Earthworm Jim Creator Doug TenNapel Interview – Regressives, Manufactured Outrage, and More

I had the wonderful opportunity to finally interview Doug TenNapel, the creator of Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood, just to name a few of his projects.

A longstanding critic of the regressive horde that is slowly encroaching upon literally everything they can find, I wanted to pick Doug’s brain regarding his creative process, as well as how he deals with outrage.

You can find our interview below:


For those of our fans somehow unaware of your work – could you give us a brief rundown on your career?

It’s been a lot of work over the last 30 years so I’ll hit a few major works. I worked in video games making Earthworm Jim, The Neverhood and Skullmonkeys. In TV I made Project Geeker, Catscratch, and I was the show runner for the recent VeggieTales in the House. I’ve written and drawn over 17 graphic novels including Creature Tech, Gear, Cardboard and my Nnewts trilogy. I’ve also taught college and consulted in Hollywood on various productions.

What made you want to get into games initially?

I’ve just always loved playing games. I was raised on the Atari 2600 and coin-op arcade games. Plus it just so happened to be the only animation job I could find in San Diego around 1991.

Do you have a favorite licensed game or project you worked on? I’m a huge fan of Ren & Stimpy myself.

Ren and Stimpy was fun, but really, Neverhood is my favorite. It was kind of easy too.

Stop-motion animation is clearly something you love doing, and it shows in lots of your work – including Armikrog. What’s your favorite medium? Comics, film, games?

Comics are by far my favorite medium. It’s the one time I can do everything by myself and the thing that comes out the other end as the most like what I imagined. It’s a powerful medium.

What inspires you the most as a creator? Or do you typically prefer sitting at a blank canvas and feel things out?

Really, I just sit at a table or white and pound stuff out. It was never hard to create. I’ve pretty much made stuff every day my whole life. I do like to procrastinate a little by going out for food or play with the kids, I want to get everything out of the way so when I hit that blank paper I’m ready to devote myself to it.

Clearly, the event that prompted this interview is that flaccid Kotaku take on Earthworm Jim. Could you talk up the millennial critique of the game? It’s pretty baseless right?

This Kotaku article (source) is just the outrage of the day. They took an angle I disagree with, and I don’t mean that Earthworm Jim is beyond criticism. It’s full of flaws. But the author didn’t find any of them. I smelled an agenda from a mile away, and Kotaku should be thrilled with the traffic I got them!

Yes, even Kotaku needs some TenNapel outrage to pay the bills. I only want their prosperity and want people to read Kotaku… I just want Heather to be a better writer. That’s encouragement to keep going and get better.

There’s bad level design, there’s challenging level design, and then there’s critics who are just bad at video games (and somehow have a job). Does Earthworm Jim sit somewhere in between “just challenging enough” and “rage-inducing difficulty”?

I never found it unfair. It is hard, but it’s not mean-spirited. I have no idea the skill level of the Kotaku writer, but it sounds like he played it a few times, got frustrated and got mad. Never write an article when you’re mad. If I had my wish, I’d have him play the game on a Genesis system with original controllers. That’s about the best Earthworm Jim experience one can have.

Was the game meant to be mean-spirited at all? It always came off to me as a perfect example of 90s humor and satire.

This is where it gets hard, because I don’t know what the reviewer meant by it at all. There is nothing mean spirited in it. I mean, sure we put lawyers in hell, but even my lawyer found that pretty funny.

Everything we did in that game, just isn’t that big of a deal. We kind of farted it together and the idea that someone is studying it 25 years later is going to produce unintended results. It should be seen in the context of a 1994 Genesis game. It’s a good game.

Do you feel like anything and/or everything can be made fun of – or satirized?

That’s a tough one. I think anything can be made fun of one on one with friends. My best friends have insulted me every way possible. But out in public we’d probably be thrown in jail, and by thrown in jail I mean trying to be an intelligent person of conscience at Bleeding Cool. For mass media content like Earthworm Jim or most of my graphic novels, I pull back on jokes so that in general, most people won’t find stuff offensive. That’s almost always true for most mass media projects.

I have a hunch as to how you feel but I’m curious for your thoughts on censorship, and how it’s been actively promoted by internet regressives. Is censorship ever ok?

My problem with censorship is when it is selective. The idea that everything I believe should not be censored but everything you believe should be is a sucky way to do censorship. So if the censors aren’t going to take my values into consideration why should I take their values into consideration? It must be reciprocal.

But where we’re at in culture I see everyone taking a dump on everything so I always smell around when they turn into cultural church lady prudes when I say something. People who use censorship to target and shut down artists are no friends of artists or the audience. That said, employers who pay the bills can draw the line where they want on censorship. I try to respect the standards my employers set for me.

You openly supported GamerGate – that combined with your conservative views have frequently gotten you crucified by other games press. Has this lynchmob phenomenon ever made you consider swearing off social media? Having opinions? Existing?

