Zoe Quinn On Cracked – “5 Things I Learned As The Internets Most Hated Person”

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By Steve Schell – 16th September 2014
Zoe Quinn On Cracked – “5 Things I Learned As The Internets Most Hated Person”

Zoe Quinn wrote an article on Cracked today, detailing how she became “The Internets most hated person.”

Putting aside big game releases and the reviews that follow them, it’s hard not to notice that the recent big stories in the video game industry have been based around Zoe Quinn.

I, like many I’m sure, am just wanting these sorts of things to not be the “big news” of the video game industry and it’s a shame really that they are.

After the whole thing broke not too long ago, it seemed like things were beginning to quiet down and get back to the way the industry should be, with the focus being on video games. But, earlier today, Zoe Quinn, who at the height of it all could do nothing but watch as everything unraveled before her, wrote an article on Cracked under the headline; “5 Things I Learned As The Internets Most Hated Person.” The article came to life after Cracked “reached out to Zoe Quinn to see what it’s like to be the Internet’s Most Hated Person,” what followed was a five point article focused around what it’s like to be ousted by the gaming industry.

The article breaks off into the five categories she puts emphasis in and goes into details what it’s like when everywhere you look people are cursing your name. She describes what it’s like to see people dig into her past in an attempt to find anything that will help nail her to the cross, and what it’s like to have a Wikipedia page that lists your date of death as “13 October 2014 (We hope).”

Zoe Quinn

This screenshot was one of the many that accompanied the Cracked article

Now, I’m not here to add more to the crusade against Zoe Quinn, and I’m not here to point any fingers or take any sides in the case. I’m more so here to ask, when is it time to get back to the way things were years ago? When the video game industry was reserved for video games and video game related news, that is the time I wish things would get back to. Don’t you?

  • Angel

    I don’t hate her.

    For me to hate someone I need to know or care for that person.

    • Bingo

      That must be why no one hates you.

      • NeuroSnake

        Asshole much?

  • kerwyn

    she’s like, an attention vampire or something

    • Just as things “appeared” to settle down with her, boom!

    • Bingo

      LOL and what the hell is 4chan? Their whole existence centers around drawing the attention to themselves that they never received as children!

      • ZackRoyer

        Sure, And that “Anonymous” guy that keeps posting every time on 4Chan must be the center of attention right? -sarcasm

  • CarbonRevenge

    Where’s @SavedYouAClick when you need him to tweet something?

    Cracked is the home of clickbait.

  • ruleofthebrave

    It’s kinda disgusting to see people trying to stay relevant for all the wrong reasons. Hell, if I had won the nobel, I would go around for years trying to stay relevant to keep the money coming in, but if I cheated on my girlfriend with 5 other girls, the last thing I would want to do would be to point the spotlight to myself – that’s would not be something I would try to capitalize on.

    Oh well… disgusting people are gonna disgust.

    We should go back to discussing less disgusting themes alright.

    • Bingo

      If you cheated on your gf, you’d be called a hero by our sexist society.

      • ruleofthebrave

        Oh grow up…

        There is no such thing as a “sexist society”, there are sexist people within a society, and I sure try to avoid those.

        • Bingo

          There is a sexist society — your post is proof. Quinn is vilified for sleeping around, yet Don Draper, for instance, is a hero. Culture and society are intertwined. Come, sit at my feet, i have much to teach you.

          • BingoWings

            Don Draper is fawned over by pop-culture consuming ninnies like you, mostly women unsurprisingly. Take it up with them.

          • Bingo

            Some slaves chose to live in he master’s house.

          • #150

            Wow. No. See there’s your problem stop blaming everything on society. Don Draper is a fucking TV show character while Quinn is an actual piece of shit. You’re seriously comparing a real life person to a fictional character? WOW.
            Everyone LOVES the Joker because he’s a crazy murderer but everyone HATES Ted Bundy because he’s a crazy murderer, Why is that? OH because one is fiction and the other is real life. God you’re an idiot.

          • Bingo

            TV show = a reflection of culture and society. Ted Bundy = embodied the Western ideal of women as property. Quinn = Flamed for supposedly doing what male businessmen have been doing for years, only with sex instead of golf games and good ol’ boy deals.

