"I'M the real victim here!"
|Sorry boys, I couldn't find a picture of Ivy Valentine's titanic tits with the #Gamergate logo on them... I'll try to do better next time|
Almost every day, for the past six months, Zoe Quinn has received rape and death threats.
She gets called a bitch, a c*** and worse. [Didact: A woman who claims to be equal to men as a game designer can't handle the criticism, and then wants us to feel sorry for her?]
Every few hours, someone tries to hack into her online accounts. She gets messages from people saying they’re outside her house.
It means she hasn’t been able to live at home for the past six months – she doesn’t even have in a permanent location, so the online mob can’t track her down.
This abuse has been happening ever since Quinn, 27, started developing video games. Most of it centres around the fact that she’s a woman working in ‘a man’s world.’ [Didact: The hell it is, Bonobo-Nose. Do your damn homework next time.]
But it intensified last year, when a movement called #Gamergate started.
The hashtag was ostensibly used to debate the questionable relationship between journalists and games developers.
But it was used by video games fans around the world to troll Quinn and other female games critics. The abuse they received was horrific.
Quinn herself was the victim of an attack by a former boyfriend, who published a blog post naming a list of men she'd allegedly slept with, a number of who are video games journalists. It led to her receiving threats, having her personal details hacked, being forced to move out of her house and becoming a victim of revenge porn.
“Things haven’t really quietened down at all. I’m trying to figure out what my life is now," Quinn tells me.
"It seems to be - with long-term harassment - that it doesn’t calm down.
“Considering how people are really escalating this, I definitely can’t be at home. I don’t want to deal with someone trying to kill me.” [Didact: That's what handguns are for, dumbass. Get one.]
Think she's exaggerating? Quinn tells me about the vivid rape fantasies she's sent constantly and describes it like "having acid poured on your heart".
Of course, many people who've experienced similar abuse online have simply deleted their social media accounts and retreated offline, in an attempt to escape the threats.
This has never crossed Quinn’s mind.
“I’ve lived my entire life online," she explains. "Growing up in a small town in upstate New York, some of the first real friendships I had were in chat rooms. My entire career is online – I create games on the web.
They’re very clearly trying to create an example out of me.
“Plus I love making games. It’s not something I’m going to give up because some a**holes want me to”.
|And you thought I was joking about her nose|
As is usual for a woman in this day and age, though, she appears to think that simply because she is a woman, she doesn't need to be held accountable for the words of her mouth (or keyboard, in this case).