I think it was a lot harder back in 2011 when I was doing this alone. I’d say something and the silent majority stayed silent. But since then, people have learned that being silent is how you lose an argument with a vocal, totalitarian left. I get the same amount of support as I get detractors so at least now there is a debate happening. It’s never good when one side silences the other. I’ve seen my side do it to the other guy and that doesn’t sit well with me.

But social media is deceptive, because it seems to be what the whole world thinks. It’s not. It’s what the vocal minority on both sides think of something and they are a limited sample of the whole world of thought. We get this tiny feed and it looks like reality, even when I have 12,000 followers on Twitter. But it’s a skewed sample. So is Kotaku. So is Fox News, or the comments section of your favorite anything. It has far more psychological weight in the individual than it does in reality.

Have your personal beliefs always been an issue for other people in the arts and entertainment industry? Shouldn’t this be a non-issue?

Oh, yes. I’ve always told people what I think and believe. I do think it SHOULD be an issue because I think ideas, beliefs, and values are so important. I often wonder what else is as important? But in order for me to tell you who I really am I need to speak freely and you need to be frank with me.

People take issue with me because I’m blunt. I am. That is a good thing sometimes and it’s a bad thing sometimes. I’ve helped a lot of people and I’ve hurt a lot of people. But I’m not trying to injure you, I’m trying to tell you who I am.

What’s weird about the arts is I was told that philosophically it was the wild west, that anything goes, but I quickly learned it’s anything but. These people are so programmed by culture to fit within these tiny brackets that when someone like me comes along they just freak the hell out.

I’ve noticed lots of outlets have refused fair coverage of your projects in the past, because of your personal beliefs. How common is this from your perspective?

It’s not that common, but it does happen. Liberals go into mass media more than conservatives so I’m just going to see more liberal bias in mass media. That’s just human nature. When it happens it’s always the same thing, because they all think the same.

I would love a unique take or criticism of me or my work. These people are boring. That’s part of the reason why I keep inviting my critics to call, Skype or email me. I could make this interesting, and they want anything but a conversation to be stimulating or interesting. They just want to jam an angle down our throat and don’t want facts or human beings to get in the way.

You’ve always kept your personal beliefs out of your profession, noting almost all of them disagree with you. Why do armchair warriors desperately cling to things they disagree with?

I’m really comfortable in my own skin. It took a long time to get here but someone making ignorant comments about me doesn’t shake me, it actually confirms what I know about my critics. But I do work with all kinds of people and they make me a richer person.

I’ve hired transsexuals, Scientologists, Commies, Mormons, racists, vegans, all kinds of people I don’t agree with. In general, I just get to know them and we put our heads down and work our butts off. We make good stuff, and that’s what I’m paid to do.

Should a creator and their creations be considered separately? A la “The Death of the Author”?

I know I do that. Why in the world would I consider the artist when all I care about is what’s in front of me? I read Richard Dawkins and I don’t care what kind of guy he is. I want to read the book for what it is. The whole question of separating the art from the artist is a stupid cliché distributed over the net to train idiots not to think for themselves.

Why did art critics not ask about separating the art from the artist in the 1980s? Because we used to be adults who could look at the work of someone we disagreed with and just the work on its own merit, not the hands that made it. In logic it’s called a Genetic Fallacy to criticize an argument because of where it came from. It’s a fallacy.

You frequently come off to me as someone who doesn’t back down from your beliefs, religious or not. Should this be the right approach to take in combating the regressive hivemind?

This isn’t just something to use against the left, it’s something I use on anybody anywhere. Why should I back down from my beliefs or my religion, politics or philosophy? If they’re wrong, demonstrate they are wrong and I’ll change them. But shaming, peer pressuring, calling names, death threats, none of that will change my mind.

I don’t think most who disagree with me have any idea what I think or why I think it. That hive mind you speak of does not like it when someone gets out of line. I’m way out of their line and they can’t sleep until I think like them. I don’t lose sleep that they are idiots. They’re burning all of their calories on this.

If you ever could, would you return to Earthworm Jim? Maybe if Interplay asked you to come aboard for that project that’s supposedly still in development. Kickstarter perhaps?

I would always be open to that project but I have a lot of demands to keep it from being a waste of time. I would want the original team, I would want creative control, guaranteed royalties etc… it’s all the kind of things that owners and controllers of IPs don’t like. And I’m sure by now you can tell how wonderfully flexible I am about these things. If it happens it probably won’t be with me.

To close out – what words of wisdom do you have for your fans?

To my fans I would say to consider others as better than yourself, to love your enemies and consider what God has done.


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Brandon Orselli

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  • Anon_Amous

    Doug is such a great guy. Still have my original Earthworm Jim SNES games, they were a cherished part of my gaming youth. The guy has such a great attitude.

