A Beatdown Where No One Threw The First Punch

Halfway into the internet's #1 white-hot outrage of the now, it is easy to spot the bully. But it's not Paul Christoforo.

Bullies never take the first swing. They look for a pretext that justifies one. Mike Krahulik, the artist and co-founder of Penny Arcade, found it when Christoforo tried to big-time an unhappy customer with the fact the product he represented would be at Penny Arcade Expo East. The customer, unbeknownst to Christoforo, had forwarded the email to Krahulik, the guy who runs that show. And that single mention, according to Krahulik himself, is all the provocation he needed.

"It really was just the mention of PAX," Krahulik told me on Thursday. "The guy was obviously being a jerk, but then to have him use PAX as leverage or a weapon and count me among his allies, that was way too far."

By the time Christoforo mentioned PAX, his fate as an arsehole had been sealed. But if his reference implied any kind of relationship with or endorsement from its organisers, I'm not seeing it. "See you at CES , E3 , Pax East ....?" he wrote. "Oh wait you have to ask mum and pa dukes your not an industry professional ..."

"Holy shit this is unbelievable," Krahulik wrote, in the first email he contributed to this pissing match, a message he sent to both Christofo and "Dave", the upset customer. "Dave, if this guy has a booth at Pax east we will cancel it." His preceding ironic annotation "The Pax East comment gets my attention and I decide to engage. I tend to have a calming effect on these sorts of arguments," betrays the fact he had no intention of providing that.

"This is a guy being a real bully, a real jerk to one of our readers," he told me, "and then when I read the PAX quote where he aligned me with him in a nebulous way — it's one thing to be a bully and it's another to imply that I condone his actions."

He's reaching for a reason, where none exists, to say that someone else started it. This is strange because Krahulik plainly admits his tendency to act precipitously and self-destructively, to the point Penny Arcade's business staff knows that managing the fallout from his behaviour is part of their job description. I think he wanted to kick Paul's arse and was waiting for the slightest moral justification for doing so.

That's his prerogative. Penny Arcade is not my business and I've never attended PAX. But the fact remains this incident never would have become the internet scandal it is if Krahulik didn't decide it involved him and Penny Arcade. There's a difference between saying, for example, "U2 endorses what I write," and "I'm going to see U2." Well, PAX is a U2 gig in this case; all Christoforo said was he was going to it, which more than 100 exhibitors do in Boston.

If Paul Christoforo dropped anyone's name with the implication he had their support, it was Kotaku's (and IGN's and Engadget's). And if anyone dragged Penny Arcade into the discussion, it was either Krahulik or "Dave", the customer who unloaded a 1000-word complaint over a joystick attachment's missed delivery date and forwarded that to Penny Arcade, Kotaku and other major gaming publications as a plea for support.

Krahulik sounds like he was all too happy to finally be the big friend on the playground.

"(Dave) approached someone in a reasonable way and Paul was a bully," Krahulik told me. "It's like Dave said 'Hey what time is it,' and Paul punched him in the face. And what I did was say, 'Whoa, Paul, buddy, I know karate, believe me,' and he didn't, and so I gave him a little chop.

"Is that a bully? Maybe," he said. "I'm an arsehole, and some day I'll get it too, I'm sure."

Re-read the email thread, before the fireworks begin, before Christoforo lips off to Krahulik and then truly gets what's coming to him. Dave, full of customer-is-always-right dudgeon, is as much of an instigator in this as anyone. Paul is being offensively bureaucratic and his inability to use proper spelling or grammar, or to be bothered to correct such mistakes, certainly disrespects the reader.

The shit show really only begins when Dave unloads a pedantic lecture on his consumer rights and Paul's responsibilities (with plenty of all-caps), appends some extraneous insults to let Paul know he looked him up on Facebook and then puts our tips email (and evidently IGN's and Engadget's) in the "CC" field as an implied threat.

