Notch Tweets Rage Over Minecraft Party Sexual Assault

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Notch Tweets Rage Over Minecraft Party Sexual Assault

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A "very upset" Notch says an incident of sexual assault at the PAX Prime Minecraft party is under investigation.

The Minecraft Party that was part of the festivities at PAX Prime this past weekend suffered an ugly black eye after an attendee named Ky revealed on her blog that she'd suffered a sexual assault during the event. While sitting alone in the VIP section, she was approached by another attendee who began to chat her up. She made small talk, and as the conversation slowly grew bizarre and wildly inappropriate, she let it continue, acknowledging that "maybe I was too drunk or maybe I still try too hard to be 'one of the guys' to realize it was quickly going into creeper territory."

But then everything went wrong. "At some point he raised a concern about being Asian and women not wanting him cause of some stereotypical view of penis size, and I was like 'most women will agree size doesn't matter' and went back to my phone," she wrote. "Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

"That would have been bad enough, but he had also pulled his dick out through the zipper of his pants," she continued. "I had no idea what to do but say 'You can't do that!' and NOPE'D the fuck on out of there to find my friends."

She was able to hook up with her friends before things went any further, but it took awhile for the shock to wear off and the magnitude of the situation to sink in. Her friends tried to find the offender and at some point told security about it, which she said resulted in a "'What do you expect me to do?' response," but he was able to slip away without being identified or caught. "And I tried to dance and drink it off more," she continued, "but as soon as the party ended I bolted for the door to find a cab, trying to hold tears back."

"People tell me I should've called the cops or screamed or made a huge scene, but I didn't want that type of attention and the reaction of the security guard made me feel like cops would be even more of a waste," she wrote. "I actually even deleted a lot of the tweets I posted, because I felt ashamed and embarrassed that this happened to me. I didn't want to ruin the party/PAX for other people. I don't want people to pity me."

Unsurprisingly, the incident didn't escape the attention of Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, who expressed his feelings with a single, pointed tweet. "Some asshole did something totally unacceptable at my party, and a security guard shrugged it off," he wrote. "Very upset. It's being dug into."

Sources: Explodedsoda, Twitter

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Sounds like one very drunk, very insecure guy.

Andy Chalk:

"Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

Holy shit, my sides.

Well, if she was trying to be "one of the guys" the proper response to that question wouldn't been "No, mine is bigger.".

To quote myself when I first heard about this: you'd think that "don't pull your dick out" was not a lesson that needed to be taught.

If some guy makes you touch his penis, FUCKING PANIC. There is almost no better time for it. Not judging her or anything, but still nobody NEEDS to play minecraft.

Also, good on ya Notch, good on ya.

Rocklobster99:

Andy Chalk:

"Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

Holy shit, my sides.

Seriously? Your response to sexual assault is "that's hilarious"?

I think I'm going to instead believe that you just got back from boxing, and quoted that by accident.

Rocklobster99:

Andy Chalk:

"Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

Holy shit, my sides.

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Why do I bother entering sexual assault threads when I know I'm going to be greeted with classy gentlemen such as this guy?

Azuaron:

Rocklobster99:

Andy Chalk:

"Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

Holy shit, my sides.

Seriously? Your response to sexual assault is "that's hilarious"?

I think I'm going to instead believe that you just got back from boxing, and quoted that by accident.

You're responding to the guy with a stereotypical blackface profile picture. Do you really think he's taking the story seriously?

As for me, that part of the story is pretty damn funny, though the conclusion is, unfortunately, not so funny.

I do feel as though there's a bit of a double-standard, here, though. If a drunk woman grabbed a guy's hand and shoved it into her crotch or boobs, he'd get the same response from the security guard but would almost certainly not get a news story or support from Notch himself, even if he was just as hurt.

EDIT: MY SAYING THERE IS A DOUBLE-STANDARD IS NOT BELITTLING WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. What happened to her, if she's telling the truth, sucks hard and was illegal and should not have happened. I felt this went without saying, but apparently not.

chadachada123:

Azuaron:

Rocklobster99:

Holy shit, my sides.

Seriously? Your response to sexual assault is "that's hilarious"?

I think I'm going to instead believe that you just got back from boxing, and quoted that by accident.

You're responding to the guy with a stereotypical blackface profile picture. Do you really think he's taking the story seriously?

As for me, that part of the story is pretty damn funny, though the conclusion is, unfortunately, not so funny.

I do feel as though there's a bit of a double-standard, here, though. If a drunk woman grabbed a guy's hand and shoved it into her crotch or boobs, he'd get the same response from the security guard but would almost certainly not get a news story or support from Notch himself, even if he was just as hurt.

He would likely get a slew of "dont be such a panzy" responses if he was as offended as she was.

OT I feel sorry for the woman, but I have to agree, how stupid and pathetic the GUY was made me laugh a bit, even though it is a disgusting story and situation.