          • ZackRoyer

            Then take everyone who agrees with you to a island and never comunicate with that “sexist society” ever again.

          • ZackRoyer

            Plus, you are part of our society, if you’re calling the society sexist then you are calling yourself sexist too.

          • NeuroSnake

            Can you get the fuck back to whatever SJW Progressive shit hole you came from?

        • Bingo

          And another thing, if she did sleep with these influential men, why have THEY not been attacked by the gamer community?

          • ruleofthebrave

            why are you trolling this comment section? Dude…I don’t even know what to say…

  • verytirednerd

    We can go back to the way things were years ago, when attention leeches stop existing and when people stop paying them the attention they desire more than oxygen.
    We can go back to the way things were years ago, when “journalists” stop trying to make the news instead of reporting the news, or passing opinions as facts.
    We can go back to the way things were years ago, when people stop trying to hijack an entire artistic medium and force everyone who enjoys said medium to accept their views, Or Else.

    We’ll never go back to the way things were, until a group of people stop trying to turn their careers in video games into an intellectual issue, because they are so insecure in their career that they need to change everything about it so they can finally tell people what they do without people smirking at them, because it just hurts their poor widdle feewings.

    These people must be learn that not everyone agrees with them, and that we can coexist. They can have their niche, over there, with their games, while the rest of us enjoy the stuff we like, where artists and devs need not fear the wrath and blacklisting of the Social Justice Propagandists. But according to these people, everything must change to accommodate them.
    They say they embody inclusivity, but shut out anyone who disagrees with them, even the women an PoC they claim to champion.

    We cannot go back to the way things were, until these people stop trying to dominate what is not theirs.

    • Amen to that! Very well said my friend!

    • Jorge Cervera

      Amen brother

    • Bingo

      LOL yeah Call of Duty is art. Go outside every now and then.

      • ZackRoyer

        If a shitty website about depression and a mountain screensaver are “art” then Call of Duty is Van Gogh.

      • NeuroSnake

        You again? Why don’t you fucking back to Kotaku.

  • ZackRoyer

    Wait wait wait…. She is just 15 years old?? So if the journos slept with her, it isn’t just unethical, it is a CRIME isn’t it?
    I don’t even… wow… just wow…

    • I don’t think she was actually born in 1999 haha. If she was then..woah.

      • ZackRoyer

        But even if she isn’t born in 1999 and she still underage it is a crime (I don’t know how old is legal age in her country/state, or in the country/state they “did it”).
        Well, The suddenly urge from the journos to hide everything makes more sense now.

        • valiom

          Zoe Quinn is most definitely not underage. She’s an adult.

          • CarbonRevenge

            Physically, maybe. Mentally, not so much.

    • TheNate

      Anyone can edit Wikipedia. That’s why there’s lots of wrong information on it.

      Is this your first day on the Internet?

      • ZackRoyer

        Yeah and for that there is moderators on wikipedia, If you see something wrong you can report it too.
        How would I even know how old she is? This is the first date I’ve ever seen related to her and I never cared to search about her because I find her miserable. I’m just using the information presented in this article.

        Also if anyone can edit, how can I be assured that wasn’t SHE who wrote the “death” thing?

        • TheNate

          “How would I even know how old she is?” It’s called common sense. There aren’t many 15-year-olds who have been in the gaming industry for years.

          “how can I be assured that wasn’t SHE who wrote the “death” thing?” Yeah, this really is your first day on the internet, isn’t it?

          • ZackRoyer

            Ohh sorry mister intelligence, please light the way to the wisdom of interwebs.

          • TheNate

            Intelligence*

          • ZackRoyer

            What are you talking about? I wrote it right.

          • TheNate

            Uh, you edited it. You proved you’re both stupid and dishonest.

          • ZackRoyer

            Do you have any proof? Or are just acusing and insulting me for free? I think you did misread what I wrote in the first place.

          • TheNate

            “or are just acusing” … you misspelled “accusing,” moron. I don’t take screen shots of every idiot I come across, but you are particularly stupid. I mean, seriously, you may be the stupidest troll I ever came across.

