Shaun Himmerick, producer on Mortal Kombat X, is the latest games industry professional to step away from Twitter after receiving threats against his family.
On march 26, Himmerick retweeted this message he received, after which he changed his Twitter handle to “come on people”:
(WARNING: NSFW language)
He then explains his decision in more detail: https://twitter.com/lover_of_tacos/status/581468722474262528
That is passion and love for the Mortal Kombat and I also have that. So I get it. No problem. I'm glad people care about their favorites ->— come on people (@lover_of_tacos) March 27, 2015
I used to be thick skinned enough for the random personal attacks. I'm a big boy I can handle it. I've been in my share of fights. ->— come on people (@lover_of_tacos) March 27, 2015
However I cannot deal with the threats of violence to my wife and now young daughter. threats of sexual violence are even more disturbing ->— come on people (@lover_of_tacos) March 27, 2015
You wanna fight me for Any reason. I'm probably willing to go, verbally or physically. I can hold my own. But threats on my ladies? No— come on people (@lover_of_tacos) March 27, 2015
Seems like the offending tweet was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Himmerick, who hasn’t Tweeted since Friday (but has left his account active).
A few years ago this might have been a bad career move for Himmerick — gotta get that social media engagement! — but today? Fuck it. Walk away, dude, and don’t come back. I know more and more people who are leaving Twitter because it’s simply not worth the hassle anymore, whether they’re receiving threats like these or are just sick of the community’s hostility and negative vibe in general.
The service was created to give people a means to share their thoughts, but if all those thoughts are going to amount in this business are threats made against the people making and talking about video games, then we may as well burn it all down and start over.