An Open Letter to “Go Fuck Yourself” and on #GamerGate

Dear Mr. Go Fuck Yourself

I just found this online:


As such, I am forwarding this open letter to you detailing “actual terrorism” performed by GG’s opponents, and kindly informing you that GamerGate has done none of these things.

Should you or have equivalent evidence that GamerGate is a terrorist organization, I would ask you to provide it. I am told that there is a plethora of such evidence, but have never found any, nor has it ever been presented to me.

I hope you don’t find this letter an imposition.

Sincerely, David
(@HalfTangible on Twitter)

PS. Also, GamerGate is fond of porn and lewds. So much so that I find it queasy (though that’s my personal problem; I don’t like nudes) and originally found this post through a reply containing porn. Not entirely sure why he linked the two together.
PPS. Word of advice: Get a legal name change. Seriously, they’ll probably expedite it for you.


An open letter to @adrianovaroli – why #GamerGate is upset

“I’mma take a page from #GamerGate’s book and wonder why do they hate those articles about gamers being over. I don’t see the problem.” -@adrianovaroli

This is not an attack, or an insult, or anything of the sort. I just try to make a habit of reaching out to my ideological opponents. (I usually don’t do a very good job, but it’s always worth the effort). I will endeavor to be as calm, reasonable and rational as I can while answering this question.

In addition, from the few tweets we’ve exchanged, you seem to have missed the problem with these articles.

The ‘gamers are over’ (or ‘gamers are dead’) articles were so maligned by the gaming community because of how openly hostile they were to gamers as a group. Here, let’s take a look at Leigh Alexander’s article, the ‘gamers don’t have to be your audience’ one for Gamasutra. It’s linked to often by the other 9 to 12 ‘gamers are dead’ articles, so it seems as good a place as any to look: It starts out as identifying gamers as people who get into lines “with plush mushroom hats and backpacks and jutting promo poster rolls.” She says that gamers “don’t know how to dress or behave.”

So far the article’s entire focus is on the gamers themseles: not the absurd preorder and dlc practices, not the fact that some gamers were angry that prices FELL once (seriously, why NOT focus on that?! It’s practically gift-wrapped as an episode of gamer entitlement) but how we dress and act.

“‘Games culture’ is a petri dish of people who know so little about how human social interaction and professional life works that they can concoct online ‘wars’ about social justice or ‘game journalism ethics,’ straight-faced, and cause genuine human consequences. Because of video games. ”

This is not a critique of gaming markets, but a direct personal attack. First by claiming that gamers are socially inept losers with nothing to do but talk online (which is odd, considering that with the obsession she previously levied you’d think they’d be GAMING)

This entire article reads like that. Open personal attacks on “these obtuse shitslingers, these wailing hyper-consumers, these childish internet-arguers”.

Keep in mind that a games journalist’s job is to INFORM THE CONSUMER so that they can make good purchasing decisions. They’re supposed to be on the consumer’s side.

It’s not alone, either. Arthur Chu’s article opens with “The subset of entitled, belligerent gamers convinced that being ‘objectively’ right entitles them to defend their rightness by any means necessary are overwhelmingly male”, which is incorrect. And these articles are FULL of incorrect statements, assumptions, and outright lies (“Based on the lone fact of Quinn’s relationship with one Kotaku writer, Nathan Grayson, who quoted her once in an article and never covered or reviewed her game,” -Casey Johnston. This is completely untrue – NG covered the game twice and is even thanked in DQ’s credits.)

Attacks like this have continued for the *checks* wow, 9 months now that #GamerGate has been around.

Your side has openly attacked an entire group of people that they were supposed to be advocating for. Again and again, your criticisms of us are proven false. We’re not a bunch of white men, or wailing hyperconsumers, or right wing bigots. We are gamers.

And the one group of people in the industry whose ENTIRE JOB is to keep an eye out for the consumer… told us we were losers and should all just get out.

