Thursday, February 08, 2018

GDC rescinds award to Nolan Bushnell

I'm glad I stopped going to GDC after it changed its name from CGDC. It looks as if we're going to have to launch a new conference for game designers who actually value gamedev history one of these days. Corporatization and subsequent SJW infestation have completely ruined something that used to be the highlight of my year back in the day.
The Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) announced that it would be honoring Nolan Bushnell, the co-founder of Atari, with its Pioneer Award.

Brianna Wu took to Twitter to disagree.

What followed was the #NotNolan campaign and a quick article in The Verge that would result in the GDC rescinding the award the very next day, instead choosing to honor “the pioneering and unheard voices of the past.”

I conducted my own research into the situation. I talked to several women who worked with Nolan Bushnell back in the 1970s. I talked with a man who has researched Atari for decades and wrote an 800 page book on the history of the company. I talked with Allan Alcorn, the engineer who designed Pong. They all provide a story much different to the one currently reported on by the press.

Several hours after Brianna Wu’s tweets, Elizabeth Sampat, who bills herself as a game designer and activist, posted the first of the #NotNolan tweets. Two minutes later, Jennifer Scheurle, another game designer and activist, followed it up with her own tweet. The #NotNolan campaign had begun.

The early stage of the #NotNolan campaign consisted of a total of 26 tweets sent out by 18 accounts. Several of these accounts are listed as game developers, including a developer from Bungie, one from Blizzard, and one from id Software. These 26 tweets received a cumulative total of 221 retweets and 645 likes — and likely fewer than that when The Verge wrote about them, as I’m counting them several days later.

In the article, the writer cited the examples of sexist behavior that Brianna Wu claimed, as well as some of the 26 tweets that comprised the NotNolan twitter campaign. It concluded, “Although many industries, from Hollywood to media, have had their ‘me too’ moments highlighting the predatory or sexist behavior of prominent men, video games has not” [sic] — and here she cites as evidence a post on the Patreon account of Elizabeth Sampat lamenting the lack of a MeToo moment in the video game industry. The GDC is quoted at the end saying they had not known about Bushnell’s behavior, but “will look at these more closely.”

The Verge article was posted at 8:46pm that night. On the next day, at 11:20am, the GDC rescinded the Pioneer award from Nolan Bushnell.
Unbelieveable. Literally Wu (real name John Flynt) has really become a cancerous, self-promoting little wart on the backside of the game industry. A microscopic and insignificant freakshow, but an increasingly irritating one.

I'd like to see game developers and game designers start boycotting GDC over this. I would, except I already stopped attending because it had become too commercial and too crowded.

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Blogger Aeoli February 08, 2018 1:01 PM  

Game developers going their own way.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira February 08, 2018 1:04 PM  

ATARI is very near and dear to my heart. John Flynt must pay for this one.

Blogger Salt February 08, 2018 1:06 PM  

#Gamergate, unleash thyself upon the Wu.

Blogger Patrick Kelly February 08, 2018 1:06 PM  

Delenda Est, scorched earth with these twits.

Oh the tearful joy that awaits me when I read of someone going midieval on their asses, legal or otherwise.

The #MeSquee bunch just can't be smart enough to avoid crossing the lines of legal slander or libel, can they?

Blogger Nate February 08, 2018 1:10 PM  


what are some of the most vital attributes of a successful conference?

Blogger Biggie February 08, 2018 1:12 PM  

Salt; didn't they do that already? Makes one realize the actual efficacy of gamergate...

Blogger BigFire February 08, 2018 1:13 PM  

So John Flynt can culturally appropriate my Chinese Cultural name?

Blogger Gordon Scott February 08, 2018 1:21 PM  

"Brianna, I know you won't understand this, but no reasonable person would feel you are a woman."

Blogger Were-Puppy February 08, 2018 1:24 PM  

There is a long history with this one

Blogger Martin February 08, 2018 1:28 PM  

So one misconstrued tweet by a twit, followed by a second claim of impropriety. When the latter was asked, "Who was mistreated so we can get their stories." her only response was, "How dare you ask me that?!" Bluff called.

Blogger vanderleun February 08, 2018 1:32 PM  

Until we start hunting these little insects like Wu and correcting their teeth with a sledgehammer this kind of vile crap will continue to ooze from Wu’s anal pore. It’s clobbering time.

Blogger Crew February 08, 2018 1:38 PM  

What fraction of those self professed game designers are real game designers?

Blogger Nate February 08, 2018 1:41 PM  

"What fraction of those self professed game designers are real game designers?"


Blogger Gordon Scott February 08, 2018 1:42 PM  

Wasn't there an ad for California tourism a while back that showed a board meeting in a hot tub? Yeah, it does have kind of a 1982 vibe about it.

Blogger Justin Bailey February 08, 2018 1:43 PM  

The Verge is utter cancer. Their staff is the epitome of rootless cosmopolitan.

Blogger Hacked acctount 2018/19? hcaacked! February 08, 2018 1:48 PM  

Gross - many opt to never attend a conference or meet n greet when men cannot talk shop and where women invade those places.

Blogger Phat Repat February 08, 2018 2:01 PM  

That Wu is the fugliest thing I've ever seen in my life. I literally tasted bile viewing that link. Please provide "graphic and may induce vomiting" warnings in the future.

