Congratulations, You Are Now a Kotaku Commenter!

Polygon senior reporter Emily Gera today posted a great little game she made using Inklewriter, called Congratulations, You Are Now a Kotaku Commenter. It’s a short interactive fiction that puts the player in the role of an MRA commenter on Kotaku’s post about #1reasonwhy. Please note that the game does contain actual comments taken from said post, and they’re exactly what you might expect.

The game specifically calls out Kotaku because it was made in response to actual Kotaku comments, but let’s not kid ourselves; most other game sites are just as bad when it comes to comments.

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2 Responses to Congratulations, You Are Now a Kotaku Commenter!

  1. Olivia says:

    Huh, this is funny and kind of interesting, but it doesn’t quite sit right w/me that it’s a Polygon reporter making this about Kotaku commentors. I mean, Kotaku commentors are horrific and totally worthy of derision, but someone from a rival site calling them out in this fashion just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I find it unprofessional. It’d be far more interesting if she’d selected a Polygon post for this experimental game (though, to be fair, I don’t read Polygon and have no idea what their commenting culture is like, or the moderation standards there, so I suppose it’s possible that using Polygon wasn’t possible for this).

    • Alex says:

      I did raise an eyebrow about a Polygon writer specifically talking about Kotaku. Out of curiosity, I looked at the Polygon thread on #1reasonwhy and it IS a lot better: Most of the bad comments aren’t as bad as the comments in the game, and they almost all have good replies (granted, I didn’t read the entire thread, just almost half of it).

      One thing Gera mentioned on Twitter was how it stuck out to her how there seemed to be a group of Kotaku commenters who posted awful things specifically on Patricia Hernandez’s posts.

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