Let me start with a question: why was Adolf Eichmann executed? The obvious answer is that he was the architect of the Holocaust. However it’s a wrong answer. The truth is, that he was only put to trial because he was captured. Had he evade it, he could live till old age like Mengele and countless other war criminals.
Punishing someone for whatever he did needs power over him, nothing else. Stalin regularly executed people who didn’t wrong him, just to create fear and most Jews killed by the Nazis had no means or intention to harm the Third Reich, they were simple guys minding their own business until they were rounded up.
Sure, somewhat reasonable systems avoid senseless killing and create rules they abide to. In these settled systems the common sense opinion is “don’t break the rules” and those who broke it anyway “had it coming”. If the system is settled for a long time, it becomes like the air around us: obvious and invisible. We start to not see it as something that holds power and handles punishment as it see fit and only realize this truth when it stops following its own rules.
I’m afraid we are the victim of the same blindness when we attribute the firing of Jessica to her own actions. The truth is that her actions angered “us” (gamers, gaming community, redditors, Gamergaters, whatnot) but that alone means nothing else than us being angry. We are also angry on many people we can’t fire. But Jessica could be fired, because their company did not want to mess with “us”.
Let me provide a personal example why this firing was about Reddit instead of Jessica. Please check out this 2 years old reddit screenshot:
I was an approved community contributor for EVE – like Deroir for GW2 – my blog was up on the official CCP fansite list and I received a free subscription and event invitations for it. His comment was much more hostile than Jessica’s and wasn’t prompted by anything, I never communicated with him before. He simply saw the reddit link of my blogpost about a totally in-game thing and just didn’t like it. He later doubled down on it in longer, more elaborated hateposts. He did all this with his official flair on, using his company ID (go figure, his real name is not CCP Falcon, and I couldn’t be bothered to ever figure out what it was). I was far from being his only target, he made it his gimmick to bully practically anyone who had some fame in EVE.
Guess what, he still has his job! Why? Because the EVE community are a particularly toxic bunch who love to see anyone humiliated. You probably heard of the incident when the main show of the official player gathering was about trying to bully a suicidal guy to actually off himself. With officially approved PowerPoint slides and everything. So – as you can see from the screenshot – they took the comments with cheers and the subreddit mods even created a new flair “dev roast” for it.
My point is that the Polygon article – despite obvious inaccuracies – is correct. She was fired because enough guys got mad at her and the management didn’t want bad blood with “the community”.
Despite I strongly disagree with everything Jessica stands for, I am unhappy with this turn of events. I know that while the feminist-antiracist-SJW gang held power over the gaming industry, they got fired many good and innocent guys, like the Subnautica sound dev whose only crime was a lighthearted “Attack Helicopter gender” joke and some modest conservative statements that you can hear on mainstream TV. But now that the tables turned with the election of Trump and KC:D success and #walkaway and everything – now that “we” are the top dogs – I absolutely don’t want us to become them. I hate SJWs exactly for trying to bully and silence instead of discuss. I don’t want us to silence and bully anyone, I want us to discuss and reason with people who disagree with us. I would try to reason and argue even with Anita Sarkeesian, despite I’m fully aware that she would silence and ban and fire me if she could. I don’t see that as an excuse to silence, ban or personally destroy her, because I’m better than her and most importantly, I want to build a better world than her, one that is based on peaceful discussion instead of “the momentarily stronger kills the weaker”.
Telling “Jessica had it coming” or “she was fired for her own actions” mean that the speaker subscribes to the idea that firing people we don’t like is just and appropriate. It’s not. She didn’t sabotage development, she was just mean on the internet. That should not be a reason for someone losing her livelihood and become unemployable anywhere but some partisan fake news site making up nonsense about Trump and Putin. I believe the Polygon article that many SJW devs are now living in fear. I know that fear, I switched blog provider from google owned blogspot.com after the Damore incident and the youtube purge that my blog will be deleted. I don’t want SJWs to fear. I don’t even want Anita to fear. I want them to come around and sit down for a discussion of ideas instead of swinging real or cyber bike locks.
PS: I don’t even want CCP Falcon be fired for his hateful comments on me and others. I do want him fired for covering up the monument vandalism (it was told they are banned but they were not and their identities were protected, police was not contacted). And for trying to rip the community for $150000 with his buddies.
PS2: little Warships update:
It increases DPS significantly, but it’s horribly slow. The ship can outturn its torpedo launchers with aiming systems modification.