Colin Moriarty Leaving Kinda Funny Games Turns Into A Sociopolitical Nightmare
Colin Moriarty
(Last Updated On: March 14, 2017)

“Keep politics out of games!” we yell. This is met with a response that “Gaming must be made political!”. Cue all sorts of arguments, flaring temperaments and combustible personalities throwing in their two cents as identity politics overshadow a hobby that’s supposed to be about fun and entertainment. Most of us just tune out, while others tuck tail and hide under the blanket of binge gaming. For co-founder and former host of Kinda Funny, Colin Moriarty, it was with sadness and curtness that he simply yelled via a meme across the short and explosive expansive of Twitter… “I’m out”.

Moriarty’s resignation was further expounded upon in a Facebook post, where he explained…

“It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my resignation from Kinda Funny, effective immediately.

 

“This morning, the guys and I had a constructive conversation, and feel that, with our separate visions for the future and for the direction of the company, it’s time to go our separate ways. I want to be clear that this was my decision. Just as we collaborated as friends, so too do we part. I hope you continue to support them.”

The idyllic hanging up of the gloves and leaving the gym as a silhouette basking in the light of future opportunities was something relegated to Moriarty’s Facebook page and Twitter account. Outside of the personal space carved out for his own idealistic departure from Kinda Funny games as a personality talking about game culture and embracing the ever-expanding breadth of interactive entertainment, the discussion is far less pastoral.

Stone-faced responses litter a thread over on /r/Games/ where the discussion has little to do with Moriarty leaving Kinda Funny and more-so to do with the politics surrounding the persona.

Many are led to believe that a joke that Colin tweeted out on International Women’s Day is what set the wheels of separation in motion.

User HGVO offers a timeline of events, pointing out Colin’s tweet that various people on a certain political side found offensive – including some of his cohorts – and then instead of apologizing for the joke, Colin egged on all onlookers.

Kinda Funny co-founder Greg Miller, a former IGN correspondent, was not high up on Colin triggering people, and apologized on behalf of Colin’s former joke.

The short of it, is that Colin didn’t feel he had to apologize for the tweet, but Greg did. He wrote…

“I fall into the camp that believes the Tweet was in poor taste; Colin and I have spoken about that at length. I’m personally sorry to the Best Friends who felt slighted on a day meant to celebrate.”

This led to articles from Polygon and GamesIndustry.biz and WWG all claiming that the “sexist tweet” was in some way responsible for his departure from Kinda Funny. International Business Times took it a step further, claiming that Moriarty’s intentions with the tweet were also “racist”.GNews is now filled up with politically charged articles tackling sexism on Twitter and comment sections filled with pro and anti Trump sentiments.

Chat rooms, gaming forums and discussion boards turned into a firestorm of identity politics.

Colin Moriarty may have started a fire, but he wasn’t going to sit around and watch it burn.

The former Kinda Funny host already has other projects lined up and is moving on with his life, watching as the internet tears itself apart over a tweet composed of 20 characters. The most explosive 20 characters of Moriarty’s life… to date.


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  • Josh Rogers

    You can make all of this as complicated as you want but the truth of the matter is that this guy’s world was turned upside down because of a tasteless joke. A god damn tweet. This is far beyond pathetic People saw this one guy and attacked. Of all the things to be offended by THIS is what doest it. I always assumed it would be the Government (if anyone) that would be responsible for taking away free speech and expression. Little did I know it would be the citizens that insist on censorship.

  • Josh Rogers

    You can make all of this as complicated as you want but the truth of the matter is that this guy’s world was turned upside down because of a tasteless joke. A god damn tweet. This is far beyond pathetic People saw this one guy and attacked. Of all the things to be offended by THIS is what doest it. I always assumed it would be the Government (if anyone) that would be responsible for taking away free speech and expression. Little did I know it would be the citizens that insist on censorship.

  • durka durka

    So he left because Greg Miller who was in Anita’s propaganda video busted his balls and he was “fuck it, i am out”

  • Disqusted

    Don’t know them, but they look like elitist hipster assholes.

  • Awhispersecho

    Good for Colin for not apologizing. And Greg Miller is a POS and I will never listen to him or any of Kinda Funny podcasts from the point forward. I have been listening to Greg, Colin and the rest of their group for years now and as of today, I am done. I will support Colin in whatever he does moving forward. The rest of them are pathetic. But thank you Greg for proving some of the points the Colin and others have made in the past about certain people from a certain side. You are sad.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    I don’t see Kinda Funny lasting long without Colin.

    • chaoguy

      Ages ago they united with Rooster Teeth (along with Screw Attack & Funhaus) yet, I’ve not seen much of Kinda Funny in cross-over videos. They did some stuff with Gang Beasts and appeared in the odd video over a few months (bare in mind these channels put out daily content).
      Maybe RT realized their audience didn’t think Kinda Funny was funny at all.

  • RichardGristle

    It’s to be expected, but Miller acted like a complete bitch during this whole thing. When you throw your “best friend” under the bus in order to virtue-signal and save face in front of your liberal media buddies, then you’re damn right he’s going to leave. If I had any respect left for Greg Miller as a man, it would have been depleted with his “I’m sorry my son TP’d your house”-like apology letter.

    Thing is, with Colin gone Kinda Funny (more like Kinda No Fun Allowed) loses any diversity of opinion. It all just turns into yet another echo-chamber of Marxist/regressive circlejerking – and we all know the games media is lacking in that!

    Colin can be a bitch sometimes too, but I always respect that he gives his honest opinion, no holds barred. KF needs him a hell of a lot more than he needs them at this current point in time.

