Introduction from ID: I realize that this article is very long, but much of it is quotations of the chat logs. I’m quoting them very closely because I do not want to be accused of twisting Gjoni’s words; I want them to stand out on their own.
When last I left you, we had just seen my dossier for one Eron Gjoni. Now we’re going to look at his involvement in the #burgersandfries IRC chat log. Since it’s huge, I browsed it for key phrases with Ctrl+f, and indicate editing with ellipsis (…) and one row of blank space. Most of the ellipsis are cutting out notifications of diverse audience members entering and leaving the chat room during Gjoni’s interview(s).
For example, by searching the phrase “Eron know”, I can find out what #burgersandfries thinks Eron knows, or what the user (foolishly named “Eron_GJ”) knows. To prove my point, see here where Eron Gjoni verifies his identity, proving this is the real Eron on the end of the line:
Aug 24 20.08.20 * Eron_G (qwebirc@Rizon-415CCBCC.c3-0.smr-ubr1.sbo-smr.ma.cable.rcn.com) has joined #burgersandfries ... Aug 24 20.08.30 <Eron_G> hey gang Aug 24 20.08.33 <PaperDinosaur> Hi Aug 24 20.08.40 <enig> dubs was spamming images but hey, it had the game aspect to balance it out Aug 24 20.08.59 <Eron_G> So I heard we're talking about my ex. Aug 24 20.09.01 <PaperDinosaur> Assuming you're real could you throw us a tumblr post up to confirm it please? Aug 24 20.09.05 <Eron_G> sure ...Aug 24 20.09.08 <Josh_> Wait Aug 24 20.09.09 <LesboRobo> we are Aug 24 20.09.13 <LesboRobo> lets talk about her Aug 24 20.09.13 <Josh_> is this the real Eron? Aug 24 20.09.16 <LesboRobo> about Zoe Aug 24 20.09.17 <Josh_> comfirmed? Aug 24 20.09.20 <LesboRobo> yes Aug 24 20.09.24 <Josh_> horyshti Aug 24 20.09.27 <Josh_> welcum Aug 24 20.09.33 <Eron_G> posted Aug 24 20.09.34 <Josh_> :^) Aug 24 20.09.42 <Eron_G> on tumblr Aug 24 20.09.42 <LesboRobo> Zoe wants to ruin gaming Aug 24 20.09.56 <Eron_G> deleting in like 30 secs Aug 24 20.09.58 <PaperDinosaur> Confirmed Aug 24 20.10.01 <Josh_> links Aug 24 20.10.02 <PaperDinosaur> It says "it's me" Aug 24 20.10.02 <Eron_G> cool Aug 24 20.10.04 <Cyberserker> .voice Eron_G Aug 24 20.10.04 * GeorgeWashington gives voice to Eron_G Aug 24 20.10.28 <Cyberserker> You are now +v to distinguish from the plebeians ...
It’s quite the “hatebox” that gives chatters +v status within moments of their arrival. But as you see, Eron Gjoni was actually an honored guest. It seems that the organizers of the #burgersandfries chatroom were interested in whether the “devilishly attractive beta cuck” had any more information they could weaponize against Quinn. Earlier that morning, the skeleton shift of #burgersandfries were theorizing about what “Eron know(s)”. I’ve bolded parts of the conversation for emphasis.
Aug 24 01.53.04 <Cameralady> zoe's past is irrelevant to everything Aug 24 01.53.12 <Cameralady> we need info on her current connections Aug 24 01.53.15 <DarkHiero> ^ Aug 24 01.53.19 <Josh_> Zoe Quinn confirmed for Chelsea Van Valkenburg, but, yeah, what Camera said Aug 24 01.53.22 <DarkHiero> tl;dr Zoe had a shit life Aug 24 01.53.27 <DarkHiero> Whatever Aug 24 01.53.35 <Headsmash_> I wonder if Eron knows anything about this Aug 24 01.53.39 <DarkHiero> I'm not surprised but it doesn't help much. Aug 24 01.53.40 <Cameralady> he does Aug 24 01.53.42 <DarkHiero> And he prob does. Aug 24 01.53.46 <Josh_> Zoe confirmed for Dio? Aug 24 01.53.48 <Headsmash_> He added me on skype last night Aug 24 01.53.51 <Cameralady> he censored a lot of it in the initial dump Aug 24 01.53.54 <Headsmash_> Maybe I could ask?
In his first interview, Eron is treated like a bit of an internet celebrity. And Eron rather acts like one.
Aug 24 20.10.54 <DarkHiero> Is that Eron? Aug 24 20.11.01 <Eron_G> yes it's Eron Aug 24 20.11.02 <Cyberserker> Yes Aug 24 20.11.02 * CIA (cgiirc@Rizon-CBDEB3A9.retail.telecomitalia.it) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.11.05 <Cyberserker> Eron_G is Eron Aug 24 20.11.15 <CIA> ERON? Aug 24 20.11.18 <Josh_> kk Aug 24 20.11.20 <LesboRobo> yes Aug 24 20.11.20 * CIA is now known as Guest21235 Aug 24 20.11.22 <Cyberserker> Eron_G: Did you know your name is an anagram for Join Goner? Aug 24 20.11.30 <Josh_> kek Aug 24 20.11.36 <maximumtacos> Eron you have the name that people misspell my name as all the time Aug 24 20.11.40 <Eron_G> Cyberserker: yes, obviously ... Aug 24 20.11.50 <LesboRobo> Why did Zoe move to SF? Aug 24 20.11.51 <Cyberserker> hahaha ... Aug 24 20.12.04 <Cyberserker> It's not actual talking Aug 24 20.12.05 <Uncle> Yo Aug 24 20.12.05 <Canyew> I didn't know that thank you Aug 24 20.12.07 <Uncle> So uh Aug 24 20.12.08 <Uncle> http://i.4cdn.org/lgbt/1408251574787.jpg Aug 24 20.12.10 <Eron_G> LesboRobo: I don't think she's moved quite yet Aug 24 20.12.12 <Guest21235> what's up my man Eron? How are you holding up? Aug 24 20.12.14 <Zladko> Canyew: plug in a mic Aug 24 20.12.16 <Uncle> This just fucking happened Aug 24 20.12.18 <Zladko> fucking retard Aug 24 20.12.22 <maximumtacos> uncle it happened days ago Aug 24 20.12.26 <invasionone> she left canada for the game jam Aug 24 20.12.26 <PaperDinosaur> Guys, we actually have someone useful here, please stop sht posting. He was kind enough to join us, so lets actually make use of it Aug 24 20.12.35 <Uncle> Oh Aug 24 20.12.36 <Sissis> Speaking of which, fuck the CWCki forums faggots. Aug 24 20.12.40 <Cyberserker> Yes, please Aug 24 20.12.41 <Eron_G> Guest21235: Not bad. Cannot tell you how much better I feel after posting that thing. Aug 24 20.12.45 <Zladko> im a professional shitposter Aug 24 20.12.46 <Zladko> suck my dick
Wow, he gets anagrams, sympathetic messages and the distinction of being “someone useful.” When the 4chan chatroom threatens to turn into the shitshow 4chan chatrooms generally do, the admins are effective in policing their community to stay on topic. Provided, of course that the topic is Zoe Quinn, female game designer.
Aug 24 20.12.49 <Cyberserker> GW will kick you if you derail right now Aug 24 20.13.00 <Cyberserker> And by GW I mean me disguised as GW Aug 24 20.13.11 <GeorgeWashington> yo Aug 24 20.13.16 <Guest21235> Eron_G well i'm happy for you mate, it's good that you found some peace after all you've been trough Aug 24 20.13.23 <Verdigris> i will not be as kind and do it myself, so watch out Aug 24 20.13.43 <nuoo2> I was wondering because SF is expensive and her only game is free to play on Steam Aug 24 20.13.46 <Eron_G> I take it you've all read the latest post btw, on the personal blog?
Personal blog? Oh do tell, Eron. Was it a sad poem, about how much you miss your ex? Maybe an apology that this hate machine is ramming her at full throttle already? Are you going to try and sway its course, like you say you did in your most recent blog post?
