(TW: Sexual Assault) Alec Holowka accused of sexual assault by Zoe Quinn

(TW: Sexual Assault)

After Jeremy Soule, an accomplished games composer was outed for committing sexual assault, Zoe Quinn came out about their own experience with indie game designer (co-developer of Night in the Woods and Aquaria) Alec Holowka.

I’ll leave the tweets in spoilers.

Summary

https://twitter.com/UnburntWitch/status/1166212005629325313

https://twitter.com/UnburntWitch/status/1166212080753528832

It’s looking like Holowka had multiple victims as well.

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Brave of them to come out like this. Good for the industry in the long run obviously. But fuck I loved night in the woods and this is super disheartening to hear.

Edit: pronouns, my b

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Also Luc Shelton of Splash Damage (Brink, Dirty Bomb, a bunch of multiplayer modes for other games) was accused by Adelaide Gardner

The Tweet

https://twitter.com/ohadelaide/status/1166232999349956608

There’s also an account collating and spreading these that seems to have been opened today, but I haven’t seen anyone vouch for whoever is running it: https://twitter.com/AbuseIndustry

At least one of their posts has been corroborated by Matt Lees, regarding Alexis Kennedy (the cultist sim guy)

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Is Zoe Quinn the one who was at the centre of the initial GamerGate storm? They have had it so rough in this godforsaken industry and my heart goes out to them, everyone else who’s bravely coming forward.

*and those who haven’t as well ofc

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Monsters can make quality things, usually it’s their talent that gives them the power that protects them.

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Yes.

(also, not @ you specifically but just a general PSA for the thread, Zoe uses they/them pronouns)

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Oh, I didn’t know. Thanks for letting me know, I’ll make sure I don’t make that mistake again and will update accordingly.

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Forgot about that, thanks for the reminder. OP edited.

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Huge agree, that happens everywhere. Just first time for me personally that I’ve had to reassess my relationship with something that affected me deeply, and decide how I interface with it in the future.

But on a more on-topic note, Zoe Quinn has and continues to be incredibly brave and personal. They’ve been through a lot of shit and I hope they someday can feel safe in the industry.

The account of Jeremy’s comments paints his music in such a profoundly uncomfortable light. I had been listening to the Oblivion soundtrack on the regular to keep myself together at work, but the combination of his disgusting behavior and the sick philosophy behind his work has permanently tainted it for me.

I hope these reports galvanize more people to come forward about the abusers within the industry.

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Where can I read the comments? His wikipedia page is dry and doesn’t have many details.

Hey everyone, this is just a quick reminder to use content warnings in compliance with Goal B of our Code of Conduct. Please also be mindful of Rule 10 and respect the privacy of the survivors.

Both spoiler text and hidden details can be found in the drop-down options menu (the one that looks like a gear), and you can apply them to text by highlighting the text and selecting the option from the drop-down menu.

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it’s inside the post mentioned earlier, inside this dropdown

CW discussion of sexual assault and incredibly gross misogyny. like a lot of both.

http://www.nathalielawhead.com/candybox/calling-out

really shouldn’t have read this post first thing this morning lmao. can’t recommend that to start your day

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I grazed it so I didn’t get to that part. Thanks.

I’ve been doing the same with the Morrowind soundtrack on and off for a while. Hell, same with Night in the Woods. Right now I feel sick thinking about ever listening to those OSTs ever again, tbh, especially NitW because of how important that game is / was to me.

Another confession about Vlad Micu (in spoiler)

Summary

https://twitter.com/MinasMorGhoul/status/1052178639494746112

EDIT FOR CLARIFICATION: He is named in this tweet.

I work in the same industry as Holowka, and he’s worked in the same town I do. As such I have heard rumors about this guy for a while. Sadly nothing specific besides that he was an abuser. I had no names of his victims and it wasn’t like I knew or worked with him specifically.
But I knew enough to be skeptical when NitW came out and I never did end up getting it because of those connections.

Really sad hearing about what exactly he’s done, but glad it’s finally out in the open so I can stop trying to sidestep the issue any time that game/guy is brought up.

Christine Love supports Zoe’s account.

Summary

https://twitter.com/christinelove/status/1166369805139619840

EDIT: Materia Collective is ending their working relationship with Soule (who has notably deleted his account)

EDIT: Zoe Quinn further adds that she believes that Scott and Bethany didn’t know about the issues with Holowka (Scott already publicly tweeted about this earlier today, backing that up)

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Given the context I am inclined to avoid reading the details and just give uncritical support.

I am personally deeply pleased at the thought of Quin becoming an avenging angel of truth here. Basically the exact kind of threat to the patriarchy everyone said she was because she made a game without explosions.

In my head I picture an army of two mod that replaced the characters with them and sarkesian I guess and replaced the bad guys with 4chan.

I think there’s an accidental double negative in this sentence—she said she does believe that they didn’t know.

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