Blogger Mocheirge February 08, 2018 2:13 PM  

Maybe someone on the moon should drop a rock on the GDC.

Blogger Noah B. February 08, 2018 2:24 PM  

I'm old enough to remember when being a mentally ill freak who likes to masquerade as a woman didn't qualify one as an expert in anything aside from running the FBI.

Blogger Lovekraft February 08, 2018 2:24 PM  

Similar to how twitter's Blue Checkmark is an indicator of 'being the wrong kind of woke', I also think other awards are also going to be tainted the same way. Think the Oscars of being a collective of rich hypocrites. The Grammys as overpaid hiphop coddlers.

So here's yet another group that word should spread is something to be shunned and ignored.

Blogger The Kurgan February 08, 2018 2:27 PM  

Perhaps ANYTHING Johnny is involved in shouldn't get a barrage of emails informing them that no single product of theirs will be bought until Johnny is decoupled from them? Or should they? I wonder...

Anonymous Anonymous February 08, 2018 2:36 PM  

I played Atari classics online (just missed that time period) but did play Breakout (the single player version of Pong) in 8th grade.

John needs to shut up. The man will eventually fall into obscurity but until then John delenda est!

Blogger Austin Ballast February 08, 2018 2:36 PM  

That Wu is the fugliest thing I've ever seen in my life.

That is because "she" is a castrated male, not a woman.

Blogger Shimshon February 08, 2018 2:39 PM  

18 losers is all it took for GDC to withdraw the award? It's almost as if they were looking for an excuse to do so.

Blogger TheMaleRei February 08, 2018 2:39 PM  

If Brianna opposes it, I'm for it.

Blogger Wanderer February 08, 2018 2:43 PM  

Last year's GDC had a speech openly promoting Marxism and how Marxist ideas need to be mixed into game design somehow. If I were Bushnell I would have snubbed the SJW awards anyway.

Blogger My 1 millionth internet profile February 08, 2018 3:02 PM  

Twenty-six tweets and they rolled over? Jellyfish have more spine.

"instead choosing to honor “the pioneering and unheard voices of the past.”"

It is hard to hear the voice of the non-existent.

Blogger Tee Stoney February 08, 2018 3:08 PM  

Why that basket case has even any pull among those losers boggles my mind.

Blogger Warunicorn February 08, 2018 3:37 PM  

All it took was hearsay from these lying liars to deny a legend his due. It was hilarious seeing the deflection from "Wu" and Scheurle. "Don't you dare question me!" Haha, wow.

I want off this planet because I cannot co-exist with these gossiping insects. Credit should be given to women like Loni Reeder who are sticking up for Bushnell.

Blogger Unknown February 08, 2018 4:18 PM  

Brianna Wu (aka John Flynt) was actually the loon who confronted mega loon Rose McGowan recently at a book signing. The level of Social Just Warrior speech-making in the clip is insane.

Video of McGowan Vs. Wu

Blogger David The Good February 08, 2018 4:48 PM  

Flynt is a freak - no idea why he has an audience.

Blogger lowercaseb February 08, 2018 5:27 PM  

Salt wrote:#Gamergate, unleash thyself upon the Wu.

There is nothing they can do that is any worse than what he already has done to himself.

Blogger lowercaseb February 08, 2018 5:31 PM  

Justin Bailey wrote:The Verge is utter cancer. Their staff is the epitome of rootless cosmopolitan.

No spine either...they were one of the first ones to drop their comments after folks would roast the authors.

Blogger Crew February 08, 2018 6:12 PM  

Is he related to Larry?

Blogger Gordon Scott February 08, 2018 6:18 PM  

D Bay wrote: "Brianna Wu (aka John Flynt) was actually the loon...." Geez, I hadn't realized it was Wu. There was so much crazy in that room.

And then Brianna had to come along and mansplain that xhe was so much more a victim.

Blogger Unknown February 08, 2018 7:20 PM  

Doesn't a white man choosing the surname "Wu" constitute cultural appropriation?

Anonymous Anonymous February 08, 2018 7:32 PM  

> instead choosing to honor “the pioneering and unheard voices of the past.”

This odd thing that SJWs have about "having a voice" is indicative of people whose primary mode of effecting change in the world is nagging.

People that actually *do* things don't need a "voice".

Blogger Crew February 08, 2018 8:06 PM  

The LolCow Wiki article is useful:

I want to pull some of that into the Infogalactic article on Brianna Wu

Blogger wisdom wizard February 08, 2018 8:26 PM  

Now female producers are committing suicide. The article even says Weinstein and McGowen's fight id being blamed by the family. The plot, she is a thickening......

Blogger Jack Amok February 09, 2018 1:05 AM  

I know a woman who worked for Atari back in the day and she said she was in the hot tub a couple of times, everybody wearing a swim suit and Nolan Bushnell behaving as a gracious host, not a lecherous Handsy Harvey (and she was hot enough back in they day to have garnered attention). This is a woman who has complained a few times about sexism in the game industry, but she's appalled at what just happened to Bushnell.

But then it's not much of a surprise a real woman who earned her chops in the game industry might not like a fake woman shitting all over it.

Blogger Daniel February 09, 2018 7:06 PM  

This reminds me loss of the girls in f1. They somehow removes the salt of things making them increasingly tasteless

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