Aug 24 20.13.53 <Josh_> I didn't Aug 24 20.13.54 <Josh_> Link? Aug 24 20.13.55 <DarkHiero> Yeah, I read it. ... Aug 24 20.14.04 <maximumtacos> Yes and congratulations on positioning yourself well Aug 24 20.14.06 <DarkHiero> Are you refering to the one yesterday? Aug 24 20.14.14 <Guest21235> http://thezoepost.wordpress.com/ this one? Aug 24 20.14.17 <Cyberserker> I read that long one, yes Aug 24 20.14.22 <Eron_G> Honestly I'm a bit amused at this point. There are some SJs trying to twist the new post into an anti SJ thing
Did I misread that? Eron is amused? He gets “congratulations on positioning yourself well” ? But the malice on Gjoni’s part doesn’t end there.
Aug 24 20.14.52 <PaperDinosaur> Eron_G, not asking for a target but is there someone important we maybe missing in this whole thing? Someone you know would be useful to find, but we haven't yet? Aug 24 20.15.01 <Eron_G> and a lot of people on pol and r9k were also twisting thezoepost into an antisj thing Aug 24 20.15.10 * Sissis has quit (Remote host closed the connection) Aug 24 20.15.10 <Eron_G> apparently everything I say needs to be an antisj thing Aug 24 20.15.15 * Zoextermantor (cgiirc@Rizon-987FB40C.pvoce702.dsl.brasiltelecom.net.br) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.15.25 <Eron_G> PaperDinosaur: Hmm. Aug 24 20.15.36 <temet> so Aug 24 20.15.42 <MuhNicknaem> Should we be concerned about her potentially being part of a rich and powerful family? Aug 24 20.15.55 <Eron_G> MuhNicknaem: no, you should not be concerned about that Aug 24 20.16.06 <maximumtacos> Eron can you confirm that she isn't even related to that rich family ... Aug 24 20.16.43 <PaperDinosaur> http://jesusfuck.me/di/4G81/proof.png This is the proof that it's the real Eron, I have a full screencap saved, but he posted that when I asked Aug 24 20.16.48 * gonzo72_ has quit (Read error: Connection reset by peer) Aug 24 20.16.56 <Eron_G> maximumtacos: I cannot confirm or deny anything that might increase doxxing odds unfortunately ...Aug 24 20.17.28 <maximumtacos> I understand.. if there's only two possibly family options that she can be from, confirming one isn't her just confirms the other is Aug 24 20.17.29 * Sissis (~Sissis@Rizon-C50BF9B.nowhere-else.org) has joined #burgersandfries ... Aug 24 20.17.37 * gonzo72_ (~gonzo@Rizon-7307E9C1.try.wideopenwest.com) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.17.40 <maximumtacos> I wish you would tell us but I respect that you won't Aug 24 20.17.54 <LesboRobo> I agree. focus on the friends Aug 24 20.17.55 <invasionone> you have any idea of the legitimacy of the Phil Fish hacks? Aug 24 20.17.55 <LesboRobo> not the family
That sounds like a statement a lawyer would tell you to make. What a paragon of protection and privacy he is. Such a confidential ex-boyfriend. And look how respectfully the trolls bow out on say, harassing Gjoni day and night until he tells them what they want to hear. But that’s not truly necessary, because Eron’s really on their side. He’s just being careful here, but is perfectly willing to participate in the internet campaign to harass her, and her friends. Make no mistake that despite what Gjoni claims on his personal blog, the purpose of #burgersandfries was essentially that of a character assassination of an individual.
Aug 24 20.18.54 <maximumtacos> Was that mugging she experienced real? ... Aug 24 20.19.58 * akiyuki_shinbo (email@example.com) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.19.58 <Eron_G> maximumtacos: likely real. She lives in a shitty part of town, and has been using her passport as ID ever since ... Aug 24 20.20.09 <MuhNicknaem> since you've, to an extent, been on the "inside", is there anything that comes to mind on the topic of helping others speak out? there's a lot of intimidation going around. Aug 24 20.20.22 * Cyberserker has changed the topic to: The Zoe Quinnspiracy Channel, home of the Stinking Abattoirs | Uncensored Discussion: https://8chan.co/burgers/ | LATESTÂ NEWS:Â Eron_G, the ex-boyfriend is here talking | Remember to post the IRC in /pol/ and /r9k/ threads ... Aug 24 20.20.38 <PaperDinosaur> Can someone make a thread please, we don't have an active one
For example, Gjoni’s willing to confirm that Quinn probably not lying when she said she was mugged. Even though “maxiumtacos” doesn’t really believe that. And there’s a direct statement there in the chatroom topic that connects the IRC board #burgersandfries to 4chan proper, just now. /pol/ and /r9k/ are 4chan boards. Some more follows in the mentions of “making a thread”.
Aug 24 20.20.38 <PaperDinosaur> Can someone make a thread please, we don't have an active one Aug 24 20.20.42 * invasionone has quit (Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client) Aug 24 20.20.43 <Eron_G> MuhNicknaem: urgh. Honestly I'm really not having a lot of luck on that front. And basically the harassment is making it worse Aug 24 20.20.44 <foTTS> well shit Eron_G ? Aug 24 20.20.47 <Canyew> Eron_G get comfortable this is going to go all night Aug 24 20.20.51 * invasionone (cgiirc@Rizon-EE4F38BD.dhcp-dynamic.fibreop.nl.bellaliant.net) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.20.55 <Cameralady> when'd you start hanging out in here teloch Aug 24 20.20.55 <maximumtacos> eron_g you don't think it's possible that she was that dedicated to the ruse that she just threw out her ID, and then had the bonus of showing how wordly and travelled she is every time she has to show ID? Aug 24 20.20.56 <foTTS> Shit, it really is happening Aug 24 20.20.57 <Cyberserker> Put the IRC in the OP Aug 24 20.20.59 <Eron_G> Canyew: will get comfortable. But Aug 24 20.21.00 <The_Remover> Hey,do you think she has BPD Eron? Aug 24 20.21.01 * Cyberserker rubs hands ... Aug 24 20.21.11 <rd0952> wait eron is in here? Aug 24 20.21.14 <rd0952> that little shit ... Aug 24 20.21.16 <Eron_G> NO ONE ASK ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT 10 MINUTES BECAUSE I'M GOING OUT FOR A SMOKE Aug 24 20.21.16 <Cameralady> welcome Aug 24 20.21.17 <temet> Well, this is the honor isn't it. Aug 24 20.21.17 <The_Remover> yes, rd Aug 24 20.21.20 <foTTS> dammit Cyberserker, stop merchanting Aug 24 20.21.22 <rd0952> jesus christ Aug 24 20.21.23 <Eron_G> bbiab Aug 24 20.21.27 <akiyuki_shinbo> ERON WHAT BRAND DO YOU SMOKE
akiyuki_shinbo is either trying to sound like a fanboy, or he is a total Eron Gjoni fanboy. But the whole room comes alive with the mention of Eron taking a smoke break, so I’m inclined to think this is the bad boy internet celebrity doing his thing here.
Aug 24 20.21.35 * Sissis has quit (Ping timeout: 240 seconds) Aug 24 20.21.36 <maximumtacos> I have been following this closely and 90% of the harassment posts on /pol/ are shouted down as shills trying to make good screenshots for a pro-Zoe article Aug 24 20.21.36 * Cyberserker has changed the topic to: The Zoe Quinnspiracy Channel, home of the Stinking Abattoirs | Uncensored Discussion: https://8chan.co/burgers/ | LATESTÂ NEWS:Â Eron_G, the ex-boyfriend is here SMOKING | Remember to post the IRC in /pol/ and /r9k/ threads
When Eron returns, the format of the interview changes, so that one admin sends him questions aggregated from the group. While he’s gone, the anons shush each other not to tell the rest of 4chan, for fear of flooding the chatroom with “is that really Eron”? comments, like the kind I’ve been editing out with ellipsis (…).
