Brianna Wu

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Brianna Wu
Brianna Wu prized motorcycle Boston1.jpg

Aliases @Spacekatgal
Occupation Developer
Affiliations Giant Spacekat, CON

Brianna Wu is known for her work as a video game developer and the co-founder of the game development studio Giant Spacekat, developer of Revolution 60.[1] Wu is a prominent anti-GamerGate voice and is often referred to by Gamergate supporters as "LW3" and "LWu".

As this wiki is about Gamer Gate, you can find more comprehensive articles on Brianna Wu here.

GamerGate Involvement

Briana Wu's first involvement with Gamergate was to make a sock puppet twitter account under the fictitious name, Drake Harper @BROLOLZ, on September 18, 2014.[2] Tweets from this account include:[3][4]

I decided 4chan aren’t the only ones that can make sock puppets for their bullshit agenda. Meet Drake Harper, @brololz. Plz follow and RT.
— Brianna Wu as @Spacekatgal September 18, 2014
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Boobs are pretty, and I want to touch them, BRO.
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The death scenes in Tomb Raider give me an erection, but that doesn’t make me a misogynist. #gamergate
— Brianna Wu as @brololz on September 18-20, 2014

On October 14, 2014, Brianna Wu got into a debate on Huffington Post Live along with the founder of the 8chan image board Fredrick "@Hotwheels" Brennan about GamerGate, in which Brianna stated that GamerGate was about harassment of female and transsexual critics and game developers in gaming culture, while Hotwheels debated otherwise.[5]

Due to her continued involvement in GamerGate, often using exaggerated claims and provocation, Milo Yiannopoulos wrote an article about her on February 13, 2015. The article detailed her past, establishing a pattern of histrionics and abusive behavior as John Flynt, before gender reassignment surgery to become Brianna Wu, as a means to provide context for her interactions with GamerGate and inan effort to demonstrate that her behavior Should not be taken seriously.[6]

Harassment

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Being Forced to Leave Home

Brianna Wu claimed multiple times that she had been forced to leave her house due to threats of violence received by GamerGate.[7]

As seen on the image to the left however, this has often been contested. It should also be noted that, to date, no prosecutions against her alleged harassers have been sought.

Steam Greenlight

In February 2015, Brianna Wu herself posted a thread on the Revolution 60 Greenlight discussion page which asked: "Is GSX Head of Development and noted Feminist Brianna Wu a terrible person?" The post was quickly deleted when she was questioned about it. The Greenlight page for Revolution 60 has since been taken down 'in order to prevent more abuse from GamerGate alleged Wu.[8]

Relationship with Law Enforcement

On Wednesday, May 20th 2015 Briana Wu accused Columbus, Ohio prosecuting attorney Ron O’Brien of ignoring death threats made against her in an article on The Mary Sue.[9] She also included a direct link to contact him. This lead to his office receiving "a number of emails and phone calls that wasted time and resources to respond to concerned persons who apparently observed these postings."[10] On May 22nd, Carrie Ghose, who follows Wu on Twitter, wrote a blog for Columbus Biz Insider.[11] In she noted Wu had never contacted law enforcement. Wu claimed a staff member of hers messed this task up. Wu has since as asked her twitter followers to stop contacting O’Brien's office.[12]

Just had a delightful call with Ron O’Brien, the prosecuting attorney in Ohio. -You can stop calling his office.
— Brianna Wu on May 22, 2015

Claims of FBI Corruption

On November 3rd, 2016 Brianna Wu published two tweets expressing her opinion about a perceived favoritism of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation toward Gamer Gate. She claims to have reached this conclusion after reading a Gaurdian article.[13][14] This story was covered by The Ralph Report.[15]

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If reports from @guardian about the FBI's pro-Trump culture are true, it explains why they failed to prosecute ANYONE during #gamergate.
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My office delivered MANY names to the FBI of people sending threats. Local prosecutors said FBI was asserting jurisdiction. Nothing happened
— Brianna Wu on November 3, 2016

Games

Revolution 60

Three characters from Brianna Wu's game.
The Protagonists of Revolution 60.
Brianna Wu and Amanda Warner

Brianna Wu and her partner Amanda Warner of Giant Spacekat created a Kickstarter campaign to port Revolution 60 from Apple's iOS to Windows and Macintosh. The project was successfully funded by August 30, 2013.[16] Though they were initially asking for $5,000, the project was funded with $12,728. The estimated delivery for this port was August 2014.[16] The date passed, and later Wu announced in January of 2015 that the game would be on Steam Greenlight. She stated the the PC version would have new features allowing the player to express their own emotions in the game.[17] The PC port was released on September 6, 2016.[18]

The green-lighting of Revolution 60 was not without controversy, however. Wu accused people of down-voting the game, even though the "not interested" button has no real impact on the green-lighting process.[cn]

Plot

Revolution 60 is an action RPG game intended to have complex character development and progression, increasing the importance of choices made within the game. Strong and self reliant female characters are meant to raise the stakes in a suspense filled plot.

Downloadable Content

There is a downloadable content package availible for the game, titled Revolution 60: Special Edition. It has a retail price of $4.99 as of November, 2016.[19][20]

User reviews: Negative - 0% of the 1 user reviews for this game are positive. Release Date: Aug 6, 2016
— Steam Powered on November 10, 2016

Reception

Revolution 60 was given a "Game of the year" award by iMore, a site in which Brianna Wu's game studio had personal relationships with. This relationship, along with the granting of 'Game of the year' status, has been stated by GamerGate to be suspect.[21] The game itself also has many attributes that may be seen by common feminists as 'sexualizing women' such as hour glass figures, short skirts, and pronounced breasts.

