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Depression Quest Dev Faces Extreme Harassment Because She's a Woman

Depression Quest developer called a slut for submitting a game to Steam Greenlight because she's a woman.

by 4 months ago

Note: Possible trigger warning if you are uncomfortable with hate speech. 

Zoe Quinn, developer of Depression Quest, is just trying to put her game through Steam Greenlight. It's a difficult process normally, but this is different. Why? Because for the SECOND time, Zoe Quinn is being excessively harassed by online users, reportedly from the site Wizardchan. 

How bad? She had to change her phone number because she was receiving sexually harassing phone calls. 

This is the second time Zoe Quinn has been the target for abuse, evidently being a woman is enough to get yourself attacked on the internet with such illuminating quotes as: 

All females are sluts and have no right to be depressed. They can just go onto the street, lie down with their hole open and have a man come and solve all of their problems. But they would still be depressed because they're all just stupid whores.

She is the one responsible. Of course a woman would never relate to anyone here. She would never be with a truly depressed person. Can someone mail her a rant or a link to this thread? God I hate that ****

Quinn has been harassed before after putting up Depression Quest on Greenlight, and wrote that this "raid" -- where users inundate her with abuse -- was an "accepted risk" and that "this will continue to be the cost for me to stay in games." 

In the wake of the attention Wizardchan is getting over their harassment, they have implemented a rule about "no generic venting threads about women." Wizardchan is, no joke, a board for lifelong male virgins. 

This implemented policy change has resulted in several more fantastic comments about how:

We should be able to piss on women as much as we want for all of the pain they've caused us. 

Women are trash and we should be able to talk about them openly and honestly.

I'm not going to say that "not all men are like this," or alternatively "not all Wizardchan members are like this." That goes without saying. But this shouldn't be the price of doing business on the Internet. A developer shouldn't be getting attacked simply because she is female, which is why the attack happened to begin with. 

Depression Quest is a game that seeks to spread awareness and understanding for those affected by depression. You can find more about the game here or on Steam

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  • 4
    About 4 months ago,
    TiquorSJ (Contributor) said:
    Disgusting behavior.
  • 42
    About 4 months ago,
    ChizeloffdaBlock (Featured Columnist) said:
    Wow, it's really disgusting seeing this type of behavior targeted toward anyone, let alone something that I may deal with if I ever go into the business of making games. People need to realize that even though they are on the internet their words can hurt and are an accurate reflection of those peoples character.
  • 55
    About 4 months ago,
    Stephanie Tang (Featured Columnist) said:
    No respect whatsoever.
  • 53
    About 4 months ago,
    Synzer (Featured Columnist) said:
    This is one of the most appalling things I've ever seen. I can't believe there is something this hurtful out there. Nobody should have to deal with the crap that these sick people are pulling. Everyone should be able to do what they want without others harassing them to the point that they have to change their phone number. I just can't even. No words.
  • 39
    About 4 months ago,
    Max Jay (Featured Columnist) said:
    Pretty deplorable.

    I think it's clear that these are a lot of lonely, sad people that have very little understanding of the modern world. The silver lining is that their internet community will prevent them from ever procreating and continuing to infest the world with garbage.
    Last edited 4 months ago
  • 36
    About 4 months ago,
    Ryan Kerns (Featured Columnist) said:
    Not an isolated incident either... similar things happened when Mighty No.9 got a female community manager this week- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mightyno9/mighty-no-9/posts/689758

    Incredibly ignorant and insensitive people play video games too apparently...

    Oh... and on the flip side of the coin, don't forget Phil Fish cancelled Fez II and quit the games industry altogether after being harassed too much online. It's not only women being targeted.
    Last edited 4 months ago
  • 40
    About 4 months ago,
    Coatedpolecat (Featured Correspondent) said:
    Phil Fish didn't have to change his phone number. But yes it goes both ways.

    Ignorant dumb things were said to fish about his personal and professional choices. Again dumb hurtful unnecessary comments. That nobody should have to ever put up with.

    But the tone of those statements weren't about how he's incapable simply because he has a penis.

    They attacked both women (the one of this article and the one younmentiones) including the lady from bioware to the same extent. Changing your phone number, your route to pick up your child, that's not okay.

    If there are males going through this, then they need to speak up, but I doubt that's happening.
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  • 38
    About 4 months ago,
    Amazon Eliza Steel (Featured Contributor) said:
    No one should have tolerate hate, especially at such juvenile levels but defy the haters because it's ALL THEY HAVE.