THIS is why gamers are upset. The articles were openly hostile to everything gamers were. You brought up DLC and preorders, and yes, how companies are handling those things are problems, but they aren’t actually brought up in the articles.

#GamerGate (or something very much like it) has been building for over a decade now. But this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. (Except in this case, the straw was more of an anvil)

… Wait, you actually read through that? Uh… thank you!

-David Burton, @HalfTangible

An open letter to @RidiculousCargo on #GamerGate’s origin

Dear Cargo,

I’m not going to lie, this feels like a complete waste of time and energy and I’m not sure why I’m bothering to try. Hope springs eternal, I guess. I’ll try and stay calm and civil, but I’ll probably fail and do apologize in advance. I’m not very good at being calm.

#GamerGate’s origin isn’t something I was actually around for, I’ll freely admit that – I joined in #GamerGate around February or so. I do know from observation and research that your assertion that this was all a campaign to harass Zoe Quinn is untrue. However, it is a common assertion and I feel the need to respond to it more thoroughly.

Okay. So. Your first respond to my tweet (that was in response to something you said) was to point out that Adam Baldwin’s first tweet on the hashtag contained two videos detailing Zoe Quinn’s liaisons with multiple men. We’ll ignore that he did so at the behest of a woman’s request for support, as well as the fact that finding one particular woman distasteful is not ‘misogyny’.

Here’s the thing: no one cared that Quinn was sleeping around (something she freely admitted, btw) and in fact this probably would’ve fallen completely into obscurity, except for the fact that one of the people she was sleeping with was Nathan Grayson, a journalist who had reported on her game, Depression Quest. Even that would not have been a problem, except that Grayson failed to disclose this information. This raised concerns over his impartiality on the game, which is fairly reasonable: you’re going to be biased in someone’s favor if you’re sleeping with them, that’s basic common sense and human nature.

Something I want you to take note of here is that at this point, #GamerGate is basically nothing. There’s a few people posting to the hashtag, wanting to know more, trying to get answers from Grayson and Quinn, etc etc.

Then the ‘Gamers are Dead’ articles happened. Within 24 hours, 12 articles came out condemning gamers as an identity and a hobby, declaring that they had been ‘killed’ by women, or that the identity was dieing, and similar phrasing. They were needlessly inflammatory and targetted directly at ‘gamers’ as an identity – not harassers within gamers, gamers themselves were deemed the harassers – referring to the entire group as misogynistic harassers and nerds and blah blah blah, you’ve heard this before in every movie with a bully ever.

This is the point where the hashtag takes off into the movement we know today. So no, it wasn’t about harassing Zoe Quinn, gamers got pissed off that a group of sites that were supposed to be looking out for them showed that they blatantly hated us.

And no, it wasn’t JUST the Quinnspiracy either. There were a TON of events that precipitated this BS, the Quinnspiracy was just one of them. (Here’s a timeline with more details, I’ve got a final tomorrow)

As to why we keep bringing Quinn up… we don’t. ANTI does, as you did when speaking to me. You said that Adam Baldwin’s first tweet was slander, I pointed out that Quinn had admitted to the allegations. And somehow this meant I brought her up?

You have yet to respond to my tweet with photo evidence that GG’s critics are the hate group, btw.

Oh, and as to the assertion that #GamerGate is a hate group…


Keep in mind that this is the ggautoblocker. This autoblocker exists for the sole purpose of catching harassing GGrs. And it got 0.66%.

Now kindly find another gorram narrative.

All the best,
David Burton

PS. (Send kids out of the room for this one)

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An Open Letter to @DamonGantX #GamerGate

Dear Damon,

This is not a personal attack, or harassment, or an attempt to belittle you at all. I just want to correct you and feel the need to do so in a full blog post. (Also, I’ve been on a bit of a serious-stuff binge lately and wanted to talk about something more benign than, say, my years of contemplated suicide that video games saved me from, or attempted murder through mailed syringe.)

You said that a lack of empathy is what ties autsitic people, #GamerGate, and evil people together.

