Game Journalists Attempt To Smear Developer For In-Game Tea-Bagging During PAX Demo
Teabagging
(Last Updated On: April 9, 2018)

An unnamed game developer tea-bagged a game journalist after doing a team-kill in an unnamed PvP-game, and in result game journalists attempted to smear the developer in the public media space.

Ian Miles Cheong spotted the tweet chain, consisting of former Game Informer editor, Michael Futter, and former Mic journalist, Amanda Farough.

The two attempted to stir up drama over the incident, with Futter stating that game developers shouldn’t tea-bag after team-killing, especially if the person being tea-bagged is a woman.

Certain people told Futter that the whole thing seemed to be blown out of proportion, while others called for naming and shaming.

Futter informed his social media followers that Farough would be in contact with the developer’s publisher.

For the people who attempted to downplay the event – a few of whom were game developers – Futter shot back, threatening to blacklist developers with no coverage for engaging in conduct that he didn’t approve of.

Michael Futter was part of the original GameJournoPros group, a secret organization of game journalists. They would use the group to help each other out, provide each other with job opportunities, and even help shape narratives within gaming.

Patrick Klepek, who at the time was with Giant Bomb, used the GameJournoPros group to request a blacklisting of another game industry professional Kevin Dent. A blacklisting of former game journalist, Allistair Pinsof, also took place using the GameJournoPros group, as reported by Gamezone.

For this most recent event, there was ample push back from the community to name and shame a developer for tea-bagging. In fact, musical artist Deadmau5 recently tea-bagged an opponent during a PAX East demonstration involving PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, much to the delight of the audience. The stream was captured by Wanza7.

While Futter and Farough originally sought to publicly shame the developer out of a job, it turns out that the entire event was actually an accident. Farough later acknowledged that the developer was originally intending to tea-bag his “dev buddy” but did so to Farough instead.

Essentially, the gist of the story is that Futter and Farough believe that you shouldn’t treat women the same as men, and that when gaming with women, men need to avoid certain antics that they would otherwise perform in the company of other men.

The duo believe that men and women obviously aren’t equal, and that women are more fragile, less emotionally capable, and far more sensitive than men when it comes to playing video games. They even went so far as to nearly get the developer reprimanded for treating a female game journalist the same way he would a male gamer.

Farough amended the approach by later stating that there was no intent to get the developer fired, but to have him go through media training, so that he treats women differently than men during press demos.

Even still. it appears the event has blown over, for now. However, the Regressive Left seem to have put tea-bagging on the list of things you can no longer do in the presence of women.

I attempted to reach out to Michael Futter for comment, but he has me blocked on Twitter.

(Thanks for the news tip Lyle)


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