    I believe the Japanese used to say the best revenge was to simply out live your enemies.
    Last edited 4 months ago
  • 57
    About 4 months ago,
    Amanda Wallace (Featured Columnist) said:
    I believe that making fun of someone or making generalizations about them because they are virgins is, while not as bad as harassing someone about their gender (one of these things is, after all, can be a choice), still unacceptable.
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  • 1
    About 4 months ago,
    neckbeardsperglord said:
    Wizardchan user here.

    It is false, totally false, to claim that we were involved in any harassment. There is no evidence to suggest we did anything (two posts that you keep quoting isn't evidence), and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that 4chan boards /b/, /v/, and /pol/ were involved in harassment. Zoe only knew of the Wizardchan thread and blamed us.

    We really don't care what you normies think, but at least get your facts straight and for G-d's sake don't attempt to post on the website.
  • 57
    About 4 months ago,
    Amanda Wallace (Featured Columnist) said:
    is the content of the posts I referenced (and I tried to be fair to the content overall because I saw level headed posts as well) acceptable to you?
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  • 1
    About 4 months ago,
    Michael22_8752 said:
    Terrible things from people who can't see past their selfishness. Should never happen to happen just cause she's female
  • 1
    About 4 months ago,
    Patheticvirgin said:
    Can you leave us alone? We had nothing to do with your stupid game.
  • 36
    About 4 months ago,
    Ryan Kerns (Featured Columnist) said:
    Okay key piece of advice to Amanda and every GameSkinny person on this article... DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS. Having articles written about this and commenting "how terrible they are" is exactly what they want.

    I was a webcomic artist for quite a few years and after my readership broke 1 million, I faced similar attacks... raids on my forum... nasty emails, etc. This was one of my kinder reviews- http://badwebcomicsarchive.blogspot.com/2008/03/god-mode.html

    I never once acknowledged them in the comic, I simply deleted and banned those trying to cause trouble in the forums... and eventually they got bored and moved on to the next target.

    We don't have the power to change their minds and this kind of behavior is linked to much deeper personal problems or even mental disorders... the best thing to do is just pretend they don't even exist.
  • 57
    About 4 months ago,
    Amanda Wallace (Featured Columnist) said:
    1) I don't view them as trolls. Trolls don't believe what they're saying and 2) I've been attempting polite discourse. You'll notice in one of my comments above that I explain how you shouldn't make fun of them, talk about their virginity as a point of humor because it's inappropriate.
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  • 25
    About 4 months ago,
    Germaximus (Correspondent) said:
    I just don't understand. How do two kids (that I read about, probably/hopefully more) get arrested for threatening to kill another gamer in League of Legends or Runescape or whatever but this kind of thing is allowed to happen. Catch these people! I think jail might be a bit excessive but something needs to be done. Take away their internet access for a year. Monitor their phone calls. Something.

    I still blame bad parenting for anybody that can say things like that.
  • 65
    About 4 months ago,
    Katy Hollingsworth (Staff Editor) said:
    Well, probably because the kid who made that statement was reported to the police. The chances of the developer reporting this to police are low, though she could slam them with sexual assault charges, stalking, harrassment, etc.

    Most of these 'crimes' go unpunished because no one reports them.

    The same thing happens with conventions--a woman is touched by a man she doesn't know and hasn't consented, but instead of going to the police to file sexual assault charges, or assault, or SOMETHING, she goes to convention security, which are usually no more than mall cops, and then writes an angry article about it.

    I'm pretty sure that people think these things don't reserve REAL, LEGAL punishment, but eff that. Call the cops on these assholes. Internet babies tend to think they're above the law and nothing will happen to them. I'm sure being summoned to court or being charged with something would wake them up.
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    About 4 months ago,
    Rothalack (Staff Editor) said:
    Isn't the internet fun lol.
  • 1
    About 4 months ago,
    ShayneO said:
    Ugh. As a dude I hate it when I see this stuff. I'd really like to think my 'bros' woudnt be such mouthbreathing inbreds as to behave like this, but it seems all too common (Witness the horrifying harrasment against Anita Sarkesian for the terrible crime of pointing out women characters in games are one dimensional and crappy). Come on fellas, do you want women in this field or not? Is not, at least be honest about it so I can defriend you on facebook. If you do want women in the field like most sane adults, QUIT BEING INFANTILE ASSHOLES.