Let’s ignore your ableist language and talk about your use of the word ’empathy’.

‘Empathy’ is the ability to understand and (more importantly) share the feelings of another. This is not something that autistic people, #GamerGate, or even evil people lack (sociopaths do, but that’s not the same as being evil)

You, on the other hand, used empathy to mean… Honestly I’m not sure. You kept saying that a lack of empathy was why we couldn’t understand why Anti-#GamerGate thinks we’re a terrorist group. But we know and understand exactly why you think we’re a terrorist group: you’re cherry-picking the worst responses tweeted to the hashtag as if they’re representative of the whole group (“A cannibal was born in new york once. Therefore, all people born in new york are cannibals!”) and willfully ignoring the same BS pulled by your own side. An opinion that was only reinforced by your behavior.

When I presented you with these tweets from Anti-#GamerGate:


You ignored them entirely. This is very typical of aGG, and

You insisted, over and over, that the reason I couldn’t understand was because I lacked empathy because I’m autistic.

What I have is aspergers syndrome, which means I lack social empathy. I can still feel like anyone else can, and understand the emotions of others. Lacking social empathy means that recognizing the emotions another is feeling is not something that comes naturally to me. I had to learn it, like any other skill.

Yes, aspergers is a form of autism, but autistic people do not lack empathy.

Oh, and evil people DO have empathy. Evil people have friends, family, loved ones… even will sacrifice themselves for others. You’re thinking ‘sociopaths’. Which is like evil, only smarter.


PS. No, I didn’t look up who ‘juicebro’ is (though I was told Mike Cernovich). Only anti calls him that and I don’t google anything that sounds like a porn star name.

An open letter to @Spacekatgal #GamerGate

EDIT: To clarify, I am not going to kill myself. Bringing up that I used to consider it is there to make it PERFECTLY CLEAR why I am so upset about this.


Dear Briana Wu,

It’s Easter, so I am going to do my best to be polite and civil. However, I will probably fail.

I’m not going to modify any of the images from how they are on my computer (well, okay, i resized the Anita one, but I didn’t change the actual content).

Normally, when I see statements like this, I try my best to laugh. You’re presenting yourself as the gatekeeper to not only gaming, but to all fandoms, and deciding that because you disagree with a group, you get to tell them what they’re allowed to enjoy. It’s a statement of such megalomania, such an insane holier-than-thou attitude that I simply cannot take it seriously.

This time, I am too furious to laugh, I am too angry to say this isn’t an attack (it’s not intended to be, but I honestly don’t care if you take it as one anymore) and too livid to think you’re worth the effort in any case. The ONLY reason I am coherent enough to respond is because I’m trying make the effort to be a good man on Easter.

Let me explain to you why I need to make an effort to remain calm.

When I was five or six, I received my first console and video game. It was the Nintendo 64, with Super Mario 64 (i think it was a promotional package or something?). My father was in Saudi Arabia at the time, but he had contacted my uncle and gotten him to buy it in his place. I loved that console immeasurably. Dad thought I was obsessed with it, and honestly, I kinda was.

I played a lot of games after that – Star Fox, Lego Racer, Super Smash Brothers… And most of them, I took as seriously as I do Bioshock Infinite today (mostly because I was a really dumb kid). I missed out on a ton of classics, but video games were my hobby. Practically my life.

When I entered middle school, I was bullied. A lot. None of it was physical (i thank the lord I hit my growth spurt early), but psychological. I had a very short temper that was only compounded by both puberty and a medicine I was taking for ADHD that had the unfortunate side effect of making it almost impossible to ignore anything (and mom wouldn’t let me wear hunting earmuffs because she thought I’d get beat up for it, even though I wore them a lot anyway and never did). In one instance, I became a bully in my own right, something I regret to this very day (If you’re reading this Paul, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have treated you that way). It continued into high school, to the degree that many thought I was insane. Honestly, I thought so too – I can’t hear the Happy Birthday song anymore without going into a rage, or wanting to sob.

