GDC Reconsidering Bushnell Award After Backlash

Rolling Stone's "Glixel" reports that the Game Developer's Conference is reconsidering plans to honor Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell with their Pioneer Award at the 2018 GDC Awards. This follows an outcry that's spawned a #NotNolan campaign, citing well-publicized stories of how the original Atari culture was a hotbed of drinking, drugs, hot tubs, and sexism (in other words, the 1970s). Concerns are being voiced that the timing of this award is especially inappropriate in light of the current focus on movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, and a GDC spokesperson tells Glixel they are looking at the choice "more closely" in light of this.
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Jan 31, 2018, 20:37
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Jan 31, 2018, 20:37
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jdreyer wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 20:05:
They have officially withdrawn the award. Nolan will not receive it this year.

On the one hand, it sounds like the stuff Nolan did was similar to the behavior that forced Al Franken out of the Senate. We don't forgive Nazis and Klanners just because "the culture was different then."

On the other hand, as someone pointed out, no rock star ever would get an award. Jimmy Page was banging a 14 year old in the early 70s. I have a female friend who was a groupie, and she has stories about illegal behavior involving nearly every major rock act from the 70s and early 80s.

Incredibly talented people are capable of terrible acts. Humans are complicated. I don't know what the answer is.

The problem is that the same people that have not had a major problem with any of this even five years ago all of a sudden have a major problem with all of it. It reeks of hypocrisy. Do as I say not as I do. And where does it end? Guys (and let's be brutally clear here, this is male-centric in the worst way) don't know what's even considered appropriate now or even if it is considered okay now, what about ten years from now? If this train doesn't derail or run out of steam, then in ten years we could be heading for '1984'-esk 'good truth' crap. There has to be boundaries here and unfortunately, right now, even speaking in a tone that is not 100% in favor of the 'MeToo' or 'TimesUp' movements makes you look like you either have something to hide or are a misogynistic prick. I don't have the answer either but it sure as hell isn't this.

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