Eron Gjoni is perfectly willing to discuss Zoe Quinn’s work history,
Aug 24 20.26.55 <Cyberserker> Going into +m when Eron_G returns. If you want to ask a question to him, PM a Channel Operator. Aug 24 20.26.56 <Eron_G> Alright, back Aug 24 20.27.00 <Eron_G> what'd I miss? Aug 24 20.27.00 <Cameralady> wb Aug 24 20.27.01 <Judge_Komarov> oh shit. Aug 24 20.27.02 <rd0952> Is Zoe a cyber lizard? Aug 24 20.27.06 * Cyberserker sets mode +m #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.27.10 <Eron_G> rd0952: yes. Aug 24 20.27.11 <Cyberserker> Alright Aug 24 20.27.20 <Cyberserker> Now we are in a mode where only users of rank can talk Aug 24 20.27.20 * Guest24122 has quit () Aug 24 20.27.25 <Cyberserker> People will PM me to ask you questions Aug 24 20.27.30 <Cyberserker> I will tell you them Aug 24 20.27.32 * MarvTS (cgiirc@Rizon-B33F1F49.range86-134.btcentralplus.com) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.27.32 <Eron_G> cool Aug 24 20.27.47 <Eron_G> would like to give an opportunity for general banter too in a bit though ... Aug 24 20.28.22 <Cyberserker> That can happen in a bit Aug 24 20.28.31 <Cyberserker> Alright Aug 24 20.28.36 <Cyberserker> First question Aug 24 20.28.53 <Cyberserker> Cameralady: can you ask him for what he knows about the failed game jam, and zoe's rebel jam? ... Aug 24 20.29.30 <Eron_G> TFYC or Game_Jam? Aug 24 20.29.36 <Cyberserker> Game_Jam Aug 24 20.29.46 <Eron_G> So, the story behind game jam Aug 24 20.29.54 <Eron_G> is that she really didn't like the contract terms Aug 24 20.29.58 <Eron_G> prior to the show Aug 24 20.30.04 <Eron_G> and with good reason, they were shit terms Aug 24 20.30.13 <Eron_G> so she called a bunch of her friends Aug 24 20.30.26 <Eron_G> and told them to refuse to do the show unless the terms were changed Aug 24 20.30.26 * mib_8a5jm5 (cgiirc@Rizon-5703AF15.hsd1.or.comcast.net) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.30.39 <Eron_G> the reason ... Aug 24 20.30.55 * soda (cgiirc@Rizon-2038990E.dyn.estpak.ee) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.30.56 <Eron_G> was that she was worried about her image. and the terms as they stood allowed the show to misrepresent her Aug 24 20.31.12 <Eron_G> a bunch of people were fine with the terms because they didn't have an image to uphold Aug 24 20.31.30 <Eron_G> but in any case, she renegotiated them by forming a union of friends Aug 24 20.31.38 <Eron_G> which meant she went into it with a union of friends Aug 24 20.31.46 <Eron_G> and the rest -- I can show you the chat logs Aug 24 20.31.49 <Eron_G> just a second ... Aug 24 20.34.03 <Cyberserker> Currently waiting for Eron to show chat logs about Game_Jam, new people.Aug 24 20.34.32 <Eron_G> sorry that took so long Aug 24 20.34.34 <Eron_G> http://i.imgur.com/TykJjwC.png
How many chat logs does Eron Gjoni keep, man? And why is he showing us evidence of good negotiation skills on Quinn’s part as some kind of character flaw? He himself just agreed that they were “shit terms” for the contract. Why not unionize the programmers and sue for better ones? And Eron, for whatever reason, seems to make a hobby of mining his chat clients for conversations that pertain to Zoe Quinn. Was he reading them in his spare time or something? How else would he know so precisely what was and was not discussed over social media over the entire course of a relationship with another person? And why is he so willing to admit he’s high as fuck to do it? But it’s good that he has such screengrabs, since the format of IRC prevents excessive copy pasting. Apparently #burgersandfries is a trusted party to Eron Gjoni:
Aug 24 20.34.47 <Eron_G> I guess maybe I should just assume trust and copy paste text Aug 24 20.34.56 <Cyberserker> Don't do that Aug 24 20.34.59 <Cyberserker> The bot will kick you Aug 24 20.35.04 <Cyberserker> And there's no proof that way Aug 24 20.35.13 * snipars (cgiirc@Rizon-B4C4573F.dsl.dyn.telnor.net) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.35.17 * zet (cgiirc@Rizon-3E34B95D.nycap.res.rr.com) has left #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.35.18 <Eron_G> alright. so basically, her and the guy who covered it are very close friends Aug 24 20.35.34 <Eron_G> I remember her telling me she personally phoned him in, but I may have been mistaken on that point Aug 24 20.35.51 * Guest19088 (~null@12CD32CB.F40A0E1A.E126FA6C.IP) has left #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.35.52 * adwrz (~bm@Rizon-AF8B6BD2.vnet-inc.com) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.35.57 <Eron_G> (also, note this conversation is like the day she cheated on me with Robin) Aug 24 20.36.00 <Eron_G> anyway Aug 24 20.36.03 <Eron_G> as a response to this ... Aug 24 20.36.09 <Eron_G> She set up rebel jam Aug 24 20.36.10 * llamla (~null@12CD32CB.F40A0E1A.E126FA6C.IP) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.36.12 * Cyberserker has kicked BenedictArnold from #burgersandfries (BenedictArnold) Aug 24 20.36.24 <Eron_G> almost right off the bat she got funding from Cards Against Humanity Aug 24 20.36.26 * Acid_Reflux has quit () Aug 24 20.36.34 * precisioN (~precision@Rizon-274AC5F3.cable.teksavvy.com) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.36.38 * antonizoon (cgiirc@Rizon-95647FF0.public.wayport.net) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.36.46 <Eron_G> Youtube is sponsoring with a jam location Aug 24 20.37.00 * mib_gupize has quit () Aug 24 20.37.07 <Eron_G> A few big names were attached, and I won't mention them Aug 24 20.37.19 <Eron_G> but, one of them got SyFy interested in airing it Aug 24 20.37.33 <Eron_G> but she decided against letting SyFy air it, because it would kill the image Aug 24 20.37.33 * ozymil (cgiirc@Rizon-868A4249.hsd1.ca.comcast.net) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.37.44 * HerrDoktor (~HerrDokto@Rizon-3CD89AAD.bltmmd.fios.verizon.net) has joined #burgersandfries Aug 24 20.37.46 <Eron_G> Any follow ups to that question? Aug 24 20.38.19 <Cyberserker> No Aug 24 20.38.27 <Cyberserker> Next question is from DTrig Aug 24 20.38.33 <Cyberserker> "Is Eron still in any form of communication with Zoe?" Aug 24 20.38.49 <Cyberserker> Stop PMing me for a bit, everyone Aug 24 20.38.52 <Cyberserker> There's a long long line Aug 24 20.38.54 <Eron_G> I am not. All communication has been indirect and passive aggressive
“Stop PMing me everyone, there’s a long line.” That would tend to discredit the notion that there are only a handful individuals in the chatroom, and I’ve left data about people coming and going to prove that this is a highly trafficed room, even though only a few people have the ability to comment during this interview. It’s kind of like a talk show, in that there’s a whole audience watching Eron, and the user Cyberserker is the talk show host. But apart from the unrelated tidbit about Quinn allegedly cheating on Gjoni with a certain “Robin”, I’m not sure how any of this is supposed to make Zoe look bad.
Aug 24 20.39.18 <Cyberserker> Okay Aug 24 20.39.23 <Cyberserker> Next is from The_Remover Aug 24 20.39.32 <Cyberserker> "Ask him if Zoe shows any signs of BPD. She seems like the kind of person who would have it. Also, let him know we already have doxx, and we don't want to use it, " Aug 24 20.39.38 <Eron_G> To help communication. I will denote that an answer is finished with ^^^ Aug 24 20.40.07 <Cyberserker> Sure ... Aug 24 20.40.37 <Eron_G> I'm averse to the armchair psychoanalysis. But there are symptoms I am censoring which would make BPD either less likely, or simply comorbid with other things. ^^^
In this statement it seems like Eron’s implying there’s loads more worse stuff he could say, although who know’s if that’s true. His last log was a little weak, so maybe he’s pretending to have secrets he keeps for Zoe Quinn. He’s got no problem naming Zoe’s friends and other ex-boyfriends, which makes it seem like he doesn’t much care if they’re harassed or not. Contrary to Gjoni’s claims, he does little to steer the discussion in a positive, gamer-ethics related direction.