    • Fear Me I Am Free

      Let me fix that for you: Miller is a complete bitch.

  • Apparently GamerGate won and SJWs are no longer a problem in gaming according to this fellow:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f122014166c601a609e9f9b4ed25f851cea1940acc3ee3febed4d7f31715549.jpg

    • He’s correct that GG won the ethics battle, at least. But I agree, SJWs haven’t lost their stranglehold over people, outside of gaming included.

      • He’s correct that GG won the ethics battle

        That’s the problem with him. He’s part of the Ethics-Only brigade of GamerGate, you know the group that attacks the cancer cells but completely ignores the tumor.

        • I never did agree with the ethics-only angle, myself. The facts show that both ethical violations and a political infection are strongly linked to not only GamerGate’s origins and goals, but also the press that was opposed by it. Violating ethics is one thing, but there was a very clear political slant from 2010-2014, still seen to this day.

    • Side question: where did this screenshot come from? That’s way too many characters for a Tweet.

      • It came from one of my accounts on the GNU Social network.

        • Okay. If you have a link on hand as well, that’d be terrific – but if you lost it, that’s fine as well.

    • durka durka

      He is not wrong, sjws are crashed in gaming and youtube, on the other

      hand if you look at 9gag, all the comments are filled with feminists.

      http://9gag.com/gag/anNo1LB?ref=fsidebar

      http://9gag.com/gag/aAderNR?ref=fsidebar

      I got cancer reading that shit, all that effort we put those 2 years fighting feminism went to the fucking garbage bin.

      • Had to quit when I got to the part where they started saying “we live in the patriarchy”…

        https://media1.giphy.com/media/fN96l0NwjjOGQ/200_s.gif

        • durka durka

          I was not suprised by that part, the whole “you dont know what feminism is, its about equality” and “comments here restore my faith in humanity” That got to me.

          All our efforts went to shit

  • Alistair

    *put queen record on* # Another one bite the dust #

    The thing is You, me are not working for a industry that cant handle bad sucky jokes. Who cares if it cause offence. Big whoop.

    We got a luxury as we can say Anything within reason, I say this if i Ever work with-In a Industry i shall pointed out my political views.

    So we know where we stand, as a rule you keep your political views at home and not at the workplace. Because SJWs do carry social justice into work.

  • SevTheBear
  • Gozu Tennoh

    ..

    • A lot of people just can’t seem to ignore the screeching harpies.

      • Ignoring them is what allowed said screeching harpies to get so powerful in the first place.

        This time, we need to be thorough. We need to chase them into their holes and force them into the light. When the whole world knows of the harpies’ true character, that will be when we have won.

        But not a moment sooner.

        • I really do think it’s too late. I am kind of a pessimist, but a pessimist with reason.

          • RichardGristle

            I think it’s too late to find any total victory over them at this point, but I do honestly believe that the SJW/PC/triggered fad will die out like any other social “movement”.

            The one thing that gives their scene potential staying power is that unlike hippies or 80’s glam rock, these people won’t find themselves hit in the face by real life responsibilities and be forced to grow up. That is to say, they won’t find respectable jobs, they won’t find normal significant others, and they sure as shit won’t have children. This leaves them with nothing but sitting around on social media all day for the next ?? years.

          • The one thing that gives their scene potential staying power is that unlike hippies or 80’s glam rock, these people won’t find themselves hit in the face by real life responsibilities and be forced to grow up. That is to say, they won’t find respectable jobs, they won’t find normal significant others, and they sure as shit won’t have children. This leaves them with nothing but sitting around on social media all day for the next ?? years.

            Whilst I partly agree with you on that, there’s actually another issue that most people miss when they make the point you’re making.

            You see, SJWs are always trying to re-construct the world/society/law to fit their own ideology. They’ve taken over and have control of the entire mainstream media, news media, academia, education, politics and government, so they CAN get this done.

            So if they end up successfully reforming the world to their own ideology, it means more academia enrolment, more SJW education courses, more career aspects, more jobs and more employment for SJWs.

            So it’s not as simple as “SJWs are useless and won’t find jobs so they’ll die out”.

            These people are dangerous and they have power.

          • Disqusted

            I think SJW behavior “works” because most normal people don’t want to cause trouble and want to be seen as “nice”, so when SJWs barge in screaming, “everything you’re doing is racist/misogynist/offensive!!”, everyone bends over because they think it’s the “right thing to do”.

            It’s basically coercing/bullying using false moral superiority. It has nothing to do with them not finding jobs, because they can easily manipulate other people into doing everything for them, by threatening to destroy everyone else’s hard-earned lives via magic buzzwords.

            And it’s the media, government, etc that give power to those buzzwords, by fueling myths, exaggerating bullshit, and covering up the facts.

  • Ghost

    Him and Greg and can both kiss my ass. I’ve not forgotten 2012.

    • Gozu Tennoh

      What happened in 2012?

      • Ghost

        He and his bud’s we’re some of the most anti-consumer people in the games media back then. Said that we, the customers, had no right to complain about anything the games we bought because they were art and didn’t belong to us.

        Here’s a nice snippet from him:

        “Who gives a shit if the disc is 90% DLC?”

        • SevTheBear

          In short they are both dumbass

        • Gozu Tennoh

          Karma really does seem to come full circle on these creatures.

        • Disqusted

          I don’t see how a disc being 90% DLC is “art”.

          • Smug

            Because modern “””art””” and DLC are both cancer

  • Keystone

    I love watching these snarky ideologues who claim to be so worldly and intelligent unironically lose their shit over dad jokes. First Hugh Mungus and now this. Christ, if you can’t chuckle at corny dad jokes then your life officially sucks.