Jimquisition: I'm Going To Murder Your Children

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This reminds me of the time when someone called into the Howard Stern Show, and said that they were going to kidnap Rosie O' Donnell's son.

And this my fellow gamers is why we can't have nice things.

uanime5:

JPArbiter:
I can put up with a lot of shit in my life... but I am a dad. Threaten my sons and I will end your miserable little life. The slime that threatened this woman's family did was beyond reprehensible, it was actually criminal.

I hope Bioware saved the IP addresses of the posters, I hope she prosecutes, and I hope the brats who did this spend a few weeks in jail to shock them back into the reality that they are not that important.

Give the abusive and threatening post you've made you shouldn't be surprise if these "brats" also prosecute you for the same reason.

clearly you are not a parent, so you do not understand just how dear a child's life is to a parent. and who would file charges against me? I threatened no specific person. Your attempt to point out hypocrisy fails, as these people are seeking revenge for a product they do not like, whereas I am stating intent to guard another living human beings life from being under threat.

neoontime:
Sum of the video:
Gamers can be shits.
What the video missed:
Gamers are a sub-group of people. People can be in general, shitty. Some of these people have an active past-time of sending death threats to people they disagree with. That is bad and we need some way if any to fix that, though shitty people are hard to deal with, so tough luck.

Agreed. You can't crazy proof the world.

erttheking:
Yeah, I don't buy that at all. There's a difference between saying "I'm sorry, this game was really bad, you need to do better" and "I'm going to murder your children because this game was bad." There is a massive, god damn difference between the two. I have no idea where you got the idea that Jim was trying to get people to stop criticizing games, when he was focusing on death threats.

Evidently you missed the part where Jim was harping on and on about how we need diversity in gaming and how it's wrong to criticise someone who tried something new. In fact several times throughout this video Jim stopped talking about the death threats and talked about other issues.

Also if people don't willing resign after ruining a game without poor writing and continue to ruin other games then the only way left to "save" these games is to force this person to quit. Perhaps if people took more responsibility for producing poor quality products this wouldn't happen.

"An episode that shouldn't have had to have been made." I'd say that about sums things up. He really does bring up a good point about ripping creative risk-takers to shreds yet demanding more creativity than your standard "brown-to-brownish-grey shooter". The fact of the matter is that there are things in life - not just games - that you're (no one in particular around here, just making a general statement) not going to like because the world doesn't exist to appease your standards. If you don't like a game for whatever reason, that's fine, but to start frothing at the mouth, punching holes in the walls, and threatening to murder children is just absurd.

It's stuff like this that makes me think such people SHOULD be tracked down and punished in some way or another. A massive fine, jail time, a court-ordered mandate that they can never use the internet again...there should be some consequence to these kinds of actions. It's morons like the ones issuing death threats over the stupidest, most trivial things (or really issuing death threats at all, for that matter) that give the rest of the gaming community a bad name. It's stuff like this that just adds more fuel to the argument "games make people violent." We all know it's BS, but we also know those arguments aren't going away...and with stuff like this happening, it's easy to see WHY they won't go away.

No. This episode didn't need to be done IMO. The people who agree with you are not going to get anything out of this and the people you're calling out aren't going to watch this or are but just not care enough to even listen to you.

uanime5:

erttheking:
Yeah, I don't buy that at all. There's a difference between saying "I'm sorry, this game was really bad, you need to do better" and "I'm going to murder your children because this game was bad." There is a massive, god damn difference between the two. I have no idea where you got the idea that Jim was trying to get people to stop criticizing games, when he was focusing on death threats.

Evidently you missed the part where Jim was harping on and on about how we need diversity in gaming and how it's wrong to criticise someone who tried something new. In fact several times throughout this video Jim stopped talking about the death threats and talked about other issues.

Also if people don't willing resign after ruining a game without poor writing and continue to ruin other games then the only way left to "save" these games is to force this person to quit. Perhaps if people took more responsibility for producing poor quality products this wouldn't happen.