  • Zanard Bell

    I should have guessed Doug doesn’t think highly of SJW bullshitry, as I kind of remembered the final enemy in Earthworm Jim now. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/46af01bddb8efedf7af0e4db88cd979588873cce527d9c194b6a3a38f0a07bea.jpg

  • OtterjesusDepressed

    His graphic novels are full of his beliefs… so… I’m confused. I have all of them and you can tell he’s a christian based on the content of about half of them that have explicit mentions of Christianity. That’s not a problem but he doesn’t keep his beliefs out of what he creates. This interview made it seem like he does.

  • I think he meant moreso like pulling back things that may be considered offensive? He never said he keeps it out of his work. I meant that question moreso in the “workplace,” i.e. shoving his beliefs down other peoples’ throats.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    Very awesome. ThankS1

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    “But social media is deceptive, because it seems to be what the whole world thinks. It’s not. It’s what the vocal minority on both sides think of something and they are a limited sample of the whole world of thought. We get this tiny feed and it looks like reality, even when I have 12,000 followers on Twitter. But it’s a skewed sample. So is Kotaku. So is Fox News, or the comments section of your favorite anything. It has far more psychological weight in the individual than it does in reality.”

    ^This. I’ve always been saddened thinking how many impressionable minds get warped by militant minorities on social media. You go through enough sites and it seems like that’s how the whole world thinks; which couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • Miss the earthworm jim cartoon.

  • Mr0303

    “People who use censorship to target and shut down artists are no friends of artists or the audience.” – brilliant quote. Hopefully more creators get that memo and it’s not just the fans that are pissed off.

  • Ninjagai

    Earthworm Jim’s difficulty was pretty average for it’s day. Easier than nes games for sure, and definitely not on the level of Contra 3 or anything. If you can’t beat it, you’re definitely a shitty player.

  • OzymandiasAeonis

    The Patriots were right

  • Skate or Die

    Doug, if you’re reading this, first off, I just want to say I’m a huge fan of your games, and please make a spiritual successor to Skullmonkeys. Also, is Neverhood ever coming to steam or gog?

  • Beliefs are one thing, but Doug went out of his way to misgender someone on Twitter, so him saying something like, “…consider others as better than yourself” I just think, “Yeah… I’m not buying into your bullshit.”

  • SuuLoliBoob

    >but Doug went out of his way to misgender someone on Twitter
    And? I call plenty of women dudes and plenty of guys girls. Also, i’ve been “misgendered” plenty of times in my life (and i’m not even trans) and if trans people wanna say gender is not biological, but rather a spectrum, or a “social construct” why does it matter if someone misgenders someone else in the first place?

  • Wow, I didn’t notice that my original comment was actually talking about you and your anecdotal stories! Wait, …it didn’t.
    Doug has the right to his opinions, as everyone, even on gender issues, but reading him in interviews saying “These liberals are choking the speech of freedom and of the arts. I get along with everyone regardless of their beliefs but I guess I’m the problem” and then does something shitty like calling a transwoman a man which /he knew full what he was doing/, and the asshole has audacity to wonder why people- er, I mean REGRESSIVES have an issue to take up with him and give him shit.
    Seems like he likes to stir up shit then hide behind “muh speech” when he gets called out on it, which, okay fair enough, but at least his critics are standing on their ground. Doug just seems to point at them and say, “See? Dem liberals and their wild hair tickling their assholes can’t stand my realness 8)”

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    EJ’s is a rare case of retro cartoon based on video game that is actually good.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Now I want to play his games again. The first two ones at least, everything else sucks.

  • Riosine

    Why do you even get surprised you got replied with an anecdotal if your first post start with an Anecdotical evidence that, somehow, proves a non swquitur rant about dismissing critics?

  • …Becauuuuuuuuse the post was about an interview with DOUG and my original comment brought up a point about DOUG and a factual event involving DOUG, and not some rando who wanted to butt in like he had a relevant point (he didn’t).
    Why do you even comment when your reading comprehension is garbage?

  • Riosine

    You’ve simply fixated into DOUG and The Random guy and Totally ignored the example itself or how I bluntly told your anecdotical evidence is not good enought for a conclusive proof to base your reasoning

    Hint; Not being nice with someone you met in social web Doesn’t even imply dismissing criticism as regressive

  • Well, if it wasn’t blantly clear last time I’ll spell it out: IDGAF about you or whatever inane point you’re making.
    Hint: FOH.

  • Riosine

    You clearly care, since you bother to reply.

    Hint: keep going your stupidity is so cute

  • CatCouch

    “What’s weird about the arts is I was told that philosophically it was
    the wild west, that anything goes, but I quickly learned it’s anything
    but. These people are so programmed by culture to fit within these tiny
    brackets that when someone like me comes along they just freak the hell
    out.”

    I’ve personally been blindsided by this. I went through college constantly being artistically stimulated by like minded individuals. Once I made my art public on art sites like Deviant Art around 2012 it was a slow decline into stupid mob-like hate about how socially unacceptable my art was. It’s only like 10% of people there but they’re so damn loud, you know?