Rocklobster99:

Andy Chalk:

"Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

Holy shit, my sides.

oh jeez, you are getting bombarded already..

I will admit, it sounds like a horrible C grade porn line, *cues porn music in the background before saying that line classy line* and I did laugh at the line itself, not the fact that it happened to her.

I am sure people have laughed at things all the time they weren't proud of, doesn't mean that I don't find the act any more horrible..my brain just has a fucked up sense of humor is all, nothing we could have done to prevent that from happening.

OT: good on notch, and definitely a shitty situation overall...creeper dude was creeping and feel bad for the girl, seems she wasn't trying to blow it out of proportion but she definitely should've done something, fuck that guard for blowing it off. Should've tossed that dudes shit right out onto the pavement.

EvilChameleon:
Well, if she was trying to be "one of the guys" the proper response to that question wouldn't been "No, mine is bigger.".

I must admit, I lol'd.

.................... *goes on for eternity like that*...

Why wouldn't you go get help? Why would that effect you so badly? Why didn't the security guard do SOMETHING (even if it was to offer solace)? Why wasn't there a better investigation where you could get a sketch of the dude or security photage? just WHY?!

To be honest, a part of this sounds fishy to me. Almost like the girl is fabricating the whole thing. BUT I ONLY SAY THAT BECAUSE... well... Who just walks away after a creepy dude puts his dick on you? NO NO, who let's themselves be in that situation?

I'm sure that there's a bunch of people who could jump all over me for what I just said. But honestly? It's really a whole lot less about what I just said, and a whole lot more of "WHY?!" This whole thing's just bizarre.

I am getting more and more fed up with the Escapist community with every post about sexual assault getting more jokes than anger in response. I sincerely hope the guy responsible gets caught and punished to the full extent of the law, and the security company issues a public apology immediately.

Mimsofthedawg:
.................... *goes on for eternity like that*...

Why wouldn't you go get help? Why would that effect you so badly? Why didn't the security guard do SOMETHING (even if it was to offer solace)? Why wasn't there a better investigation where you could get a sketch of the dude or security photage? just WHY?!

To be honest, a part of this sounds fishy to me. Almost like the girl is fabricating the whole thing. BUT I ONLY SAY THAT BECAUSE... well... Who just walks away after a creepy dude puts his dick on you? NO NO, who let's themselves be in that situation?

I'm sure that there's a bunch of people who could jump all over me for what I just said. But honestly? It's really a whole lot less about what I just said, and a whole lot more of "WHY?!" This whole thing's just bizarre.

She tried to get help. The security guard didn't do anything. She then got help from her friends to help her through it. Sexual assault isn't something you just walk off, it's a pretty traumatizing experience. The security guard didn't do anything because... I don't know actually. He's a security guard, he should have found the guy and evicted him immediately.

And she didn't make a scene probably because the reaction would be like yours. People would assume she made it up for attention or something.

Disgusting situation all around (this thread included). Also, as someone who works in the security industry, I find the reported actions of the guard on site extra sickening. It's garbage like this that makes the entire industry look bad.

Azuaron:

Rocklobster99:

Andy Chalk:

"Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

Holy shit, my sides.

Seriously? Your response to sexual assault is "that's hilarious"?

They say comedy is tragedy plus time.

I figure it's been long enough.

Mimsofthedawg:

To be honest, a part of this sounds fishy to me. Almost like the girl is fabricating the whole thing. BUT I ONLY SAY THAT BECAUSE... well... Who just walks away after a creepy dude puts his dick on you? NO NO, who let's themselves be in that situation?

I'm sure that there's a bunch of people who could jump all over me for what I just said. But honestly? It's really a whole lot less about what I just said, and a whole lot more of "WHY?!" This whole thing's just bizarre.

Actually it's a pretty easy scenario to see play out. It goes as follows:

1. The guy says his initial line after talking to her for a bit.

2. She looks at him funny says, "Yeah... no" walks away and pulls out her phone to text someone or check something on the Internet, but above all to indicate to said guy that the conversation is OVER.

3. He sees this as a challenge, walks over with his dick pulled out while she is looking at the phone not him.

4. He grabs her free hand and pulls it down and asked, "Is this big enough?"

5. She pulls her hand away. Figures out what she touched and walks the hell away with a thousand things going through her brain.

6. After clearing the room and collecting herself for a minute she goes to see a security guard, who blows her off.

As for why the guy would do it? He was drunk and wanted to show what a man he was. So yep, it strikes me as a very believable story and something that I hope gets addressed better at PAX in the future because this sort of behavior has no place in gamer culture.

blalien:
I am getting more and more fed up with the Escapist community with every post about sexual assault getting more jokes than anger in response. I sincerely hope the guy responsible gets caught and punished to the full extent of the law, and the security company issues a public apology immediately.

