Forums - Gaming Discussion - Ken Levine tweets he was ‘roofied’ and sh*tstorm ensues

KenLevine_02It all started with a tweet. Irrational Games’ Creative Director, Ken Levine apologized for looking tired at his latest round of interviews at PAX East because he was “roofied” by Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann.

For those of you that don’t know (and we’re hoping there aren’t many of you who don’t) a ‘roofie’ is a slang term for Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 5.25.17 AMRohypnol – a sedative that has been dubbed “the date rape drug”. Perhaps the joke was in bad taste, and it is quite possible the world isn’t ready for a joke like this so soon after Steubenville and the recent horrors in India so fresh in everyone’s mind.

Who knows? Maybe there should never be a time when roofie jokes are acceptable.

Nevertheless, a joke about being drugged does not necessarily constitute a joke about beingraped, no matter how “bad tasting” the joke might be. That didn’t stop the Twitterverse from flipping it’s collective lid and the shitstorm of keyboard warriors filling their 140 characters with both vitriol and a defense of Levine’s comment.

We’ll let the tweets speak for themselves:

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A few more here:

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Some more rational voices:

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At the time of writing, the discussion has continued and Levine has apologized for his tweet.

Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 6.09.42 AMIt would be easy to come to the defense of one of our favourite game designers by dismissing the tweet as a harmless joke – and we need to make it clear that neither this writer, nor Pixel Enemy are defending Levine or siding one way or the other.

The issues surrounding rape are contentious at best and have not only polarized a small town in Ohio, but brought rape culture into a world discussion (which is what this writer feels it should be) through the use of social and mainstream media.

What is needed here, and in any discussion on rape, are cool collective voices admonishing the crime as reprehensible. The video gaming community is both vocal and connected and has a tremendous potential to bring changes to harmful social attitudes.

Someone simply needed to tell Levine it was a bad joke.

http://www.pixelenemy.com/ken-levine-tweets-he-was-roofied-and-shtstorm-ensues/



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We need a license to use the internet and that is proof why. The Hangover was a success and showed a light hearted side to roofies. If people are going to flip over that, they need to see a shrink as clearly they are over reacting.

This twitter nonsense is more trouble than it's worth.

ffs internet is serious businezzzz

a fucking joke lol was no reason for this hate, lately everything is wrong and forbiden to say on internet lol



Why do people always apologize when their in the right? he should have attacked back full throttle

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Chevinator123 said:
Why do people always apologize when their in the right? he should have attacked back full throttle

Well, for one thing he's trying to sell a new video game...

But it's pretty tiresome how many people seem to derive meaning for their lives from being offended by everyfuckingthing.



Some people are just very easily offended.

If you never offend anybody, you're doing it wrong.

I wish I'd be roofied so that I wouldn't have to read about this whining little princesses.

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badgenome said:
Chevinator123 said:
Why do people always apologize when their in the right? he should have attacked back full throttle

Well, for one thing he's trying to sell a new video game...

But it's pretty tiresome how many people seem to derive meaning for their lives from being offended by everyfuckingthing.

These folks are going over the line, using insults that should be reserved for certain enemy designers on monster hunter, but it is a fair point to call him out on subconsciously furthering a culture that makes light of rape, when we've recently explored just how much progress we need to make in light of the Steubenville thing.



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