          • ZackRoyer

            In my language it uses only a “c”, in “acusar”, sorry if I made a little mistake mister perfectionist.

          • ZackRoyer

            Wasn’t me who came here with two rocks in his hands bro. Just saying.

  • Jorge Cervera

    At this point the demage is done, since this incident begin a month ago, gamespot, kotaku, the escapist, polygon, gamerax and gamasutra are dead to me, now is gamers headlines and level up here in Mexico, Im done.

  • Oh god… that was painful to read through…

    She moans and complains about being the center of attention for all of this, and she isn’t. It’s like she’s actively seeking harassment so she can get more people to donate to her lazy lifestyle.

    She isn’t news, she never has been for more than a day, her scandal was just a spark that ignited all of this, and it hasn’t been about her since it happened, and i would argue never was about her.

    Seriously, no one wants to giver her attention, so she has to play the victim card. It’s fucking disgusting.

    • morethanakeeling

      how is she lazy? I’m asking from a point of genuine ignorance, I dont mean it adversarially – If that is how she’s seen, i’d really like to know why/how

      • It’s mostly just an inference from her actions thus far.

        She has a patreon, not dedicated to a single thing, it’s merely for existing. She’s making over 2500 a month for the sole purpose of existing. On top of that she uses the “rebel jam” thing of hers to continue to get donations while she does nothing. Both of which were the subject of controversy early on during gamergate, when it was found out journalists were donating directly to both rebel jam, and her patreon.

        Not only that, but she takes credit for others work, depression quest itself was made by 3 people, yet she takes all the credit.

        She has shown herself willing to fuck to get ahead, rather than use hard work.

        • morethanakeeling

          Thanks for that. That actually fills in a lot of holes on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist for her then. As imprecise as diagnosing psychopathy is, from what little I know it seems like she lights that test up like a christmas tree.

    • Person of Interest

      Just because she’s a horrible person does not mean we actually care about her actions. She’s about as relevant as Phil Fish, and he didn’t ask for her fame, she’s just flame baiting. Phil Fish actually sometimes supports relevant gaming figures, and his support goes by ignored because it’s not newsworthy enough. So ignore it and move on, this article is all for page clicks any more and I won’t support the site with any jump clicks.

    • Bingo

      But didn’t her ex start the whole thing by posting that blog? He should be “doxxed”, or whatever those nerds call it. As should every 4chan user.

      • One could say she started the entire thing by cheating on said boyfriend.

        And no one should be doxxed, to even suggest it is disgusting.

    • Morbidkittygirl

      She’s not “Playing the Victim Card”. She’s speaking out about her harassment.

      • She’s actively trying to be harassed at this point. Thus playing the victim card. She is just using this as a way to get more donators to patreon, and her personal paypal.

        Her harassment, mostly stopped at day 3 of gamergate. People moved onto different subjects, such as the current main one, Journalistic integrity. However she continues to try and poke the bear to get her little screen shots that are taken way out of context. To continue to make it seem like she’s a victim.

      • nylota

        Talking about one’s harassment is alright. Monetizing on it, like she and Anita do is not alright. I hate that she’s gotten such harassment, but it takes a particularly scummy person to look at that and see dollar signs.

  • Sean William Robertson

    I don’t hate her, I nothing her, she is pathetic and doesn’t deserve the light of day, especially for a god awful text based game. She isn’t even the most hated person anywhere, this is just a desperate plea to stay in the focus and be on top of something other than her boss and coworkers. Idiots like this just need to be ignored and shoveled away.

    • Bingo

      But the game’s a hit.

      • Harrybo

        So say the gatekeepers of the so-called Indie cool kids club. IE her developer and journalist friends. User reviews are no where near as glowing. Interesting idea, terribly executed

      • ZackRoyer

        I think you forgot a “s” in “hit”

  • Totheendofsin

    For someone who wants this to all go away she sure keeps finding new and interesting ways to drag the spotlight back onto her.

    • pablocr7

      She dosent wants this to go away, because then we would all forget about her, and she dosent want that she’s an egocentric.

      • Harrybo

        She’s very likely a histrionic, hence why she seems to enjoy playing a professional victim. How else is she gonna break into the industry?