Agreed on all counts. Sadly the stupid fuck may never be found, but at least the security company should treat its employees properly. What do you expect me to do... A hideous crime has been commited, buddy how about you call the fucking police as is our species' custom?

Major kudos to Ky for daring to bring it up; if everyone did, we would no longer be able to ignore this problem. (Also for making a horrible "creeper" pun in the middle of her sexual assault story. I think Notch mentioning he'll "dig in" was unintentional.)

Speaking of things the Escapist does wrong, nice job writing the headline in such a way that it gives more weight to 140 characters of the guy who hired women to flirt with attendants at the party than to a sexual assault victim's retelling of her story.

Andy Chalk:
"People tell me I should've called the cops or screamed or made a huge scene, but I didn't want that type of attention and the reaction of the security guard made me feel like cops would be even more of a waste," she wrote. "I actually even deleted a lot of the tweets I posted, because I felt ashamed and embarrassed that this happened to me. I didn't want to ruin the party/PAX for other people. I don't want people to pity me."

Oh for... HE WAS THE ONE WHO HAD HIS JUNK OUT!
Besides, the fact she didn't even notice it until he put her hand on it seems to me like he had every right to be insecure :P

blalien:
I am getting more and more fed up with the Escapist community with every post about sexual assault getting more jokes than anger in response. I sincerely hope the guy responsible gets caught and punished to the full extent of the law, and the security company issues a public apology immediately.

Same here and it's not just talk of sexual assault either. The Feminist Frequency thing as well as some subtle xenophobia has been really giving the Escapist a bad name for awhile now. And of course if you call them out on their bs they reply with the usual cowardly response of "don't be so serious, man". It's pathetic.

Anyway, this was uncalled for and I do appreciate Notch speaking up. I hope the security guard who blew off the woman is found and punished or at the very least the security company is forced to apologize for their employee willingly being incompetent

Mimsofthedawg:
To be honest, a part of this sounds fishy to me. Almost like the girl is fabricating the whole thing. BUT I ONLY SAY THAT BECAUSE... well... Who just walks away after a creepy dude puts his dick on you? NO NO, who let's themselves be in that situation?

Understanding what this is and that people cannot always control how they act in stressful situations will make you a better person. Not responding to harassment like a rational, calm person would does not cast her allegations in any doubt - if anything, mental shock is common enough that her experiencing it makes her story that much more believable.

As far as "letting themselves be in that situation," she did not go to a gathering called 'Rapists and Other Creepy Dudes Get Their Dicks Out.'

:/

blalien:
I am getting more and more fed up with the Escapist community with every post about sexual assault getting more jokes than anger in response. I sincerely hope the guy responsible gets caught and punished to the full extent of the law, and the security company issues a public apology immediately.

It's not just the escapist community and I think it's more of a fact that were making fun of the guy because he's crazy, I feel bad for the girl but the perpetrator needs to be mocked and ridiculed to the point where he's too ashamed to sick he's head out the window.

This isn't the worst thing I've heard in the news, in fact it's not even the worst thing I've heard this week in the news. Listen to any satire morning radio station and they find stories like this in the news a few times week. Sometimes all you can do is laugh.

Good on Notch, and I hope the whole situation is dealt with. Now, before this devolves into a possible shitstorm...

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Azuaron:

Rocklobster99:

Andy Chalk:

"Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

Holy shit, my sides.

Seriously? Your response to sexual assault is "that's hilarious"?

I think I'm going to instead believe that you just got back from boxing, and quoted that by accident.

Seriously? Is this one of those topics where nothing is funny ever? I resent your inflated sense of morality and I resent your attempt to force everyone else to be just as much a tightwad as you.

Azuaron finds it hilarious that some dickwad thought it would be a good idea to force a girl to grab his small cock through his pants. Strictly speaking, it's very sad that such dumbasses actually populate this earth. In fact, Earth is a very sad place to live for that reason. Some people address this sadness by finding things to laugh at. Then there are people like you, who choose to deal with it by being... what? Tighwads. Please understand that laughing at stupidity is a completely appropriate response.

Decent article, otherwise. I wonder what sway notch will have in metering out discipline on that lazy security guard.

Now that, there, was a creeper. Lone wolf sort of fella, sure, but no matter if all he had in his inventory was a bone, only a zombie would think a move like that was dynamite. Notch was absolutely right to explode at him. And should he be caught, well, that'll be the enderman.

I think the only appropriate recourse for the guy would be to lock him in a room with a dozen Minecraft creepers.

OT: Kuddos to her for managing to speak out about this, hopefully he's caught and gets to pay for his crime. And given that Notch is pretty much a nice guy, I'd pretty much expect this response and I hope this sort of shit storm becomes commonplace, regardless of the gender of all involved.