    I was really taken aback by how often art was not defended. I was asked to justify nudity in my art and declined from groups due to it, people tried to report me and have my work removed and I’ve been dealt with the dreaded “harassment campaigns”.

    It seems any place that has a social media like presence is subject to these vocal minority progressive left hate bubbles and the usual childish “sex is shameful” people. It’s robot-like in it’s predictability. I avoid anyone who calls themselves a “culture critic” these days.

  • Great interview. Thank you for the read and for the frankness of both the questions and the answers. Most interviews these days are just marketing ploys. This felt like a real conversation.

  • Deathtone

    I’m aware of Earthworm Jim and that’s it.

  • Kiryu

    Sadly i don’t think there are many like him left,western media seems infested with regressives.

  • Kiryu

    That’s why many sites nowadays shut down the comment section because they know most people disagree with their propaganda.

  • PChandler

    >misgender

    XX, XY, XY, XX.

    Everything else is LITERALLY a social construct. This is the real world, this ain’t Facebook with 500 quintillion fabricated genders. Deal with it!

  • Sounds like you’re the one who can’t deal with it.
    Also, can’t earthworms reproduce as either sex? Does ‘ol man Doug know that? lol

  • Don’t forget the princess that Earthworm Jim has to rescue as well. Her design would be seen as “sexism” and “misogyny” nowadays. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a44f4df87f6d288e66759df369f5dfa3f36da95b33bc4fb4dd7cdd6dd785243.jpg

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    I’ll explain it in a way you can understand.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5z9s_bimnw

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Good interview, but Earthworm Jim is fucking impossible after like the second level and especially when you get to the last level.

  • vonSanneck

    Thank you for the awesome interview.

  • Neojames82

    I find it ironic that the so-called “progressive” left is against slut shaming; is okay with multiple partners even with marriage and EVEN supports pedophilia!!! Yet when you show some boobs on a not-real woman suddenly they lose their fucking minds…makes no fucking sense.

  • Neojames82

    Really cool interview you got there, Brandon! I remember playing lots of Earthworm Jim when I was a kid, one of my personal favorites. As for the whole thing with Doug, I was (at first) one of those people that condemned him for his beliefs and shit. Fortunately I didn’t get sucked down the SJW hole and realized he wasn’t exactly the “evil” man the idiots on Twitter put him out to be.

    Speaking of Twitter, however, I can already smell the crazies from Twitter posting this and saying their Nichegamer supports hateful people and such…oh well MORE FREE PUBLICITY!!! :D

  • Beliefs are one thing, but Doug went out of his way to misgender someone on Twitter

    Did Doug trigger you?

  • First, that’s on sex, not gender.
    Second, what did that have to do with my original comment or this interview?

  • “But social media is deceptive, because it seems to be what the whole world thinks. It’s not.”

    That is true, but it is this loud minority of SJWs and feminists that have all the influence and power. That is the difference.

  • Not enough to where I give multiple interviews on why I’m being an ass — not yet, at least.

  • Kiryu

    Liberals are a walking contradiction,don’t try to understand them their mental illness could infect your brain.

  • NeoGAF is that way.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Gender and sex are the same thing lmao.

    I saw you peddling your Tumblr pseudoscience about gender being a social construct, despite having no actual science to back it up, so I felt the clip was relevant.

  • It’s too bad you’re not as mouthy as the powered wig man in your avatar. Not feeling it today, champ?

  • “Gender and sex are the same thing”
    Oooooh… Yesh, uh …Might want to look more into that before you mention that out in public. Google is a good start.
    As for your second point, sex is most def based on science. Literally no one is arguing that here, least of all me lol

  • So Internet Aristocrat triggers you as well? Makes sense.

    Yeah, NeoGAF would suit you. You can go there to talk about great gender pronouns are and how everything is transphobic and misogynistic.

  • ProxyDoug

    You got a follower, there’s good stuff on your DeviantArt.

  • Like you, I’m learning from the Mister Master! Like being triggered by Google. Or Triggered by YouTube algorithms. Or triggered by Twitter. Or triggered by feminists. Or triggered by …NeoGaf? Has he talked about that, yet?
    He’ll probably get to that after the sky starts falling.

  • Always laughable when people like you demonstrate your utter stupidity by not being able to see the difference between criticizing/standing against genuine suppression of speech and being a triggered crybaby over someone mis-gendering a person.

  • Purposefully misgendering… = not suppression
    Ranting about platforms (that are not governments) changing algorithms, like, constantly… = SUPPRESSION WAKE UP AMERICA NWO IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

    You need to exchange your PC to the homeless man wearing the sandwich board that says “The end is near.”
    I also can’t wait til Mister Chicken Little does an Internet Insanity on himself. Bonus points if he’s intelligible by then.

  • GuyGuysonEsquire

    Notice how all the greatest and most creative minds speak against the Left Regressives today?

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Except feminine and masculine traits are tied to biology, people don’t decide this because of arbitrary social constructs.