    • Bingo

      Did you miss the part where Cracked reached out to her?

      • Totheendofsin

        no I didn’t, she could still have turned them down. If she really wants it (whatever ‘it’ is at this point) to go away she should be keeping her head down and not making any waves til this blows over

        • Morbidkittygirl

          She’s speaking out. If more victims of harassment spoke out like she did, maybe we would be able to change the culture we created. However, if we don’t “create waves” nothing changes. Most women who face harassment are either to afraid to speak out, or feel that they don’t deserve the help. It’s this mindset that’s something like “If this was happening to another woman I would help, but it’s just me. I shouldn’t cause more problems.” This is exactly what stopped me from speaking out when I was sexually harassed when I was younger.

  • Bingo

    4chan is filled with angry teenage boys and lonely middle-aged men.

    • morethanakeeling

      Thats nerds, angry teenage boys and middle aged men used as insults in less than 10 minutes. Not doing yourself any favours here as far as cogent arguments go.

      • Bingo

        Who gives a sh about cogent arguments? I’m just making fun of anonymous bullies. Go ahead and dox me or whatever. LOL!

        • morethanakeeling

          Unless you’re name actually is Bingo, you know what that makes you, right? or is it only a bad thing after a certain critical mass?

          • Bingo

            My name is Bingo, yes. And that is my real picture in my avatar. And I’m insulting you because I like trolling people who I dislike. Much like the 4chan nerds trolling Quinn. Justice!

          • morethanakeeling

            Er, yeah – that was my point. Seeing your comments on here you dislike quite a lot, so i’m not gonna take it personally.

          • Bingo

            So let me ask you this, were the attacks directed at Quinn over the top? Yes or no. And I will answer any question you have for me, a Quinn supporter, in return.

          • morethanakeeling

            I only found out about this whole thing about 2 hours ago, and dont have any questions for you. Any sane time things get to the point of death threats then attacks are over the top, I agree. Personally from what little I’ve read I get some uncanny valley vibes from her, she seems particularly adept at identifying with weakness and then benefiting from it, but thats very much a snapshot personal opinion based on little information and im not the type to attack (or indeed troll) anyone online. Especially not on a sudden snap judgement. …if only everyone could say the say eh?

          • Jellytron

            Go to bed zoe, no one cares

        • morethanakeeling

          Also, the jump to assuming I’m someone who’d dox anyone seems a little extreme, no matter how much it makes you lol. Im not sure how pointing out you were being generally insulting has led you to that conclusion? Maybe you can help with that

    • ZackRoyer

      angry teenage boys and lonely middle-aged men that supported The Fine Young Capitalists kickstarter, so, they are angry teenage boys and lonely middle-aged men that are doing the difference, what do you do or did?

      • Missskitttin

        where is 4chan anyway? I got lost somewhere….

    • NeuroSnake

      Whatever go fuck yourself and get back to that festering bitter hole of socialism in Gawker Media and their fellow friends. I can’t fucking believe you left your natural habitat to bring your shit to a place that was slowly building up to be a good place to have discussions. Now you went and made me curse the shit out of your sorry ass. You probably are Quinn or someone who aspires to be like her.

      • NeuroSnake

        Yes, I am mad. 5 years dealing with trolls like these in Kotaku leave you scarred for life.

  • Wasn’t this site one of the few places that carried this story? Now you are calling for it to go away? The people from 4chan never “doxxed” her, that was all made up by her. The movement has gone past her and onto accountability of games journalism. The fact that she even went along proves that she just wanted attention.

    • Bingo

      What’s wrong with wanting attention? Seems to me like one would need attention in the world of gaming, where many titles compete for space.

      • Grim

        “What’s wrong with wanting attention?”
        By playing a part in this mess and exploited it to her advantage.

        Gamers and gaming media are at each others’ throat and you say it’s not wrong for her to exploit that fact? All she did is solidifying her position with her fans while expanding, perhaps creating new ones, the rifts between different types of gamers. She gets her little spot in the gaming space while gamers and media are wary of each other and there are different groups gamers who are now openly at odds with one another.

    • We did. I, Samual, Sarah, and Patrick did most of the covering regarding the Quinntaku stuff. I think Steve (the one who wrote this article) just wants a return to form in terms of gaming for the sake of gaming. Nothing inherently wrong with that.