Let me ask this: If Christoforo later dropping Brian Crecente's name as an implied endorsement is false and obnoxious — and it is — then isn't it also obnoxious for Dave to threaten Christoforo with our name (and other publications), making the same implication that we endorse his position?

Hours after Krahulik posted the email thread on Penny Arcade, this had completely devolved from a petty consumer complaint into total warfare. It's easy to understand why. Hardcore video gaming culture carries a chip on its shoulder the size of a manhole lid, and among other things, it views itself as dismissed or taken for granted by monolithic forces who care only for money and nothing for the community's artistic passion and independent spirit.

Paul Christoforo and Dave, in their attitudes toward each another, represented all of that conflict. It helped also that Christoforo's Facebook photographs were as much of a self-parody as his atrocious grammar and typographical errors.

Timing had plenty to do with it, too. "What did you expect would happen," a friend suggested to me. "It's the week between Christmas and New Year's, everyone's on break with nothing to do." It reminded me of why the JonBenet Ramsey homicide of December 26, 1996, and the Raëlian cloning hoax of December 26, 2002, got such traction. It's an inherently dead news cycle, whatever you're covering.

By late in the day of December 27, Reddit's gaming front was a CNN-esque all-Paul, all-the-time crawl, devoted to the original offence, pictures culled from Christoforo's Facebook page, a hunt for anything embarrassing about his company "Ocean Marketing" (sometimes hilariously misspelled) and imgur parodies trying to cement the latest meme off the controversy. Nearly every gaming blog and site had written something about this foofaraw. Sage voices of gaming journalism took to Twitter to sound their disapproval, and the spread was so wide it inevitably trickled into mainstream outlets.

Christoforo at first expressed confidence that this was fine, in an any-publicity-is-good-publicity vein. His tune changed later in emails to Krahulik, in which he claims to have a wife and child in a plea for Krahulik to calm the internet's fury.

By the end of Tuesday, a parody video already had been released. Reddit oscillated between calling off the attack because the Avenger was a product some of its users enjoyed, and pressing the abuse because the company's ownership still had connections to Christoforo and either hadn't disavowed or was being duplicitous about them.

The upshot seems to be what everyone who despises Electronic Arts, Activision, Bobby Kotick, Ubisoft, DRM and Call of Duty has always wanted: Getting some marketing douchebag fired. Except he didn't represent any of those companies or products or anything that actually makes zillions and truly shapes the video gaming market. He sold what is basically fetish gear for a controller. By Wednesday evening, N-Control had hired a new publicist, guaranteed a January 15 delivery date, offered a $US10 discount to everyone with a standing order on the product, and more or less KGB'd Christoforo from company memory.

And everyone, evidently, was happy.

I don't think anyone in this fiasco has anything to be proud of. Christoforo surely deserves no benefit of the doubt. He said plenty to reveal his contempt for you and me. His conduct, however provoked, is deplorable and a firing offence on its face, and he does not belong in any customer-facing job.

N-Control had its head up its arse, too. Its amateurish customer satisfaction operation placed an inside sales contractor at a consumer call centre desk, creating the ferment for this needless psychodrama, which evidently had precedent. And — speaking purely for myself — my publication isn't innocent either. We've also provided a megaphone to both the combatants and the cheering section in this pointless, communal hurricane of entitlement, narcissism, imagined persecution and arrogance.

But there is also an arrogance in the conduct of Dave, Krahulik and Reddit and it is also contemptible. Who appointed any of you the cop? More importantly, who appointed you the sentencing judge? These three parties demonstrated that they have no concept of a proportionate reaction to or suitable retribution for petty disappointment. Their methodology is the tarnished golden rule of do unto others before they do unto you, propped up by a purely emotional justification — I was once bullied; I'm an aggrieved customer; I am lied to by corporations. All of these are abusive relationships shaped by the consent of the abused, and are the contrived basis for the total annihilation of Paul Christoforo over a 36-hour span.