It's wrong to criticize new things in the industry? Uh, he never said that. In fact he said the exact opposite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abLspv3bgRo

Also once again you seem to be missing the point. We are not talking about the people who didn't like Dragon Age 2 we are talking about the people who hated it so much they felt the need to say that they were going to kill her children. One is ok, the other isn't

MichaelMaverick:
"Hepler was a terrible writer for games that people waited for anxiously and put a lot of hope into."
"Phil Fish is an asshole who explicitly said he likes to provoke people and asked for everything he got."
"Some reviews are inherently more or less acceptable based on how objectively analytical and intellectually honest their writers were, and some of those writers should not have their jobs."

These are all positions that someone could hold (and they'd hold them correctly). It's understandable to get emotional over them as they pertain to things that people care about, plus they sometimes have very legitimate reasons for believing these things that can't be dismissed as simple idiocy/immaturity/biggotry etc. I wish Jim and others who oppose these movements would try more to understand these reasons instead of immediately jumping to fighting fire with fire at all cost. Speaking pragmatically, I don't think Jim has accomplished much with this episode at all, only made more people pissed off even more intensely. Despite what he said, this episode didn't NEED to be done.

There. With that said, I completely AGREE that death threats, insults and childish rage are despicable, distasteful and don't belong in a discussion between adults. THAT'S the part of the video I agree with. I just wish Jim didn't use it as a strawman to attack legitimate opinions, didn't twist the truth and tried to understand the opposition just a LITTLE bit better.

No opinion is objectively correct (well, aside from the consensus about Phil Fish). In Dragon Age 2, even though Hepler is one of the writers, she isn't the only one. The lead writer credited is actually David Gaider, but people have targeted Hepler for one of her interviews where she said she wasn't coordinated at video games and wished there was a fast forward for action segments, much like how there is almost always an option to skip dialogue. She has become the punching bag of the game for everything that's wrong with it, even though the game is obviously rushed and she has nothing to do with copy-pasted game areas or the decision to have the dialogue wheel with no ambiguity.

It's rare that the problems of a video game are any one person's fault. You're working on a big team and you have deadlines to meet and not everything can be perfect. If a game is ultimately bad, ripping into whoever approached the media is not the way to go. Criticize the studio as a whole. In Bioware's case, criticize the publisher who has been steadily eroding the quality of Bioware's games through their demands to streamline for the mainstream. Jim isn't twisting the truth when he points out the kind of shit individuals get working in the industry. The real truth is that there is a vocal minority out there that thinks any mild disappointment is worth issuing death threats, because apparently there is nothing else they can do like play other games that suit them better. God forbid people stop buying just-good-enough/bad games, all the popular IPs stop being popular and publishers have to come up with something new to satisfy the consumers. Nope, out with the personal attacks and attacks on people's families! This is a serious problem that goes beyond the game industry, but at the very least, we should be demanding better behaviour out of the people around us. We shouldn't demean the quality of individual people when we are dissatisfied with a product. You're entitled to your opinion, but making someone feel like they need to be surrounded by security at all times and evacuate all forms of communication is not acceptable at all.

I shouldn't really have to preface this by stating that I automatically found the threats to be abhorrent and pathetic, but I do find the threats to be abhorrent and pathetic. Obvious aside,

Phasmal:
I do think it reflects badly on gamers when our collective response to a person in the industry being harassed is kind of `Well, they had [x opinion] what do they expect?`. This could have something more to do with internet culture in general, but I don't think it's a coincidence that it happens in gaming so much.

It is a coincidence, this stuff happens all the time in all manners of settings and events, and its not because of gaming itself its because of factors of the internet and how anonymity can embolden people to-

But I imagine if we just pass around that Penny Arcade picture and stick our collective heads in the sand we can ignore this until it happens again next week, right?

You have to ask yourself: Would the reaction to this even be as controversial had it been not for the constant shitstorm over "Sexism in Gaming" and related bandwagons in the past while? Given the near universal anger directed at the COD death threats, are you really saying that people think this is okay? What do you expect to be done about it exactly? PRISM?