      • There isn’t, and this site has done a good job of doing just that. You can have two things. For the people who don’t care about this, continue to not care. This isn’t going to impact your life from what it was before because you weren’t paying attention. Those of us who are paying attention were already upset about the games journalism to begin with.

    • Missskitttin

      BAHHAHHAHA “doxxed”. WTF

  • Bingo

    If Quinn really did sleep with these influential men, shouldn’t people also be attacking THEM?

    • Zachyboy52

      They should be in trouble too, but they were being manipulated.

      • Missskitttin

        They are EQUALLY at fault. That is the only way to understand this issue.

    • Teslop

      They were, her married boss got shitcanned by his pregnant wife. Guess Zoe can add homewrecker to the resume aswell AYY LMAO

      • Bingo

        But did 4chan go after him?

    • ZackRoyer

      Well, that is what gamergate thing is.

    • Whistler

      Why should she get off scot-free? Someone bribes a politician, do you completely le the briber off the hook?

  • Lars Anderson

    Zoe, no one gives a fuck about your drama. Please go away and take Anita Sarkeesian with you.

    • ZackRoyer

      And please tell us where you two will go so we can keep a big distance…

    • Jorge Cervera

      Far far away please like Venus or another galaxy

  • Morbidkittygirl

    Rape threats and death threats are so common for women online. The first time I personally was threatened with rape online I was only 12. The only good thing about what happened to Zoe Quinn (And, recently, Anita Sarkeesian, both women who look up to very much) is that is brought the issue to public attention and disproved the “We don’t need feminism anymore.” argument that I hear shouted constantly by the man-children that seem to make up half of the internet.

    • #150

      “Rape threats and death threats are so common for women online.”

      It’s common for EVERYONE online. Stop making things about gender that’s why this shit keeps breeding in the first place, idiot.

      • ZackRoyer

        Yeah, I don’t get why those people feel so special because someone harass then, if it is so “serious” as they claim they could go to police instead of poking it more and more for attention.

        • Missskitttin

          Remember that she is probalby not doing anything else or working anywhere else. That the said scandal is her only livelihood and her “joie de vivre” nowadays. These are her Salad Days.

    • Deku-Johnny

      We literally don’t need feminism, we need humanism. Equality for all not just women. #checkyourprivilege

      • Missskitttin

        You are a boy, aren’t you?

        • ZackRoyer

          And since when did genre matter for opinion? If he is a boy his opinion is invalid and he should be excluded from the world?

          • Missskitttin

            My exact opinion is that whether she is a boy or a girl the fact is that she lied, cheated and used. Whether it’s a boy or a girl it is still very gross as a person.

        • NeuroSnake

          Your privileges, check them.

      • ZackRoyer

        Well, we need people to do the right thing in places that really matter, like 3rd world contries that still suffer HARD from the REAL sexism, those places are more important than internet/games, places where woman are really raped, without threat, where they get killed for being raped too. Those are places that need the so said movement.
        About the name? I’m for equalitarism, I think that “feminism” name causes the wrong impression that the movement is only about women, and a lot of people use it as a excuse to do more sexism against men (see twitter).
        If people want to call it skimpadomba I’m ok with it while they do the right thing.

    • ZackRoyer

      Yeah? So please tell to me then what is the most effective way against rape threats and death threats.
      1)” WAAAH WAAAAH I’M VICTIM GIVE MUH ATTENTION WAHH WAAAHH”.
      2) Actually going to police and telling them.

  • Deku-Johnny

    “Most Hated Person”, wow she really likes to flatter herself doesn’t she? The majority of the internet have probably never even heard of her.

    • ZackRoyer

      Yeah, more hated than justin bieber? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, she doesn’t know what internet is then.

    • Missskitttin

      Thats what I say. Im against harassment and all. But this article? That girl needs a PR team URGENTE. I am sure she is more “hated” because of the article.

  • Banjoman

    It has always been entirely about the fame, for her.

  • Missskitttin

    The nerve… She is not even one of the most hated. I didn’t even know who she was until these articles. I am not defending them but I think she is relishing in her newly acquired fame.