"I have a real problem with bullies. I spent my childhood moving from school to school and I got made fun of everyplace I landed," Krahulik later wrote on his blog. "I feel like Paul is a bully and maybe that's why I have no sympathy here. Someday every bully meets an even bigger bully and maybe that's me in this case."

As his example implies, bullying behaviour is indeed often a manifestation of once being bullied. Krahulik retrofitting his actions as a justifiable adult reaction to being bullied as a child is offensive to those who have legitimately suffered such peer abuse.

And then there's his closure: "When these arseholes threaten me or Penny Arcade I just laugh. I will personally burn everything I've made to the fucking ground if I think I can catch them in the flames."

Krahulik did not back down from that a bit when I read it back to him and asked for a deeper explanation.

"I have messed up, and I will definitely hurt myself if I think I can hurt someone else," he said. "I'm not defending that as a noble statement, I'm just being who I am."

It's especially sad to consider that, for the millions who enjoy Penny Arcade, the thousands who attend its expos each year, and yes, I'll go here, because I've met them, the hundreds of sick children, many of them terminally so, given games and toys by its charitable foundation.

Like Paul Christoforo, I am 38. Like "Dave," I have a gift for the highly offended screed. In the autumn semester of my junior year at NC State I got three tickets for parking in the lot of my own fraternity house. The third time, I was beyond outraged. It was all a scam, a ripoff, a means of control. The university had recently annexed all the parking spaces at or nearby frat court and was forcing me to buy a permit, or pay fines for nothing, to subsidise the debt on an enormous deck the campus had built and couldn't fill. I paid my ticket with a "FUCK YOU" written in the memo line of the check. And boy it felt great.

Naturally, that check had my address, name and handwriting on it, so it wasn't too hard to trace. A couple weeks later I got a call from the office of student affairs and was directed to meet with its senior administrator. His office was in the building next door to where I worked as a writer for the student newspaper. I came over and he presented me with the cancelled check, asking if it was mine.

Of course it was. I laid out all the reasons why my anger was justified. I told him the check was a contract and by cashing it the university accepted its terms, an argument that, in 1993, foreshadowed all the condescending logic and horseshit legal scholarship you read every day on the Internet.

"That's great," he said. "We're not going to waste our time punishing you. That's not why I brought you here.

"I read you in the paper," he said. "You're a real pissed-off guy. You keep doing this kind of shit, someone's going to take a shot at you some day."

That was as axiomatic for Paul Christoforo as it is for Mike Krahulik.


Comments

    I agree that no one handled it well, but if PA didn't get involved, this moron would continue to do what he has been doing for a long time.

    And Dave did not at all sound like you portray him as, but even if he did, the difference is this - he was a paying customer, who had been given the run around many times for something he put his faith in a long time ago. You are comparing the attitudes of a customer that had been mistreated (or at least ill advised on the status of his order), stuck through it regardless, just to be belittled and insulted by a terrible joke of a PR rep.

      http://youtu.be/9eFEk_hxXNU - sums up the whole scenario pretty well I reckon.

      I tend to agree. Consumer advocacy and protection has been eroded steadily in the U.S. ... what's Dave supposed to do? Just accept that he might not get the product they already charged him for?

      Hey, maybe if legal action wasn't so expensive, maybe if there were regulatory bodies that could ACTUALLY help an individual out, Dave could have gone another route. Without arguing about libertarian politics or whatnot, being that the chips lay the way they do, how can anyone blame a consumer for pursuing his legal advantages for leverage against a business that is abusing him and possibly defrauding him at the same time? Isn't this precisely what a consumer is supposed to do without "big government" commanding the economy? Maybe we HAVE to be our own cops because it has become the Wild West.