Also, since when did "lol i hop ur kidz die" suddenly gain the same weight as the fatwa placed on Salman Rushdie?

EDIT: Really, now it's `white-knighting` to say that maybe people who threaten to murder someone's children are fucked up?
Stay classy, escapists.

I've just been skimming the thread, but what posts have been saying this? Most of what I've seen has been about the knee-jerk reactions to the incident and how it proves the "issues of the gaming community".

Retrograde:

Raiyan 1.0:

He didn't know what 'white-knighting' actually meant. You started posting on this thread without even watching the video.

I don't know who should be responsible for your ignorance, but it sure as hell ain't Jim's.

That's my point, I'm not ignorant of Jim at all. He's been doing this thing for years and years, his views on matters regarding anything to do with women easily readable. Including BTW that his response to the woman episode being rage filled and his response on the bloke one restrained and lacking in personal insults.

He bucks that this one time and everybody here seems to think he's not who he's always been and is suddenly totally even handed, and isn't in any way one of the loudest voices on the whole, gaming as social justice bollocks that people that get paid for putting out click bait have been on.

... and the pattern has nothing to do with today's video. This isn't about misogyny. You are derailing the thread.

And saying his stance is predictable is disingenuous at best. For instance, during the whole Sarkeesian debacle, he didn't take her side - he just pointed out that the sheer amount of rape/death threats thrown at her simply gave her more power. Jim never criticized Vanillaware of misogyny - he only told people to stop throwing unneeded amount of crap to reviewers if they find the artstyle off-putting. He never derided sexualization in his demand for more inclusiveness.

And in the whole year Jim has released 38 videos... of which only 5 had anything to do with misogyny, feminism and women in general. Not a great pool of sample you are gleaning a pattern from.

The need for this episode makes me sad. Heck, it's uncomfortable enough that I nearly didn't watch this episode.

This goes hand in hand with what Jim said concerning the creator of Fez. Sure, maybe some dev responses could be handled better, but one can hardly be expected to remain calm under such threats. Fans have an obligation as much as content creators.

The anonymity of the internet allows juveniles to continue to act in a horrifying manner...or allow idiots to pretend to be the aforementioned juveniles.

It's like Hollywood culture at this point. You've got the normal fans/press, and then you've got the stalkers/paparazzi. Unfortunately, the latter screw it up for the former.

To play devil's advocate, I will add that corporate culture has seeped into content creation to such a point, it's stifling creativity, and turning fans jaded. This is a downward spiral that needs near-revolutionary levels of change to be addressed.

EDIT: it's like a road rager lambasting a poor construction worker, rather than the State. Fans have bent over and taken crap from various DLC practices, marketing schemes, and downright fraud. Then they see a dev, and that dev becomes the target for ire, rather than the company that created the situation.

If gaming does experience another (likely) downturn, here's hoping the hiatus will bring it back as a better experience for both fans and devs alike.

EDIT: I will agree with the posts below me to a certain extent. As much as fans use corporate for a justification for horrid acts, some companies have used the "toxic internet forums" as a method of ignoring the cause of the problems as well.

Still, not all are badguys. For every caustic gamer, there's 100's of upstanding citizens. For every EA/Activision/Capcom/Ubisoft/Zynga/(er...you get the point), there's at least one CD Project Red or Atlus.

Hmm...well then...

Threatening the lives of devs simply for taking a chance (although that not what I think EAWare did) is fucking stupid and vile. It is also a fine way for the said devs to ignore the legitimate complainers. However, I actually feel nothing but joy over Hepler's departure from BioWare. Sadly it came a few years too late. But then that's BioWare for ya. Always too little, too late.

It is at times like this that I know that I am not a good person. Yes, I am still butthurt over DA2, SW:TOR and ME3.

I thought that this Hepler thing happened a long time ago. Did this happen recently?

Retrograde:

Raiyan 1.0:

He didn't know what 'white-knighting' actually meant. You started posting on this thread without even watching the video.

I don't know who should be responsible for your ignorance, but it sure as hell ain't Jim's.

