An(other) open letter to @spacekatgal on #GamerGate

Dear Brianna Wu

This letter is in response to your open letter to #GamerGate.

“I believe Gamergate’s underlying assumption that attacking me has tactical value for your cause is outdated and incorrect.”

No one in GG attacks you because of ‘tactical value’. They attack you because you go out of your way to attack them, and then pretend you’re the victim of an unprovoked assault.

About a week ago (maybe two?) you speculated aloud in your timeline about how GG was going to attack your game’s PC release, how GG would pirate it just to hurt sales and was out to ruin your life, blah blah blah

Leaving aside for the moment that nobody in GG cares enough about Revolution 60 to pirate the dang thing in the first place

You linked the #GamerGate hashtag repeatedly throughout your rant while lamenting how GG would react to you. While claiming to hate and fear a group you were doing everything to get their attention. That’s not the action of a terrified woman under concentrated fire, that’s the act of a troll begging for attention.

“Why are you continuing to harangue me on Twitter, through email,”

You harangue GamerGate because of lies, rumors and slander. Often slander YOU push.

“though doxxing me,”

Citation needed.

“through spreading malicious rumors about me,”

Welcome to the internet.

“and through hostile threads on KiA?”

What a surprise, you attack a group constantly and they’re hostile to you.

“What’s the point? What does this accomplish for you?”

Most people in GG are doing it because you do so to them, and many are new enough to think you can still be reasoned with. As I’ve stated previously on this blog, that is incorrect. You’re not worth reasoning with. People who aren’t new to this do so either for the benefit of those watching the conversation or because they like to shitpost.

“It’s a question worth thinking about, because it seems completely at odds with the things you state that you believe – such as developers should be free to ship games without censorship.”

GamerGate also believes that SJWs are gaming’s enemies, as you and others like you go out of your way to slander, attack and belittle gamers because they won’t march in lockstep with your philosophy.

And you and yours know it. (archive)

“It doesn’t seem logically consistent to rally to defend games like Dead or Alive from a few stray feminist Tweets, while organizing efforts to harass me and my employees.”

GG rallied to defend Dead or Alive because a Koei Tecmo employee stated outright that the game was not being localized in the US because of the numerous attacks on it by feminists and social justice warriors.

GamerGate does not “harass” you. You attack them, you get responses, and you cry out that you’re under attack. The only reason you’re relevant to the GamerGate discussion at all is because you keep doing this.

“I would probably use the word “hypocrisy”.”

People in glass houses, Wu.

“I’d like to tell you what my current career objectives and intentions are in regards to Gamergate. ”

You have career objectives in regard to a hashtag movement.


“If you look at what I Tweet and speak on publicly, the vast majority of it is about working conditions within the tech industry… Generally speaking, Anita focuses on the output of our field, and I am more concerned with the input side.”

I haven’t paid enough attention to you to know if that’s true, but you seem to be going somewhere with this, so I’ll take your word for it.

“I believe there is obvious rampant sexual discrimination and unconscious bias. ”

Other women in tech disagree with you.

I’m also not entirely sure how or why these two things would exist at the same time. If rampant sexual discrimination is ‘obvious’, why would anyone’s biases be unconscious?

“A while back, I realized the futility of using my public presence to discuss Gamergate. It seemed to follow a pattern: I would post a terrible example of Gamergate behavior, and you would strike back at me. It became an endless war of attrition, where the cost was dignity, mental effort and happiness.”

Nope. The pattern is that you lie about GamerGate, you get responses, and then you frame those responses as harassment.

Here’s you trying to make a mother of four’s murder about yourself and GamerGate, even though GamerGate had nothing to do with this and neither did you.


Here’s you inserting yourself into the Hugo Awards controversy, telling everyone that geek culture belongs to you and yours. I already covered why this series of tweets makes my blood boil.

(TL;DR: You told me and other parts of GG to get out of a hobby that stopped me from killing myself.)



