If you’re on the internet, just assume everything you type or say will be saved or be brought against you. Recently, GDQ (Games Done Quick) has banned participants regarding sexists comments in a private Discord. Games Done Quick is an event where people gather to beat a game as fast as possible. Andrea, a speedrunner, posted on Twitter comments from the Discord by speedrunners R. White Goose and Graviton.
R. White Goose is famous for his speedruns in Super Mario 64 and GoldenEye. Graviton was famous for Doom 64, Goldeneye, and Pilotwings 64. Graviton was scheduled to play Doom 64 at GDQ in January.
Initially, GDQ stated on Twitter that they would not remove the players from their events. Many people were angry over GDQ’s decisions to not Goose and Graviton. Comments such as “Extremely disappointed that Games Done Quick doesn’t feel that this warrants a serious investigation.” With the comments against GDQ, the organization has now stated:
“After receiving additional information on the situation that was brought to our attention today, we were able to confirm the authenticity of the screenshots we received,” the organization said. “As such, the people in question will not be representing us at any GDQ events indefinitely.”
While specifically banned people aren’t stated, Goose has stated ““Those screenshots show conversations which contain hurtful concepts, ideas, and conspiracy theories which I have come to fully and completely reject. What I’ve said in the past is indefensible and inexcusable. I completely understand why people are hurt and angry, and the reaction to my comments is absolutely justified.” He has not done a run at GDQ since 2014.
Graviton had a different response:
Always be cautious of what you say on the internet because people have different opinions; especially if you’re a famed figure.