January 24, 2015

The End of an Era

Moot quit.

While this is unlikely to be a matter of any earth-shaking import, it is probably worthy of note. 4-Chan has certainly been a significant force in some ways, Whether that has been a net positive is a matter of debate. However, Moot single handedly built a place that appeals on some level to about 20 million visitors a month, so he must have done something right. 

Moot held forth for 8 hours on his last Q&A. 

If you want to peruse that, well, go knock yourself out. 

UPDATE: This one is shorter...


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1 The SJW's have already been working hard at ruining it (According to some disgruntled mods who have been forced out recently). Apparently the official editorial position at 4-Ch is anti-GamerGate.  Which is odd for the birthplace of Anonymous.

Posted by: Mauser at Sat Jan 24 18:07:05 2015 (TJ7ih)

2 Well, I'm inclined to cut Moot a bit of slack for three reasons.
1: 4Chan has had a no raiding policy for a while and what put Gamergate on the radar of the mainstream news people (because it gave the SJWs ammo) was the doxxing and true threats reported by anti Gamergate types.  Hell, some douche allegedly acting on behalf of GG recently SWATted a game developer. It is improbable that all of these are made up of Mobeyisms and calling that out was appropriate. Cyberstalking, bullying, threats and SWATing are wrong. Yes, the other side does it to us but they are wrong and it is important not to lower ourselves to their level. Also it's wrong.
2: GG happened on the heels of "The Fappening" and added to the hours Moot was already spending online with the lawyers and the threats and lawsuits and everything else. The celebrity pics were posted on 4-Chan and the two sort of got blended together. 
3: One of the major reasons for the Gamergate phenomenon was what the situation with The Fine Young Capitalists, which started on 4-Chan as a way to get Women and Minority game developers in the door. This did an end run around the SJWs like quinn who had set themselves up as not only advocates, but arbiters of who was worthy of help.  Reportedly, the charming Miss Quinn doxxed the 4-Channers responsible and had their kickstarter shut down as a "hate Group". 
4-Chan stepped up, did an Indie-Go-Go campaign and got the little start-up off the ground. Moot was supportive of this. 

That incident was followed by Zoe Quin's boyfriend having a meltdown...publishing who she had cheated on him with which led to the realization that the execrable Depression Quest had gotten greenlit via casting couch. This led to the "SHOCKING...SHOCKING I DARE SAY" revelation that there was...wait for it....payola in gaming journalism. 
To my mind  Gamergate has had two bigger stories than the payola. One of course  has always been the critical theory aspects of this phenomenon, to bully people into hating the "correct things". At least as big was the revelation of the chat logs with the gaming jornos and developers joking about the casting couch
The SJWs have not just endeavored to make games politically correct and bully nerds. They have, on the professional level set up a byzantine system of entryism for everyone getting into the industry including women and minorities. People like Quinn and Sarkizian have set themselves up as both advocate and gatekeeper. This is a lucrative job with considerable power and they will work to destroy anyone who tries to allow a way to bypass them.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Jan 24 19:30:42 2015 (DnAJl)


Well...That comment....drifted,
Anyway...I'm not a fan or detractor of Moot per say, but I can certainly understand why when he had already decided to retire, and he was being beset by lawyers on all sides that he'd just wash his hands of the whole thing. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Jan 24 19:51:14 2015 (DnAJl)

4 Heh, I wonder if anyone sorted through all 8 hours and found anything really worth hearing....

And did Moot come away from this with lots of cash?

BTW, check out the related vids on that second video, for the ones that say 4Chan City....

Posted by: Mauser at Sat Jan 24 21:32:11 2015 (TJ7ih)

5 Moot started 4chan 10 years ago, when he was fifteen years old. Now, it looks like he's ready to start a life, and that means getting out from under the 4chan time sink.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Jan 24 21:40:19 2015 (+rSRq)

6 He retires with all the Pr0n he will ever need for the rest of his life....

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jan 25 02:02:06 2015 (TJ7ih)

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