I have thought about killing myself a lot both during and since that time. At this point I know full well I’ll never go through with it, but what scares me is that the thoughts keep coming back. Over and over again, I think about how much better the world would be without me in it, how much better I’d feel if I skipped ahead in line to the pearly gates.

There are a lot of reasons I never did it, but I attribute the most thanks to three sources: roleplaying forums (in particular, the now-defunct Chaos Forums), My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and Blizzard’s Warcraft 3. In particular, the map mods. The most famous of these would be Dota, but I also enjoyed DoBRP, Line Defense, Uther Party and other strong games made in the WC3 engine. There was so much variety in that game alone that last I checked (about a year or so ago) was STILL hosting games on the Frozen Throne. More recently, Dota 2 has been my bread and butter. It’s been a lot less fun and happy than my previous games, but there’s nothing quite like a good dota match to get the blood pumping. In October of 2013, I built my own rig, and it’s pretty impressive considering the budget I had to work with.

Then #GamerGate happened.

I’m not ashamed to say I’m right-wing. I don’t really identify too heavily with conservatism, but it’s what people keep telling me I am when I list my political views (low taxes, strong military, small government, etc) so I list it as such. So when I was first heard #GamerGate, my immediate response to the controversy was along the lines of “People need to stop adding -gate to things to refer to scandals; it’s irritating”. But I didn’t really understand what it was.

When I got involved, I found that those opposed to #GamerGate used the same rhetoric I’d always hated from left-wingers: “You’re racist so shut the f#@$ up,” “you’re sexist no matter what you say,” “women can’t rape men because patriarchy,” etc etc. #GamerGate itself had its bad apples like any other internet group, but I saw didn’t see a targetted harassment movement – what I saw were random internet trolls profiting from the chaos, and a much larger group of people who were trying to get ethical standards into gaming news sites. I’m firmly in the pro-GG camp now, but I have tried on a few occasions to bridge the gap between GG and Anti-GG. In a couple of cases I’ve even succeeded – I told Rami that there’d been actual attempted murder of GG supporters, he seemed surprised by it and asked for proof. I provided the image below:


and went on a multi-tweet tirade about how aGG had behaved far too poorly for me to give it any credit, and that I was going to leave the conversation. He said he’d like to talk to me again through another medium, which honestly I found kinda surprising. I’m appreciative that it ended on such pleasant terms, of course, but I’m getting off track.

Recently, of course, we had the #SadPuppies thing. Now, you blame #GamerGate for this for some reason, which is so paranoid I almost laughed… but then you told everyone in #GamerGate to get out.


Because it’s YOUR culture.


No. Gaming is not your culture.

Your culture has attempted murder. Not just the needle, either: numerous GGrs have been doxxed and SWATed since this whole mess began.

Your culture caused this:

Booted to avoid sexism

Your culture hates fun, hates its current audience and does not care about gaming.



(In case that one’s too small: the paragraph says that “fun is a neurological trick” and we should stop upholding it as something positive in gaming. It also says that we should avoid ‘terms like cool or awesome’ because I guess they’re bad things or something)



Your culture hates freedom of choice. (An idea so antithetical to games I’m honestly shocked you aren’t decrying them as kid’s stuff) Yes, I’ve seen the speech. Context does not make it better.


Your culture knows nothing about Gaming.


(For the record? I haven’t played any of the games listed aside from Paper Mario, (and while I have played the Mario series I don’t remember playing one with Toadette) and I’ve at least heard of ALL of them)

Your culture hates evidence so much it created a brand new term to deem it as a form of harassment (sea-lioning)




Your culture wants to commit genocide.



All the while, your culture claims to be the good guys.

And this is only the START of the horrible, disgusting s#@$ I’ve seen ‘your culture’ do. I haven’t even gotten into the constant lies, subversion, and bullying developers into doing what YOU want.