    Testosterone is a primary male sex hormone. It is the substance which
    makes nearly all male animals so distinctive from their female
    counterparts.

    It makes lion’s hair grow and it makes feathers of peacocks so beautiful and colorful.
    Testosterone is what makes men men – naturally taller, more muscular and stronger.
    But there is something about testosterone, which you’re not probably told about very often.
    This substance also affects your aggression, confidence, what you’re interested in, and what your body language looks like.

    Simply put, testosterone affects your brain.

    There’s a reason, why have men have always been leaders and
    protectors of the family and women have always taken care of the
    children.
    And there’s a reason, why the same role of leading male and caring
    female is natural for wolves, horses, lions and the majority of other
    mammals.

    The reason is testosterone – hormone which affects your brain and makes it work completely different than a female brain.
    There of course other hormones, who affect your behavior, but testosterone has the biggest effect.

    This law of the jungle still worked in our modern concrete jungles,
    which we call cities until 1970’s, when feminists started to gain the
    upper hand and this natural balance changed.
    What hasn’t changed is that humans are still biologically very, very
    simillar to humans 10 000 years ago.
    They’re still the same sexually distinctive creatures as in the
    Neolithic era.

    The moment your brain starts differentiate from the female brain,
    begins very, very early. Since the time every guy was in his mother’s
    womb, he was constantially under influence of testosteone.

    „When an embryo is formed, it isn’t possible to identify its
    gender.
    Simply put, both male and female embryo looks the same for the first few
    weeks.
    But after about 8 weeks, something very interesting occurs in a male
    embryo.
    The male embryo gets flooded with testosterone and other hormones, it
    immediately starts to develop its reproductive system and completely
    differentiates from the female embryo.
    This is called a 1st stage of development.
    Second stage of development occurs from 6th month of pregnancy to about 4
    months after the birth.
    The male brain goes through a process called „masculinization“, which
    irreversibly changes its structure and the brain becomes masculine.

    These changes in the brain structure give us answers to questions like:

    Why boys are more interested in cars and girls in dolls?

    Why do men completely dominate engineering, science and mathematical fields despite decades of feminist effort?

    And why most of politicians, presidents and leaders are men?

    The masculinization of the brain is very complex and largely
    unexplored, therefore I’ll show you only major differences between the
    male and female brain here.
    I’ll keep it nice and simple:

    On average, the male brain has significantly more connections between nerve cells than the female brain.

    On average, the male brain also has a higher percentage of gray and white matter.

    Again, on average, the adult male brain has a bigger amygdala and
    hypothalamus.
    These two brain centers are involved in fear and danger.
    The reason, why men are more assertive and fearless, is because these
    areas are enlarged in male brain. This allows men to act, not hide in a
    corner, when stressed.

    There’s also evidence that the male brain is more system driven.
    While females are more interested in faces and socialization,a big
    percentage of men are literally obsessed with systems. This is the
    reason, why there are so many guys who are crazy about cars,
    engineering, math, science and programming.

    It should be noted, that the changes in the brain above are permanent.
    They are also just a tip of an iceberg, the male and female brain supposedly have more than 100 differences.

    Once the brain is „masculinized“, you will always feel like a man, and be testosterone driven for the rest of your life.
    When the brain isn’t masculinized, the brain stays „feminime“ and it is estrogen driven.
    You can’t just change gender of a boy by putting him in a pink dress or by cutting girl’s hair and giving her boy toys.

    Someone already tried it, and it did not work out as planned.
    This means that gender is not a social construct, and never will be.
    And this means feminists will never build the society they want, because they simply ignore biological facts. As simple as that.

    Sources: https://www.edge.org/conversation/simon_baron_cohen-testosterone-on-my-mind-and-in-my-brain
    http://www.crossdreamers.com/2012/08/the-story-about-viktor-and-viktoria-and.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroscience_of_sex_differences

  • Alex Drake

    Someone’s really triggered

  • Ace

    What a really cool and in-depth interview.

  • Rough

    “it is this loud minority of SJWs and feminists that have all the influence and power”
    It’s not that they have power, it’s just that weak individual, groups, or company that so happens to have the influence doesn’t want people to know that they’re not on the moral high ground.

  • Rough

    *CoughpolygonCough*

  • It’s not that they have power, it’s just that weak individual, groups,
    or company that so happens to have the influence doesn’t want people to
    know that they’re not on the moral high ground.

    And what’s caused all these groups and companies to not have the moral high ground by employing SJWs and feminists and forcing their staff to conform to Social Justice in the first place? And firing them if they have a difference of opinion?

    SJWs and feminists spewing all this victimhood crap in the mainstream media, news media, academia, politics, etc.

    So they do have the power.

  • CatCouch

    Yeah, there’s a big split between what’s acceptable in real life and what’s acceptable in art among these groups. Pushing the boundaries in real life is progress, something I generally agree with. In art however, pushing boundaries is frowned upon and may result in harassment.