      Heck, even Dave admitted that the Internet response was a little excessive, but I like to point out, without the ability to create "negative publicity", Monica Gaudio and many more significant content providers would have been ripped off by Cooks Source continuously. It's always great to play Monday Morning Quarterback without having to provide any alternative plays a guy like Dave could have made...and ones that would actually have a chance at succeeding mind you without costing him tons more money.

      That being said, now that Dave and other N-Control consumers have gotten better communication and reassurances, and now that Paul Christoforo is no longer employed by said company, people do need to let it go. He's going to get work somewhere at some point...otherwise, you're just hoping to not only punish a man, but destroy him. He can probably do that well enough on his own anyway.

      "You just got told bitch … welcome to the real internet check kotaku in 2 weeks... you think you speak for billions son your just a kid you speak for yourself no one cares what you think"

      I guess Christoforo does have friends at kotaku.

      How else could you claim that Christoforo wasn't bullying Dave?

      Mike Krahulic is more like the teacher who caught him being a bully and punished him.

      Christoforo was laughing in his face for trying to bring this to the attention of the gaming media. If he's reading this, I'll bet he's still laughing.

      The adult thing to do would have been to contact the manufacturer directly, on the phone.

        Uhm. From what I know, Paul *was* that contact. His phone number was listed on the manufacturer's site and he handled all points of contact. Dave had nowhere to appeal to but Mike.

        So, what would you do? :)

    Ah, yes "Kotaku USA".

      Whats with the " "? Are you implying its not Kotaku US? I don't understand.

      Kotaku US writing a one lined article, people complain and say things about how bad they are.

      Kotaku US write a giant article and people still feel the need to mention them with obvious negative connotations whether you actually own up to them or not.

      I don't understand it. some topics require more coverage than others. people should expect a thesis on everything and then they shouldn't act snide when they get it!

        shouldn't expect a thesis*

        A lot of readers are bashing articles just because they're American. I doubt they even read the ones that are actually well written. It's very unfortunate.

        The articles are criticized for the idiocy contained in them. Not for the word count.

    I liked this.

    Gabe's reaction did have a certain vigilante vibe about it, and the reaction from the internet was tarnished by a number of people who cant understand the concept of the punishment fitting the crime. At one stage, Paul was allegedly receiving death threats. Yes, thats right, death threats, over a botched customer relation and a bit of chest beating.

    If there is one thing the internet does well its forming an angry mob. It just needs to keep its crucifixion compulsion in check.

      Surprised anonymous didn't find a way to get involved tbh.

    Yeah, I totally, wholeheartedly disagree with what you are saying in this article. The man was truly an example that needed to be made. Any company that still purchases his "skills" should also suffer the combined wrath of the internet. We shouldn't forgive or forget.

      What is with the righteous fury? "combined wrath of the internet"? Really? We aren't talking about the crusades here. Its some jackass who got caught being a dick. If the internet really wanted to rain terror on a deserving party, you'd think they'd pick a better target. In reality, what started off as a name and shame turned into something more sinister. The internet loves its pack dog mentality.

      but you know nevar forgive, nevar forget or whatever.

        You're referring of course to the guy who, when contacted by the legitimate owners of the webtools he'd been charged with, tried to extort money out of them rather than return their property. Yeah, why are we so unforgiving of a guy who wants to ripoff a company making controllers for the handicapped?

    Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends.

    This isn't about death or life. Purely a guy being a Dick to a customer. Nevertheless, he has been found wanting by a large group of people and should be humbled by the event. Instead, he chooses to use it as an example of how he was right and every one else is just being mean to him. His hypocrisy, and blatant disregard for the people who pay for the products he sells tells me that HE SHOULDN'T BE DEALING WITH CUSTOMERS. Furthermore, any company that continues to employ a man with such a history doesn't value its customers and therefore doesn't deserve to have any. Pretty simple.

      "This isn’t about death or life."

      duh.

      save your indignation for something important

        is he at risk of using up his indignation quota or something?

    Why is this guy still taking up internet space....time to move on.

