Colin Moriarty Leaving Kinda Funny Games Turns Into A Sociopolitical Nightmare
Colin Moriarty

“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 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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