I actually met Chris Avellone years ago when I was helping a youtuber friend of mine cover Dragon Con in Atlanta. You can probably guess who he is… I was filming it for him.
He seemed like a lowkey dude, but then again neither of us were women in the industry. I do remember distinctly my friend, who’s an actual journalism major, seemed genuinely perplexed about the reporter/subject relationship in a space like Dragon Con, and he wondered towards Avellone aloud if their discussion while having drinks was ethical. Chris seemed like he had no idea himself… I remember him being like, “Dang, I dunno.”
I feel like there needs to be training for those in the game industry, no matter your level, how to represent yourself in these spaces. It can’t just be ‘workplace’ training, because the workplace could also be outside the office in spaces that have a ‘party-like atmosphere’ like Dragon Con. I bet a number of men who work in the games space see conventions as a place to let loose, and that can lead to so many lines being crossed in professional environments.
But yeah, fuck that dude. Getting drinks after a panel was probably how he roped so many people in.