No freedom of speech allowed in the software
and gaming industries.
They’re coming for you next: John Gipson, the co-founder and president of the software game company Tripwire, has been forced to step down because he had the nerve to issue a single tweet expressing support for Texas’s new anti-abortion law.
The tweet quickly generated intense controversy. Many individual gamers called for a boycott of Tripwire’s games, sharing tips on how to hide listings for its products in Steam’s online game store or making donations to women’s charities in Mr Gibson’s name.
Supporters of the Texas law also responded, with the original tweet clocking up nearly 13,000 replies.
But Shipwright Studios, a “work-for-hire” studio that contributed to some of Tripwire’s games, wrote it was ending a three-year relationship because of Mr Gibson’s comments. “While your politics are your own, the moment you make them a matter of public discourse you entangle all of those working for and with you,” Shipwright Studios said. “We cannot in good conscience continue to work with Tripwire under the current leadership… [and] will begin the cancellation of our existing contracts”.
Tom Banner studios, the creator of one of the games that Tripwire publishes (Chivalry 2), also came out condemning Gibson, as did several of his partners at Tripwire.
So what evil thing did Gibson say? Here is the entire content of his tweet:
Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat. As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer. [emphasis mine]
The highlighted words reveal a fundamental truth. If you are pro-abortion, you can speak your mind anytime, in as public a forum as you choose, and you will face no negative consequences — which is as it should be.
Be someone like Gibson and make one somewhat mild comment in support of limiting abortion, however, and you will have your life destroyed. Though about half the nation, at a minimum, has consistently agreed with Gibson and opposed abortion, and even larger numbers have consistently opposed abortion on demand at any time during a pregnancy, the leftist mob rule that today rules our culture will no longer allow those people their freedom of speech. State this relatively common opinion publicly and the mob will gather with torches and pitchforks to burn you at the stake.
In other words, the game is badly rigged against conservatives. While the left is free to spout its agenda anywhere, anytime, and in any forum, often forcing that agenda into places where such politics are inappropriate, the right is hounded, blackballed, censored, cancelled, and oppressed if its supporters dare to even whisper their point of view.
The left had better wake up and rethink these ongoing oppressive tactics. Very soon, the only choice the right will have to survive will be to become as intolerant as the left, if only in self-defense. For example, why should any conservative gamer now have any interest in buying products produced by Shipwright Studies, Tom Banner studios, or even from Tripwire itself? None, I say. Burn their products, find other games to play.
In fact, find out what new games John Gibson plans to issue and buy those instead.
What goes around comes around, and I see this intolerance resulting in harm to both sides, merely because the left has decided it knows it all, cannot be questioned, and is willing to hurt anyone who disagrees.