Been writing at gaming sites for over a decade now. I do it as a hobby because it allows me to write about something I love while still keeping my job as a journalist because my hours are flexible as a game journalist, so I can pop a news article or game review in my off time at work.
Anyway, this whole Zoe Quinn thing has put lots of sites on high alert. I brought up the whole thing with coworkers at the site I work at, and they just dismissed the issue. when I pressed the issue the implication quickly turned from a dismissive handwave to a very threatening “talk about this any more and you will be fired.” I’ve been talking to some writers at other minor sites and this seems to be happening on all points. Every site is toeing the line because they are very afraid of what this might mean for the “industry” - and I use that term loosely because the game journalism industry is to the journalism industry where shitting in a kiddie pool is to Olympic Swimming. They feel that if the game industry were to suffer a schism of infighting due to this the integrity and credibility (which is funny, because they already had none) of game journalism would evaporate immediately. That’s why there’s this air of “we must remain united and hold the line. Anyone who breaks formation is a traitor who must be exterminated.”
Meanwhile, people don’t even want to hear that this Zoe Quinn whore isn’t worth defending. A lot of people (like myself) who are saying this only do game journalism as a hobby and have main jobs elsewhere (one of the editors at another site is an engineer IIRC), so our pull within our respective sites is not great. Thus, if we try listing off everything she’s done, the general reaction is “that’s a lie. There is no solid proof. There is no evidence. Slander her again and be destroyed,” despite the fact that, if this was a crime and the evidence was put forth in front of a jury, they would take all of a fucking half hour to convict her of being a sociopathic slut and sentence her.
I am tendering my resignation as we speak, as are some writers for other sites. This industry is beyond corrupt. It is beyond destructive. It’s become a cult, so bloated on its own self-righteousness and loathing of everyone who doesn’t conform to the hivemind that it is that it’s impossible to stay and not become either part of that hivemind or completely fucking insane.
this isn’t just an issue of “whore fucks around and drags down women/sets feminism back.” this is a critical problem with women across the board. once they get hired they cannot be fired unless they are caught doing something illegal.
just ask any man who has dealt with HR complaints what women in the office are really like. they can’t be dealt with on any level, because they are treated like rock stars with CEO clout. a lot of guys in STEM are being driven out of their jobs because the ladies in marketing think nerdy guys are “too unattractive” to even be in their presence.
Cool Mod: I feel like these people who write in are like foreign correspondents and industry analysts. Like we’re some kind of bigshot news organization all of a sudden.
Ok so I’ve been quiet about this for some time now, and I thought I should break that silence and make this public. (Hey other people are posting art PSA’s, this ain’t new)
We are Artists, We are many
Being a artist on Tumblr alone isnt easy. There are millions of other people doing the exact same thing you’re doing. Amongst all of them you can be overlooked so easily. Now I am familiar with all those PSAs about not worrying about being popular and loving your own art. Thats all well and good, no ones debating that. But we artist want to share our art with the world. We want to show everyone what we can do.
When we receive praise and love for our work, thats the best feeling in the world for us. We all have friends, fellow artists or not, that support us. But here on Tumblr, your art might not get pushed out into the crowd. For myself as an example, I get a 1 reblog for every 10 likes on something. And this is only including when I originally post it. When art post is liked, no one else sees it. Likes stay hidden and don’t appear on others dashes. (And yes, some blog themes do show likes, this I am aware)
Likes are good, but Reblogs do a lot more
When someone reblogs your art, a whole new set of people get to see it. Most of them are people who have never seen your stuff before. For example, whenever Carbines Official WIldstar Tumblr reblogs my Wildstar art, I get bombarded with likes, reblogs even follows! But before that, when I post it in the first place, not much happens. Dont get me wrong, I’m grateful I get anything, but feedback and notoriety is what keeps an artist like me going, and many others as well. Now I may understand that sometimes something someone draws isn’t your cup of tea, that’s alright! But even if you show a little interest, a reblog does a world of difference.
Support your friends, Support those who care
I know this is all sounding a little preachy, but it’s something I needed to get off my chest. There are no complaints, there are no orders, just a call out from all us artists. From the big and professional, to the small and unseen. We all want to share our art with the world, and it can all begin with a reblog.
( I dont think I need to say that everyone should reblog this, it goes without saying no?)
reblogging for awareness
A STREAKER CUT THE ACTUAL CONTESTANT OFF AND BLEW THROUGH IT LIKE HE’S SONIC THE FUCKING HEDGEHOG WHAT THE FUCK
It’s a nice day for a picnic.
"The Hispanic struggle with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" lmao
honestly i think about this like… once every three hours
being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest yet incredibly uplifting things you can ever hear
I honestly am not thrilled that Naoko Takeuchi is working on Sailor Moon Crystal. I dislike a lot of the radically feminist tones of Crystal (I.e., the very blatantly feminist theme song, Tuxedo Mask being written out whenever possible), which I can only assume were her doing.
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I am legit crying with laughter.
Like, who has EVER looked at Sailor Moon and thought “nope, nothing feminist about this here story all about women who are strong and capable and kick ass in heels and nail polish.”?
And of course, Tuxedo Mask being written out of everything totally explains why he’s in every episode and gives Sailor Moon advice and strength, yup yup.
"I’m not thrilled that the creator of Sailor Moon is working on Sailor Moon"
Sometimes I think it’s okay to just admit that you like looking at certain kinds of people naked and that’s okay.
finishing a series but still being attached to the story and its characters