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. Wu is a prominent anti-GamerGate voice and is often referred to by Gamergate supporters as "LW3" and "LWu".
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- 1 GamerGate Involvement
- 2 Harassment
- 3 Relationship with Law Enforcement
- 4 Games
- 5 Trivia
- 6 See Also
- 7 References
- 8 External Links
On October 14, 2014, Brianna Wu got into a debate on Huffington Post Live along with the founder of the 8chan image board Fredrick " " 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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." On May 22nd, Carrie Ghose, who follows Wu on Twitter, wrote a blog for Columbus Biz Insider. 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.
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. This story was covered by The Ralph Report.
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. Though they were initially asking for $5,000, the project was funded with $12,728. The estimated delivery for this port was August 2014. 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. The PC port was released on September 6, 2016.
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]
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. The Unreal 4 engine is expected to be used, greatly increasing the chances of a port to Android. Chase, a new male Chinese-American character, is expected to make an appearance in the new game.
Brianna Wu has a Steam Curator: http://store.steampowered.com/curator/7365810-Brianna-Wu/
And group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/spacekatgal