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Guild Wars 2 - Bill Murphy - ArenaNet and the Wisdom of Not Doing Anything - MMORPG.com

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  • ManWithNoTanManWithNoTan Member UncommonPosts: 93
    edited July 2018
    How many people have gotten themselves fired for using Twitter? I'll never install that thing. I say crap all the time that I wish I'd never said out loud, let alone have it on the internet for all to see. Install Twitter = Get my butt fired.
    SBFord
  • BananableBananable Member UncommonPosts: 194
    edited July 2018
    Lolz.
    I dont get it, you all are so surprised. Isnt it a bit too late to be surpised? I remember there was article about cheater. Devs just caught ONE guy, stripped him and show to the public. It was like warning, something like : Kids, cheating is bad. (Meanwhile back then i played GW2 alot and see like 10 cheaters/botter every day). For me that was so stupid and unprofessional.
  • WylfWylf Member UncommonPosts: 368
    edited July 2018

    Bill said, "This is an opinion piece, so I’m sure not everyone will agree." On this we can agree.

    Moving on, Bill you said:


    "I’ve spoken with several former employees of ArenaNet and they’ve all told me the same thing: MO is not the hero Guild Wars fans make him out to be. Quite often, it’s the opposite: he’s a founder and the company president, but there’s a reason he’s the only founder left at the company. There’s a reason many of the people who were responsible for the sky-high dreams of Guild Wars 2 left for other studios. There’s a reason that MO’s the only founder left."

    Name a company that doesn't have faceless anonymous disgruntled cowards who snip from the back row?
    MO may or may not be a "hero" but he took the appropriate action in this case. The entire paragraph is pure hearsay, and IMHO worthless.

    You later said:
    I agree, there was nothing to clap back at for Delroir. But someone in my circles put it well: "It's like she has PTSD from dealing with crap in this industry"...

    This is pure speculation.

    What has been preserved, and what the evidence shows are the actual words of the parties involved, and in my opinion, Price engaged in an unprovoked attack on a customer, and her subsequent actions were not just enough to fire her, but required it.

    As for Fries, I agree with Aender:


    Aeander said:




    Aeander said:
    This shouldn't even be controversial. The fastest way to get fired at any company is to disrespect customers. That is what JP did. That is why she was fired. End of story.

    I don't think it's that simple in this case. And then why was Fries fired? He was, for all I can surmise, loved by both fans and AN employees. Just to CYA and not get a law-suit for discrimination perhaps? The whole thing stinks, and has potential implications for devs at all companies moving forward. 


    In Fries' case, and only Fries' case, there is room for a gray area. He was not openly and directly disrespectful to customers. However, his firing was not without grounds. He did defend and support the actions of someone who was disrespectful to customers. He did openly imply that a community lore expert - someone with more knowledge of the universe's story workings than Price, by the way - was a layman. He did contradict Anet's community feedback policy and imply that customer feedback was not asked for. That last point alone is sufficient grounds for firing.

    However, it isn't Fries that you, or any other media outlet, are rallying around. Fries isn't getting extensive articles to defend himself. No, it is Price, the one who completely and undeniably earned her firing, who has been made into a martyr.



    A final question, there have been at least two prior lenghty threads on this issue, why the need to bring it up again?
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  • RhoklawRhoklaw Member EpicPosts: 6,529
    I love how even on this site, we see a continued victimization of a person who fully deserved what they got and inherited this mess all on their own. I personally think ANET did the right thing as I've already stated numerous times. You can be the best developer in the world, but if you talk to or about people on social media the way she does, don't expect to keep your day job.
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  • acidbloodacidblood Member RarePosts: 851
    edited July 2018

    When I first heard about this I didn't think Jessica Price should have been fired either (we all have bad days)... but after reading the posts, yeah, sorry, but I can absolutely understand why ANet would not want her representing the company* in such as way.

    And yes, she could have been 'warned', but in all likelihood that wasn't an option, as while we don't know what was said in ‘the meeting’, she showed no signs of contrition after the fact and instead doubled down on the whole 'I'm a victim' narrative and continued to attack anyone who dared disagree with her (even *slightly*).

    Which is not to say Jessica, or anyone else for that matter, shouldn’t defend their opinions, but if you are going to engage with the public, as a representative of a company* (i.e. your words / actions affect other people too) then at the very least you need to be civil about it; or better yet, listen to what others have to say and thank them for their insight / respectfully disagree.

