Jeremy Hambly, the man behind the YouTube channels TheQuartering and Unsleeved Media was physically assaulted at the Tin Roof, a drinking establishment in Indianapolis. It’s actually part of a chain of bars all over the United States. There’s one in nearby Baltimore.
Jeremy was there to attend Gen Con, an annual event promoted as the best four days in gaming.
Here’s the video Jeremy posted about the assault:
Jeremy Hambly’s attacker has been identified as a man named Matt Loter.
Who is Matt Loter?
Matt Loter co-owns and operates Elm City Games with his wife, Trish Loter. The store is in New Haven, Connecticut. Loter is at Gen Con to promote a table-top came he designed. I would now rather play Russian roulette with the Viet Cong than play this game.
Loter when not designing games no one wants to play, dressing as a fairy princess, or wearing a shirt that encourages people to punch Nazis, works as a justice of the peace in the state of Connecticut. Seriously, a justice of the peace.
This from LinkedIn:
How absurd is it that a man who attacks someone from behind is also a justice of the peace? Jesus Christ famously said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Those words from our Lord and Savor have never rung truer.
LinkedIn also shows that Loter has a Bachelors in Political Science and Women’s Studies. He also has a Masters in History and Secondary Social Studies Education, whatever that means.
Women’s studies. I’ve always wondered what people with that particular degree do when they grow up. Mystery solved.
Matt Loter planned the assault on June 5. Maybe:
Anita Sarkeesian’s twitter handle is @femfreq. She was probably too busy playing video games, eating Doritos, and chugging Mountain Dew to notice the threat in her Twitter feed. As everyone knows, Anita is a hard-core video gamer. With table-top gaming’s popularity on the rise, I guess Anita will become a table-top gamer too so she can tell everyone who enjoys the hobby how sexist and misogynistic they’re being.
Jeremy made a video about Gen Con inviting Anita Sarkeesian as a guest of honor. It’s something that surprised a good many people, including myself.
Jeremy Hambly did nothing wrong
I find it outrageous Gen Con would know Matt Loter wanted to “fight” anyone who had a problem with Anita Sarkeesian being a Gen Con guest of honor and not doing anything about it. Either that or they don’t monitor their Twitter feed.
What does it mean to be a Gen Con guest of honor? Gen Con is paying the guest to be there. Considering Anita has expressed no interest in table-top gaming, it’s highly doubtful she would attend Gen Con on her own.
Gen Con as of this morning has not commented on the assault on Jeremy Hambly, nor have they banned Matt Loter from attending the con. Considering the safety risk Loter poses not only to Hambly but to everyone else attending the con, Gen Con’s inaction seems both asinine and highly dangerous.
Matt Loter cannot control himself. What’s going to happen when he decides a 14-year-old boy in a wheelchair is a Nazi? I guess he’ll just pound on him too.
This incident really irritates me. What Matt Loter did is indefensible. I’ve come to genuinely appreciate Jeremy Hambly’s content on YouTube. I hope for everyone’s safety, Gen Con will revoke Loter’s 4-day pass and the Indianapolis police will do their duty and arrest him.
I’ve had to shut down comments on this post. It’s something I’ve never had to do in 12 years of blogging. The amount of vitriol I’ve been getting is really inexcusable. My blog’s comment section is not your blog. You want to attack me on a personal level while you hide behind a fake name (unless your parents named you Road Dog or SerHaHa) go do it elsewhere. You can still do it, you just cannot do it here.