Griffin Penna
Jul 10, 2018 · 2 min read

I agree that it was completely out of line for Price to be fired. She was hardworking and certainly loved her job, and she had no obligation to be nice on her personal Twitter. However, I can see why people are angry. Gamers have a special relationship with developers, and when a developer rejects a fan of their work, it makes people very angry. I don’t think that Deroir was trying to “mansplain” something to a developer. A lot of fans have opinions on their favorite games or game companies, and they like to state their opinions on their internet simply because of how close they feel to a developer or game company. I don’t claim to know more about game design than Shigeru Miyamoto, but I do disagree with him on a lot of the choices he made on games like Paper Mario, and a lot of other people with no background in game development disagree with some of his decisions too, even while they continue to respect him. When someone becomes a fan of something, they feel like they have a kind of “authority” to disagree with the makers of that thing. That’s how a fandom works. Deroir had no experience with making a game, and he knew that. But because he was such a good fan of the game, he still wanted to communicate his opinions to the developer of a game. “Respectfully disagreeing” to an expert is kind of an annoying thing to do. But the mistake Price made was that the fan wasn’t being annoying because he thought he was better than her. He was being annoying because he was a fan. She should have used their discussion as a way to strengthen her bond with the community, and not to make fans feel like she didn't care about them. If I was her, I would have used my knowledge as an expert to prove why he was wrong while casually bringing up that I had a lot more experience than him, instead of outright saying, “You’re annoying. You have no experience.” I think, in this case, it wasn’t the fan who was being sexist. He was just being an annoying fan. It was the company who fired her over a single mistake, while validating toxic fans.

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