    * While it was her personal twitter account, if she didn't want to engage with fans (the good, the bad, and the ugly), or represent ANet in such a space, then she shouldn't have the company name in her profile, and she absolutely shouldn't have been talking about GW2 from a position of 'superiority' (i.e. I'm on 'the team', therefore I’m omnipotent and your points of view are all worthless).

    NB: A much better case could be made for Peter, as his main 'crime' seems to be trying to support her, and he was mostly respectful (at least to those respectful to him) the entire time... but I guess it suits the whole SJW thing better if the 'victim' is female right?

    TLDR: Jessica Price seems to have been out for a fight, she got one, she lost.

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  • YashaXYashaX Member EpicPosts: 2,411
    SBFord said:
    Not offering a single opinion about this, but it's interesting and should offer some more fodder for the discussion:

    https://www.gameworkersunite.org/blog/statement-on-the-arenanet-firings

    Regardless of how one feels about Price's actions and regardless of where one draws the line between rudeness and exasperation in Price's tweets, the fact of the matter is that there is an entire spectrum of responses ArenaNet could have taken, but chose not to. The company could have done anything from pulling their employee aside and discussing their behavior, to giving them an internal reprimand and offered them additional training. Instead, ArenaNet, under the clearly inadequate leadership of Mike O'Brien, made the knee-jerk reaction to fire a member of their team. No dialogue, no nuance, no empathy.

    The unethical firings of Price and Fries, together with the reactions of toxic individuals inside and outside of the Guild Wars player community, have had a chilling effect across the industry. Countless workers have been harassed over social media and many are concerned about the implications of this event, some going so far as to delete their personal social media accounts in fear of similar retaliation from hostile players and bosses. ArenaNet has signaled to the entire industry that our job security can be, and almost certainly will be, imperiled by the most vitriolic and volatile players. This event carries echoes of Gamergate, and will only embolden harassers further.


    Interesting? No, more like ridiculous. Was this piece written by Price?  You are hurting my brain SB, stop it already.




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  • LackingMMOLackingMMO Member RarePosts: 437
    I suspect that Mike O’Brien feels he’s justified in firing Jessica because her tone on Twitter is one that’s fed up and dismissive of the GW2 community. And it is her personal Twitter, so she should be allowed to say what she feels in that space. But as of this writing, her profile still states she’s part of the ANet team, and that means her actions reflect on the company.
    Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/guild-wars-2/editorials/arenanet-and-the-wisdom-of-not-doing-anything-1000012852#myChJlXkoSpU52pZ.99


    For the most part I agree with you guys on most stuff but I have to disagree here. She did a continuation of a AMA, she used her personal account as her business account, you have to reflect the company values if you do something like that. I don't care that she says she works for A-Net, what was the line crosser is she was doing a continuation of WORK on her account. She made herself an employee from that point on.

    What I don't get is there was already a lengthy community thread about this and already a very misleading article you guys put out about this, why put out another one on the same topic? I'm sorry to say but its very clickbait of you guys at this point.
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  • SlyLoKSlyLoK Member RarePosts: 2,618
    I first read about this days ago and didn't pay much attention to it. Firings happen all the time. Days later I'm browsing around and so I see is this mess.

    I'm in disbelief that this article even exists. If the majority of users here weren't fair people I wouldn't be back. And that is coming from someone that has had accounts here since the real early 2000s.

    Shameful.
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  • mmrvmmrv Member RarePosts: 301
    SBFord said:
    Aeander said:
    SBFord said:
    Xasapis said:

    You know, that is interesting that you brought up gamergate (I wasn't aware of it until years). One of the /r/guildwars2 threads I was reading there was a person questioning whether gamergate was right on its assessment regarding gaming press, considering how falsely and on a script the whole situation with guildwars2 is portrait.

    Gaming press has indeed lost considerable relevance over the years, exactly because they chose to push ideology over the facts.

    The reaction towards both your editorial pieces should be an indication on how people that are not necessarily invested in Anet feel. The same contrast is there between the reaction of Guildwars2 players and the gaming press.

    The bottom line was that the CEO of Anet had to choose between appeasing the players or the press. I think he made the right choice, but time will tell.
    I didn't write that. I simply posted quotes from the link provided in the response I made. It's an interesting side light to the overall discussion. The people who wrote that article are not games press. 

    I don't have an opinion so let's not sling shade please. It's been a very reasonable discussion and I hope it stays that way. 

    @mmrv Again - I did NOT write that, simply provided a link and two quotes from the larger piece. Keep it civil, please.
    The problem is that the article that you provided was yet another biased and poorly researched outside perspective of the situation which pushes the same incorrect narrative that these threads have attempted to push in their OP's. 

