Well to say I’m disappointed is a massive understatement.
I think I’m one of the few people who actually liked YIIK, playing it for review months before the rest of the internet found out about it. The text of the game genuinely spoke to me on a personal level, and I was frustrated with the discourse when the game finally launched, with valid criticisms being drowned out by out of context screenshots and complaints in bad faith (for example, that above Iwata grave stone isn’t a dig at Iwata but within the wider weird context of the game, a sort of paying of respects).
However, my desire to defend the game started to dry up when I found out who they hired to play the main character Alex, a man who is a known serial abuser who was in a close knit circle with PsyGuy, an absolute ass of a human being who groomed underage girls. Someone from the game’s team did email us about a disclaimer I added to my review after in a pretty calm manner, wanting to understand the allegations, which myself and my editor we’re happy to do, which means there may be less chance of the companies involved ever hiring that back of dicks again.
I checked out of the conversation after awhile because I realized I was projecting a lot since the game hit me on a genuinely raw level, and I was finally glad to never have to worry about the discourse around this game again.
Cut to yesterday, when my twitter mentioned YIIK was in the discourse again, which I was glad I could easily ignore because I was busy with VTMB (please stop me from playing that game I need to get articles done), and then that quote got retweeted in my timeline.
This one fucking hurt.
Why white indie game dev guys constantly gotta reveal themselves to be trash fires who believe women have smaller brains then men or spout out MRA lingo. It’s especially infuriating because the game is about trying to be your best self and breaking free from toxic, self-destructive mindsets, only to see the creator of the game literally doing the exact opposite because his ego got hurt.
I get being upset when people reject your art, but this is beyond the pail. This is the sort of ghoulish behavior I see from the types who actively want to “conquer” women because they hate them too much to form any sort of meaningful relationship, or end up listening to people who think Hitler had some good ideas.
Yeah I’m done.
I hope this dude disappears along with Jonathan Blow and his room filled with piss jars.