Aug 24 20.41.03 <Cyberserker> Okay Aug 24 20.41.14 <Cyberserker> Next is from excellen Aug 24 20.41.20 <Cyberserker> "ask why her paypal is in the name of Patrick Lindsey maybe?" ... Aug 24 20.42.01 <Eron_G> Patrick Lindsey is her ex-boyfriend. They worked on Depression Quest together. ... Aug 24 20.42.28 <Eron_G> No one remembers him because no one harassed him. Likely because no one harasses white guys who don't act like Phil Fish ^^ ...Aug 24 20.42.50 <Cyberserker> "Why was there such a massive and disproportionate wave of censorship, how was she able to mobilize censorship on so many websites, what are they afraid of? Are they afraid because of misdeeds of a financial or criminal nature?" ... Aug 24 20.43.39 <Eron_G> I think it was a mixture of things. But I think this question is better left for the general banter portion, when people can respond as a group ^^^Aug 24 20.44.23 <Cyberserker> All right ... Aug 24 20.44.36 <Cyberserker> Next is from Judge_Komarov Aug 24 20.44.56 <Cyberserker> about the paypal for the game jam going directly to her, does he know anything about that? Aug 24 20.45.05 <Cyberserker> In quotes ... Aug 24 20.45.39 <Eron_G> I'm not sure. And he won't talk to me. Though I'm in contact with people who know him closely. ... Aug 24 20.45.47 <Eron_G> I think it's most likely that he just happened to sign up for the account ... Aug 24 20.45.51 <Eron_G> for them both to use Aug 24 20.45.59 <Eron_G> and she just continued using it after they broke up. Aug 24 20.46.01 <Eron_G> ^^^
It seems like answering questions about the details of Quinn’s Paypal account is not promoting or breaking up nepotism in the games industry, like Eron is allegedly in the chatroom for, and what he writes on his blog he was doing here. So, Gjoni, how does answering questions about the precise workings of someone’s Paypal account help fight the good fight, in the sense of general activism? Because it sounds more like something an identity thief would discuss. And if you’re wondering what all those ellipsis are, it’s traffic in the chatroom; i.e. people coming and going.
Aug 24 20.46.35 <Cyberserker> Next question is from MarvTS ... Aug 24 20.46.44 <Cyberserker> 'Was this fiasco the first indication you had that games journalism had such a problem with nepotism?'Aug 24 20.47.33 <Eron_G> no. first indication was probably this: http://antinegationism.tumblr.com/post/94949683906/dont-get-me-started-actually-i-have-a-feeling Aug 24 20.47.35 <Eron_G> ^^^ ... Aug 24 20.47.47 <Cyberserker> All right Aug 24 20.47.51 <Cyberserker> Next is from invasionone ... Aug 24 20.48.01 <Cyberserker> "in the chat logs, she talks about how she wants to move up the ladder and redistribute the power, comparing it to "money laundering". does this have anything to do with rebel jam? if not, care to elaborate?" ... Aug 24 20.48.37 <Eron_G> Pretty much anything she does which would increase her exposure gives her cred in the industry. Which gives her weight to throw around. ... Aug 24 20.48.48 <Eron_G> rebel jam would give her a lot of cred ... Aug 24 20.49.14 <Cyberserker> Next is from Guest21235 ... Aug 24 20.49.27 <Cyberserker> He wants to know why you think the GAME_JAM terms 'weren't fine' ... Aug 24 20.50.07 <Eron_G> They allowed the directors to form whatever narrative they wanted out of the footage. and they didn't allow her to give her side of events at all.
Hard-hitting stuff. The only impression I get of ZQ from this story is that she’s unwilling to be bossed around and willing to be a little forceful in her business dealings. But this may be the kernel of why the internet takes such umbrage with her… a woman who’s more steely at her job is easy to disregard as pushy. That’s the “weight” which Eron notes Zoe has as one of only a few female game designers in an overwhelmingly male industry.
Aug 24 20.50.40 <Cyberserker> Next is from Pyrate ... Aug 24 20.50.44 <Cyberserker> "Ask him why he seems to be making this very personal." ... Aug 24 20.51.22 <Eron_G> Because my girlfriend cheated on me a ton and all of the things I thought I loved her for were an act. ... Aug 24 20.51.37 <Cyberserker> Next is from goyfather ... Aug 24 20.51.44 <Cyberserker> Concerning Rebel Jam: "Question: Did you ever see her actually working on it, or did she just speak about it?" Aug 24 20.53.04 <Eron_G> Working on it amounts to emailing people a lot and networking. So yeah, sort of. I don't think rebel jam is fake, if that's what you're getting at. Though it is kind of concerning that there might not be much accountability for how much of the funding goes to her and how much goes to the jam. But it's not like the people she's working with are stupid, so I think maybe they have systems in place.
4chan would like so desperately to prove that Zoe Quinn is bad at her job, or lied about it, or that there was something here really to persecute, aren’t they? They want dearly to find a flaw in the way she does her work, that she defrauded them in some way. Indeed, Eron seems a little jealous of her success. But just when you think it’s getting boring, Eron starts coaching 4chan how to continue harassing Zoe Quinn while deflecting criticism from women on the internet who find it repulsive.
Aug 24 20.53.26 <Cyberserker> Next is from enig ... Aug 24 20.53.38 <Cyberserker> "Did you expect the statement about "burgers and fries" to blow up into as big of a joke as it became?" ... Aug 24 20.53.50 <Eron_G> Sort of. ... Aug 24 20.54.24 <Eron_G> basically, there was another one I really wanted to make which was hilarious and would have become the calling card over burgers and fries. But it relied on censored information. ... Aug 24 20.54.53 <Eron_G> Relative to that one, burgers and fries seemed less like it had potential for memetic response ... Aug 24 20.55.11 <Eron_G> but, everyone I ran the piece by before publishing laughed like crazy at it Aug 24 20.55.19 <Eron_G> so, yeah. Sort of. Aug 24 20.55.26 <Eron_G> A meme wasn't the intent though Aug 24 20.55.36 <Eron_G> the intent was just to make the giant ass thing easier to read through ... Aug 24 20.56.11 <Cyberserker> Next is from LesboRobo ... Aug 24 20.56.13 <Cyberserker> "how do you feel about the amount of diversity rallied against all this?" ... Aug 24 20.56.32 <Eron_G> I take it you mean 4Chan + reddit + everywhere else. ... Aug 24 20.56.49 <Eron_G> It's an interesting thing. Basically I'm glad for it, because I wanted diverse discussion on the topic ... Aug 24 20.57.12 <Eron_G> but I'm surprised that it managed to become diverse given the initial very misogynistic and slut-shame like tone. ... Aug 24 20.57.28 <Eron_G> And I want to distinguish between slut shaming and infidelity shaming there
Infidelity shaming? Is that your excuse, Eron? Let me set something straight here: generally, it’s not okay to cheat. But I have learned that because someone does something shit to you, doesn’t mean you’re allowed to do shit things back to them. And it’s absolutely evil to do something worse to them, even if would personally make you feel better. But the absolute disregard for ZQ’s personal and professional life continues:
Aug 24 20.57.41 <Eron_G> Actually, I want to take this opportunity to say something else ... Aug 24 20.58.44 <Cyberserker> Go ahead ... Aug 24 20.59.13 <Eron_G> The sexual harassment thing on twitter is really killing the causes. I request that if you're on twitter, you continue voicing your support for the causes. And feel free to keep pointing out Zoe on hypocrisy. But basically call out anyone that is saying things openly antagonistic on grounds that accomplish nothing. You want to become the levelheaded side of the debate.