    If you had wanted an actual neutral, comprehensive, level-headed analysis of the situation, you would have linked Woodenpotatoes' 57 minute video on the topic.
    I wasn't LOOKING for a neutral, unbiased article. I posted the link to yet another piece of the puzzle that has interesting discussion opportunities within its words. I like to read all sides of any argument. That makes me informed.

    Just stop.
    You didn't provide a piece of the puzzle you provided a deceptive pile of misinformation that was written in her defense yet oddly enough it actually condemned the exact behavior she displayed. Its mind boggling how they managed to twist the issue in the article to try to portray her as the victim when she actually was the toxic online personality they condemn.
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  • mmrvmmrv Member RarePosts: 301
    Scellow said:
    None of them should have been fired, they HAVE THE FUCKING RIGHT to think / and say WHATEVER they want in their FREE TIME, if they did something illegal, or disrecpectfull, you can report tweet on twitter or give your lawyer a call

    They got fired, i hope they'll sure ArenaNet, America is fucked up
    I think most of us would agree with you, unfortunately its the wacko leftists who started these witch hunts demanding people be fired for saying things they deemed "insensitive". you are late to the game and its been a one sided hackfest with all the PC lefties constantly demanding people be fired finally one of their own has been axed for it and they lost their mind.

    Its a really sick state of affairs in the west right now primarily because of these zealots on the left, luckily i think they have gone so far that people are starting to rebel. I can name you 20 people who lost their jobs who said things on twitter/facebook not even on work accounts because the left activists.

    So please aim your rhetoric at the people responsible for this atmosphere.
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    Know what Twitter is really for? Sweepstakes and giveaways.
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  • shavashava Member UncommonPosts: 314
    In a mature gaming industry -- like futbol or American football or world poker say, lol, the fans sometimes even celebrate the abuse and reticence of management, coaches, players and various. And generally the owners consider their assets far more valuable than p***ing and moaning fans, who will never be satisfied.

    Boston fans went so far as to complain that there were too many blacks on the championship Celtics, back when, and broke into a player's home, trashed it, crapped on the rug, spray painted racist graffiti on his living room walls.

    Oddly, management did not react by firing the player, even though he had a reputation for being unlikeable. He was leading a championship team.

    The management didn't see it as being about race but about performance. The attack vector was expressed through race. Had he been fired, or praised, it would have been on his performance. Not his physiology, or the fans' opinions of it.

    Dear gamergate, the world does not revolve around your outrage. Grow a healthy pear shaped situational response, and realize that this is not any more a real battleground on these forums than any game world.

    Go do something real. Ideally not harassing women or people you perceive as defending them disproportionately. If you want to organize for men's rights, may I recommend leaving the PC and finding a political organization or nonprofit in meat space that will effect real change. This is not the venue to make change.

    Online you are all steam and no steam engine. It does not represent you well to come off so shrill. Women learned decades ago that flaming got you shut down, yes even fired. Why do you assume it works better for men when you yourselves place yourselves in the inferior victimized position, struggling for fair recognition, just as feminists have been forever?

    Take a few notes from the more successful organizing tactics of your grandmothers, mothers, and older sisters. After all, women's rights are human rights, and we want you to come around to a secure, strong, well articulated position, free of fear and anxiety.
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  • StarjjaStarjja Member UncommonPosts: 3
    Yet again another article that paint's Jessica Price as the victim and discounts all her appalling behaviour as acceptable. I encourage all gamers alike to speak out against articles like this one and call it out for what it is, a non factual clickbait hit piece for the $$$ because the topic is still fresh and relevant.
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  • XasapisXasapis Member RarePosts: 6,337
    edited July 2018
    shava said:
    In a mature gaming industry -- like futbol or American football or world poker say, lol, the fans sometimes even celebrate the abuse and reticence of management, coaches, players and various. And generally the owners consider their assets far more valuable than p***ing and moaning fans, who will never be satisfied.

    Boston fans went so far as to complain that there were too many blacks on the championship Celtics, back when, and broke into a player's home, trashed it, crapped on the rug, spray painted racist graffiti on his living room walls.

    Oddly, management did not react by firing the player, even though he had a reputation for being unlikeable. He was leading a championship team.

    The management didn't see it as being about race but about performance. The attack vector was expressed through race. Had he been fired, or praised, it would have been on his performance. Not his physiology, or the fans' opinions of it.