The game appears to have been received poorly on Steam.[22]

User reviews: Mostly Negative - 24% of the 41 user reviews for this game are positive. Release Date: Sep 6, 2016
— Steam Powered on November 10, 2016

In Deborah Crocker's experience with the game left her feeling as thought he game was pandering too much to a particular niche audience, to find general appeal.[23]

Revolution 62

Revolution 62 is a proposed sequel to Revolution 60. Many of the original characters are expected to return. Wu stated that Giant Spacekat would be approaching Felicia Day with an offer to play a main character in a voice acting role.[24][25] The Unreal 4 engine is expected to be used, greatly increasing the chances of a port to Android.[26] Chase, a new male Chinese-American character, is expected to make an appearance in the new game.[27]

Trivia

Brianna Wu has a Steam Curator: http://store.steampowered.com/curator/7365810-Brianna-Wu/

And group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/spacekatgal

See Also

Mainstream Media Coverage

Boing Boing

Crash Override Network

References

  1. Revolution 60 - About Giant Spacekat Studios (archive)
  2. Twitter - I decided 4chan aren’t the only ones that can make sock puppets for their bullshit agenda. Meet Drake Harper, @brololz. Plz follow and RT. by Brianna Wu on September 18, 2014 (archive1)(archive 2)
  3. Twitter - The death scenes in Tomb Raider give me an erection, but that doesn’t make me a misogynist. #gamergate by Brianna Wu as BROLOLZ September 20, 2014 at 12:00PM (archive)
  4. Twitter - Boobs are pretty, and I want to touch them, BRO. by Brianna Wu as BROLOLZ on September 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM (archive)
  5. YouTube - HuffPost Live #GamerGate Editon (Guest: Brianna Wu, HotWheels, Erik Kain) by Video Game Journalism (YTheAlien) on October 14, 2014
  6. Breitbart - The Wacky World of Wu
  7. Daily Mail - "'If you have any kids they're dead too': Female game developer forced to flee her home after horrific 8chan rape and murder threats in latest sexism scandal plaguing industry" -Retrieved March 29, 2015 by Jill Reilly at 16:14, on October 12 2014 | Updated: 08:47, October 15, 2014 (archive)
  8. Archive of the thread
  9. The Mary Sue - Gamergate Death Threat Is a Slam Dunk for Prosecutors. Will They Act? by Brianna Wu on May 20, 2015 (archive)
  10. Breitbart - OHIO ATTORNEY: BRIANNA WU ‘WASTED TIME AND RESOURCES’ OVER #GAMERGATE -Retrieved November 10, 2016 by Allum Bokhari May 23, 2015 (archive)
  11. Columbus Biz Insider - GamerGate in Columbus: Threat reports initially misdirected, but authorities being notified -Retrieved November 10, 2016 by Carrie Ghose on May 22, 2015 (archive)
  12. Twitter - Just had a delightful call with Ron O’Brien, the prosecuting attorney in Ohio. -You can stop calling his office. by Brianna Wu on May 22, 2015 (archive)
  13. Twitter - If reports from @guardian about the FBI's pro-Trump culture are true, it explains why they failed to prosecute ANYONE during #gamergate. by Brianna Wu -November 3, 2016 (archive)
  14. Twitter - My office delivered MANY names to the FBI of people sending threats. Local prosecutors said FBI was asserting jurisdiction. Nothing happened by Brianna Wu -November 3, 2016 (archive)
  15. The Ralph Report - Infamous Nutter Brianna Wu Insinuates the FBI Was Infiltrated by GamerGate -Retreived November 10, 2016 by ETHAN RALPH · NOVEMBER 3, 2016 (archive)
  16. a b https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spacekat/bring-revolution-60-to-pc-and-mac?ref=live
  17. Intent Media - "Brianna Wu's Revolution 60 appears on Steam Greenlight" by Ben Parfitt February 4, 2015 (archive)
  18. VentureBeat - "Brianna Wu's Revolution 60 gets Special Edition release on iOS and Steam" by Jeff Grubb August 30, 2016 (archive)
  19. Steam Powered - Revolution 60 Steam Page -Retrieved November 10, 2016 (archive)
  20. VentureBeat - "Brianna Wu's Revolution 60 gets Special Edition release on iOS and Steam" by Jeff Grubb August 30, 2016 (archive)
  21. http://theralphretort.com/fix-up-how-did-brianna-wu-subpar-revolution-60-win-action-game-of-the-year-0125015/
  22. Steam Powered - Revolution 60 Steam Page -Retrieved November 10, 2016 (archive)
  23. Armed Gamer - "Why Revolution 60 is Offensive in Every Way" by Deborah Crocker onFebruary 14, 2015 (archive)
  24. 5by5 - "Isometric 11: We Were All Terrible in 2010" -Event occurs at 20:50 Retrieved November 10, 2016 by Brianna Wu; Georgia Dow; Maddy Mayers; Steve Lubitz on July 21, 2014 (archive)
  25. iMore - "Debug 44: Brianna Wu, Amanda Warner, and Revolution 60" -Event occurs at 1:04:00 Retrieved November 10, 2016 by Rene Ritchie on August 14, 2014 (archive)
  26. iMore - "Debug 44: Brianna Wu, Amanda Warner, and Revolution 60" -Event occurs at 1:05:00 Retrieved November 10, 2016 by Rene Ritchie on August 14, 2014 (archive)
  27. iMore - "Debug 44: Brianna Wu, Amanda Warner, and Revolution 60" -Event occurs at 1:24:00 Retrieved November 10, 2016 by Rene Ritchie on August 14, 2014 (archive)

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