Or at least that’s how we would like this headline to read. A couple of days ago, Tim Schafer was host to an AMA, or Ask Me Anything, over on Reddit. In this AMA, a user named AnotonioOfVenice had asked a question to Tim Schafer asking about if he regretted attacking women and minorities in a joke made at last years CDC.
Do you regret the way you attacked and mocked women and minorities with your sockpuppet?
The developer responds claiming that he did not attack women and minorities at all and was only making implications that the people using the #gamergate and #notyourshield hashtags were known to be sockpuppets. Or at least, that’s the interpretation that I came out of it with. Perhaps he is unaware of the origins of #notyourshield, but it was made specifically to show that games journalists can not use minorities to hide their impropriety, and even more, that these accounts claiming to be minorities are, in fact, actual people and not sockpuppets.
Obviously, I never attacked and mocked women and minorities, ever, with a sockpuppet or anything else. During the GDC choice awards I made a joke that implied people in Gamergate are associated with sock puppets, and another joke that implied people who use the #gamergate hashtag also use the #notyourshield hashtag. I never said ALL gamergate supporters are sock puppets. I never said that everyone who uses #notyourshield is a sockpuppet. Some people said I did, though, and they further went on to characterize my statements as racist or anti-women, which is obviously the opposite of what I was saying. Or at least I hope it was obvious. It’s possible it wasn’t obvious, and for that I apologize. Still, my main regret is not getting the math right.
Later, a user named wisesalesman further confronted Schafer on the issue, claiming that Tim Schafer let them, a LGBTQ gamer themselves, down. They also claimed that he offered a “non-apology”, which to them the above apology seemed like.
I really can’t convey to you what that felt like – to have your childhood hero do you like that. I’m late to the party, and I know you’ll probably never see this comment. And I’m not looking for anything from you – you’ve already made your (highly conditional non-apology) apology. But I wanted to put this out there, on the off-chance you’ll understand the impact you made, and maybe a sliver of why people were upset in the wake of that speech.
You let me down, Tim.
After which, Tim replied that he was sorry that he caused offence towards this user.
I’m sorry I offended you. That was not my intention.
There were many accusations of a non-apology after the apology was made, but the original user seemed satisfied with that response.