    Dear gamergate, the world does not revolve around your outrage. Grow a healthy pear shaped situational response, and realize that this is not any more a real battleground on these forums than any game world.

    Go do something real. Ideally not harassing women or people you perceive as defending them disproportionately. If you want to organize for men's rights, may I recommend leaving the PC and finding a political organization or nonprofit in meat space that will effect real change. This is not the venue to make change.

    Online you are all steam and no steam engine. It does not represent you well to come off so shrill. Women learned decades ago that flaming got you shut down, yes even fired. Why do you assume it works better for men when you yourselves place yourselves in the inferior victimized position, struggling for fair recognition, just as feminists have been forever?

    Take a few notes from the more successful organizing tactics of your grandmothers, mothers, and older sisters. After all, women's rights are human rights, and we want you to come around to a secure, strong, well articulated position, free of fear and anxiety.
    Nice fake boogieman you got there.

    I realise that victimhood is a desired state of mind for certain people, but unfortunately this is a clear cut case of female privilege trumping actual events.

    Do you know what's sexist? That we talk about Price and ignore Frey completely.

    Human rights are for places like Iran, where a woman was sent to 20 years in prison for dancing in social media. Yet here we are, talking about a privileged western individual that acted like a lord towards peasants and called the hate mob when someone dared to utter a slight disagreement.

    (Edit: Are you saying with the initial example that she is bad at her actual job?)
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  • DranmarthDranmarth Member UncommonPosts: 54
    She shouldn't have been fired for this. She should have been fired months ago when she praised the fact that a person died of cancer.

    If this situation was in a bubble on its own, she would have just had a slap on the wrist and asked to apologize for blowing up on a customer. This was just the tip of the iceberg.

    The nicest thing I can say about Jessica Price is I'm glad she's no longer around to keep doing harm.
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  • Gaia_HunterGaia_Hunter Member UncommonPosts: 3,065
    Arenanet is quite heavy handed regarding toxicity in their forums and game.
    It is nice to know they apply the same standards to themselves.
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  • laseritlaserit Member LegendaryPosts: 6,157
    mmrv said:
    Scellow said:
    None of them should have been fired, they HAVE THE FUCKING RIGHT to think / and say WHATEVER they want in their FREE TIME, if they did something illegal, or disrecpectfull, you can report tweet on twitter or give your lawyer a call

    They got fired, i hope they'll sure ArenaNet, America is fucked up
    I think most of us would agree with you, unfortunately its the wacko leftists who started these witch hunts demanding people be fired for saying things they deemed "insensitive". you are late to the game and its been a one sided hackfest with all the PC lefties constantly demanding people be fired finally one of their own has been axed for it and they lost their mind.

    Its a really sick state of affairs in the west right now primarily because of these zealots on the left, luckily i think they have gone so far that people are starting to rebel. I can name you 20 people who lost their jobs who said things on twitter/facebook not even on work accounts because the left activists.

    So please aim your rhetoric at the people responsible for this atmosphere.
    Hey... I'm all for freedom

    I'd want to fire your ass for just sitting on the shitter too long. 

    Everything you do or say can have repercussions and its been that way since the dawn of time. Reality is that there has never been freedom of speech.

    Just go to your local bar and see how fast freedom of speech can get you punched in the face ;)

    The nutty right is just as fucked up as the loonie left. The majority knows that the middle is the place to be.

    Balance. 
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  • lahnmirlahnmir Member EpicPosts: 2,824
    sayuu said:
    Scellow said:
    None of them should have been fired, they HAVE THE FUCKING RIGHT to think / and say WHATEVER they want in their FREE TIME, if they did something illegal, or disrecpectfull, you can report tweet on twitter or give your lawyer a call

    They got fired, i hope they'll sure ArenaNet, America is fucked up
    Look! Someone with a brain! A FREE THINKER! Proof that not everyone subscribes to the PC madness corrupting society.

    PC will be the death of free speech, and that, people, will be the death of democracy.
    you are literally crying about actions having consequences.


    and F.W.I. democracy = tyranny 

    Actions? ACTIONS?
    I refer to my earlier "sticks and stones" comment.
    Words are not actions. It's one thing to say something and something quite different to act upon those words. Had she physically assaulted someone then fair game but she didn't. She posted some comments on twitter. I mean, seriously, she posted some comments on twitter. Big fucking deal.

    This is exactly the kind of PC, namby pamby bollocks I'm talking about.

