Elizabeth Sampat - Quit Fucking Going To PAX Already, What Is Wrong With You?
And today, on stage at PAX, Mike publicly stated the one fucking thing
that PA ever did right— removing the Dickwolves merchandise—
was a mistake.
And the crowd went wild, and the men who own PA with him agreed soberly, and
that is the convention that everyone says is best and most inclusive. A
place where the owners can say “We should have continued to profit off of
the suffering of others” in the biggest auditorium the convention offered
and the crowd went wild.
NewStatesman - Penny Arcade reopens the "dickwolves" controversy.
Today, that excuse is not available. These ideas have been mainstreamed
to the extent that Krahulik and Holkins cannot get away with pretending that
it's only a vocal minority who see problems with using rape as a punchline
which don't extend to problems with using murder in the same way. But the
last three years have not seen the pair toning down the rhetoric. From
Holkins writing about the "censorship"
of criticising a game's exaggerated female characters to Krahulik
being dismissive of trans people
to a $20,000 donation to the Trevor project), there have been no end of
sub-dickwolves controversies, causing
one prominent indie developer to pull out of their shows entirely. The
Financial Post's Daniel Kaszor summed them up in an article titled "Penny
Arcade needs to fix its Krahulik problem".