“Plainly stated, discrediting Gamergate is a currently a tertiary mission objective at best. Building my company and improving diversity in the industry are my primary mission objectives. When I made my list of career objectives for 2016, none of them had anything to do with Gamergate.”

Which is why you’ve written a long letter talking about GamerGate. Because you don’t care about it.

At least my long letter to someone I don’t care about was spurred on by something.

“I do not spend time attacking Gamergate figures, because it would have no tactical value.”

Then why do you constantly attack GamerGate as a whole? That makes even less sense.

“Mercades, Oliver, C.H. Summers, Ralph – I think they are spectacularly wrong, but it makes more sense to focus on other things. Yesterday, I saw a KiA thread I thought was spectacularly racist, but rather than drum up public anger about it – I spent the day doing engineering instead. ”

Good for you.

“Everyone at my company is terrified of the Gamergate harassment we know is inevitable when we release Revolution 60 in the coming weeks.”

I sincerely doubt it.

“When the game is reviewed, I expect lots of Gamergate personal attacks in the comments. I expect to be doxxed. I expect to have more malicious rumors happen. I expect a new wave of death and rape threats.”

And when your expectations are not met and you receive none of those things, I expect you to pretend that you did anyway for public brownie points.

“But what would the value be in doing this?”

None whatsoever, unless you’re a troll hoping to piss someone off.

So why do you keep insisting that there are no third-party trolls?

“Maybe you think my game sucks, maybe you don’t like the graphics, but what does it have to do with Gamergate? If you really believe that censorship is a problem, it’s time to demonstrate it with your actions. ”

We have. But you have most of GG blocked, so I don’t expect you to have seen it anyway.

“I have no wish to continue to be the Batman to your Joker.”

I’m gonna assume you know why that’s stupid and move on.

“I would love to spend the next month doing press for Revolution 60’s release like any developer releasing a game would. ”

Then do so. Stop attacking people and just release your game. Again.

“I fear that dealing with Gamergate attacks is going to derail that effort, and will become the story – rather than my game.”

Again, stop attacking people.

“This is not an outcome I desire.”

Hey, remember that time you tried to harass yourself but accidentally posted under your dev account (bottom right corner was up first, then the left one showed up)?


“In fact, one of my biggest career fears is I will continue to be primarily known as a feminist and not a game developer.”

Then stop talking about ‘women in tech’ and MAKE GAMES. Rev60 originally came out over a year ago. Apply what you learned from making it to your next project and put another game out there. Five Nights At Freddy’s put out 4 games in about one year.

Not that I expect you to go THAT fast (Scott Cawthon’s kind of insane) but you could at least TRY and get another game out.

“Even if you don’t like me or my politics, my employees have nothing to do with any of that. I hope you’ll leave them out of your actions in the coming weeks.”

AFAIK, none of your employees ever came under fire because they were not the ones attacking anyone.

“PS: I’m not going to discuss this with you on Twitter. I will tentatively leave the comments open here.”

I see no comment section, but I think this should suffice.

This letter is complete bullcrap from start to finish. Brianna, you are not the Batman, fighting a war of attrition against a city full of madmen and criminals. You are Prince Joffrey attacking a little girl in the woods, getting scarred a bit by her dog, and then beheading a completely different dog that did nothing wrong in its place because you can’t get at the first one.

Stop attacking the family of the one you’re about to wed, Brianna. Your kingdom is in ruins and winter is coming.


Star Wars, Episode 7: A Mary Sue?

WARNING: This contains spoilers for  Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie is really, REALLY good and should be seen sight unseen. I’ll avoid spoilers where unnecessary to make my point, but there will still be some, including one for a minor plot twist or two. You’ve been warned.

So recently, SW’s latest installment has been at the center of a rather large controversy surrounding its main female lead, Rey. Specifically, many are calling her a Mary Sue, and many others are declaring this to be a misogynistic reaction to a main female lead in a Star Wars movie.

