. Zoe has now made it harder for an honest, game loving female dev to be taken seriously in the industry. Feminist or not, female or not, you should realize that Zoe Quinn is NOT on your side. This is not slut-shaming. This is exposing corruption in the media.
That’s the part about this that’s worrying to me is that this has called into question dozens of people’s careers, male and female, purely because even if all of this positive coverage had nothing to do with the sex, it does show that coverage is easily manipulated just by having connections in the industry.
There’s nothing wrong with having friends in your industry, but when there is conflict of interest it should be announced, addressed, allowances made for it.
This kind of shit is endemic in the non-‘indie’ games industry, with so many fucking awful games coming out to initial 10/10, ‘potential game of the year’ style reviews, (see Dragon Age 2, Sim City, Battlefield 4, etc). The so called ‘Indie’ scene was supposed to be free of this shit, or at least have a lower instance of this kind of dishonest, nepotistic gutter journalism.
Clearly it’s not.