    Edit, @MadFrenchie as well. Actions, get real.
    Words start wars, words get people killed, words tear families apart, the sticks and stones thing is a lie.

    Don't be wilfully obtuse, if Price had acted like that in the "real world" she would have ended up in a fight, probably get punched or thrown out of a club, lost friends etc. Don't make this about something else, free speech REALLY isn't what you think it is. Speech is part of our behavior and we are judged by it, all of us, in every society, in every country, and we always have been.

    /Cheers,
    Lahnmir
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    Kyleran on yours sincerely 


    But there are many. You can play them entirely solo, and even offline. Also, you are wrong by default.

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  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Member RarePosts: 4,303

    SBFord said:

    Since I get to read this stuff as I post it, all I can say is nicely done @billmurphy !



    My favorite comment in all of this that, I believe, should be shouted from the rooftops:



    "I’ve spoken with several former employees of ArenaNet and they’ve all told me the same thing: MO is not the hero Guild Wars fans make him out to be. Quite often, it’s the opposite: he’s a founder and the company president, but there’s a reason he’s the only founder left at the company. There’s a reason many of the people who were responsible for the sky-high dreams of Guild Wars 2 left for other studios. There’s a reason that MO’s the only founder left."



    I'd sure like to know those reasons. My guess is that they are varied and MO is only a tangential reason.
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  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Member RarePosts: 4,303
    edited July 2018

    Elquin said:

    There was nothing in his critique to illicit "clapping back". She could have handled the situation responsibly, but chose not to and in doing so, put ArenaNet in a bad position. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. It could have been handled differently, but in the end... There's only one person who is responsible for what happened and that's JP.



    My opinion is that they should have been forced to publicly apologize and given a month off unpaid. It does sound like the CEO lost his shit over this and overreacted. JP seems to be doubling down on her excuses though so maybe it's best that she was fired. I can't see her apologizing for overreacting to criticism or for bringing gender into something where it didn't belong.
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  • MadFrenchieMadFrenchie Member LegendaryPosts: 8,483
    mmrv said:
    Scellow said:
    None of them should have been fired, they HAVE THE FUCKING RIGHT to think / and say WHATEVER they want in their FREE TIME, if they did something illegal, or disrecpectfull, you can report tweet on twitter or give your lawyer a call

    They got fired, i hope they'll sure ArenaNet, America is fucked up
    I think most of us would agree with you, unfortunately its the wacko leftists who started these witch hunts demanding people be fired for saying things they deemed "insensitive". you are late to the game and its been a one sided hackfest with all the PC lefties constantly demanding people be fired finally one of their own has been axed for it and they lost their mind.

    Its a really sick state of affairs in the west right now primarily because of these zealots on the left, luckily i think they have gone so far that people are starting to rebel. I can name you 20 people who lost their jobs who said things on twitter/facebook not even on work accounts because the left activists.

    So please aim your rhetoric at the people responsible for this atmosphere.
    Lmao.

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  • AhnogAhnog Member UncommonPosts: 239
    Your so wrong Bill. She deserved to be fired for disrespecting the player base.
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  • JimWraithJimWraith Member UncommonPosts: 125
    edited July 2018
    This was the first article I saw on the matter:

    http://www.pointandclickbait.com/2018/07/arenanet-mike-obrien-official-statement/

    Regardless of what actually happened this makes Mike O'Brien look like a total douche bag.
  • XasapisXasapis Member RarePosts: 6,337
    edited July 2018
    JimWraith said:
    This was the first article I saw on the matter:

    http://www.pointandclickbait.com/2018/07/arenanet-mike-obrien-official-statement/

    Regardless of what actually happened this makes Mike O'Brien look like a total douche bag.
    As far as comedy goes, this was not funny.

    Here's the actual statement:

        Jessica had identified herself as an ArenaNet employee on Reddit and Twitter, had been discussing Episode 3 storytelling with fans on Reddit, then had written a 25-part tweet about how we tell stories in MMOs, relating it back to Episode 3. She was representing the company. The expectation was to behave professionally and respectfully, or at least walk away. Instead, she attacked.

    Concerns have been publicly raised that she was responding to harassment. It’s not my place to tell employees when they should or shouldn’t feel harassed. In this case, however, our employees could have chosen not to engage, and they could have brought the issue to the company, whereby we would have done everything we could to protect them.

    We won’t tolerate harassment. When an employee feels harassed, we want them to bring the issue to us, so that we can protect the employee, deal with the issue, and use it to speak to the larger issue of harassment.