Rocklobster99:

Andy Chalk:

"Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

Holy shit, my sides.

Sexual assault is not funny, not in the slightest. If you find it as such, you either have a very very dark sense or you're a mysoginist (if you only view it as funny if the woman is the recipient).

chadachada123:

Azuaron:

Rocklobster99:

Holy shit, my sides.

Seriously? Your response to sexual assault is "that's hilarious"?

I think I'm going to instead believe that you just got back from boxing, and quoted that by accident.

You're responding to the guy with a stereotypical blackface profile picture. Do you really think he's taking the story seriously?

As for me, that part of the story is pretty damn funny, though the conclusion is, unfortunately, not so funny.

I do feel as though there's a bit of a double-standard, here, though. If a drunk woman grabbed a guy's hand and shoved it into her crotch or boobs, he'd get the same response from the security guard but would almost certainly not get a news story or support from Notch himself, even if he was just as hurt.

I knew it was too much to hope that no one pulled the Double Standard card.

OT: Notch is generally a nice dude so I'm not surprised he's this mad. I would to, mainly because he doesn't want to be known as someone who ignores Sexual Assault incidents at his parties. Incidents like that generally make the Party Throwers really pissed because it happened under their watch.

Rainboq:

Rocklobster99:

Andy Chalk:

"Then he grabbed my free wrist and put it on his crotch and asked 'Is this big enough?'"

Holy shit, my sides.

Sexual assault is not funny, not in the slightest. If you find it as such, you either have a very very dark sense or you're a mysoginist (if you only view it as funny if the woman is the recipient).

He didn't think Sexual Assault was funny man. He did however find that one specific line really funny. That little line actually is really, really funny. Though the fact that it actually happened is not really funny.

ServebotFrank:

Rainboq:

Rocklobster99:

Holy shit, my sides.

Sexual assault is not funny, not in the slightest. If you find it as such, you either have a very very dark sense or you're a mysoginist (if you only view it as funny if the woman is the recipient).

He didn't think Sexual Assault was funny man. He did however find that one specific line really funny. That little line actually is really, really funny. Though the fact that it actually happened is not really funny.

Out of context, maybe, but in context, I find it horrifying. Then again, I just dislike the male anatomy period. As well, it raises some deeply troubling social implications about our perception of genders; their roles and what influence primary sexual characteristics play in our definition of how much of a man or woman one is.

On a side note, yes, I do read deeply into things.

I for one think she would've been perfectly justified in following a three-step plan:

- Grab
- Twist
- Pull

Would've been easy to find him later. Just follow the high-pitched screaming and sobbing.

Also, Notch, ol' buddy, ol' pal? If you find the guy, I for one would be happy to help ensure that he finds himself alone with you and an iron shovel.

Sexual assault is not something that's easy to make a scene about, even though most people would ask you "WHY NOT?"

I speak out of personal experience here. When I was 15 I went off as an exchange student in Japan and I had to take the crowded morning train every day. On one particular trip, I was wearing a skirt and some creeper was touching the inside of my thigh, fairly high up and entirely on purpose. I immediately left the train to wait for the next one but this same person got off at the same stop and sat on the opposite side of the bench I was sitting on. I pretty much ran away until eventually he stopped following, but I had to take the slow local train instead of the express. All the while, I had my apprehensions about making a huge scene because I didn't speak the language fluently and also have anxiety issues in crowds. To this day, that guy got away with feeling up my leg and I never had the courage to speak up about it until it was done and over. It was not cool and I was incredibly unhappy about it but when it's happening, you just don't think about drawing attention to yourself because you don't want people to look at you, being humiliated.

In regards to the one quoted line, it wasn't funny to the girl at the time, but... honestly, you would hear that something out of a bad porno and even I laughed. Just, in the context of the situation, that's horrifying to be in that girl's position.

"People tell me I should've called the cops or screamed or made a huge scene, but I didn't want that type of attention and the reaction of the security guard made me feel like cops would be even more of a waste," she wrote.

Especially Seattle police, they probably would've identified her as a threat and shot her after severely beating the crap out of her.

Seriously though, it sounds like maybe they should hire better security for next time, "What do you expect me to do?" is not a valid response to "Some guy just made me touch his dick!"

Wow, im surprised she didn't turn this into a big deal while the party was going on. I mean, she had every right to, but it's just...refreshing, seeing someone with every right to make it a big "poor me" story and actually having some respect for the people around and that they might not want to get mixed up in that. So yah, I respect her for that, kudos. Also, it's much easier for me to sympathize with someone not grubbing for attention. Now what i don't respect is the unimaginable stupidity of the guard she tried to talk to about it. Really, he just shrugged a form of sexual assault off? "What do you expect me to do" is not a valid response. Ask her what he looked like, discretely look around for that person, and evict them from the party. Even if finding them is a long shot he could at least try to help another human being.

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