    Seriously, it’s weird.

    This is a post from someone who went after my art for a couple weeks last year.

    https://liketheisland.deviantart.com/art/DA-Sexism-Bingo-609685479

    Everything about it is pretty offensive itself, it’s so judgemental and mean spirited. Who’s the aggressor in these situations? It feels like these internet social warriors are the ones going out of their way to cause confrontations, not the other way around.

  • CatCouch

    Thank you very much!

  • Snorlaxation

    Not all left or right ideologies are the same nor the reasons for those opinions.
    I don’t know what kind of conservative he is, so I don’t really have an opinion on him.
    Is he simply for less govt, less censorship, etc? People should be measured by their abilities/skills/talents kind of thing?
    My beef is usually with the religious fundamentalist sector of the conservatives, and that’s based on their actions, not just their words.

  • Snorlaxation

    what in the world are you talking about?
    Most censorship was bred initially because of christian policies in hollywood and other areas, which influence a lot of branches down the line.
    Where have you been that any side, left or right, is openly supporting pedophilia in the gaming industry? (Hollywood is not a stretch considering poor shirley temple)

  • Snorlaxation

    did this take place some time ago, or recently?
    Maybe he’s learned? Or maybe he’s just as hypocritical as lot of others on the right, and the left

  • Snorlaxation

    But if the evidence wasn’t anecdotical (or is it anecdotal) because they’re referring to an actual event that was recorded, than someone else coming up with an actual Anecdotal response to justify it doesn’t actual counter the original point, no?

  • Snorlaxation

    why are you jumping off the board and claiming that @matty is saying ‘everything is transphobic blah blah blah’ when all they said was Doug was being a hypocrite on this particular aspect? Which, if it’s true that he referred to a person as the opposite gender that they were just to be rude, then that is hypocritical when you take his words here into account.

  • Riosine

    (sigh) Do People actually struggle understanding how this work?.

    I) You cant have a corelation of the form a => b and ¬b at the same time since That is a Contradiction,

    ” does it actually counter the original point”
    You mean the non sequitur?:
    If you aren’t nice with someone on twitter, Then, you are dismissing critics as regressive

    It doesn’t even need to be countered since its build upon Faulty logic.AND the proof used to back it sucks

    Simple Put the evidence is Inconclusive. it doesn’t prove any parameters whatsoever let alone the rant that matty built.

  • Ranting about platforms (that are not governments) changing algorithms,
    like, constantly… = SUPPRESSION WAKE UP AMERICA NWO IS JUST AROUND THE
    CORNER

    Aww, that’s nice. Except that you conveniently missed out the part where these kinds of platforms are constantly changing “algorithms” to selectively censor/suppress opinions that don’t align with their ideology using various different methods.

    It’s all over most of the mainstream news outlets and it’s even briefly documented/summarized. The policies are designed to “combat” so-called “harassment” and “offensive” material.

    So are you just absolutely clueless or just another dishonest Social Justice leftard? Then again, seeing as you got triggered by what Doug said, I guess we all know the answer to that.

    You need to exchange your PC to the homeless man wearing the sandwich board that says “The end is near.”

    I don’t need to exchange my PC for anything son.

    I think you’re the one who needs to refrain from telling people that there’s nothing to see when standing in front of a street of houses on fire.

    I also can’t wait til Mister Chicken Little does an Internet Insanity on himself. Bonus points if he’s intelligible by then.

    I bet you can’t wait for that. Because if it does happen then you can stop foaming at the mouth for one second and ask your carers to let you out of that straight-jacket in order to throw another dart at your Mister Metokur dartboard.

  • Looks like we have another one who’s triggered by what Doug said.

  • Still Here

    Whatever

  • Still Here

    I wish they would not interview these mirrored SJWs. He talks about separating
    the art from the artist and says “Why in the world would I consider the
    artist when all I care about is what’s in front of me?” Meanwhile He
    goes out of his way to be a dick to someone who wrote something he did
    not like just like most SJWs. Shit like this does not help. All it shows
    is that people who are anti-censorship and pro free speech are no
    better than the people that they criticize. It would be like if people
    who were anti-gun control went around shooting people in the streets.
    You not are not helping the cause you are hurting it. To be clear yes
    the “you’re a good man” part is meant to be an insult. Replace the “good
    man” with “fuck face” basically the same thing to these people. I hate i
    have to defend this Heather person. Have you been to their twitter this
    fucker is not even trying.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    CNN.commie

  • Garett Dylan Drake

    I’ve never cared about earthworm jim. and what’s with the video? it’s taken from the one where I was talking about you, and no one will ever see it. why are you dragging this little “feud” out, do you have nothing better to do? what do you have to gain from this, you’re wasting your time. use your own identity already, Richard. do I have to make a video saying you aren’t me? if I did that, you’d probably try to reupload that everywhere.

