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By: Douglas Nash                                                                                                                               Twitter: @Name_Taker 

 

     A scandal has erupted around Zoe Quinn, the creator of the indie darling Depression Quest. Around the time of it’s release, it was was lauded by critics as a interesting think piece about depression and provided a great way to empathize with those who do suffer. The current scandal involving Zoe however has nearly nothing to do with her talent for making games, or her initial breakout hit. Instead it involves rather nasty accusations by her ex-boyfriend on an angry blog post.

     A few days ago, before the writing of this article, Zoe’s ex-boyfriend posted a roughly 5000-word blog post on his Wordpress account railing against Zoe, his now ex-girlfriend. In this post, he made several accusations against Zoe including the standard bitter break up stuff as well as accusations of cheating. The scandal isn’t the fact that Zoe maybe cheated on her boyfriend, its that some of the people she’s allegedly slept with are people in the gaming industry. Apparently, they are also people who have helped her out in the past, namely Nathan Grayson, a high profile reporter who has previously written for Rock Paper Shotgun and now writes for Kotaku.

     It didn’t take long until this whole bitter rant from an angry ex erupted into a massive internet assault against Zoe. This isn’t the first time Zoe has been the target of such harassment; a similar thing happened earlier this year when Zoe tried to publish Depression Quest. She was targeted for no particular reason by the usual assortment of professional internet trolls. Therefore when accusations like this surface, there is no shortage of people willing to come out of the wood work and start their campaign anew. However, this time they have the advantage of hiding their troll like behaviour under the guise of exposing corruption in the gaming industry. 

     The problem about this whole supposed “scandal” is that all it takes is one simple google search and one minute of critical thinking to come to the same conclusion. Even if what Zoe’s ex-boyfriend says is true; which as a quick aside, if you ever want accurate personal information about someone, your first source shouldn’t be their ex. Though let’s assume Zoe’s ex isn’t lying, a quick google search will show that Nathan’s coverage of Depression Quest comes down to a single cursory reference in one article about something different. In fact, most of the google results are pages of people harassing both Nathan and Zoe over twitter, with the odd article coming either Zoe or Nathan’s defence. 

     In turn, this results in a classic sex scandal where people looking for a reason to bring someone they don’t like down and use their private indiscretions as a means to ruin their public image. So all that’s left is the accusation stating that maybe she cheated on her ex and you know what? I really don’t care either way and neither should random idiots online when it comes to other people’s personal lives. Also, if there ever was someone who deserved to be cheated on, it would be someone who would go out of their way to write a 5000 word blog about how bitter and angry they are about their breakup. 

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Checkpoint Reached #41

This week on the show The checkpoint crew talk at length about the Last of Us Remastered, Rouge Legacy, old school arcades, Persona 4, and many more. In the second segment the Checkpoint Crew talk at length about the strengths and weaknesses of the Persona series.  

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Top yourself — Jack White

Various Persona 4 golden songs

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Checkpoint Reached #40

This week on the podcast the Checkpoint Crew talk about a ton of different games including but not limited to X-Com Enemy Within, Mortal Kombat, Guilt Gear, Japanese MMOs, and a plethora of Vita games. Then in the second segment the Checkpoint Crew talks at length about their impressions of the Destiny Beta and what they hope the full holds when it’s finally released in september.

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Young Men Dead — The Black Angles

Brave New World — Marty O’Donnell

Turbulence —  Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke 

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Checkpoint Reached: The Return of Emperor Flavius

FLAV is back so we decided to record a short little podcast for you guys and it’s filled with WW1 and 2 talk, how dentistry school is the ultimate time management sim, Smite, Diablo 3, and bit more. Also you can send us your listen e-mails to letters@checkpointgames.ca and maybe we’ll read them on the podcast. 

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Genesis — Justice

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Checkpoint Reached #39

This week the Checkpoint Crew talk about a ton of games such as, Tower fall Ascension, Valiant Hearts, Dead Space 3, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Blaze Blue, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Bioshock and a few more. Then in the second segment the crew talks all about Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes spoilers. If you want you letter read on the show be sure to email us at letters@checkpointgames.ca 

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Black Back Liquorice — Jack White

Metal Gear Saga — Harry Gregson Williams  

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Checkpoint Reached: Game of Thrones Special

On the Game of Thrones special, Doug and Carbine talk at length about season 4 of Game of Thrones. You can E-Mail us at letters@checkpointgames.ca with your comments, concerns, and confessions.

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Main Title — Ramin Djawadi 

The Children — Ramin Djawadi 

The Rain’s of Castamere — Sigur Ros 

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Checkpoint Reached #38

This week Rola is back with the Checkpoint Crew to talk about some games including, Metal Gear Solid, Blaze Blue, Destiny, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, DMC and many more. Remember you can send us emails at letters@checkpointgames.ca 

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Feedback — Steve Aoki 

Nuclear — Mike Oldfield 

Lazaretto — Jack White 

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Checkpoint Reached #8

This week Rola is back with the Checkpoint Crew to talk about some games including, Metal Gear Solid, Blaze Blue, Destiny, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, DMC and many more. Remember you can send us emails at letters@checkpointgames.ca 

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Feedback — Steve Aoki 

Nuclear — Mike Oldfield 

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Checkpoint Presents: Bioshock Infinite #3

In this episode of Checkpoint Presents Bioshock Infinite, Doug and Max talk about the start of Emporia to the end of the game. In the next episode Doug and Max will cover Burial at se episode 2. You can E-mail Doug and Max at letters@checkpointgames.ca  

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In this episode, the E3 madness continues! Carbine, Doug and Max share their thoughts on the Sony Press conference. Find out what hyped them up? What bored them to death? What may have their possible interest and what they were looking forward to. Stay uned for the Nintendo Press Conference!  

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Gin and Juice — Snoop Dog 

Taking over — Favright 

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