- To attempt to induce Zoë to remove her game from the service, or simply to "punish" her for the perceived offence of being a woman on the internet, she was subjected to significant harassment on multiple fronts, culminating in repeated sexually harassing phone calls.Her experience is not uncommon for women publishing visible work on the internet, especially in the field of game development, where many men still believe women do not belong at all. For many women, these "raids," or organized campaigns of harassment, form a significant barrier to work equality in the industry.In Canada, indecent communications and harassing communications would both become criminal offences under bill C-13.
- — Zoë “Buttnik” Quinn (@ZoeQuinnzel)Thu, Dec 12 2013 20:47:44@8vius those dudes got my phone number and jerked off into my phone. That's hardly harmless or "just douchey".
- — Zoë “Buttnik” Quinn (@ZoeQuinnzel)Thu, Dec 12 2013 20:50:28The fucked up thing? This was an accepted risk of putting Depression Quest on greenlight. The same thing happened last time, too.
- — Zoë “Buttnik” Quinn (@ZoeQuinnzel)Thu, Dec 12 2013 20:52:01This is predictable. Unless we call this shit out & fight it when we can, this will continue to be the cost for me to stay in games.
- — Zoë “Buttnik” Quinn (@ZoeQuinnzel)Thu, Dec 12 2013 20:54:00Also: if you're a in games and are ever dealing with harassment and bullshit, my door is always open to you.
- — Zoë “Buttnik” Quinn (@ZoeQuinnzel)Thu, Dec 12 2013 20:55:21"Don't talk about this you're feeding the trolls". NO. Fuck staying silent on this. People need to know *exactly* how bad this problem is.
- — Zoë “Buttnik” Quinn (@ZoeQuinnzel)Thu, Dec 12 2013 20:56:26one of the reasons that Depression Quest is back on greenlight is that I'm *DONE* living on the terms of pantsshitting babies
- — Zoë “Buttnik” Quinn (@ZoeQuinnzel)Thu, Dec 12 2013 21:00:41"Don't feed the trolls" How about don't harass people or tolerate harassment as though it's accepted/inevitable & yr weird for speaking out
Depression Quest Harassment Campaign
Zoë Quinn made a game called Depression Quest. She published this game to Valve Corporation's Greenlight service, where users of their Steam online store vet possible new store additions. Simply the idea that the game *could* be sold on the store was enough to trigger a storm of online harassment.
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