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Face-punching game-maker’s standoff with Toronto woman escalates

- July 10th, 2012

The flame-war continues, garnering headlines at the local, national and even American level.

Some background for those just joining us:

In one corner, we have Ben “Bendilin” Spurr, the 25-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., man who created the game “Punch Anita Sarkeesian In The Face” because he thought her Kickstarter project was a big vagina-based scam. Spurr is backed by a hoard of gamers, and a few anonymous trolls.

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In other other corner we have Steph “Amirightfolks” Guthrie, the Toronto activist who launched an public shaming campaign against Spurr for his game’s misogynist overtones. Guthrie is backed by feminist types and gamers who are sick of the get-back-in-the-kitchen culture.

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The whole thing has led to Bendilin’s brief Twitter suspension and, of course, all sorts of vitriol being lobbed Guthrie’s way, including death threats dismissed by some as “copypasta.”

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