Trigger warnings: sexism, harassment.
Earlier this week, Comcept posted an update about Mighty No. 9, spiritual successor to Keiji Inafune’s Mega Man series. They introduced their new community manager, two forum moderators (all three of whom are project backers), and a localization company, who will be coordinating community matters.
The comment section is now swamped with hate towards the community manager. Backers claimed that she didn’t deserve the job, as she wasn’t a true fan of the series; that her politics would ruin the game; that she was being deceitful by locking her personal Twitter account. They screamed about nepotism, decried feminist agendas, and demanded refunds.
Comcept’s new community manager has a master’s degree. She speaks four languages. She’s a talented artist. She may have been referred to the company through a personal connection, but she’s clearly qualified. That’s called networking, and it’s a potential factor in any industry hire. She didn’t make her Twitter account private to hide some dark secret - it’s just that dealing with waves of vitriol on her personal account is not part of her job. And as for claims that she will somehow influence the course of Mighty No. 9? A community manager has literally nothing to do with the development of the game. A community manager deals with the project’s presence on social media, and in this instance, she’s working with two other backers and an entire localization company.
These are not reasonable arguments. These are the desperate wails of an insular community, furious that a woman has been admitted into their clubhouse. If there’s an agenda in play, it’s not some feminist conspiracy - it’s a legion of petulant fans, eager to defend the sanctity of their hobby. It’s embarrassing.