Gaming is NONE of these things. It never has been and never will be, because we know EXACTLY what it is like to be marginalized and hated. Despite what your culture claims, gamers are not all rich white heterosexual men. We were once, but we haven’t been for a long time. Gaming is the most open and accepting group on the entire internet (which admittedly isn’t that hard, cuz… internet) and your culture is the most intolerant, hateful bull that I have ever seen.

In short, ma’am: Gaming is our culture. This culture that you hate so much and are so determined to destroy saved my life. It gave me friends, it’s the reason I’m as computer-savvy as I am, it brought me so much joy I can barely believe it. No amount of whining is going to change that.

And your culture wants us to get out.

No. You get out.

Bullies are not welcome here.


David Burton


An open letter to @DAVIDMDRAIMAN #GamerGate

Dear Mr.Draiman,

I’m going to avoid being hostile in this letter as much as I can – much like my letters to Todd in the Shadows and Misandraste’s Herald, I’m not writing this to insult you personally, belittle you or your opinion, or anything like that. I just want to explain some things.

When I first saw you tweeting about an anti-semitic joke, it was April 1st. Naturally, I didn’t take it too seriously at the time – I figured this was either an April Fool’s prank you’d taken as serious (understandable, given that anti-semitism is a very serious issue) or that it was an April Fool’s prank of your own. You might’ve seen my tweet to you on that, actually (doubt it, but still.)

It is now mid-afternoon on April 2nd CST and you have continued to speak about it, so I must assume you’re serious. As such, I wish to respond to your apparent confusion that GamerGate doesn’t care about anti-semitism.

The reason GamerGate didn’t join immediately in your hashtag (ignoring that several people DID) is that we don’t see any merit to the idea that @TrevorNoah’s joke was anti-semitic. Actual hatred is different from a joke. Saying ‘I knew white guys couldn’t jump’ in response to a failed basketball shot is nowhere near the same level as, say, spray-painting a Nazi swastika onto the grave of a Jew.

(EDIT: Also, because #GamerGate has nothing to do with anti-semitism, it’s a pro-developer movement for ethics in journalism)

Part of the problem for me is that I can’t find the actual joke that set you off, at least in part because as far as I can tell you haven’t been promoting it. It’s one thing to say ‘stand with me against this anti-semitic asshole’ it’s another to just TELL us he’s anti-semitic.

The reason we still haven’t joined in is that you blatantly created this hashtag in order to attack one person who said something you dislike. In case you haven’t noticed, #GamerGate has been against attacks like this for a long time, despite what Srhbutts would have the world believe.

Here’s the really big one, though: If you wanted #GamerGate’s support, telling us that we’re either with you or against you in this matter (“you have one day to show your support, or you’re anti-semitic”) was the worst thing you could’ve done. We’ve been hearing that same s#@$ thrown at us for 8 months now and it instantly turned most of us hostile to you, and unwilling to listen.

Because saying that someone is a horrible human being to get them to do what you want is not what #GamerGate does – it’s what Social Justice Warriors do.

Was the joke actual hatred? Maybe, but as I said, you aren’t showing the joke. As someone who has tried his hand at comedy a few times (albeit usually poorly) I find it concerning that we’re just supposed to ASSUME that the joke is anti-semitic.

And on top of all of that, you’ve given Anti-#GamerGate the perfect, juicy little story to continue to slander and defame #GamerGate. Now, as far as the public is concerned, we’re anti-semites because you decided that one joke was worth burning down an entire movement dedicated to ethics. It doesn’t matter now if #GamerGate DOES jump behind you and support this move – we’re stained by this slander now.

Again, this is not an attack – I just want you to consider what you’ve gained from this move for a moment.


PS. Also, please consider: you’re fighting a comedian – who now hosts the Daily Show, btw – with words. That’s like trying to fight a dragon with a flamethrower. You’re gonna lose. The fact that your tweets are in all caps is not going to help matters, either.

PPS. Yes, I hate anti-semitism. That’s not the point.