That's my point, I'm not ignorant of Jim at all. He's been doing this thing for years and years, his views on matters regarding anything to do with women easily readable. Including BTW that his response to the woman episode being rage filled and his response on the bloke one restrained and lacking in personal insults.

He bucks that this one time and everybody here seems to think he's not who he's always been and is suddenly totally even handed, and isn't in any way one of the loudest voices on the whole, gaming as social justice bollocks that people that get paid for putting out click bait have been on.

And yet no matter how many times you try to derail the thread here, no matter how many times you're proven wrong and state a word salad version of 'yeah I'm wrong, but I'm also right'... no one here is swayed by your bullshit. Perhaps the reason you hate these videos by Jim so much is because YOU are part of the vocal minority, YOU are who Jim's talking to, and you'll say anything to prove that he's wrong... even if it's utterly transparent and isn't fooling anyone.

You are wrong. You are cheapening the subject matter with your justifications. You should stop posting before you somehow ruin your reputation further, even though I can't fathom how you could manage that now.

Rachith Sridhar:
Does it really matter what Hepler was or what shitty story she was responsible for? The point is she was threatened and games industry lost another key contributor.

If she wrote shitty stories she really wasn't a key contributor.

Ehm... Maybe it'd be healthier to assume that unless you have threatened someone so severely for something that petty yourself, the "fuck you" is not specifically aimed at you? Because if you haven't done that, you don't have to feel targeted, after all. Think of what you have in common with the people intended for the "fuck you". It's probably very little once you really get down to it.

Monxeroth:

It wouldnt be a good jimquisition episode if it didnt somehow feature dildos most likely shaped like horse genitals, leopard spotted and tasting of blueberry, and only used in the most homoerotic ways possible.

Everyone wants to cum inside Jim Sterling

It'd certainly be a lacking episode. Thank god for him.

This is not a gaming problem, this is an internet and human nature problem. This stuff is terrible but it happens to any public figure on the internet. A certain percentage of people are assholes, and when they feel that anonymity will lead to a lack of consequences they let their worst and most base instincts run wild.

Also, Hepler has made it VERY clear she didn't leave because of the harassment.

I don't know what the solution to this problem is but we have to realize this is bigger than just a gaming issue.

Jimothy Sterling:
I'm Going To Murder Your Children

If your first response to a game creator doing something you dislike is to get personal with them and threaten their families, you waive any righteousness you might have had. Seems like a no-brainer ... yet so few of us seem to have brains.

Watch Video

This is the first I've ever heard about this issue your brought up (with this specific individual anyway) but I'm surprised I haven't heard about it anywhere else. Anyway, I've never understood the mentality behind some gamers who jump to this conclusion. I never understood why they would jump to threatening people like that in their defensive knee-jerk reaction to defend their precious games. I understand being defensive, but there's that, and then there's just outright psychotic behavior that prevents people from wanting to write for the medium, join in online games, or even take part of the gaming community because of how hostile everyone is.

And yet gamers want games to be respected to the same level as film or literature in terms of art. And it's something I don't think we're capable of achieving unless the extremely negative and vocal part of the gaming community is put in its place and either taught that it's wrong or just silenced outright. Because while some people can deal with taking threats in good spirits, I imagine it's harder when those threats are aimed at loved ones and their children especially. People who have NOTHING to do with the profession they're in and who have no bearing on their opinions about games or their work in games. To me, threatening the creative individuals crosses a line and threatening their families is just a sign you (by "you" I mean the people making the threats) need to have your speaking privileges taken away and be locked away to learn how to properly interact with other fucking human beings before you're ever allowed to speak again. Because it's not that hard to treat others civilly. It's not that hard to keep families out of this when you're gripe is with the creative people. And threatening ANYONE isn't going to solve anything.

uanime5:
Also if people don't willing resign after ruining a game without poor writing and continue to ruin other games then the only way left to "save" these games is to force this person to quit. Perhaps if people took more responsibility for producing poor quality products this wouldn't happen.

And that's what entitlement sounds like. "I the customer demand that you lose your job because I chose to buy something and don't feel like blaming myself for not researching my purchases better".