Eron Gjoni is coaching 4chan how to best continue harassing Zoe Quinn without you know, being held responsible for harrassing Zoe Quinn. That’s kind of his thing. Eron goes on to theorize awhile about why Zoe’s got it so easy in the indie game-maker scene. Oh, and as you might imagine Zoe Quinn hasn’t sent him any death threats. Such a relief!
Aug 24 20.59.20 <Eron_G> Because the scene *is* very nepotistic ... Aug 24 20.59.29 <Eron_G> and when you attack it, it's going to band together Aug 24 20.59.36 <Eron_G> to protect its own ... Aug 24 20.59.43 <Eron_G> because their livelihoods depend on one another ... Aug 24 21.00.12 <Eron_G> so you don't want to make it a flat out attack on the scene. Bring up concerns, and try to make them well reasoned Aug 24 21.00.17 <Eron_G> that's my suggestion Aug 24 21.00.33 <Eron_G> ^^^ ... Aug 24 21.00.39 <Cyberserker> Next is from PaperDinosaur Aug 24 21.00.42 <Cyberserker> "Obviously this is now out of control and no one can predict what will happen, but what do you hope the end result of this is? Do you want to see the Indie clique crumble and a new set of people replacing them or possibly a governing body set up to properly regulate what is there now?" ... Aug 24 21.01.59 <Eron_G> I honestly don't know how to address all of the problems in the scene with one fell swoop without killing the scene completely. But the journalism thing is seriously exacerbating issues. Journalists should not have power to control devs, and devs should not have power to control journalists. Aug 24 21.02.16 <Eron_G> Evenhanded coverage will help mitigate the issues that arise as a result of nepotism driven coverage ... Aug 24 21.02.53 <Eron_G> but other than that indie is supposed to be a community, and a community is supposed to be a support network. The issue is just making that it should be harder to be ostracized from the community. Aug 24 21.03.00 <Eron_G> Like JonTron took a ton of damage over this Aug 24 21.03.10 <Eron_G> and so did wolf probably Aug 24 21.03.14 <Eron_G> ^^^ ... Aug 24 21.03.40 <Eron_G> blech, sorry for typos, will try to be more careful Aug 24 21.03.42 <Cyberserker> What do you think caused the dislike between JonTron and Zoe? Related question from Cameralady ... Aug 24 21.05.06 <Eron_G> Basically Zoe felt he wasn't respecting her as a female dev ^^^ ... Aug 24 21.05.23 <Cyberserker> Next question from DTrig Aug 24 21.05.24 <Cyberserker> "Has Zoe made any direct or indirect threats against you? Have you received any threats that could possibly spur the interest of law enforcement to begin an investigation in solving the false flag claims?" ... Aug 24 21.06.22 <Eron_G> No threats that I know of. Though I wouldn't be entirely surprised if boggs hires a bitcoin hitman ^^^ ... Aug 24 21.06.33 <Cyberserker> Next question from Anon (username Anon, not an anonymous ask, just to be clear) Aug 24 21.06.41 <Cyberserker> "Do you think zoey has any involvement with polytron and indiogogo shutting down" ... Aug 24 21.07.02 <Eron_G> you mean the TFYC indiegogo? ... Aug 24 21.07.09 <Cyberserker> Apparently Aug 24 21.07.15 <Eron_G> I don't think she has much involvement with anything that doesn't directly benefit her ...
That I believe is called poisoning the well. Because Eron can’t find anything factually troublesome about Quinn or her work history, he has to go for the theorizing and immaterial claims like the one above. That she might have benefitted from something or another. He even goes on to talk about specific donations she recieved, although it’s a bit of a snooze. You’re free to look it up yourself in the original logs. It’s on Aug 24 around 21:07 through 21:09. There’s more nasty quotes of Eron’s for me to focus on, like speculation on ZQ’s sex life to a waiting audience of 266 persons.
Aug 24 21.10.30 <Cyberserker> Referring to the earlier question about the Five Guys nickname: "Someone is claiming to have "eiffel towered her" at a games convention, would that censored information be related to that" ... Aug 24 21.11.00 <Eron_G> No, it wouldn't be related to that. But I wouldn't be surprised if that was a thing that happened. ^^^ ... Aug 24 21.11.27 <Cyberserker> Next is from snipars ... Aug 24 21.11.30 <Cyberserker> "ask him if he's afraid of the lawsuit that Nathan Grayson is supposedly gonna do against this whole thing ... Aug 24 21.12.00 <Eron_G> I'm not afraid of the lawsuit. And I'm damn sure no one involved is stupid enough to file one. ... Aug 24 21.12.33 <Cyberserker> Okay ... Aug 24 21.13.17 <Eron_G> so, there's no way to kill the user has joined notifications? ... Aug 24 21.13.36 <NASA_Agent> > 266 users
Did you catch that, readers? 266 users are in this chatroom. That’s hardly the twenty or thirty commonly cited on Twitter, but 266. That’s not a small difference. There’s ample evidence the #burgersandfries chatroom is incredibly popular.
Aug 24 21.14.24 <Cyberserker> Okay Aug 24 21.14.29 * Lawfag (qwebirc@691802F8.3E0E4560.58E35A1B.IP) has joined #burgersandfries ... Aug 24 21.14.39 <Cyberserker> Reopening my PMs now ... Aug 24 21.14.44 <Cyberserker> Because people don't stop trying ... Aug 24 21.14.57 <NASA_Agent> Josh_ asks "Does Eron know anything useful related to the person that is hacking and calling themselves the head mod of "/V/"?" ... Aug 24 21.15.35 <Eron_G> I don't know anything about him or them. But I'm amused by their antics. ... Aug 24 21.15.48 <Cyberserker> Next is from Cameralady ... Aug 24 21.15.52 <Cyberserker> " Do you think matti from the failed game_jam actually has a case against Zoe, Nathan, Grayson, and Kotaku, as outlined in InternetAristocrat's latest video?" ... Aug 24 21.16.15 <Eron_G> I haven't seen the latest video. What would the claim of the case be? ... Aug 24 21.17.04 <Eron_G> In any case, pepsi has a lot of lawyers, so I think if they felt it best to sue, they would have sued. ... Aug 24 21.17.18 <Cyberserker> Next is from Zoe Aug 24 21.17.22 <Cyberserker> "Can you please provide us with any further information that might shed light on pre-existing issues unknown to the video game community with independent developers" ... Aug 24 21.17.48 <Eron_G> Seriously? Your username is Zoe and you're not going to use that to make a joke? Aug 24 21.17.49 <Eron_G> Okay anyway
Eron, is this seriously a place to be joking? He answers more questions about whether or not there are any improprieties in Quinn’s work history before excusing himself again for a smoke. When he gets back, he starts a conversation with Lawfag, an anon who claims to be a lawyer. The other admins of the chat room seem to take his opinion very seriously, and go to the length of giving Eron Gjoni free (or nearly free) legal advice. Also, Gjoni makes it clear he IS worried about a libel suit, and carefully policing his language so that he can help #burgersinfries without personally risking getting into legal trouble himself. Interesting how what Gjoni describes as a “hatebox” is so willing to work with him. But then again, it just proves these people are really on the same side.
Lawfag’s interest is to follow the money, ostensibly to prove some wrongdoing on ZQ’s part. Lawfag’s intention seems to be getting Zoe Quinn audited by the IRS, and seem to believe her donation page constitutes a form of fraud. For what it’s worth, Gjoni can provide no evidence that’s the case; but says he’s withholding information. And as such an unholy alliance between Gjoni and the “Lawfag” user is forged.
