After calling for GamerGate to become a “scarlet letter” that would keep supporters from finding work, anti-GG cuckold and Zoe Quinn squeeze Alex Lifschitz has found himself blacklisted from the game industry. Lifschitz and Quinn became involved a week before her infidelities became public and he was involved in opposing GamerGate from the beginning. In a post on her blog yesterday, Quinn lamented the fact that her boyfriend had been unable to find a job in the industry after he spent his free time mocking gamers on Twitter.
I highly encourage you to read Quinn’s post. The plaintive crying and sobbing, as well as the total obliviousness, are a thing to behold. To quote Wilde, “you’d need a heart of stone not to laugh.”
Tears Of Unfathomable Sadness
In her post, Quinn complains that Lifschitz has been dubbed a “hiring risk” and is considered “too hot to touch.” She also whines that he’s been hounded by “literal Nazis,” which means she either doesn’t know how the word “literal” works or Lifschitz is a time traveler. She also sniffles about the need for anonymity, which is particularly ironic in light of her own past as a member of the doxxing board Helldump. All-in-all, her dirge may be the most entertaining thing you read today.
Quinn puts the blame for Lifschitz’s employment difficulties on GamerGate, because of course, but there’s a simpler explanation for his joblessness: he despises video gamers. GamerGate aside, a man who writes posts entitled “Soccer: Football for the Primitive and Retarded?” cannot reasonably expect to find a job with Adidas, and if your personal Twitter account is nothing but pages and pages of “Democrats? More like DemoCRAPs,” don’t be surprised if the Democratic National Committee sends your resume straight into the trash.
How do we know he despises gamers? He’s said so. On his Twitter page, Lifschitz has called gamers “garbage” and “shitboys.” There’s no need for GamerGate to step and stop a company from hiring you when you’ve already insulted all that company’s customers. Customers may be willing to overlook your political beliefs, but very few people are willing to buy a game from a man who calls them a “shitboy.”
But let’s assume for the sake of argument that it is in fact GamerGate that’s stopping Lifschitz from getting a job. Does he have any cause to complain? Not in the slightest.
Lifschitz is a huge supporter of the GG Auto Blocker (the bot that automatically blocks you and puts you on a list of “the worst harassers” if you follow pro-GG personalities on Twitter). And just a few months ago he was calling for people to be blacklisted. Any sign of support for GamerGate should be a “scarlet letter,” he wrote, that should be “branded into your skin and never forgotten.” Silly, over-the-top rhetoric aside, this can only be seen as Lifschitz getting a taste of his own medicine.
The truth is that game companies despise controversy, especially the type of controversy that’s going to scare buyers away. There are hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs riding on a successful AAA release, and they simply cannot take the risk of hiring someone who’s alienated so much of their core audience.
What this shows us in the end is that GamerGate is winning. If we were truly a tiny, fringe minority of women-haters, an isolated group of basement-dwelling lunatics with no influence and no power, Lifschitz would have a job right now. If he and his girlfriend Quinn were truly seen as heroes standing up against a misogynist mob, companies would be happy to have him.
But instead, his girlfriend is crying on the internet about how he’s unemployable. Why isn’t she giving him a job with her own company? Because she doesn’t have one. Because her game was a massive failure, and she’s a talentless hack who’s been unable to turn the huge amounts of publicity and positive news coverage she’s received into dollars.
Lastly: hey Lifschitz, I bet you’re feeling depressed about not being able to find a job. I heard your girlfriend wrote a great game about being depressed. Maybe you should try it! Maybe you can be the first person in history to actually get something out of it.