    Having read the entirety of the email exchange, I have to vastly disagree with those who think the customer over-reacted. In this business, you don't claim a date for a system you're still altering; you don't get a customs slip without being able to make a reasonable domestic shipping time-frame; you don't explain things from the industry view when most people just want a basic when and why, and most importantly, if first-come pre-pays are still waiting when you offer a discount to new pre-pays, you reciprocate, not tell them, "Anything you do to get that discount will result in cancellation of your order." I've even gotten multiple discounts when the pre-pay has been to cover fabrication costs, even though most companies use the acceptable, "Which ever deal made available over the course of the wait was the best single deal for the customer," logic.

    If these are the company's/branch's/division's/partner's practices, regardless of how the sales person reacts, the overall relationship with that company, either by partners or customers, needs to be carefully reviewed.

    As far as gaming goes, my only traditional current console is an X-Box 360 with 3 wireless controllers (one modified to deal with excessive force applied to subconsciously attempt to adjust for skill-set scaling that happens in many modern sports games), but I wouldn't find this practice acceptable if it was from a company that had something I really liked. In fact, I've dropped a composite fabricator whose first generation product was fun to work with, which is now only in it's second generation, because they weren't anywhere near that second generation as they suggested when they wanted my money.

    Most companies that have been in this business awhile know the importance of identifying the product development cycle and its inherent risks when seeking customers and partners. Complaining about an Internet-base firestorm tends to ignore that said storm only lasts if there's legitimacy or newness to the initiating conditions.

    To me it sounds like its the author's view that every time Today Tonight or ACA go film a story the person who sent them the info is bullying whoever is being filmed. Sometimes its the only way of getting anywhere.

    Yes, its been a bad week for all involved, and its likely that everyone could have handled it better. But to turn this around and say that Dave shouldn't have copied his emails to the various sites? I work at Coles, I know exactly how often "the customer is right" but this time I have nothing but admiration for Dave. He started out being genuinely nice and understanding and as he got screwed around, eventually he reached the point where he sent his story to the internet equivalent of TT or ACA (no offense to the sites :) ). Sometimes you gotta push a bit harder.

    Your opinion is an interesting one, but I don't agree with it at all.

    I think the responses from both Dave and Mike were more than acceptable. I cannot see how you could think that Paul's comments were 'provoked', and I have no problem with the way Penny Arcade became involved.

    In all the articles I've read on this topic, it's clear that Paul has a real disconnect with reality. He perceives what matters in this world is how much power you wield, and how many powerful connections you have. He's never said "Yeah I should be nicer to people", but rather his remorse is along the lines of "I didn't know Mike was so powerful, and I wish I had his connections". Forget Mike - it's the customer he should be focused on. At no point has he expressed remorse of how Dave was treated.

    In a world of free speech Owen has the right to voice his opinion. And as a reader I have the right to think less of him for trying to play some spin on this topic.

      Exactly this Foxe, the author of this article is wrong from the outset anyway.

      Bullies never take the first swing? Dunno what planet he lives on but on the one I live on they often take the first swing (literally and metaphorically).

        Well said mate :)

      Thank you! I like your comment better than anything else I've read on this fiasco.

        I went from zero respect for Owen to negative respect for him, this article just lets everyone know hes in bed with Paul

          "He sold what is basically fetish gear for a controller. "

          I was actually making an effort to take this article seriously too.

    I haven't paid any attention to what reddit has been doing, it does sound like its been blown out of proportion.

    As far as penny arcade, I think Paul really needed a humbling experience and Mikey provided that - right or wrong - it was good to see him stand up for Dave against this asshole.

    Yep Kotaku US writing a ridiculous article to get hits and comments. Nice try dude. All penny arcade did was show the truth, nothing more nothing less. This story needed to come out because Paul was causing huge damage to the companies he was representing.