    Whatever Jessica and Peter felt internally about the situation, this was objectively a customer engaging us respectfully and professionally, presenting a suggestion for our game. Any response from our company needed to be respectful and professional. A perceived slight doesn’t give us license to attack.

    We’ve all dedicated our careers to entertaining people, to making games for the purpose of delighting those who play them. We generally have a wonderful relationship with our community, and that’s a point of pride for us. We want to hear from our players. It’s not acceptable that an attempted interaction with our company — in this case a polite game suggestion — would be met with open hostility and derision from us. That sets a chilling precedent.

    The tweets were made on July 4, when the studio was closed for the holiday. We were aware of them that day, and decided we’d need to take action in the morning. The fact that the community’s anger was escalating on July 5 could make it look like our action was a response to the community’s anger. But that wasn’t the case. We took action as soon as we practicably could.

    I hate to let an employee go, and I wish the best for Jessica and Peter, as for any former employee, in whatever they choose to do next.

    Whatever you thought of the tweets, Jessica and Peter were also part of the team that brought you the kidnapping scene in Episode 1, which was a wonderfully well-executed scene. That’s how I want to remember their time at ArenaNet.

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  • LeiloniLeiloni Member RarePosts: 1,257
    edited July 2018
    Leiloni said:
    cronius77 said:
    I agree 100% with Bill. I'm sick to the back teeth with all the PC bullshit we get force fed day in and day out. What happened to free speech? What happened to being entitled to an opinion?

    If people are offended by something someone says they can either respond with a counter argument, ignore it, or just toughen the fuck up and stop whining about the mean person who said something nasty.

    So tired of all these whining fucktards. And for someone to be fired over something so trivial speaks volumes about how far PC has gone beyond the bounds of sanity.
    you do realize you just described exactly what happened except you took the opposite stance? She's the one that got all butthurt because someone criticized her work. She's the one then that lashed out and attacked some guy and turned it into some sort of sexism argument. She got fired for taking it to an entirely new level by name calling. If she would of kept it civil, heated or not she would probably still have a job. She also made a nasty comment about being glad someone was dead so I'm not sure how you can argue this woman didn't deserve to be fired when she has arenanet plastered on her twitter account talking all her garbage.
      No. IGNORE IT. Who gives a shit? We'll all be dead in a 100 years so who cares? The fact that she was canned is BS, PC bollocks. She's entitled to her opinion and should be accorded the freedom to voice it as she wishes, regardless of whether or not it's "offensive". Keep it civil? Where's the fun in that? Rant on, vent that anger, get it out of your system. So what if she took off on one? Seriously, where's the harm? I don't buy into this verbal assault crap the loony left have invented either. I'm more of a "sticks and stones" kinda guy. It's just words.

    The TB comment, I completely disagree with but guess what? She's entitled to her opinion, however horrendous we may find it.

    I stand by my initial post. This is just another case of political correctness gone mad. There's a difference between voicing a personal opinion and speaking for a company. Her twitter may have shown she worked at Anet, but her twitter was her own personal account, she was clearly speaking personally.

    Anet, or any other company, should not have the right to fire someone for voicing an opinion in their own time when they don't represent the company officially. If Anet were worried about PR, a simple statement that her opinion didn't reflect the company's opinion would solve that.

    The whole PC movement has gone too far, and it's been that way for years. People are scared to voice an honest opinion now in case they get in trouble. It's bollocks. What's next? Fucking thought police?

    People should be able to say what they think, regardless. If you don't like it, grow a thicker skin, grow some balls and toughen the fuck up.

    No, her direct link to the company on her account means her words can have a very real adverse effect on the company itself.  That alone is reason enough for most courts to find a firing such as this warranted.
    A fine example of how far out of whack political correctness has gone. Just proving my point.
    This isn't about political correctness. It's just about one person being very toxic and being subject to the obvious consequences of that. She wasn't even right in what she said.

    I'm not excusing her behaviour or saying she was right. I'm saying she has a right to say what she wants in her own free time. However offensive, right or wrong.

    No company or employer should have the power to fire somebody who is on their own time, outside of company hours and not acting in an official capacity for that company, for anything they say or do.

    Yes she absolutely has that right. That's why she isn't in jail right now and only lost her job. But companies also have a lot of leeway in what reasons they do - or don't - have for firing someone. Your beef is with employment laws in the US, not with free speech laws. This isn't a free speech matter. I agree that it's scary that people can be fired for what they say and do outside of work. But that's a different subject than what you're getting angry over.
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