We had a series of DDOS attacks hitting Blizzard, Microsoft, Sony, NCSoft, and others. Why? Because people are dicks is the best reasoning I can come up with. A couple of parties have claimed responsibility but it would appear Lizard Squad, a DDOS group of happy ne’er do wells, has been claiming responsibility. Not happy enough with corporate espionage they decided to double down and called in a threat against the plane that the president of Sony was flying on getting the FBI involved (they saw Corporate America’s hand and raised it one act of Domestic Terrorism). So… yup, they decided to piss off the FBI not smart.
Now, if that was all there was in the “some gamers suck” column that’d be kind of shitty but no, we then move on to the other bunch of sore sports who decided to throw a hissy fit to end all hissy fits and in a disturbingly increasingly common practice among FPShitheads called in a “SWATing” prank at a public school where pro-gamer Jordan Mathewson was streaming from (and owning them). Swat teams raided the room and reacted with the typical response one would expect from a SWAT team (loud and hard). It’s only a matter of time before a “SWATing” incident ends in death and is something that only proves that some gamers are twerps.
Now, you think “man, there’s some real scuz monkeys out there” and I would say yes but it gets worse. How is that possible one might say? Well three names Fish, Sarkeesian, and Quinn. Now this isn’t the start of a joke it’s not two game developers and a game critic walk in to a bar unless you end the joke by saying they get harassed to the point where they have to run and hide in fear because that’s kind of what happened. Quinn and Fish (who had already quit the industry and who’s only crime was supporting Quinn in that she should not be attacked) were doxxed by “big strong men” (aka little shits) because Quinn’s ex-boyfriend is a tool bag and hopefully is ashamed of himself. Sarkeesian’s crime on the other hand was that of having an opinion. She released another episode of Feminist Frequency discussing the objectification of women in gaming to which she was promptly attacked to the point of having to flee her house. Remember for a second, these same “upstanding” men are the same ones who were complaining their “opinions” were being “censored” over at Kotaku and other sites where they were harassing Quinn and her supporters. So apparently their opinions have to be heard, Sarkeesian’s are to be silenced at all costs even going so far to attack people like Joss Whedon and Tim Schafer. Yeah… fuck heads, I really don’t want to talk about this any more if you want to see my opinion on this see my editorial from Thursday.
One small piece of good news regarding sadly the least miserable of these incidents it would appear as of today Saturday the 30th the luminaries at Lizard Squad have been identified and at least two of them are in custody and have been doxed by a group identifying itself as Activist Revolution (great we got hacker on hacker violence here but at least it appears one group may be white hats). Now if only we could somehow lobotomize all the people who have been SWATing and making good people’s lives miserable it’d be a good week. (Oh and one question for Lizard Squad, seriously dude, you don’t put on a shirt when you talk to your friends on Skype?)