KDR_11k:
Will those dickwads who want to act like the IRA over some bad videogame even watch this episode?

There are several in this very comment thread.

uanime5:
Jim also ignores that Hepler was responsible for writing the story for Dragon Age 2

No she wasn't. David Gaider was the lead writer, and Jennifer Hepler was one of five other credited writers.

gigastar:
I dont condone the threats made against her, but i will not say that im sorry that she left the gaming industry.

Not because shes a mediocre writer, but because she has gone on record saying that games would be better if they removed interactivity.

That is not what she said. What she said was, she would like games to include an option to skip gameplay, like most games have an option to skip cutscenes (but not, for some ridiculous reason, to pause cutscenes, except in a few cases). An option which no one would be required, or forced, to use.

Canyoureadmydeadpan:
So count me the odd ball, but with all the many complaints that this show has addressed (many very very valid) am I seriously the only one who feels we are in a golden age of gaming? Games are dirt cheap and there are a shit ton of them for everything. I get many AAA releases are recycled garbage, but games are shoved out so frequently it is not only impossible to keep up with EVERY release. It's a good and a bad thing because for every 30 turds shat out monthly you will get 5 gems, but compared to even as recently as the PS2 day that's the most "good" games released in forever. Not to sound like an old grampa but there was a time when there were one, MAYBE TWO, good games released a season. Now I find it impossible to keep up with every release I want to take a look at. If you are a person who thinks that only shit is being released, get out of your comfort zone, get off your ass and take some chances. It's relatively easy to find things suited to your takes if you stop being a lazy shit and read (I emphasize read, a numeric scale can only measure an individuals personal enjoyment) the Good, Bad, and Mediocre reviews on metacritic and make informed decisions. If that is too much fucking work for you try the shouibuythisgame sub reddit where people will break it down for you.

You could definitely make a convincing argument for this. It doesn't have anything to do with the topic under discussion, but it's a good topic for another thread.

IamLEAM1983:

TheSniperFan:

I'm more familiar with being called a fag because of my Mic Lisp (as in, my microphone sucks) and being pelted with homophobic slurs until the end of the match. At which point the idiot rage-quits because I didn't give him the pleasure of raging back or writing down something passive-aggressive in chat.

My usual tactic is pretty simple: clam up and keep playing. Lack of response always drives potential rager types up the wall and usually leads to them being votekicked.

Who knew silence could be the best weapon?

Well to "calm up and keep playing" only brings you so far when you're about to get votekicked.
It's sad that many seem to press "Yes" instantly. Probably on the basis that "He won't want him kicked for no reason, right?"
I don't know how often I was kicked for stupid reasons already. Too bad, too good, "killed me often - must be cheater", "don't like him", "don't like his weapon", no reason given,...

I'm not entirely sure why this was aimed at the general gaming audience. Your blowing a minority of detestable idiots into the entire culture, and thus validating it. I've never attacked any person who works in any industry, and I don't know anyone who has, so why the hell was this full of such blanket attacks against the entirety of gaming culture? This is a problem, but I fail to see how painting everyone who dares plays games as some sort of hate-spewing attack dog helps anyone. Especially when, and this was seen a lot during the Mass Effect 3 ending, games journalists and developers bundle genuine criticism in with all the ranting and threats.

Even if I agree with the sentiment that it's not even remotely okay to threaten anyone, I have to say I disliked the hell out of this episode for that very reason. Blanket attacks, blanket statements and blanket negativity towards millions of people do fuck all to help anyone. All it does is reinforce the 'Us Vs. Them' mentality of gamers and journalists/developers, and I fucking loathe it.

:/

we seem to be getting a lot of 'videos and comics we shouldn't need be do anyway' lately. depressing, but sadly, thats the reality of the situation i guess.

Jimothy Sterling:
I'm Going To Murder Your Children

If your first response to a game creator doing something you dislike is to get personal with them and threaten their families, you waive any righteousness you might have had. Seems like a no-brainer ... yet so few of us seem to have brains.

Watch Video

Dear Jim.
I have three words for you.