Aug 24 21.31.59 <Eron_G> back ... Aug 24 21.32.08 <Cyberserker> All right ... Aug 24 21.32.19 <Lawfag> Alright mind if I ask a few questions? ... Aug 24 21.32.19 <Cyberserker> Next question from PaperDinosaur ... Aug 24 21.32.22 <Cyberserker> Oh Aug 24 21.32.23 <Cyberserker> Okay ... Aug 24 21.32.27 <Cyberserker> Go ahead Lawfag ... Aug 24 21.32.35 <Cyberserker> Yetsturdy stop ... Aug 24 21.32.37 <Lawfag> Alright I just wanna know some information about the donations if that's okay with you ... Aug 24 21.32.44 <Eron_G> i Lawfag a lawyer or law student? ... Aug 24 21.32.51 <Lawfag> Lawyer ... Aug 24 21.33.01 <Eron_G> Lawfag: sure Aug 24 21.33.03 <Lawfag> Me and another guy on /v/ were digging into this ... Aug 24 21.33.20 <Lawfag> I saw in an earlier screencap that Zoe got a 1,000 dollar donation when she was mugged ... Aug 24 21.33.31 <Lawfag> Do you know on average how much she makes off of these donations? ... Aug 24 21.34.46 <Lawfag> If you don't wanna answer dude, that's fine. Aug 24 21.34.50 <Eron_G> This was one specific incidence. So they aren't ongoing. And I think she made like $6,000 total. If memory serves? But if you're shooting for the tax fraud route I don't know how good that will look from a PR standpoint. ... Aug 24 21.34.58 <Eron_G> It might also have been $3,000 ... Aug 24 21.35.15 <Eron_G> it was somewhere in the multi thousand IIRC at least ... Aug 24 21.35.25 <Lawfag> Well I'm more interested in where the money is going after it hits paypall Aug 24 21.35.28 <Eron_G> less than 10,000, more than 1,000 ... ... Aug 24 21.36.00 <Lawfag> I haven't been able to find a business or charity Aug 24 21.36.04 <Lawfag> And the paypal is straight to her ... Aug 24 21.36.22 <Eron_G> those donations weren't solicited nor did she claim they would go toward anything ... Aug 24 21.36.42 <Lawfag> Well the problem is, that on the Rebel Game Jam page it says it would be donations to that ... Aug 24 21.36.53 <Lawfag> But then hidden on the donation page is that it just goes straight to her ... Aug 24 21.37.07 <Eron_G> It said the mugging money would go toward rebel jam? Aug 24 21.37.09 <Lawfag> Had she ever mentioned anything about fooling people? Or how people are fools about this? ... Aug 24 21.37.17 <Lawfag> No, no, that's another issue Aug 24 21.37.22 <Lawfag> I'm talking about the donations in general ... Aug 24 21.38.03 <Eron_G> oh. no she would not have mentioned anything to me which would have made me think that much less of her as a person. Though she had mentioned things from her past. But I won't bring those up. ... Aug 24 21.38.42 <Eron_G> like, many years ago. I have no proof of them, so I don't want to risk a libel suit Aug 24 21.38.44 <Lawfag> Well it could be incredibly important. I don't hate Zoe or anything of the matter. But in my digging in this subject there are a lot of things that point towards fraud ... Aug 24 21.38.49 <Lawfag> You won't risk libel ... Aug 24 21.39.16 <Eron_G> claiming things for which I have no evidence could constitute libel if you fail to find the evidence. ... Aug 24 21.39.36 <Eron_G> point out the suspicious things though, and i can tell you if I think you're on the right track? ... Aug 24 21.40.01 <Lawfag> I don't want to reveal anything I haven't filed the IRS audit yet ... Aug 24 21.40.15 <UKLawfag> It's not libel if it's true, if there is concrete evidence, then there's nothing to be worried about Aug 24 21.40.16 <Lawfag> But I truly am concerned she's scamming people for thousands of dollars ... Aug 24 21.40.34 <UKLawfag> If it's tenuous however, I would hold off. ... Aug 24 21.41.09 <UKLawfag> Whatever the case, thank you Mr. Eron G. ... Aug 24 21.41.15 <Eron_G> UKLawfag: right, there isn't concrete evidence yet. they are based off of in person discussions ... Aug 24 21.41.25 <UKLawfag> Due to your involvement, you have become the catalyst for an investigation. ... Aug 24 21.41.35 <Lawfag> Well if you've talked to her and she's alluded to things like that, you do need to let us know ... Aug 24 21.42.41 <UKLawfag> If Lawfag opened up a paypal account, and Eron put $1, you would be his attorney and you wouldn't have to tell anybody since it's privileged information. Aug 24 21.43.09 <UKLawfag> If you're worried about anything. ... Aug 24 21.43.15 <Eron_G> Lawfag: let's talk it over PM in a bit. ...
To quote ZQ herself, it’s scary how planned all this shit was.
Lawfag seems very serious about auditing her… and regardless of what folks are saying on Twitter, children are usually not lawyers capable of serving civil ligitation. That Lawfag keeps talking about is kinda scary; an audit request essentially sounds like a fishing expedition to find more dirt to air about ZQ. Only this time, 4chan would be misleading the IRS into wasting their resouces on doing so. And while he’s in the chatroom this harrassment machine turns on the comments Eron is giving them… which is what I’ve been saying about him all along.
Aug 24 21.45.06 <Cyberserker> All right, PaperDinosaur's question: Aug 24 21.45.08 <Cyberserker> "What would make you reveal the stuff you're censoring? Is it because you're afraid of legal action or because you're trying to protect people/yourself?" ... Aug 24 21.45.47 <Eron_G> The stuff I've censored has been censored to protect Zoe from undue harassment. ... Aug 24 21.45.58 <Eron_G> not of a legal nature
The word “undue” there seems to suggest that there is a certain amount of harassment of ZQ that Eron finds acceptable, or that he thinks her worthy of. Just pointing that out. But then he answers a question that I had been wondering myself:
Aug 24 21.46.14 <Cyberserker> From rts13 Aug 24 21.46.16 <Cyberserker> "Do you have any regrets at all for making the initial blogpost?" ... Aug 24 21.46.55 <Eron_G> No regrets ^^^ Aug 24 21.46.58 <Eron_G> well ... Aug 24 21.47.05 <Eron_G> I wish the harassment thing would die down ... Aug 24 21.47.20 <Eron_G> and allow for more honest discussion ... Aug 24 21.47.36 <Eron_G> but other than that, I feel much better after posting than before posting ^^^
I just censored out a bunch of people entering the thread in those ellipses, too. A lot of antisemitic and racist usernames, really… I’m glad to censor them but I want to note they’re there. And also, that Eron Gjoni doesn’t regret anything, except the consequences the continued harassment is having on the reputation of a campaign designed to harass.
Aug 24 21.47.43 <Cyberserker> All right ... Aug 24 21.47.53 <Cyberserker> Next question is from rd0952 Aug 24 21.47.54 <Cyberserker> "How closely do you align with Zoe's publicly professed ideologies?" ... Aug 24 21.48.30 <Eron_G> Her publicly professed ones, pretty closely for most of them. What turns out to be her actual ones, not even remotely. She's a dick. ... Aug 24 21.49.09 <Cyberserker> Next is from Tony_Soprano ... Aug 24 21.49.15 <Cyberserker> "Do you know what degree of influence and/or connections Zoe has to people in the industry, publications, or elsewhere? Would you be able to name people, websites, etc?" ... Aug 24 21.50.08 <Eron_G> Basically, pick a thing related to videogames, and she either knows someone there, or knows someone who knows someone. This is why it's been so easy to make the conspiracy diagrams. ... Aug 24 21.50.33 <Eron_G> Wait ... Aug 24 21.50.59 <Eron_G> I'll add that this isn't uncommon. Again, the clique thing. But Zoe is very good at doing "I'm your friend love me" ... Aug 24 21.51.28 <Cyberserker> These next two (almost identical) ones are from Gregarious and Bugweiser, respectively Aug 24 21.51.30 <Cyberserker> "Has Zoe (or anyone related to the recent incidents) threatened to pursue legal action against you for libel, and if so, have they said on what grounds?" Aug 24 21.51.31 <Cyberserker> "Have you been personally threatened at all since this whole thing exploded?" ... Aug 24 21.52.16 <Eron_G> Only Nathan has threatened to pursue legal action based on a typo. But the typo was corrected before he threatened to do that. Aug 24 21.52.26 <Eron_G> so that's probably not going anywhere ... Aug 24 21.53.04 <Eron_G> No one I know to be related to Zoe in any way has out right threatened me with physical harm.
