Game journalists and competing publishers bullied THQ Nordic into deleting a tweet advertising the Ask Me Anything they conducted on the social imageboard website, 8chan. Journalists and other Left-wing studios hated the idea that THQ Nordic talked directly to gamers, consumers, and fans on an uninhibited, uncensored board where people could speak honestly and freely without the language being filtered through Social Justice censorship the way it is on ResetEra, Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook.
However, forcing the publisher to take down the tweet and forcing the PR manager, Phillip Brock, to apologize for taking part in the AMA wasn’t enough. Game journalists continued to coerce THQ into further condemning 8chan and renouncing the efforts put into making the AMA happen. THQ conceded and obliged, with the group CEO of THQ Nordic AB, Lars Wingefors told GamesIndustry.biz…
“This letter is to offer my sincerest apologies and regret for THQ Nordic GmbH Vienna’s interaction with the controversial website 8chan last Tuesday, February 26. I condemn all unethical content this website stands for. Even if no one within the THQ Nordic Group would ever endorse such content, I realize simply appearing there gave an implicit impression that we did.
“As Co-Founder and Group CEO of THQ Nordic AB, I take full responsibility for all of THQ Nordic GmbH’s actions and communications. I have spent the past several days conducting an internal investigation into this matter. I assure you that every member of the organization has learned from this past week’s events. I take this matter very seriously and we will take appropriate action to make sure we have the right policies and systems in place to avoid similar mistakes in the future.
“As a Swedish based, fast growing group, we firmly support equality and diversity. We are also working actively to combat discrimination, harassment, and misconduct. We are already in the process of developing new work processes, based on the United Nations’ SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and using the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards, and we will accelerate this work going forward.”
To no one’s surprise, ResetEra is still calling for THQ to fire everyone involved with the 8chan AMA, showing that not kowtowing to the regressive Intersectional Inquisition’s religion means complete and utter castigation.
Nevertheless, the apology from the CEO comes after game journalists harried the publisher endlessly with article, after article, after article, browbeating them into submission over the AMA.
And that’s not even including the litany of tweets that caused THQ Nordic to trend because blue checkmark “journalists” were incessantly attacking the company for talking with its own customers on an imageboard.
The narrative set by the activists posing as journalists was that 8chan hosts child porn. This is wrong, as anything illegal like that is not allowed on 8chan, as per the front-page notice, which states…
“Warning: Some boards on 8chan might have content of an adult or offensive nature. Please cease use of this website if it is illegal for you to view such content. On 8chan, boards and posts are user-created and do not represent the opinions of the 8chan administration. In the interest of free speech, only content that violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or other United States laws is deleted.”
While uninformed and poorly educated YouTubers have tried to latch onto this talking point, claiming that 8chan is hateful, racist, and contains illegal content, the reality is that there is no more illegal content on 8chan than Reddit or Twitter, both of whom were also caught up in rows over child porn and actual illegal content.
Twitter, for instance, was embroiled in the whole #TwitterGate controversy when they banned hackers for exposing more than 24,000 child porn and pedophilia rings scattered across the service.
Reddit was also in the news often for controversial content, including but not limited to highly publicized events like The Fappening, as reported by Business 2 Community, and Jailbait, as detailed by Daily Dot. And that’s not even mentioning subs that were designed for more morally gray activities, such as assisted suicide, as reported by Vocativ.com.
The irony is that both before and after controversial content was banned on Reddit, people, businesses, and celebrities continue to use the social media service for AMAs, and yet no one throws around the past history of Reddit to diminish the opportunity of a noteworthy person from conducting an AMA on the platform.
Basically, the games media are using THQ Nordic as an example for other publishers out there. The example being that if you don’t stay in the designated Leftist lane, you will be publicly castigated and shamed with calumny and falsehoods.
The apology from THQ’s CEO basically indicates that they likely won’t be participating in anymore AMAs not sanctioned by the totalitarian Social Justice Warriors who control all of the major entertainment media outlets, which is funny because the developer of Dragonpunk just recently mentioned that this kind of cult-like behavior extends to the hiring process within the AAA gaming sector.
The sad reality is that THQ could have let the AMA stand on its own merits, and even avoid kowtowing to removing the tweet, and even built up a lawsuit case against outlets purposefully trying to libel the company and destroy them, but in today’s industry it’s more about kowtowing to the Liberla hegemony than standing up for what’s right.
This is precisely why I have no respect for men who have no respect for themselves.
Unwilling to stand by harmless decisions by fegging for grace from ideological ruffians through the of subservience is disgusting and dishonorable.
How can anyone face their friends, their wife, or their children, and honestly stand to look them in the face and speak with any sort of constitution of character, when they publicly service the whims of bullies?