It’s really kind of amazing how feminists today have managed to make EVERYTHING about their own stupid inadequacies.

While I disagree with the notion that Rey is a Mary Sue (we’ll get to why in a minute) I can also easily see why people think such. She’s a kind-hearted angel who’s loved by everyone except one minor antagonist, is incredibly hot and has no real flaws (I’m not even convinced the main villain hates her. After she threw off his mind interrogation, he seemed like he was salivating over the thought of training her). Oh sure, she’s in denial that her family abandoned her on Jakku, but nothing is really done with it in the narrative, so it’s impossible to care about it. She’s tempted by the ‘sixty portions’ for BB-8, but this is almost instantly abandoned because she’s too kind to hand him over (like we all knew because we’ve seen this before).

She’s so powerful in the force that she masters the Jedi mind trick (which she has never even heard of, by the by) in one scene. Moreover, we’re given an actual time frame – this had to have taken place in less than 15 minutes (i think it actually takes her less than FIVE, in fact). It took 3 movies after seeing the technique performed for Luke to even ATTEMPT the mind trick, and this random girl suddenly masters it in 5 minutes?

Rey also knows how to fix up and fly the millennium falcon well enough to impress Han, despite never touching a spaceship before in her life (we know this because she’s never even tried to leave Jakku) and specifically calling out the Falcon as a terrible ship.

(On a side note, why did she know how to speak droid when Finn didn’t? Finn’s been around more droids more often, he’d be more inclined to learn droid language than a random scavenger. I know that, narratively, BB-8 had to find her first, but it’s still weird)

It’s not hard to see why one would look at this character that is beautiful and perfect in most every conceivable way and think that she’s a Mary Sue. I disagree, however.

While Rey’s skill level and skill set is absolutely ludicrous (i don’t think anyone would deny that) it is not limitless. When Rey has her force-vision in the cantina, we see her run away from the responsibilities that a journey such as one she’s undertaken. We see her weak and vulnerable when Kylo Ren first attacks and kidnaps her (in fact I was half-expecting feminists to be pissed off over the Damsel In Distress trope) and afraid on the Starkiller base.

In addition, she only manages to survive fighting Kylo Ren by sheer luck – an entire FISSURE broke up beneath her feet and separated her from her opponent (who himself was not fully trained in the force.) She ends the movie by going to seek training from Luke, showing that her character does have room to grow.

So while she does come too close for comfort, I don’t think Rey is a Mary Sue.

I uh… I don’t have anything else to really say here, uh…


An open response to @Sage_Bias on hashtag leaders

Original question

“Why is it that and other hashtags don’t choose people to be in charge of the movement? Without any leader, nothing gets done.”

This is untrue on several levels (you don’t need a leader to get things done) but I’ll try to explain why #GamerGate doesn’t want to have a leader appointed anyway.

The problem with having a leader is that you then have someone who is culpable and complicit in all activities associated with the movement, as well as a final arbitrator on what is or is not #GamerGate. Ultimately all that does is split the hashtag, and it doesn’t really get #GamerGate anything. The leader will get smeared with all the worst that gets associated with the movement, and either have their life ruined or get burned out very quickly.

It’s a lot easier to take out one man than one thousand.

In the real world, the benefit you get in exchange is that you have someone to speak for the movement publicly and to rally the cause. On the internet, though, most people in a hashtag can do so themselves. The benefits to having a leader for a hashtag movement doesn’t outweigh the cost.

GG’s greatest strength (and hashtag movements in general, really) is the fact that no one ultimately decides what gets posted to the tag – everyone posts what they want. Individual members respond to those posts as they will and often that leads to a collective goal being achieved (the Kunkel Awards, Kotaku and Gawker’s falling revenue, SPJAirplay, etc). Some people in GG fight for ethics, some against SJW ideology, some see the two as one and the same.