No one’s threatened to sue him, no one’s threatened to hurt him; Eron reports. Unfortunately this chatroom is a clearinghouse for contemplating how to visit those very things upon Zoe Quinn. And again, having friends in the industry you work isn’t necessarily a bad thing… isn’t that just having business connections? It’s weird how he tries to make Zoe’s conduct into something unacceptable by poisoning the well with admonitions she’s a “dick.”
Eron’s willing to name the forums she frequents, anything really that won’t get him in trouble. But once the topic turns to actual game ethics, Gjoni had very little to share.
4 21.53.13 <Cyberserker> This question is from mib_hzcej5 Aug 24 21.53.14 <Cyberserker> "What about Zoe's past experiences with image boards like 4chan/wizardchan? Was she a regular on any of those boards or any like it?" ... Aug 24 21.54.01 <Eron_G> She was a regular on Something Awful. And they like her in a "we knew her before she was famous" sort of way. Which is why I chose Something Awful as one of the two boards to drop this one. ... Aug 24 21.54.04 <Eron_G> drop this on* ... Aug 24 21.54.18 <Eron_G> but no chans to my knowledge Aug 24 21.54.20 <Eron_G> ^^^ ... Aug 24 21.54.32 <Cyberserker> Question from raisin Aug 24 21.54.34 <Cyberserker> "You said that you've gotten accounts from indie devs on how broken the scene is. Can you share any of those, or all they private?" ... Aug 24 21.55.46 <Eron_G> They are all private and tenuous. And the annoying thing is a lot of them are through *other* people. Who I do have reason to trust. But it means I have to get those people to try to convince them. Because they won't talk to me directly. They explicitly stated that their reason is fear for their careers.
Well, we have Eron’s word on that. But part of me wonders if he’s not disclosing more corruption in the indie game scene because he really doesn’t know of any, given the pretty weak stories of Quinn being assertive and good at her job that are supposed to be his character assassination and valuable contribution to this “movement” for gaming ethics. More poisoning the well:
Aug 24 22.02.12 <Cyberserker> Question from Jughead Aug 24 22.02.14 <Cyberserker> "Are you at all surprised at Wolf Wozniak's accusation of Zoe sexually harassing him at a wedding (allegedly Phil Fish's)? Are you surprised at the instant backlash?" ... Aug 24 22.02.30 <Eron_G> I am surprised at neither ^^^
Now that Eron’s “proven” (or at least alleged) ZQ cheated, it’s apparently permissible to list other rumors of her sexual improprieties, even if such accusations are hearsay and Eron actually knew nothing about them until Anon mentions it. But even then it’s brushed off with a simple “I’m not surprised”. But how do ladies like Zoe get so popular anyway? According to Eron, the answer is harassment.
Aug 24 22.06.30 <Cyberserker> "How does someone like Zoe get acquainted with the people she knows? I had never heard of her until this whole scandal." ... Aug 24 22.08.28 <Eron_G> Oh man. Will not give a full answer to this -- but part of it was that she got a lot of attention as a result of harassment. Which means she attracted the attention of people looking to put an end to that sort of bullshit. Having someone's attention is enough to befriend them. And she's very good at getting people to like her.
Again, I fail to see how this is a bad thing. She’s being harassed, and it attracts the attention of reasonable people who don’t think it’s okay to harass others. And then because Quinn is good as identifying herself as something other than a victim (despite 4chan’s desperate attempts to put her there) that’s a bad thing? And since when was a facility in getting people to like you a bad skill to have in an industry Gjoni staunchly believes is all about who you know? He keeps trying to phrase good things about Quinn’s work habits as if they are bad ones, and it’s a little bit insane how he’s twisting his own facts to portray Quinn in the worst light possible.
But although Gjoni doesn’t seem to have much proof of anything, he’s willing to coach the chatroom in how best to represent their harassment of Zoe Quinn as something other than harassment:
Aug 24 22.08.58 <Cyberserker> Question from Crash ... Aug 24 22.08.59 <Cyberserker> "Can you confirm or deny what she did to wolfgang?" ... Aug 24 22.09.47 <Eron_G> That would have happened in our relationship. So she wouldn't have told me about it. ...Aug 24 22.10.21 <Cyberserker> Question from temet ... Aug 24 22.10.22 <Cyberserker> "Thank you for taking the time to sit with us today. My queston is, taking into account everything that has happened, is game journalism changing because of it? Do you see journalists being more careful because of the Zoe incident?" ... Aug 24 22.11.46 <Eron_G> I don't think journalists are just going to drop their friendships because of this. And for now I think the out of left field attack has caused everyone to band together even more closely. Which is again, why the harrassment needs to die down and become more reasoned debate. One of the links in the blogpost has a good indiestatik article on the issue from a year ago ... Aug 24 22.12.02 <Eron_G> But I think you need to press journals on this ... Aug 24 22.12.15 <Eron_G> and actually have them post what their new standards are ... Aug 24 22.12.30 <Eron_G> that's personal (reasoned) opinion though. ... Aug 24 22.12.38 <Eron_G> I have been out of the scene since dumping Zoe
The reasoned opinion of a man whose closest connection to the industry he’s critiquing is currently a target of severe harassment, and whom he clearly believes has wronged him in one way or another. Eron Gjoni seems to be what my inner Lawfag would call an “unreliable witness”, one with a reason to lie and manipulate his audience into believing the worst about Zoe. And he’s doing nothing to actually protect her from harassment, unless you count not posting sensitive data which Gjoni knows would get him in serious trouble if he did. Which is not exactly upstanding or ethical; Gjoni just wants to harass ZQ without actually being responsible for doing so.
The real burning question of the chatroom isn’t gaming ethics, however. It’s Quinn. She’s in the nicknames of the users, the topic of the chat, and the questions perpetually cycle back to her. Like this one:
Aug 24 22.14.17 <Cyberserker> "Why do you think Zoe acts as she does? Is it simply her way to behave with people or is there some pathological factor you suspect?" ... Aug 24 22.15.00 <Eron_G> ehhh, difficult question to answer. without violating a few things ... Aug 24 22.15.09 <Eron_G> but, is this really that important to people? Aug 24 22.15.16 <Cyberserker> Apparently ... Aug 24 22.15.24 <Eron_G> I'm curious as to what difference it makes if it is pathological or not Aug 24 22.15.28 <Eron_G> anyway ... Aug 24 22.15.38 <Cyberserker> Question from sprocket Aug 24 22.15.40 <Cyberserker> "Are some big named internet celbs "encouraged" to tweet in favor of her actions even if they do not want to get involved whatsoever?" ... Aug 24 22.16.19 <Eron_G> Probably not encouraged to do it. But heavily discouraged from tweeting against her actions. Like, even talking about the matter privately with friends in some scenes is just NOPE ... Aug 24 22.16.44 <Eron_G> in Toronto, a lot of people would just kind of express vague dislike for her Aug 24 22.16.51 <Eron_G> before this happened Aug 24 22.16.53 <Eron_G> apparently now ... Aug 24 22.17.00 <Eron_G> they will shut down at the mention of her name.
That’s hardly surprising if Eron’s speaking from his own experience of mentioning Zoe’s name. I’d be more surprised if people suddenly did want to engage with him, knowing what he wrote about Quinn and the effect it’s had. He seems like the worst kind of knave, the sore loser who wants to be comforted while an internet mob attempts to harass Zoe Quinn to suicide. (See this article by David Futrelle for more information about that.)
Aug 24 22.17.04 <Cyberserker> Could you elaborate as to why? Is it just the close-knit circle of friendship in the indie community? ... Aug 24 22.17.11 <Cyberserker> This is from me ... Aug 24 22.17.29 <Eron_G> Because pissing off people who support her means risk of being ostracized. Aug 24 22.17.38 <Eron_G> a friend in the AAA portion of the industry Aug 24 22.17.51 <Eron_G> said that they couldn't get enough of it, and that it was like the Jersey shore of videogames
Yep, you read that right. According to Eron’s ‘friends’ in AAA gaming, watching Zoe Quinn’s harassment has been like “the Jersey shore of videogames” and they could not get enough of it. Christ. But there were some people who didn’t want to stand idly by… like Phil Fish.