(EDIT: One other thing. Anti-GG has outright stated that they want the gas chambers to return, so they can shove GamerGate supporters into them. I’ve got screencaps if you want ’em)

(For the uninitiated: Social Justice Warriors are a brand given to far-left activists that attempt to censor and/or silence the opposition through dog-piling and shame tactics, largely in the name of ‘social justice’ or ‘equality’ or other nice-sounding terms that mean whatever they want them to. You can imagine what this right-wing libertarian/anarchist thinks of THAT.)

EDIT: Okay, I found your twitlonger.

While I have to disagree on the assumption you make that comedy is worth attacking someone for, I was wrong to assume this was a crusade against one purpose. And I would be lieing if I said I was okay with how Jews have been treated lately.

Maybe it’s just because my education went amazingly well given the state of America’s schools, but it baffles me that anyone can deny the holocaust.

I condemn anti-semitism.

An open letter to @CranzBoonitz on #GamerGate and Obsidian

Dear Misandraste’s Herald,

This letter is not intended to enrage you, to insult you, to belittle your opinion or otherwise attack you or anyone mentioned. This letter is intended as a full response to a question you recently asked me on Twitter regarding the recent Obsidian debacle. If this goes anything like my previous attempts at extending an olive branch and having an actual discussion, it won’t go well (either because I suck at extending olive branches or because you’re not interested), but hey, gotta make the effort.

For those of you who don’t know, here’s a brief summary: a Twitter user by the name of @icequeenerika (Erika Imperial) found a tombstone in Obsidian’s game Pillars of Eternity that had a quick couplet about the deceased, written by a backer of the project. It basically said that the man had sex with someone, then committed suicide when they found out the person they slept with was a man. She declared this to be ‘transmisogynist’ (that’s a new one >.>) and demanded it be removed from the game, calling on her followers (and presumably anyone who agreed with her) to put pressure on Obsidian to remove it.

(EDIT: The poem in question, because i forgot the first time like an idiot:

“Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed
He once was alive, but now he is dead
The last woman he bedded, turned out a man
And crying in shame, off a cliff he ran”)

Here’s relevant screencaps, in no particular order:

ObsidianSilenced1 ObsidianSilenced2 ObsidianSilenced3

I got into a discussion with Herald over this, and he asked why #GamerGate was so upset about the poem’s removal. After all, he reasoned, GG is supposedly pro-consumer, right? They should be applauding this on the basis that the customers got what they wanted, right?

Ha ha ha…

Mate, this isn’t pro-consumer, not even close.

Let’s start with the most basic fact about this: The poem was put into the game by a backer, as admitted by Erika Imperial. I’ve been told that the stretch goal that allowed you to do this was $500. The man paid to have this poem put into the game, he’s a consumer, and now because of social pressure his poem was removed from the game.

“But the makers have the right to police their own content, right?”

Yes, but that’s not what happened here: the game was policed by a twitter user who was offended by the poem (I haven’t played the game myself due to lack of income, but apparently this sort of thing fits in perfectly with the world – there’s a tree with children impaled on it) and blatantly bullied the company until they had it removed.

Further, #GamerGate is also about allowing developers to create their own content without being bullied by the media or by other consumers (hence, #LetDevsSpeak). The fact that a group of developers are being silenced is more important than the fact that they produced content you found offensive, especially since the world the game was created in is extremely ‘offensive’.

Again, this is all second-hand, as I haven’t actually played the game, but apparently there is actual murder of gays and lesbians just for being gays and lesbians in Pillars of Eternity. I don’t see how a 2 couplet poem is any worse than that.

“It’s not just about being offended. It’s about reinforcing and making light of a system that murders trans people daily.” -Herald

1) There is a difference between depicting something, and supporting something. This was clearly the former. I also thought that the joke was pretty plainly on the man killing himself over it.

2) That’s a very serious accusation that I’m going to instinctively call bullcrap on. Why? Because you led up to it by saying:

“The same justification (“I found out she lied to me about her genitals!”) is used to murder trans folks in real life.”
“And that’s legal. The ‘Trans panic’ defence is actually a thing that exists and can be used in court.”

