Something gross and fucky is going on in gaming…
So I recently learned about this awesome sounding project/contest made by “The Fine Young Capitalists” (Link here: http://www.thefineyoungcapitalists.com/Voting ) that is trying to encourage women to break into the video game indrustry. TFYC is offering to make the winning idea themselves, and will donate all of the proceeds to both the winning contestant and charity. Women who are interested in gaming and have ideas (but no sufficient background in game design to have their ideas made) are being given a shot to have their ideas brought to life. Sounds awesome right?
As SOON as I find this out I find out that a female game dev by the name of Zoe Quinn has taken offense to the project, and called to have it’s crowdfunding pulled. Her reasoning? A very large chunk of donations was made by members of 4chan’s /pol/ and /v/ boards. She doesn’t care that the money is going to help females branch into a depressingly male saturated field. She just cares that 4chan has called her out on past bullshit (I’m still trying to get current with what a lot of that bullshit is and really it sounds vile) and wants to see anything with it’s name on it fail.
Days after her complaint the crowdfunding page was briefly replaced with video and text mocking those who funded the cause. Now the page is completely down and TFYC themselves have said that someone has brute forced their way into the accounts for the crowdfunding page in question. There is a strong probability that the data involving the donations has been lost. TFYC is working with Indiegogo to see if it can be restored. (A statement about the whole thing has been made by them here: http://thefineyoungcapitalists.tumblr.com/post/95626418480/on-the-conspiracy and here: http://thefineyoungcapitalists.tumblr.com/post/95548937520/on-opression-and-narrative )
TFYC encourages people to continue voting in their contest while they try to pick up the pieces (which can be done here: http://www.thefineyoungcapitalists.com/Voting ) but I personally couldn’t help but want to learn more about why this all happened. Which led me to this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5-51PfwI3M&index=2&list=UUWB0dvorHvkQlgfGGJR2yxQ (NSFW Language)
Honestly the narrator is more impassioned and vulgar than I’d care for, but the evidence he’s shown of the sheer influence this Zoe Quinn has in the gaming journalism world is disturbing and more than enough to have me suspicious that The Fine Young Capitalists weren’t targeted by her or someone doing her a favor.
I’m still trying to figure shit out here, but if people could signal boost this so we can just have more eyes on this whole issue it’d make me feel a lot better. Something fucky is going on, and Zoe Quinn is at the center of it. I don’t normally ask for signal boosts, and I clearly don’t know much but I didn’t feel right just sitting here saying nothing. Not to mention it means more people looking at The Fine Young Capitalists’ contest to begin with which is a good thing in itself.