Just like a case of herpes, the dickwolves are back again.
Penny-Arcade’s Mike Krahulik said something stupid again. And then he’s had to apologize. Frankly, I wish I could believe he was actually sorry.
I’ll be the first to admit: I have mixed feelings about Penny-Arcade. On the one had, they’ve done some amazing things for charity and gaming culture in general. They’ve had no problem in shooting back at various anti-gaming gadflies like Jack Thompson or bringing down suspect gaming marketers like Ocean Marketing
At the same time however: for people who claim to hate bullies with a passion, they sure as hell act like one whenever the mood strikes.
I’ll be honest: I tend to have a negative impression of the webcomic side of Penny-Arcade and not just because they’ve taken a shot or two at me personally.
The only thing worse than Doctor Nerdlove is the comments on Doctor Nerdlove. — TychoBrahe (@TychoBrahe) September 14, 2012
(“♬I bet you think this comic’s about you….♫”)
But it’s the Dickwolves controversy – and the way that Penny-Arcade has handled it… especially Mike’s contributions. And frankly, Penny-Arcade’s antics – especially Mike’s – are emblematic of an ongoing problem in geek and gamer culture.