What with the summer turning into autumn, it’s maybe time to recap some of the issues that have been talked about a lot last summer.
One thing that was really obvious during the consultant issue was that which was unfortunately entirely unsurprising to those who got harassed while it was ongoing, namely that there’s precious few people who will stand up to condemn it. Of course, minorities and women already know that happens everytime: whenever a man does something like harass minorities, there’s always going to be a ton of other men who say that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Like, maybe there’s another side to the story. Which of course there never is. So that’s the non-progress
For the last four or five years though, things have been changing for the better. If you visit some forums you might notice that there’s people who are utterly obsessed with the grognards.txt threads on Somethingawful’s elfgame subforum. Like both Zak Smith and Tarnowski, the consultants. Why?
One of the more important functions of grognards.txt has been that it has resulted in a lot of things being brought into the light. The misogynia, the transphobia, the racism and all the rest of the stuff that has been the elfgame industry’s unaired laundry. Not to forget the grossly unprofessional behavior of some companies in general.
The reason why people like Zak Smith and Tarnowski are so afraid of people actually talking about what they do and what they say is that it affects them. While there was no real conclusion to the consultants issue, their name is now poison. All because a whole lot of people just wouldn’t shut up about them being essentially terrible people.
The misogynists, the transphobes and the racists end up more and more marginalized every year, because someone has the courage to stand up to face them. And sad to say: it hasn’t been the established industry figures. It has been companies like Posthuman and Paizo, relative newcomers to the elfgame racket. The “established industry figures” have mostly either kept their silence or spoken in the defense of those who have been harassing minorities and women. Like Gordon Ramsay would say, that’s fucking disgusting.
But hey, things are getting better. They lost, and we won.