After resubmitting Depression Quest to Steam's Greenlight, developer Zoe Quinn has reported several instances of harassment.
The browser game Depression Quest will be released on Steam as long as its Greenlight campaign is a success. In response to developer Zoe Quinn's Greenlight submission, some users of imageboard Wizardchan harassed Quinn for her gender.
After the first Greenlight submission of Depression Quest, a piece of interactive "(non)fiction" seeking to enlighten players on depression, Quinn experienced similar sexist remarks. This time while anonymous posters of boards like Wizardchan harassed Quinn online, she also received sexually harassing phone calls. Quinn removed Depression Quest from Greenlight the first time she experienced abuse, but she will not be doing so this time.
Quinn included two screencaptures of comments on Wizardchan. Anonymous posters used slurs and said women cannot relate to anyone with depression, "have no right to be depressed," and other degrading comments. After posters from Wizardchan found her phone number, Quinn had to change phone numbers.
Quinn continued tweeting about her experience concerning her abuse and the prevalence of sexism in the game industry, addressing that recently Kickstarter backers for Mighty No. 9 attacking Comcept's decision to hire Dina Abou Karam as a community manager.
Harassment is a very real thing many women in the games industry experience. Sexism can prevent games from happening and discourage women from getting involved. A game about empathy for those who have depression should not be met with any level of vitriol or abuse. Turning a blind eye to internet harassment also discourages artists from sharing their work.