by Mr Toffee in

From one alleged sexual crime story in the games industry to another, and it’s not even halfway through the week of 26th August.

Zoë Quinn, creator of Depression Quest, has said publicly on Twitter that Night In The Woods creator Alec Holowka allegedly raped her. She posted about this following the recent story of Nathalie Lawhead who accused legendary video game music composer Jeremy Soule of raping her.

To sum it up, she met Alec Holowka, started a relationship, then stuff got bad during her stay at Winnipeg with him. He then painted himself as a victim among his peers after she broke up with him in the most peaceful way possible, and resulted in putting the blame on her.

Nathalie’s post inspired Zoë to post about her hidden secret.  It’s quite a harrowing read.

This is pretty messed up. However, keep in mind that (i) this is still alleged, (ii) the timing of this post might seem like coincidence with the Jeremy Soule debacle, and (ii) Zoë Quinn is known for being the progenitor and catalyst of GamerGate. If you need a real refresher course on that 2014 hullabaloo, this Human Events story is the best place to start.

As they say in the realm of crime, you are innocent until proven guilty. I’ll be sure to update the story if there are further developments.

Update (28/8/2019): Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency fame has this to say concerning the recent whistleblowing.

Update (29/8/19): Two of Night In The Woods’ leads, Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry, have cut ties with Holowka.

“…going forward, Night in the Woods will be handled by Bethany and I. We’re not sure what that all means yet. This stuff takes time.

Thousands of people have connected with Night In The Woods in a very personal way. We can’t tell you how to feel about any of this. Whatever you’re feeling is valid. Your experience with art is yours. What it means to you is yours, regardless of anything else.”

Mr Toffee is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion. Twitter: @MrToffee
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