  • Snorlaxation

    Triggered is a strong word, but stronger still are my feelings of disappointment by your deflection

  • Snorlaxation

    The evidence is only inconclusive if researching it doesn’t pan out.

    Matty already showed a screenshot of doug’s response proving what Matty described, now I’m actually going to check and see if the conversation went that way or might’ve been misunderstood.

    If it was a misunderstanding, like seeing a group of girls and saying ‘hey guys, what’s up’, then no harm no foul, and Matty jumped on a bad bandwagon.

    If Doug was being a douche to someone because they criticised him game, then he’s a hypocrite, and I wouldn’t be surprised.

    Either possibility is likely, so I guess I’ll see

  • Eden

    That sounds like nothing more than post-modernism, it’s like saying EVERYTHING is true and NOTHING is true, just because everyone thinks differently. In fact, it’s wrong to even say that people commenting are a “vocal minority” that’s intellectually dishonest.

    long story short: The whole world doesn’t fucking matter (especially shitty 3rd world countries), only the psychological reality of individuals in positions of influence (like celebrities who tend to post their ideals on social media), because the psychological reality of the majority of individuals shapes the world around us, even if we believe differently.

    At the end of the day, EVERYONE should understand the power that platforms such as social media, Video games, movies, and other forms of expression has on changing the world. Even if the belief being spewed is a minority. Notice how the LGBT has become a tolerated part of nearly every society (western and Japanese at least) this comes from the so-called vocal minority constantly bombarding us with “LGBT” nonsense, day in and day out until we become used to it and no longer care about it.

    The vocal minority can change the very course of a nation. It doesn’t matter what the whole world thinks.

  • Eden

    I got a better one, “People who constantly complain about censorship must be pretty fucking perverse”. The only censorship these “artists” want to get rid of has nothing to do with ACTUAL censorship. ACTUAL censorship is actually accepted by people like this. These “artists” want to get rid of morality for the sake of art without being told that certain things are just simply not ok.

    As an artist myself, I can say that I’ve been censored on several occasions and never have I complained, why? Because nothing is stopping me from making the art I want to. ACTUAL censorship is when you can’t say anything bad about the LGBT or when you HAVE to be nice lest you be banned from a forum site.

    Artists these days just want to take us back to the times of the Romans when any and everything was allowed artistically speaking.

  • Eden

    Well then lets test your theory.

    Supposed someone posted a picture of someone fucking a dog online and called it “art” is it art? What makes nudity art? Hell, why can’t child porn be considered art then? If you truly want an anything goes art world, you must know what the consequences will be.

    Sex isn’t shameful at all, but it also isn’t art. Nudity in art is nothing more than the narrow, perverse lust of the artist trying to hide that lust by claiming it artistic. It’s a known fact that this was the case years ago when people would paint nudity all the time, it was a source of lust NOT true art.

    Meanwhile, I’m sure you’d never agree to someone painting pedophilia and posting it as “art” so why should your perverse nature be accepted as “art” any more than someone elses.

    The point I’m trying to make is that hypocrisy goes both ways. The people who scream censorship would easily censor “bigotry”, “racism”, “pedophilia” etc. As an artist I say do whatever you want, but be able to defend what you do. I personally don’t believe nudity in a picture is even necessary, but that doesn’t mean it’s not art to someone.

  • Eden

    The problem with these “greats” though is that they lack any morality. I’m against Progressives as much as most people, however, I also realize that the left is argue with 0 morality. They act based on feelings while these “greats” you speak of are more anarchistic which is ALSO 0 morality.

    To be able to do whatever you please with no filter is like placing gun powder next to a bag of ammunition, next to a barrel of oil, next to dynamite. There need to be rules (moral dos and donts) in order for art to have a platform to thrive. Otherwise, EVERYTHING and NOTHING becomes art (look at progressive “artists” as a perfect example)

    Anyone who doesn’t want to be governed by morality (which will also cause SOMEONE to be censored) is usually not all that great. An anarchist’s society only lasts but a day…

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    On the contrary, it was about nothing more than absolute truth vs something to what you were alluding to: moral relativism.

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    So you believe that there’s absolute truth?

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    You know, I deleted a few comments replying to you. I keep rereading your post and I’m really confused.

    I started with a snarky reply. Then posed a philosophical question. Then deciding to delete again just because I do not want to get into a deep philosophical debate. Especially when the trying to grasp (apparent) contradictions. So I’ll just reply to the clearest part of the post.

    “The vocal minority can change the very course of a nation. It doesn’t matter what the whole world thinks.”

    Agreed. An it saddens me.

  • CatCouch

    It’s pretty easy to defend art. Do I have the right to draw it? Then I’m good. Unless you’re legally prevented from doing it it’s fine. It’s much harder to defend personal attacks against my gender and sexuality. It’s not always about the art I drew but the fact it’s not representing their social issues that becomes the problem. I become the problem for not fitting their ideal for society. Those are the people that I believe most of us are fighting about. Do they care about the art or is it just a platform for them to grandstand on?