  • Missskitttin

    WAIT!!!! I just realized these kids met in November on an anonline site and did not even bump parts for half a year? There were “together” less than four months!!! Which is less than three mionths if you don’t count the “getting to know each other as friends” time. And here we are giving them our time? Seriously…. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry, or both. Kids…. That is hardly a relationship.

  • Whistler

    For anyone looking to /v/ to be the heroes here, forget it. They ignored Quinn, repeated flagged people when they posted links to that article, and when the moderators themselves said that it wasn’t spam, they openly provoked them and got GG threads banned. Now they’re off on “8chan”, doing mental gymastics to avoid having to admit being wrong about anything and calling anyone who doesn’t blindly conform to their self-righteous, self-victimizing garage “shill”, “goon”, etc.

    Gosh, sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?

    • Missskitttin

      what is eighchan?

  • Rob S.

    At the risk of sounding blunt, maybe Zoe Quinn wouldn’t be “the Internet’s most hated person” if she didn’t come across as such a douchebag.

  • TheWastelander

    For me to hate someone I must also respect them on some level.

    Zoe Quinn’s a gross chick who should push away from the table and hit the gym. She’s like the Gail the Snail of the gaming world if Gail was also smart enough to exploit stupid people for money.

    Hate is too strong a word. She’s repulsive. I am physically repulsed by her whenever I see a picture of her.

  • TheWastelander
    • First time I would ever thumb up anything from Breitbart

  • Tom

    Whenever people face a PR shitstorm, they invariably seek out individuals who are overreacting so they can hoist them up and shine a light on them in order to derail the conversation from the legitimate criticism they face. 100,000 people leveling calm, well-considered criticism of her dismantling of the integrity of the video game journalism industry? No, we’re not going to talk about that. We’re going to talk about these ten retards calling her mean names and hoping she dies and we’re going to pretend that this represents all of her critics. This is transparent nonsense and absolutely no one is buying it.

  • Zoe Quinn doesn’t get it. She isn’t the issue. She never was the issue. Maybe her actions caused the issue to come to light, but being a catalyst is not the same thing as being a target. The real target is corruption in game journalism.

    • shonji

      +1. Personal dramatization of the issue is the cardinal symptom of narcissism. The real story here is the state of journalistic and producer/consumer ethos.

  • Josef Ouano

    God,even the sjws are attempting to attack here.

  • Captain Nifty

    I’ve read about this and I don’t like most of the people involved. I don’t like the boyfriend or the cheating husband and I don’t like Zoe. I disagree with threatening people and slut shaming sucks. Slut shaming sucks in almost exactly the same way that being cheated on sucks.
    Just stay single.
    It’s okay to be a slut, just stay single.
    Be a harm none slut.
    And for the love of Sony let’s play some games (bearing Zoe or Tiger Wood’s name or not) talk about them and grab a whiskey!

    Also be nice to guys and girls, then they might be nice to you.

  • Stormrider

    That cracked article is extremely misleading. It makes it sound like she is hated because she is a woman or a feminist.

    While that is no doubt true for a small minority of the community (any community for that matter not just gamers), a lot of us are just annoyed about the revelations about the industry in general. This is not about Zoe, not really. It is about the poor state of gaming journalism and the frankly too close relationship they have with developers.

    Unfortunately people directing personal attacks at Zoe are simply distracting us from the real issue as well as making it very easy to stereotype gamers as misogynist.

    I like games. I like women and I even like the more moderate side of feminism (which is most of it in my experience). But what I really like is being able to play games without all this distracting me.

  • shonji

    >> I’m more so here to ask, when is it time to get back to the way things were years ago?

    How about we start the process by:

    1. Breaking up the cartel represented by members of the GameJournoPros secret mailing list, either by their organizations firing activist participants and/or banning participation in such a list by their employees or contracted freelancers in the future.

    2. Written apologies from journalist and other defenders of Ms. Quinn who censored legitimate commentary a/o mischaracterized as white male misogynists the gamer news reader base for expressing offense by Ms. Quinn’s hypocrisy, repeated misrepresentations, and overall refusal to acknowledge that she brought most of this upon herself.