    The guy didn't just be rude to the customer, he made a deliberate effort to antagonise the guy (I'll sell your controllers on Ebay) he then proceeded to name drop like a mofo. I find it funny that all the names he dropped couldn't get far enough away fast enough, I also noticed that he couldn't name any of the guys by name. What mike did is what anyone who is all about fan service would do, He saw an abillity to help a reader and used what leverage he had to try and get a resolution...it didn't work so he hit him with the ban hammer. Too many company's nowdays treat the end user like crap and get away with it this is what sparked the whole internet wide rage fit. We can only hope that the PR and customer service industries take note of this and provide a measure of professional behaviour when dealing with the general public. Mike is now my hero, despite the fame that has come from Penny Arcade he is still reading the emails of readers and actioning things he feels he could help with.

    Yea, yea, it's Penny Arcade's fault that this guy was a dickhead. Kotaku america can't see our comments anyway, so it doesn't matter what we say about how stupid they are.

    This is the most uninformed piece of reverse propaganda I've ever been witness to.

      Agreed.

    Anyone who is willing to openly threaten someone without consideration for the possible consequences loses my respect immediately, along with any and all sympathy they might have been entitled to. This was not the first time Paul acted like a douche to customers, so the pillock had it coming. Paul decided he didn't like being pressed for answers and got pushy, then got abusive and threatening when the customer objected to his attitude. Nothing wrong with how Dave reacted at all, and going public was the best thing he could have done here, because ultimately it's up to the community as a whole to make sure companies know what is happening is unacceptable

    Unfortunately the spelling is OK or shenanigans!!!! Has anyone ever seen Owen Good and Christafano in the same room? Maybe Kotaku USA is actually one of his clients?

    Someone's a graduate of the News Corporation school of 'Publish a reverse indignation story to DOUBLE YOUR HITS!!!' I see. So let me see if I get this right - marketing dude gets paid lots of money to market stuff. Marketing dude does things like make dubious claims to manipulate people into buying products, provides poor customer service, brings represented brand into disrepute through untrue allegations - all good as long as he makes $$$ and doesn't get caught. Way of the world, man. Marketing dude gets caught out being a gigantic douche and is made an example of, hopefully as a warning to the thousands of other douches making $$$ the same way he does - ZOMG POOR VICTIM.

    Please note if $$$ and business are the holy grail here, as the owner of an event making $$$ and business flow for him Mike can do whatever he damn well wants.

    Also Owen - bringing in the sick children? Dude, give Rupert Murdoch a call, your *talents* are needed at Fox News.

    I hate customers. I worked ISP billing and support for 4 years.

    Despite that I can recognize bad customer service a mile away. Dave is in no way out of line. The first reply he got along with all the others lacked professionalism and good customer service. The customer usually does not have a lot of options and less in this case.

    With an ISP you can escalate to a senior, then manager, then solutions. Then you can go 3rd party to the TIO. Dave didn't have any of these. All he had was the power to publish it on the Internet and show how terrible the service was. That's what he did. It worked too.

    If I had been replying, 1 email is all I would have needed. If that wasn't good enough by 3 emails I'd still be explaining the issue, the options and my recommendations. I eould not be worried about a single email I have sent whilst working customer service because all of mine were helpful and professional. Unless the customer had no legs to stand on, was bring completely unrealistic. Then it was just professional.

    The customer is not always right. But pure that the customer service should always be 100% professional. Who made us the judge? You ask. The lack of options Dave had did.

    Sure his wife and kid should not have been targeted. He should not get death threats. But the spam and everything was a lesson. Maybe next time he will be more professional in his responses.

    In the emails I read, Christoforo certainly sounded like he was trying to bully Dave into not following up on the complaint and convince him that the delays were normal.

    And CC'ing the news outlets seems more akin to informing a consumer watchdog like Choice Magazine than a bullying act.