And the strange thing is, it’s very easy for the movement to get over their issues with each other and work towards a common goal. #GamerGate is rather infamous for its weekend drama, but it always comes together when something actually important goes down.

In short, #GamerGate and other hashtag movements don’t have an appointed leader because we don’t NEED to appoint one.

An open letter to #GamerGate on Jubbal

… Hoo boy. This is not going to win me any fans.

We need to help Jubbal.


Hear me out.

Yes, I realize that #GamerGate is not at fault for the shitty situation he’s in. I do indeed feel catharsis because this guy has gone out of his way to call GG a terrorist organization with his buddies, and he’s now getting a taste of his own medicine. I do not like Jubbal – he’s a racist bigot with all the likability of a rotten potato wrapped in cockroaches. And this isn’t going to help our PR regardless.

Here’s the thing: none of that actually matters.

Jubbal had nothing to do with the attacks in Paris. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it (the guy lives in Canada, ffs). But he’s been linked to it now because of an online troll. This is completely unjust. #GamerGate exists because we saw that the media sucked balls and we wanted it to change. This is a clear chance to do some good and hurt a media outlet that didn’t do its research.

And I hold no illusions about this – Jubbal will continue to hate #GamerGate for ‘slandering him’. Anti will blame us for the photo (even though they know we didn’t do it) and never acknowledge that GG helped him. Our PR will not be helped.

I don’t give a crap. GG has never been about PR or us vs them. it’s always been about opposing horrible people doing unethical things. Yes, SJWs like Jubbal are our main enemy but I’m here to fight for the truth. And that means fighting for ideas, not people; truth, not victory. The fact of the matter is that Jubbal was slandered because of unethical journalistic practices. I don’t like Jubbal, but what’s been done to him by the media is utterly disgusting.

Therefore, I’m asking #GamerGate to do what it does best: Dig. Find the advertisers for these news sites. Show them the kind of slander they’re funding. I know most in GG won’t want to – in fact I don’t expect much response to this letter other than ‘lol PR’s useless lol’ – but I hope some of us do. This is wrong, and we know it.

So let’s do something about it.

David Burton

Regarding the attacks in Paris and tragedy in general

We all deal with tragedy in our own way. And… while I have no real connection to Paris, my heart and prayers go out to it in the wake of the terrorist attacks against it.

But since the attack, something… rather predictable has happened. Something that occurs in the wake of pretty much every massive tragedy nowadays. Something that has bothered me for years, and I want to get it off my chest.

If you have ever used the immediate aftermath of a horrific tragedy like the one in Paris to push your political agenda, you are not human. You are a monster. Sub-human trash. ESPECIALLY if your particular agenda has no way of preventing this kind of thing from happening again.

And no, I don’t give a shit if your opponents did it first. IT’S SICK AND WRONG AND YOU SHOULD BE FUCKING ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!!! Look, I get it, okay? You want to defend your ideas from slander. Fine, do it, but don’t then turn around and do the exact same thing. It’s just even more sick to add to the pile.

I made that mistake today and I’m fucking ashamed of myself. Granted, I only did so because I was pissed and attempting to mock the other guy’s tweet, but that’s no excuse.

These next few days should be spent mourning and trying to help the victims however we can. When the smoke has cleared, then we can discuss shit like immigration, religion, fucking ethics in games journalism versus social justice, gun laws, abortions, college tuition, whatever you want to link to this like the dumbasses you are. Just please, for God’s sakes, wait until we’ve done what we can for the victims.

That’s all I have to say. Thank you.

PS. Oh, and Mizzou?

Hahaha... No, your situation is not as bad as Paris’. Fuck you.

On my writing

I know that this blog is supposed to be about my book, and I haven’t given an update for a while… so, let’s talk about Lightbringer (title pending).

This one’s mostly in the planning stages right now, but most of the world that’s needed for this first book has been at least partially fleshed out. I’ve gotten about 4000 words written for it over the last week or so (though in all likelihood, about 2000 of that is going to have to wait for the next book) and while it’s not coming along as quickly as I’d like (this last week was not typical) it is coming along faster than before.