    I think we all know by now the problem with the criticism from a certain subset of the far left is there tends to be no opportunity to counter point their claims. Considering how bad the reactions can get, look at UC Berkley and the push to keep conservative voices out of colleges or the “gamers are over” articles, I say the problem isn’t defending the art but the inability to debate at all. One look at how game journalists insult and trash gamers over art in games is all you need to know this is different from how the violence in games debate was handled.

    Gamers are not given a platform to discus issues Anita Sarkeesian brings up. Everyone, from the people that do harass her to the thoughtful rebuttals are just labeled harassers and misogynists. The key difference is the main argument tends not to be against the art at all but against the artist. It’s not the games so much as the gamer. It’s no longer criticism but a personal attack. Unfortunately, this leads to similar styled backlash that lowers the bar for all public debate. It becomes a downward spiral.

    We’d be in a much better place if we actually did put these theories to test like you’re doing. At least we can talk in that case and there might be two sides to debate, not just rallying an echo chamber to dehumanize any opponents.

  • Neojames82

    I wasn’t really talking about the game industry, I was talking about the left in general.

  • I remember when everyone hated him for hating the gays. But apparently I was the only one that hated him for Armakrog.

  • Pilebunker

    Never really understood the outrage against pedophiles. It’s child molesters that people are worried about. They aren’t the same thing. It would be like demonizing a heterosexual thinking he will rape women because he’s attracted to them. And even if someone had something like a rape fetish, that doesn’t mean they will act on them. The biggest factor that allows psychopaths to do what they do is the lack of apathy for others and the consequences of their actions. This is why they don’t hesitate to do what they please. But not everyone with a fetish is a psychopath.

  • GuyGuysonEsquire

    The “greats” don’t say “Smash the State, no rules”, they say “The laws should apply to everyone equally”. For example: if a guy speaks about some girl in a suggestive manner, he usually gets shunned and considered a creep, but in the same situation in reverse no one would be complaining because in the modern minority-catering society people are conditioned through propaganda in media and news to accept this.

    The society in large is in decline because of this: rules don’t apply to everyone equally, which is why we get Syrian refugees raping women in Europe, while white people get jailed for speaking against this on social media. This is what the Left Regressives promote and this is what silent majority is revolting against.

  • Snorlaxation

    ‘In general’ means all across the board.

    So where do liberals support pedophilia in everyday life? Certainly not the kiddie beauty pageants, cuz those are red states and conservatives in majority.

    Hollywood? Again, it has a history of it but is also greatly affected by christian policy.
    video games? Japan, which has it’s own rules and issues.

    I don’t get what you mean.

  • RetroGamer

    His view of homosexuality does not affect me one way or the other. Armikrog, however, was a terrible game.

  • RetroGamer

    The biggest example I recall is Rat Fist. If I recall correctly, one part had an angel casting some sort of tribal deity into hell.

  • RetroGamer

    Don’t forget that a cow falls and crushes her. Violence against women!

  • RetroGamer

    The only part that gave me trouble was the falling segment of Buttsville. After a few tries, even that wasn’t so bad.

  • RetroGamer

    I has the SEGA Saturn version of EJW2. It was awesome and I should have kept it.

  • RetroGamer

    Using the word “misgender” is a good way not to be taken seriously by sane people.

  • RetroGamer

    Earthworm Jim 3D for N64 was an abomination.

  • I don’t take those people seriously, so fair enough.

  • edge

    “It feels like these internet social warriors are the ones going out of their way to cause confrontations, not the other way around.”
    That’s because that’s exactly how it is and always has been. We didn’t attack their games, culture, forums and other media; they attacked ours. In general no one gave a shit that they were dumb besides maybe their parents, until they started collectively attacking our culture.

  • Jack Thompson

    You shouldn’t be putting “greats” on a pedestal like this. There are plenty of people who have created objects of great artistic value who have entirely sold out for money, politics, attention, or whatever else. The value of their words should be taken on its own and not aggrandized because of what they’ve done. A concept similar to what is spoken about here regarding separating art from artist.

  • Jack Thompson

    That person is transgender. Since gender has now been defined as something an individual decides for them self it’s an entirely useless term, hence all the attack helicopter and otherkin jokes. I refer to people by their sex without meaning any disrespect and it appears Doug does as well.

  • Jack Thompson

    If you interpret “good man” as “fuck face” I think the problem is with you.

  • Jack Thompson

    No, one of those is most definitely a useless social construct. Legally binding documents ask for your sex, not gender.

  • @jack:
    It’s less about “fuck face” and more “you’re not a woman, and I will discredit your identity in the most insulting way possible (along with anyone else who is transgendered).”
    I can’t interpret that in any other way. More so since Doug is outspoken on his homophobic beliefs. It all lines up, and if you interpret his comment a different way or makes excuses for Doug, well, that’s on you.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Citation needed for the science on the social construct part.

  • InkViper

    Great interview, a really enjoyable read.