Too Fucking Right!

You've summed up my thoughts far more passionately and eloquently than I ever could. Though that's mainly because I'm forced to hold back most of the time.

I'm sorry but this episode is a complete waste of time. Someone with a megaphone preaching to a choir about a despicable group then all patting themselves on a back "Job well done, we sure showed them!"

These were unbalanced individuals making threats - unacceptable threats, yes - and we all know the probability of them actually acting on the threats would be a fraction of a fraction of a percent.

The type of person who makes a death threat over changing a gun's firing rate by a fraction of a second or for a certain way a game was written is also the type of person who doesn't have access to much disposable income and probably doesn't even have access to transport. They're just a sad sad little person struggling to feel important or get noticed... and they doesn't represent gamers or gaming culture - they represent crazy and pathetic people.

JPArbiter:

uanime5:

JPArbiter:
I can put up with a lot of shit in my life... but I am a dad. Threaten my sons and I will end your miserable little life. The slime that threatened this woman's family did was beyond reprehensible, it was actually criminal.

I hope Bioware saved the IP addresses of the posters, I hope she prosecutes, and I hope the brats who did this spend a few weeks in jail to shock them back into the reality that they are not that important.

Give the abusive and threatening post you've made you shouldn't be surprise if these "brats" also prosecute you for the same reason.

clearly you are not a parent, so you do not understand just how dear a child's life is to a parent. and who would file charges against me? I threatened no specific person. Your attempt to point out hypocrisy fails, as these people are seeking revenge for a product they do not like, whereas I am stating intent to guard another living human beings life from being under threat.

The only hypocrite is you for trying to justify your threats of violence by claiming you're a parent. Just because you didn't name a specific person doesn't mean you weren't threatening to attack someone.

You're not trying to help people; you're a bully who threatens people you don't like, while pretending that you're a hero because of some warped moral code.

I understand your rage but next time you do one of these videos try not to generalize the entire gaming community into a box created by a few vitriolic trolls. These people are an aberration, not the norm and to treat them as otherwise gives them more confidence in the power of their venom then they actually deserve. I have personally made it a habit to never say anything on a thread that I would be unwilling to say to that person if they were standing right in front of me and, having looked through many of the post in several of your videos, it would seem that most people here are doing the same thing since I rarely find a post where I could say that the writer would avoid saying that in person for fear of being swiftly punched in the mouth.

This somewhat reminds me of another video you did about a woman who wrote an article about sexism in games using Skyrim as an example. In your video you played up the number of threats that she received as a result of her theories. When I went over to read the article I found that, while there were threats there, they were far in the minority. The majority of the posts were actually well thought out arguments as to why she was wrong presented in a manner that would be perfectly appropriate for a face to face discussion. While the story was that Jennifer Hepler had left BioWare due to the death threats it turns out that if you dig a little deeper that isn't quite accurate. As a matter of fact, according to her, she has no intention of leaving the industry. She's actually leaving to write a book.
"I am going to be working on a text book on narrative design among other game-related freelance projects" (I actually think that sounds like something I would like to get my hands on)

This is a quote from an email that she sent to the UK website, Metro, who she contacted to make specifically clear that her decision to leave BioWare had nothing to do with the threats,
"I am moving on from BioWare now to pursue other opportunities that let me return to be closer to family in the United States after a wonderful eight years in Canada. I have no intentions to leave the game industry - I love the work that I have done and the reactions from the vast majority of fans and look forward to continuing that work in other venues"

As a matter of fact she was even able to find a positive outcome from it,
"The outpouring of support I received - large amounts from female and gay fans - was incredibly heartening. Without the negativity, I'm not sure that I would ever have heard from all of these people confirming that there is a need for characters that tackle touchy social issues, for characters who are untraditional or even unlikeable"

While harassment and trolling are indeed a problem we should not let these people think that they have more power than they actually do and claiming that a successful writer was forced out of her career simply by the weight of their hate is simply feeding in to their already bloated sense of self importance.

