Aspiring video game developer and professional victim Zoë Quinn has been nominated for a Hugo Award. The Hugo Award is an annual award for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements from the previous year.
Under the category of Best Related Work, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoë Quinn, has made the final cut and will now go up against five other authors for the award. A Hugo Award. An award that is associated with science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction.
I will never believe Gamergate nearly ruined Zoë Quinn’s life. From what I can see, she benefited greatly from Gamergate, both financially and personally.
Before she cheated on her boyfriend, someone she led to believe she was in a monogamous relationship with, with a writer from Kotaku, a popular video game website, nobody knew who she was.
When I say that nobody knew who she was, I mean that I had never heard of her before.
I hope her book wins the Hugo Award. I admire Zoë Quinn greatly. She’s a personal hero of mine. She was able to take an embarrassing episode in her life, engaging in sexual infidelity while in a monogamous relationship, and craft something positive out of it.
Not only did she turn lemons into lemonade, she turned lemons into the most expensive, hipster lemonade a person could buy. We’re talking about the type of lemonade that goes for $12 a glass in a Brooklyn boutique served by a lemonologist with a handlebar mustache.
At the very least, she deserves a science fiction and fantasy award for that.