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Bioware faces fierce backlash after a developer (now fired) mocks TotalBiscuit's death

S: OneAngryGamer.net

Bioware isn't having a good few months, it kind of got worse today after a developer David Crooks (now fired) goes on a twitter rampage mocking the death of TotalBiscuit and Twitter kind of exploded with outrage. 

So the tweets started off:

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David Crooks @CypherSignal

Weird, the world just felt a little better sometime around an hour ago. Maybe it was the new running shoes I got for my run at home. 

Oh wait, I know! It's because TotalBiscuit died! Hey everyone, watch this! I know it's rude to piss on someone's grave but these axes aren't going to grind themselves!

He furthered his rant by going onto the #GamerGate scandal and TotalBiscuit's part in it.

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“[…] Who could forget his endorsement of gamergate? And feeble attempts to spin it as just about “Ethics in gaming journalism”, while blissfully hopping onto other malicious podcasts, etc working overtime to slam women and minorities?

 

“Or, was it really a lack of self-awareness? Downplaying threats against Anita S saying “guess they weren’t credible because she’s still breathing” and the like? Maybe suggesting white privilege isn’t REALLY a thing because where he grew there were impoverished white folk?

 

“His voice and the irresponsibility with which he wielded it without apparently much care from him – or if he did, it was too little too late – has hurt a multitude of people along the way. He’s pissed me off in a dozen ways, but at least I’ve never been threatened by his force.”

 

“I’m saying this for myself but I might as well be saying this for those who were (and still could be).

 

“Fuck that guy nine ways to sunday, and good riddance to bad rubbish.”

 

Yeah, he doesn't seem like a happy guy, he went on earlier to criticize TotalBiscuit's WTF is... series claiming it was "shitty criticism" (even though that's what the WTF is... series is about, being critical. 

 

David Crooks since locked his Twitter account down after all hell broke loose after esports news reporter Slasher retweeted what Crooks said.

 The GM of Bioware, Casey Hudson issued a statement apologizing for the matter and confirmed he was no longer working for Bioware.

 

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How is this anything to do with Bioware at all? He's a ex employee, doesn't work for them.

 

It's not exactly clear but did he get fired for the tweets or had he left before them?

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1 minute ago, Master Disaster said:

It's not exactly clear but did he get fired for the tweets or had he left before them?

From what's been said, it was from the tweets, his profile doesn't contain the "Working for Bioware" anymore. 

 

And it was related to Bioware as many threatened to boycott Bioware for it. 

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Don't forget the second bioware dev (actively working on anthem) trying to defend him, also now deleted: https://archive.fo/XCqUR

 

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If we don't speak the entire truth of a person after they pass and allow their toxic behavior go silent while only applauding their successes, we reward people for their accomplishments no matter how they achieved them. And that is a terrible precedent to set and allow.

 

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What a disgrace. John certainly had his failings but to mock his death is a move that lacks any semblance of dignity.

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Reading that made me physically uncomfortable, and that doesn't happen very often

 

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1 minute ago, ravenshrike said:

Why it's almost as if a certain culture is cultivated at Bioware studios or something.

ssshhhh

dont. wake. them.

 

OT: And yet TB was one of the few who said something good about Andromeda. ungrateful twats. Hope he stays jobless for the rest of his life.

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Edit: It has been made clear to me that these allegations don't appear to well-founded, just in case you miss that in following comments. On the contrary, from the couple of blog entries I've read, he sounds like he was actually quite a well-reasoned and decent person.

I know nothing about this TotalBiscuit guy, and I get that there's a lot of outrage here at a substantial social faux pas, but just to be clear, no one is disputing these allegations? He was genuinely horrible to people for not being of the same ethnicity or gender as himself?

3 hours ago, Rune said:

If we don't speak the entire truth of a person after they pass and allow their toxic behavior go silent while only applauding their successes, we reward people for their accomplishments no matter how they achieved them. And that is a terrible precedent to set and allow.

Where is the flaw in this logic?

 

3 hours ago, Master Disaster said:

How is this anything to do with Bioware at all? He's a ex employee, doesn't work for them.

3 hours ago, SC2Mitch said:

And it was related to Bioware as many threatened to boycott Bioware for it.

So your usual highly informed and rational mob then?

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14 minutes ago, Cyanara said:

He was genuinely horrible to people for not being of the same ethnicity or gender as himself?

There's no base to that argument though. The argument is a more general one about the GamerGate movement. It's about how the movement was just meant to "put women and PoC back in their place" as opposed to people genuinely caring about the ethics of the game review industry. In reality, both groups existed, but TB was not in that first group by any means (and that second group never seemed particularly large.)

