As i was scouring through my YouTube channel subscriptions I came across a video by Alpha Omega Sin talking about Tim Schafer a person known as a talented person in the gaming community. It seems that he was at GDC event a few days ago and he made a very inappropriate joke using a sock puppet. The joke in question is this
Sock: How many gamergaters does it take to make a single piece of armor?
Schafer: Oh, god, I don’t know.
Sock: Fifty. One to do the modeling, one to do the materials, and forty-eight to tweet that it’s not your shield.
It took me a bit to truly understand the joke simply because I was unclear of the significance of the sock puppet which in internet terms means a false identity and the piece of armor is a reference to Adam Baldwin who coined the term #NotYourShield. He’s pretty much mocking and making fun of minorities and women. Once I realized what the joke meant it kinda saddened me a bit that a prominent person in the game industry would decide to make a joke like that let alone on a stage like GDC. I think what shocked me a bit more is that I was unable to find any mention of this on sites like IGN, Gameinformer or Kotaku instead lesser known gaming and non gaming sites were reporting on this. In any case Tim Schafer decided to make a joke about a sensitive topic in the gaming community and while I understand that jokes often poke fun of people and or groups this was in poor taste.
Do you think it was a harmless joke or do you find offence to it and will you look at Tim Schafer in a new way ?