From the sound of it (‘trans PANIC’) this is similar to a murder of passion defense, wherein a killer’s emotions override their reason. Murders of passion are still crimes, but they can be used as a defense in court to get a lighter sentence on the basis that something spurred them to action. Does that mean that the courts encourage murder of passion? No, they don’t.(And for the record, while I don’t condone murdering someone because they’re trans, I do think a trans person should disclose that they’re trans before a relationship gets seriously started, or at the very least before sex. Banging someone under false pretenses is a form of rape, and it could easily be argued that that is the case here) But that’s another conversation – you asked why GG is opposed to removing the poem. I’ll assume that you rebutted this concern succinctly and with well-documented sources that I can find no fault in (unlikely, since this is the internet, but whatever. Moving on)

That said, do you remember when fundamentalist religious nutjobs (this is coming from a Christian, btw) declared back in the 80s/90s that Dungeons and Dragons was a game designed to lure children into satanic rituals? Remember how insane that sounded? Or how crazy it was when they said the same or Rock-and-Roll and Elvis’ pelvis?

I don’t, I wasn’t born till 1991. But I did find some old websites claiming such and laughed hard at them.

That’s because media does not have the power to radically alter your previous beliefs just because they depict something or make a joke (at the expense of the transphobe and not the transexual, i might add). Otherwise, the fact that almost all music is about love would actually mean something. No amount of violent or disgusting media is going to destroy your ability to understand the difference between right and wrong unless you’re already mentally unstable, and at that point… well…Charles Manson claimed to be inspired by a Beatles song. You can’t predict what a sick mind is going to do with information you throw at it.

“It’s offensive to trans people!”

So? The statue David is offensive to me because the man’s penis is in full view and I swore to never look at pornographic images for longer than it took to cover my eyes. I’m also offended by the Birthday song because it’s what was used to bully me when I was in middle school (don’t ask, you don’t wanna know and I don’t wanna talk about it) until I was willing to punch my own dad in the face for singing it on my actual birthday.
(Edit: Oh, and homophobes were offended that Dorian was gay in DA:I.)

Here’s the thing: nobody cares if you’re offended, especially not when it comes to art and free expression. If you can’t prove that it actively incites people to commit transphobic actions (you won’t and can’t prove that, btw) then you can’t make a case that it needs to go away. Therefore, removing the poem is NOT pro-consumer. It’s anti-developer and opposes freedom of speech/expression.

This isn’t the first time anti-GG and SJWs have reacted in this manner to artwork, either. Remember the now-infamous Foaming Jugs tweet? Or the alternate Batgirl cover? #GamerGate has shown itself repeatedly to be against censorship, even self-censorship. Especially when pressure is applied to do so from an outside force.Look, trans people get a bad rap and need to be helped, I will freely admit that – any demographic that has a 49% suicide rate needs help badly. But I see no evidence of transphobia from anyone except a man who committed suicide, and even that’s a stretch. (ftr, It is perfectly arguable that having sex with someone without disclosing that you’re trans – sex under false pretenses – is rape. If you’re not ready to tell your partner, fine, don’t have sex until you are. No one’s forcing you)

In brief summary: GamerGate is upset because removing the image is anti-consumer, it is censorship in every way that matters, and because Obsidian is only the latest to be bullied into removing content by the loud, vocal minority we’ve come to call Anti-#GamerGate and/or SJWs. GG is pro-consumer, but that has little bearing on this particular case.

“Anti-#GamerGate isn’t a movement.”

spacekatgal is Briana Wu:


Okay… like my last open letter, that was a bit off the cuff. There’s probably some poor wording or misspelling here and there, but I hope this gives you a perspective on why GG is upset by this.

All the best,

EDIT: TB brings up a good point here, too:

… Come to think of it, he realized the person he slept with was a man the moment he woke up. So yeah, this is probably what happened.