 

What I haven't seen is any evidence that he was part of that first group, just Twitter ranting as usual. I mean the guy gave an anti-Trump speech on stream after the 2016 elections (which I disagree vehemently with, but the forums aren't the place to talk politics.)

 

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Or so I thought. Today America gave into fear. It gave in to the darkest parts of its national character. When confronted with adversity it finally broke, unable to stand up for its core values as it once did. It gave into cowardice and allowed itself to be conned by a disgusting example of a human being. America proved that it's ok being lied to as long as they're the right kind of lies. America proved that when given the chance, it will reward dishonesty and bigotry with the highest office in the land. America proved that it cares so little for the stability of the world and itself, that it will give the most important and powerful position in the world to a man that utterly lacks any of the qualifications, experience or character to deserve it. America has left the world in a state of uncertainty and fear.

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45 minutes ago, VegetableStu said:

sound like a guy who would picket at a funeral if he had the spine for it

I mean that's basically what he's doing. He's interrupting the community's mourning of one of its prominent members. Man, TB's poor family.

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1 minute ago, Cyanara said:

He was genuinely horrible to people for not being of the same ethnicity or gender as himself?

Nope

He supported GamerGate, which a lot of people has labeled as misogynistic as a poor attempt to dismiss any criticism.

Basically, a bunch of terrible people did a bunch of terrible things, and once they got called out for it they went "you just hate us because we're women! You're sexist".

It's a very long story though, including things like people have relationships with journalists promoting their games without disclosing it.

It's kind of hard to even say he supported that part. He didn't make many comments about it really. One of the few things he did say was that when one of the accused people Zoe Quinn, started to copyright strike videos talking about her he said that it would only make things worse because of the Streisand effect. You can read his take on it here.

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5 minutes ago, LAwLz said:

Nope

He supported GamerGate, which a lot of people has labeled as misogynistic as a poor attempt to dismiss any criticism.

Basically, a bunch of terrible people did a bunch of terrible things, and once they got called out for it they went "you just hate us because we're women! You're sexist".

It's a very long story though, including things like people have relationships with journalists promoting their games without disclosing it.

It's kind of hard to even say he supported that part. He didn't make many comments about it really. One of the few things he did say was that when one of the accused people Zoe Quinn, started to copyright strike videos talking about her he said that it would only make things worse because of the Streisand effect. You can read his take on it here.

Thanks for the link. In its own context he definitely comes off as having a cooler head than many.

That said, between what I do know of certain people involved in GamerGate, and the wide range of Internet crazies even your link addresses, I don't agree that GamerGate can be completely defended as just misunderstood. But that's off-topic, and I have no interest in getting stuck into that.

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24 minutes ago, Cyanara said:

I know nothing about this TotalBiscuit guy, and I get that there's a lot of outrage here at a substantial social faux pas, but just to be clear, no one is disputing these allegations? He was genuinely horrible to people for not being of the same ethnicity or gender as himself?

He was supportive of the initial idea behind GamerGate, that being more/better ethics in games journalism, but was adamantly against the shit show the movement turned into. His argument on the topic being that people should separate the bad apples (the sexists/racists) of a movement from what that movement was actually about. Unfortunately, GamerGate ended up becoming known more for the bad apples than the good people who actually wanted to improve games journalism, so TB got a lot of shit for supporting a movement that most people ended up seeing as sexist and racist.

 

TB was overall a pretty stand up dude. Though when it came to something like politics (namely the 2016 election) he could be a little bit of an asshole regarding people who supported Trump (TB was not a fan) or voted 3rd-party, though that time period passed by pretty quickly.

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That's how I understood things too.  Early in the gamergate garbage he wasn't against it, then when it turned he abandoned ship pretty quickly.

 

 

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1 minute ago, TimeOmnivore said:

TB was overall a pretty stand up dude. Though when it came to something like politics (namely the 2016 election) he could be a little bit of an asshole regarding people who supported Trump (TB was not a fan) or voted 3rd-party, though that time period passed by pretty quickly.

Yeah, the whole 2016 politics thing kinda went tits up and his wife took a lot of heat from it, he was not a fan of Trump at all and he was very vocal about it. 

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Did that guy have something personal against TB? Cause what's the point of going out of your way to bring this up and post it on Twitter? He should've just moved on. But now he doesn't have a job, so that's always fun lol.

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17 minutes ago, LtRavens said:

Did that guy have something personal against TB? Cause what's the point of going out of your way to bring this up and post it on Twitter

TB slammed his games on his YT Channel. And I think he still holds a intense grudge. 

 

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Isn't he also a EA employee? He removed his employment information and made his Twitter private.

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Just now, Raskolnikov said:

Isn't he also a EA employee? He removed his employment information and made his Twitter private.

Bioware a EA company iirc. 

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