Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago our message board and general inbox were bombarded with demands we address something called the “GamerGate Scandal”, posts written with the urgency and rage one would associate with, say, discovering that Chipotle burritos are made entirely from the meat of human babies. It’s apparently a big deal in some circles, so we followed the links and read the piles of data presented, and had to stop and take a deep breath just to grasp it all. “Gentlemen,” we said amid the stunned silence, “do you realize that if what they’re saying is true, then this is still the most pointless fucking bullshit anyone has ever forced us to read?”
The “scandal” turned out to be an excuse for an Internet harassment campaign against a random indie game developer who, like many such targets, was a female and a feminist.
It was all sparked by a single forum post from a jilted ex-boyfriend, but the ensuing outrage was so fierce and relentless that the story made it all the way to The New Yorker. This kind of spontaneous shitstorm is depressingly common these days, so we reached out to Zoe Quinn to see what it’s like to be the Internet’s Most Hated Person (well, for a couple of weeks, anyway). Here’s what she told us.
A friend requested I make this, and so here it is, and I offer it to anyone who needs it, with all the authority vested in me by whoever vests these things. Print it out if you need to.
The best art advice ever given to me—ever, ever—was “Don’t be afraid to make bad art.”
You will make a whole lot of crap in your time. Some will be truly awful and some will be merely mediocre. And that is totally normal and totally fine and for the love of little green apples, just keep going, because that’s the only way I know to get to the good stuff eventually.
(I normally feel horribly egotistical mentioning my awards, but I think this counts as using that power for good.)
Last semester one of my lecturers said something among the lines of “The things you draw wrong are your style”. It might not be true for the entirety of anyone’s career, but the main point is to never be afraid of making mistakes. I just find so much inspiration from that.
The World’s most talented and bearded video game development team, headed by Tim Schafer!
60 pages of Double Fine Action News! I know what I’m doing this weekend.
RIP tiny pooing mouse Popeye.
Tagging my long image posts as “long post”
Since my gears are kicking into some rather productive mode, I’m hoping to do some comics or drawings posted as a set, and they’re going to be quite big. I’m tagging them as “long post” so you could blacklist it in XKit or any 3rd-party program of your choosing. If you don’t want to see my art at all, do the same with “hey look my art”. Apologies and thanks in advance peeps :D!
Hack ‘n’ Slash 1.0 releases today and is now EXTRA HACKABLE! If you’ve been playing on Early Access, you’ll note that the biggest update is the inclusion of the final act. We’ve also added mod support and Steam Workshop integration! Get it now for 33% off until 9/16. Happy hacking!
NOTE: This was originally posted by Greg Costikyan over at Gamesutra. It was taken down for excessive profanity. All I haveto say is “fuck that.” This needs to be read.
Gamersgate: STFU by Greg Costikyan
"As a male voice in the game industry," writes my daughter Vicky, "you should speak out…
I really try to keep the content of my Tumblr light. I really do. The other day I reblogged Scott C.’s prints from The Hug Machine and I friggin’ loved it. But sometimes I want to slap a hundred morons in the face.
The last couple of weeks have been worse than that. I just really don’t understand why it’s so hard for some people to not be a-holes. My friend had to leave her dream job because of the victim-blaming sexism (among other garbage) that constantly pour out of these people’s mouths.
This post encapsulates a lot of my anger towards these man-children who apparently think people’s lives are a game to them. Pun #&@$ing intended.
This is adorable
Distinguishing Asian Scripts
As a Chinese can I just say that the Chinese one is freakin accurate because everything is either blocks, has wings or has so many strokes that it looks like it wants to kill you.
As a Vietnamese I can pronounce the joke sentence above and it is amazing.
Fun story: my name with all of the fancy Vietnamese accents is Hiển, which looks obscenely similar to Hiền, a rather common name. Mine’s a bit unpopular so growing up I have never not been called the latter. I honestly don’t mind it too much, but it’s hilarious when people get it wrong on my various graduation ceremonies and certificates.
Along with the book signing and art exhibition, there are giveaways and a vigorous hug-ercise lesson planned. Check it out HERE.
My Saturdays have been strangely productive. Here’s more Allie!
Legends tell of a woman, bathed in sunlight, she commands nature as her own. Allie is this woman. You will do what she say, or die by her blade.
(ooh look at the cool text layout)
Every semester I try to find a single unit where I can do whatever the hell I want. This time I’m getting half a semester to do a short story :D! I decided to go with a lady protagonist for this one. All I’ve been drawing is dudes with beards, thought it might be nice to switch things up a bit. More on the story later!