GOG.com Tweet Backlash

GOG.com tweets about as tweet they made before removing it due to controversy, saying "we clearly messed up here." VG247 has details on the deleted tweet, saying it was a promotional image for Postal 2 which showed someone urinating on a headstone marked "games journalism." They note this as a call out to the GamerGate movement, which was highly critical of the gaming press, but is also the target of criticism itself over allegations of misogyny and sexism, and VG247 says they are dropping coverage of GOG.com as a result of this. The tweet has inspired lots of responses, many of which are complaints about the original tweet, but there are many posts critical of the apology as well. This tweet offers thoughts on the controversy, but we do not understand their reference to the significance of the date except that there were many GamerGate headlines around this time in 2015. Here's their post:

  • The intention behind our tweet was to inform about a release known for controversial content.
  • Unfortunately, we've failed to make the association between the image, the date, and an abusive movement.
  • Our intention was never to hurt or condone hate.
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Jul 20, 2018, 09:22
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Prez wrote on Jul 20, 2018, 08:59:
Kajetan wrote on Jul 20, 2018, 05:42:
NKD wrote on Jul 19, 2018, 19:04:
It was a mistake for them to respond to this. No one gave a shit outside of SJW land until they apologized. Everyone else has forgotten GamerGrapes.
But it wasnt a mistake to use Gamergate to promote something?
Interesting ...

People keep saying that GOG was consciously referencing Gamergate with the ad. I haven't seen anything to indicate that. Am I missing something? Did they admit that was what they were doing somewhere and I missed it? If so, then yeah, dumb move.

Otherwise, I might point out that this was an ad for a game that was released long before GG was ever a thing, and was critically panned by game journalists not for being a bad game, but largely for being in poor taste in their view. The gamers almosts universally loved it. In that context the pissing on game journalism inference makes perfect sense and is in no way something they should apologize for. At most concisely state that it was never intended to be a GG inference and be done with it. Again, if I missed where they admitted it was, then that's on me.

I doubt they consciously referenced GG. Why would they wade into that? But it's entirely reasonable to make the connection between it and GG. Like it's reasonable to think GOG didn't intend that. Like it's then reasonable for them to apologize for a connection people are reasonably making, and reasonably unhappy with, that GOG didn't intend.

I apologize for things I didn't mean to do all the time. Did I bump into you? I apologize for it. I didn't mean to bump into you, but it happens. I'm not weak for apologizing, I did something that you didn't like, whether I meant to or not, and it wasn't my intention. Apologizing so that you know it wasn't my intention is worth more than any pride over not apologizing because you can deal with the fact that I bumped into you. Or maybe I didn't bump into you, maybe I didn't realize you were behind me and didn't hold the door. Maybe I accidentally cut you off walking out of a store. Maybe it's taking me a minute longer than expected to find my ID before walking into your club. Whatever.
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