Such a threat, over some writing in games...
Seriously?
Do these same people turn on the tv, see some random horrible criminal on the news and then write THEM such threats?
Or is that not worth the time you appearantly have to write threats for these "more important" issues?

I guess I'll never understand these people.
Insane as they are. Sighhhh

Amir Kondori:
I thought that this Hepler thing happened a long time ago. Did this happen recently?

She recently left her position at Bioware - officially to spend time with her family and work on her book - but she also recently got a death threat to her children.

Edit: Other things in the video also recently happened -

Phil Fish officially "left" the industry, and cancelled Fez 2

A dev for COD got harassed on XBL, twitter, and through phone calls for changing the stats on a sniper rifle.

And not mentioned in the video -

Notch cancelled his current project as a sort of reverse harassment is happening. People were watching and stealing code from his streams, and constantly asking him for his game to come out. Constantly. So he cancelled the game and his blog and streams.

TotalBiscuit and his wife are currently in a spat with the SC2 Pro community over something - I don't know - but fans on both sides are having it out.

At this point gaming "journalism" has basically become one giant echo chamber.

I just don't get it, what exactly points towards this kind of thing being anymore "normal" in gaming culture than it is anywhere else, other than extreme over exposure from a gaming press with very little to talk about.

I can name several dozen examples of these kinds of things happening, and only a tiny minority have anything to do with gaming. And if I wasn't primarily immersed in gaming, it being my primary hobby, then that list would likely be FAR longer and have even less to do with games.

It's a way of getting easy sensationalist page-views, that's it.

The entire fucking premise of the video is false, when was the last time a game writer was harassed into leaving their job before this one? Can anyone tell me? And if not, then why are we pretending that it is somehow a giant pressing issue? Why is Jim screaming about how the gaming culture suppresses "creativity" when it has never fucking happened before? And no Jim, the other examples given in these videos are not about "creativity".

Now let me clarify, I am in no way saying that what these people did isn't wrong, I'm not defending them even slightly.

But making a seven minute video where you antagonize the audience despite the people who did this shit almost certainly never watching the damn thing seems a wee bit on the excessive side.

Anyone with half a brain already knows that this shit is wrong, and you're not going to convince anyone that doesn't otherwise by castigating them in this manner. Do you really think that the guy that sent the threat is going to watch this and change his ways? Do you even think he'll really feel bad about what he did?

Fuck no, you know as well as I do how thick these people are.

There are better, more productive, more positive things we could be spending our collective time on.

erttheking:

uanime5:
Evidently you missed the part where Jim was harping on and on about how we need diversity in gaming and how it's wrong to criticise someone who tried something new. In fact several times throughout this video Jim stopped talking about the death threats and talked about other issues.

It's wrong to criticize new things in the industry? Uh, he never said that. In fact he said the exact opposite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abLspv3bgRo

And in this video he said the opposite of that video. Jim seems to only favour criticism when it's towards things he doesn't like. He hates criticism when people try something new or criticism about something he considered politically correct.

Also once again you seem to be missing the point. We are not talking about the people who didn't like Dragon Age 2 we are talking about the people who hated it so much they felt the need to say that they were going to kill her children. One is ok, the other isn't

Once again you have missed the point that this video is about multiple topics because Jim made a convoluted video. Thus I don't need to address every point he makes.

I fail to see the point of your video Jim. I'd say a large majority of gamers already know that it's not okay to threaten families. Did you think this video was going to change their minds? Did you think that by telling these people that it's not okay and they should stop would do anything? They are extremists in every sense of the word and you're not going to convert them to your way of thinking. All you've done is preach to the choir and that has never accomplished anything.

bringer of illumination:

The entire fucking premise of the video is false, when was the last time a game writer was harassed into leaving their job before this one? Can anyone tell me? And if not, then why are we pretending that it is somehow a giant pressing issue? Why is Jim screaming about how the gaming culture suppresses "creativity" when it has never fucking happened before? And no Jim, the other examples given in these videos are not about "creativity".

Phil Fish.

Notch, as of today.

Other industries have PR agents, managers, and the rest in front of their twitter accounts.

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