Do you have other examples of bias or corruption in coverage?
The Zoe Quinn incident versus what I went through gives a rare opportunity to see how similar situations are handled differently based on the agenda of the media:
A male game developer is accused of wrong doing and not only does it get wide reporting, the female accuser’s hundreds of pages of vile, unsubstantiated claims are linked to and quoted as well-Including photos from the court documents-as part of the article.
By contrast, when a female game developer is accused of wrong doing and that wrong doing involves the gaming media itself, nothing.
Try this exercise. Go to Google and type in Zoe Quinn. Now, go to Google and type Brad Wardell. Compare the results with the knowledge that one of the two has been making and releasing software used by millions of people for 20 years all the while promoting and supporting women in gaming the entire time.
What is ironic is that a year ago, when Stardock acquired the rights to Star Control, Zoe Quinn was on Twitter proclaiming to her followers that we were bad people because of the false allegations that were listed at Kotaku.
What are the primary concerns that developers have, vis a vis the game press?
There’s two types of developer in this: “Indies” and Major publishers. The major publishers have little to fear. This whole thing is irrelevant to them. Stardock is probably a bit closer to the latter group than the former. Our game revenue has steadily climbed over the years despite the occasional “I’ll never buy a Stardock game because Brad Wardell is anti-UPS, bee torturer, handicap parking, rapist!” comment I’ll see online.
The indies, on the other hand, are in a more precarious position. Is their game going to get covered? Why did an amateur text adventure game get substantial coverage? Why do so many journalists seem to know an “indie developer” whose claim to fame is that she wrote a single text game? How does that kind of access even happen?
Imagine being some start-up game developer. You’ve just quit your job and you’re working on some game that you hope to get on Steam and your success depends on getting coverage. Your game is clearly low budget but still reasonably well made but you can’t manage to get anyone to even cover it despite tweeting to and submitting your game to game sites. Now, what are you going to make of seeing someone’s little text game not just getting coverage but finding out that lots of journalists seem to know this person quite well, sometimes intimately?
When I was first starting out, I was lucky if *half* my media appointments kept their meeting with me even though I flew across the country to meet with them. I know how I’d feel if I saw pictures of some indie whose game was not even in the same league as what I was working on having drinks with journalists and finding out the people who covered them were paying into their Patreon.
So take that together and then see that anyone who raises questions about this stuff being smeared with the misogynist brush. How can any reasonable person say that these aren’t legitimate things to be discussed in a civilized manner?
How can any intellectually honest person suggest that there aren’t some legitimate issues to discuss?
I had somehow missed this interview. But yes. This. I wonder if Stardock would hire me should I decide to get back into the games scene. Or if Brad Wardwell would let me buy him a beer (beer offer is presuming the allegations are as false as stated, haven’t looked into it yet).
I don’t know if agree with his statistical appraisal of core demographics though. It’s kind of no-true-scottsman-ish.