    Lastly, the U2 concert analogy doesn't quite seem right. The equivalent of "attending a U2 concert" would be "attending a convention as an individual". Having a booth at a convention is a bit different, and does imply some level of approval from the organisers. It is closer to "being U2's support act", and I'm sure you'd have similar troubles if you badmouthed Bono's charity work in that situation.

    What a crock.
    That article is so full of shit I don't have the time to begin to pick holes in it.

    Bullshit article is bullshit.

    Very controversial opinion (and one that is bound to piss off a lot of people) and one that I mostly agree with. Everyone was being a dick in this pissing match, not just Christoforo.

    Dave had every right to be angry but I think he could have handled it in better ways. That long email of his could have been written in much better ways. Krahulik basically admitted he was playing the bully this time and although I felt it was justified and good for a laugh initially, I felt a bit uneasy with his follow up. I know a lot of people felt that Christoforo was using his family as a shield when he begged Krahulik to make it stop. Although that might be true, people seem to forget this is the internet, collateral like that is bound to happen. Krahulik seemed to blatently ignore that fact when he posted his final update. He seemed more interested in making Christoforo pay for what he did. That's when I took a step back and realised that none of this is right.

    I think a lot of people are being blinded by Christoforo's douchebaggery. Yes, he deserved what he got but I think what everyone should realise, and what Owen is getting at, is that everyone was at fault here. Nothing was handled well, none of this should ever happen. Too bad we don't live in an ideal world though cuz no doubt it will.

      How it could be handled better?

      "I am terribly sorry, I paid for the controller you promised to send me month ago. Yes, I am a little kid and I'm sorry again, please, please don't cancel my order I already paid for, you were right Mr Paul!"

      This would be better? Dave had every right, Paul's replies looked like he was trying to scam him. And I have been scammed like this once or twice in the past, when I was much younger. I don't think Dave had to beg Paul to give him his paid for controller when he was making fun of him. Because he could.

      If Mike didn't show up, Paul would just continue to withdraw the product from the customer, keeping the money ad infinitum. There was a case earlier when Nate waited from February to June. You think this is fair?! You poor soul! Weep for the victimized bad guy and yell at the real victim for fighting back. And Paul's career was built on fraud - look at his website, full of stolen articles and content. Look at his extortion attempt from the controller company. I don't have compassion for him at all.

    I disagree with this articles assessment of the situation. Paul Christoforo is obviously a bully. When dealing with someone like this what other recourse do you have? You can't talk to a supervisor, you can't sue, you can't do anything but make it public. So Dave made it public. Paul thought he could continue his bully tactics with PA and it blew up in his face.

    Now I admit Gabe probably was itching for this guy to piss him off- he fully admits he has problems with bullies and looks for opportunities to exact revenge upon them. But Paul took the bait, he didn't have to, he was given plenty of chances to be reasonable and didn't take them.

    It's not fair what happened to Paul, but life isn't fair. I'm sure more times than not up until this point it's been unfair in Paul's favor. A little Karmic justice might actually do him some good.

    Dumbest article ever written by Kotaku US, ever. Thats saying a goddamn lot considering the other drivel they've come out with.

    This article is so stupid for a number reasons, one being because the emails clearly show Dave was just calmly asking about his product WHICH HE PAID FOR AND WAS ALREADY A MONTH LATE, got this bullshit response from Paul

    Then Mike told him there would be no booth at PAX, which is in his rights to do, at which point Paul started grovelling and then when he couldn't fix it insulted the guy again with nonsensical lies.

    The second reason why this article is bullshit is because it accuses PA and Dave of being bullies, despite the fact that they weren't the ones posting articles following Pauls life of drug abuse and assault, Kotaku US however posted I beleive seven articles at least doing just that.

    Honestly Owen Good should be ashamed for such a clear attempt to pull in views with such a stupid opinion. Instead of smacking this dumbass down for being a terrible human being, you actually try to make it seem like he's in the right here.

    Way to wrap up the year guys, you finish on your worst article to date

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