I just wish I felt comfortable showing any of it yet.

I submitted one of my stories to an online publishing website. It’s probably going to be rejected (I should know sometime in November) but when I learn, I will inform you good folks. There’s a lot of promise in this one, I feel, and if it IS rejected, I’ll use whatever they tell me to fix it up for another go somewhere else.

An open letter to SJWs on #GamerGate

Dear SJWs, Anti-GamerGate, and people who I’ve linked this to

If I’ve linked this to you, then in all likelihood it’s because you’ve said something along the lines of ‘you have to answer for what you’ve done’ or ‘#GamerGate is a hate group’ or something similar. (Or you’ve found it where I originally posted it onto twitter)

Tell you what.

I will personally apologize for supporting #GamerGate, denounce it, and disavow myself of everything to do with it from now on if you can justify all of the following:

Labeling #GamerGate as a terrorist organization on par with ISIS (without evidence) while sending bomb threats to a GG meetup in Washington DC, and at least 10 to SPJAirplay

Defending Sarah Nyberg, a self-admitted pedophile and child rapist, on the basis that exposing her for such is worse than the actual act she was accused of.

-Bullying the Honey Badger Brigade until one of their members cried for expressing an opinion contrary to popular feminist ideology at an expo that they were then kicked out of without proper cause.

-Successfully bullied Zamii (a fan artist for Steven Universe) into attempted suicide (don’t worry, she lived) and then celebrated

Serially harassed TotalBiscuit during cancer treatment and slandered his name (for doing a thing someone ASKED HIM to do)

-Claim that someone is privileged to have prostate cancer

-Claim that #GamerGate is responsible for trying to get Veeren Jubbal associated with terrorism while knowing GG DID NOT DO IT and then doing it again later. (what’s especially baffling about this is that Blaktrick didn’t do it either, but we know the person who made the image was opposed to GG – he was happy to find out GG got the blame instead of him)

-Unironically comparing #GamerGate to mass shootings. Repeatedly.

Doxxing multiple pro-gg wikipedia editors (including a transwoman minor)

-Saying that terrorism done to resist GamerGate is perfectly acceptable

Doxxing @mombot and gleefully celebrating it (and other bulls#@$)

-Claiming to fight against harassment while having harassers in your own midst

Attacking Palmer Luckey (of Oculus Rift) and his girlfriend for allegedly being Trump and GG supporters

Comitting sexual assault, being complicit in covering it up, (albeit in a separate instance from the first) and/or denying that this person was ever on your side. (Devin is a pretty open opponent of GG)

-Everything listed here, here, and here

What? That’s not fair? You didn’t personally engage in any of these so you shouldn’t need to justify yourself?

You’re right, it isn’t fair to blame you for something you didn’t do. So why do I need to justify myself for shit #GamerGate never even did, let alone me?! All I’ve ever done is signal boost, put up moral posts, and insult some people with a lot of snark.

All of what I listed are things SJWs have actually friggen done, and I have provided you evidence for such. And this is by no means comprehensive or complete – I didn’t even include things like Lizzy’s doxxing, or the numerous false flags, or even the fact that you regularly crucify people who don’t fall in line with your insane narratives. You constantly complain about a climate of fear that you yourselves created and continue to reinforce as best you can.

I don’t hold it against individuals that didn’t participate, but they DID happen and pretending that they did not is, frankly, sickening to me. In the meantime, I watch day after day as morons and ideologues continue to call gamers terrorists and evil monsters for no good reason at all while they continue to defend some of the most sickening human beings to walk the earth. Without irony and without exaggeration.

If anyone needs to justify themselves, it’s you.

Sincerely ticked off right now,

David Burton

PS. I plan to update this list in the future. I’m waiting for your justifications with bated breath.