Aug 24 22.20.41 <Cyberserker> Question from mib_4fily7 ... Aug 24 22.20.42 <Cyberserker> "any idea of why phil fish was defending Zoe so fervently to the point of self-destruction." ... Aug 24 22.21.34 <Eron_G> They've been good friends for a long time. I think she even has a credit in Fez? I'm not sure. Part of it is probably that she was very supportive of him when he was first getting harassed. That's what she's told me any way.
Eron, there are friends and then there are “friends”. The former is like Fish, and will go to the mat for you b/c you went there for them. The latter are duplicitous sharks like yourself. Here, Gjoni comments on his plans in case this whole #burgersandfries thing blows up in his face:
Aug 24 22.21.54 <Cyberserker> Question from TangoFett Aug 24 22.21.56 <Cyberserker> "Thanks for being with us here today Eron. In case this whole debacle is not properly dealt with in the near future, or if the Quinn side wins and yourself and gamers as a whole are seen in a bad light, would you speak out publicly even so?" ... Aug 24 22.23.20 <Eron_G> I'm still trying to think about how that would go down. I would recommend avoiding a situation where you are seen in a bad light, by shouting down people who spread pointless harassment. Legitimate concerns will listened to if you organize properly. But the smell of people's genitalia is not a legitimate concern.
It almost comes off like he’s coaching 4chan how to present their concerns about Quinn, i.e. to couch it in language about “gaming ethics” and “integrity”. It’s clear Gjoni is on 4chan’s side, at least for the moment:
Aug 24 22.26.45 <Cyberserker> Question from ShillFish Aug 24 22.26.47 <Cyberserker> "Thanks for taking my earlier question. Do you think indies themselves could be rallied to lash out against corruption in journalism via panels at gaming conventions, or is this "suicide?" Would you be willing to speak on a panel about this topic?" ... Aug 24 22.27.05 <Eron_G> hmmm. . . ... Aug 24 22.27.19 <Eron_G> I hadn't considered the possibility of getting indies themselves to do it. ... Aug 24 22.27.24 <Eron_G> actually Aug 24 22.27.31 <Eron_G> that gives me a number of things to think on ...Aug 24 22.27.51 <Eron_G> I'll drop into /v/ in a few days if it leads to anything
Holy christ, Eron, you sound like a plotting villian. And from what I’ve got in front of me, you kind of think like one, too:
Aug 24 22.33.15 <Cyberserker> Question from draft37 Aug 24 22.33.16 <Cyberserker> "Do you /v/ has missed the mark in targeting Zoe rather than the journalists who published work that had a conflict of interest?" ... Aug 24 22.34.53 <Eron_G> I think /v/ has targeted both. They aren't a hivemind. But, I think they're targetting Zoe the wrong way. And they are focusing too much on sex in the journalism thing. Sex is a tiny ass part of the problem at most.
It must be a central pillar of Gjoni’s perception of this to think it’s about ethics, because he even disagrees with the people in the channel — who to be fair, are crystal clear about who they’re here for, and it isn’t the ghost of game ethics in journalism. He must need to think this to think of himself as a reasonably decent guy, which of course, he isn’t. After some more vague statements about how best to create an ethical environment in an industry he’s not a part of, Gjoni turns his attention to other potential targets for his ire, the men who allegedly cuckolded him (although you *do* have to be married to be a proper cuckold… -ID)
Aug 24 22.43.19 <Cyberserker> "Do you think if this situation escalates any further, or fails to die down anytime soon, that certain people involved will be at risk of losing their jobs? The five guys for instance." ... Aug 24 22.45.06 <Eron_G> I don't think Nathan did anything he can get fired over. Because he was keeping within the standards of his publication. Josh Boggs is self employed. And Robin Arnott has a ton of money. So, except for nathan, there isn't anyone to fire them. ... Aug 24 22.45.18 <Eron_G> But it's possible that they'll quit the scene if the harassment doesn't stop. ... Aug 24 22.45.48 <Eron_G> And I basically just don't like Josh and would have no problem with him quitting the scene. But he probably won't, because framed will make a ton of money as a result of this controversy
“I basically don’t like Josh” is a pretty good reason to turn Anon onto trying to hack his phone and harass him, isn’t it? Gjoni seems sad at the possibility that more people won’t be leaving the games industry as a result of vengeful things he writes. Apparently, Gjoni hasn’t spent those mental calculation cycles on actually trying to stop the harassment he engendered, though:
Aug 24 22.47.07 <Cyberserker> Question from HateSama Aug 24 22.47.09 <Cyberserker> "Have you talked with IA via skype? Or through some other means? Why not appear on one of his videos to tell people to calm down on the harassment?" ... Aug 24 22.48.24 <Eron_G> That might be a good idea. I was thinking it would be cool to see the community come together to simultaneously get people to move the discussion in a more positive direction and deter random harassment though. It just seems -- better. Aug 24 22.48.42 <Eron_G> But if IA reaches out to me I might consider a video. So long as we discuss some terms first. Aug 24 22.48.45 <Eron_G> ^^^
Why would it be better for the harassment to simply and organically resolve itself? Why is it so hard for Gjoni to apologize for siccing a virtual mob on ZQ and anyone close to her? I wonder if it’s because ZQ will have nothing to do with him now, like we read here.
Aug 24 22.51.03 <Cyberserker> "Has Zoe ever tried to contact you since the breakup? Has she ever attempted to target you since you put up the blog or has she ever tried to spin her usual sob story bullshit on you?" ... Aug 24 22.51.27 <Eron_G> Not since I put up the blog. Not even since the headphones.
The headphone’s Gjoni’s referring to are some which ZQ allegedly stole. After another cigarette break, Eron returns to discuss Zoe’s harassment some more. He seems to know exactly what’s happened, and seems to think Quinn deserves it for harassing him,
Aug 24 23.18.18 <Cyberserker> Question from LunaticFringe Aug 24 23.18.20 <Cyberserker> "Why are Quinn and her supporters trying to paint all of this as "harassment" even though there's a mountain of evidence saying otherwise?" ... Aug 24 23.19.01 <Eron_G> Because there's mountains of people calling her "cunt" and "slut" and proliferating nudes of her. ... Aug 24 23.19.26 <Eron_G> I mean, there's probably a bunch of that right now if you search "zoe quinn" or "thequinnspiracy" on twitter ...Aug 24 23.21.47 <Cyberserker> "What do you think her motivation was behind her actions regarding this whole incident?" Aug 24 23.21.56 <Eron_G> explicate? ... Aug 24 23.22.41 <Cyberserker> .voice doctormario Aug 24 23.22.41 * GeorgeWashington gives voice to doctormario ... Aug 24 23.22.45 <Cyberserker> Tell him yourself ... Aug 24 23.23.02 <doctormario> hi, "What do you think her motivation was behind her actions regarding this whole incident?" Aug 24 23.23.13 <Eron_G> right. what do you mean? Aug 24 23.23.19 <Eron_G> which of her actions? ... Aug 24 23.23.57 <doctormario> The oppression of speech online from contributors to her success ... Aug 24 23.25.11 <Eron_G> Her motivation was to not lose face. If people know how horribly she treats others, then others will be more careful getting involved with her. Which would make it more difficult for her to mistreat others. Aug 24 23.25.12 <Eron_G> Also ... Aug 24 23.25.22 <Eron_G> she, like anyone else, probably didn't want to be harassed
You think, Eron? No shit! But this is still an amusing game to him:
Aug 24 23.30.56 <Eron_G> I think what's amusing is that Something Awful deleted my post, and banned me. And then continued to have a 900 page discussion about my post a week later. ...Aug 24 23.59.42 <Eron_G> thezoepost was not meant to primarily adress journalism. It was just to warn people about Zoe. I mentioned Nathan worked for kotaku because I figured I'd leave the community to make what it wanted out of the implications.
This guy’s a real piece of work. There’s more to his first interview; a sort of general banter section which I’ll have to cover another day, and also five other instances of him entering the chat room to talk about Zoe and oh yeah, game journalists and their ethics. I’m going to do another post about the rest of Gjoni’s involvement with #burgersandfries, just as soon as I tend to some other pressing matters. Until then, peace.