So in case you missed it, yesterday, someone well-naturedly reporting on some information put my name, along with the name of John Kane of Gritfish games, in a collection of tweets from developers ‘dropping Oculus support’ in light of the news that there’s a white supremacist* behind the device and its success.
Anyway, the only thing is, I wasn’t developing an Oculus rift game, because I make card games. Neither is John Kane – he’s making a sliding jumping puzzler called Mallow Drops, which is amazing and great and hopefully it’s out soon. Anyway, point is, our tweets about dropping support for the Rift were jokes. They were jokes, and they were jokes you could easily find were jokes. A quick check of my online presence shows almost nothing to do with the Oculus Rift – a single joke, in fact, over a year ago. In this case, I think the journalist who reported on us – and put my name and John’s coincidentally in the middle of an image – made a mistake, and honestly, the kind of mistake they shouldn’t make. It’s not hard to do a little bit of a followup before doing a headline based on tweets: Who are these people, what have they developed, and what does it mean? Nonetheless, it’s a forgiveable, slightly funny mistake. I make a tweet making fun of it, pointing out that it got attention from shitty people directed at me.
Shitty people? Well of course – the Usual Suspects got involved. Yes, those people, from that place, the place that you probably went, even if you don’t consider yourself part of the culture, etcetera. They really hate this journalist for making this comment, because this journalist is Bad, and they hate him, and whatever. But here’s the thing.They retweet and share me pointing out the failures of the journalist (mostly blocked by now), and post garbage at me about my games in that same place. Ie, where I point out that no, I don’t have Rift games they are telling me my rift games are garbage.
By the way, two other sources contacted me via email and DMs to talk to me about what I said before they put me in headline columns. Also, so did TechRaptor, who I again, made fun of. I’m sure they’ll take the joke well, because as Barthes said, “We have all had a cow, and the cow is dead.”
It’s a nice little object lesson for those that can follow it: These people are not good faith actors, and if you pay people to shitpost, you will buy large volumes of shit. If you coherently look at my post you could be using it as ammunition against the Journalist for the very reasonable mistake of putting two people in a spotlight because you failed to put information in a correct context.
Racist frogs vomiting turds thrown at me, to try and make me feel bad about my place as a software developer.