***Update 3 – 2015-06-30 21:20 CEST***

A tale about Anita Sarkeesian and the money that went up in smoke

It seems like the rumors about the Sunset fiasco and Anita Sarkeesian was true, because apparently there was a business connection between Tale of Tales, Sunset (Tale of Tales game) and Anita Sarkeesian. As  Tale of Tales paid (bribed) Sarkeesian to do pr for Sunset, and that was something which she never did. This became known after a series of tweets from Tale of Tales Twitter account eight days ago (as seen in the picture down below), there´s more to it than “just” that though, because Tale of Tales claims that Sarkeesian owns them $40,000 (as I mentioned in the very first version of this post. I don´t know if Anita´s bribe money is included in those $40,000 though).

anita sarkeesian money talks

I would love to hear Anita Sarkeesian´s statement on this.

So by the looks of things, Anita was paid money to get the noise out about Tale of Tales game Sunset, but Anita never did that (according to Tale of Tales). If all of this is true, then I wonder why Tale of Tales doesn´t take this case to court? I mean, they must have signed some kind of contract with Sarkeesian? Oh well, now you know a bit more about the “Sunset fiasco”, so everything might actually not be Tale of Tales fault after all. Let´s just say that the Sunset story “might” have ended differently, IF Leigh Alexander and Anita Sarkeesian haven´t been a part of the project.      



***Update 2 – 2015-06-30 16:50 CEST***

I was just informed that the creators of Sunset (Tale of Tales) had tweeted out a really unpleasant and disturbing tweet about one week ago (I missed out on that one when I wrote this article four days ago). In fact, this is even worse than Leigh Alexander´s “Gamers” don´t have to be your audience. “Gamers” are over.” article at Gamasutra, because at least Leigh Alexander didn´t say, “Fu** Games, Fu** Gamers! Fu** the game industry! Die die die And rot in hell“. However, I don´t know how serious Auriea and Michael (Tale of Tales Twitter account) were when they wrote that. Maybe they just felt like they’re done with the games industry as a whole? (thus made fun of the situation?) Since their game Sunset didn´t get all the success which they had hoped for (there´s also an ongoing fiasco going down as well, scroll down for more information).

aurie and michael

Wow…just wow.

So even if the tweet was meant to be a joke. I still find it to be rather tasteless, in my opinion. Especially since you don´t really know if it was a joke or not. Not that it matters all that much now though, since Tale of Tales has shut down their studio just recently…However, I’m truly interested to find out WHY Anita Sarkeesian owes Auriea and Michael $40,000, and WHERE has all the money gone?



***Update 1 – 2015-06-27 10:13 CEST***

I just wanted to add a little correction to this article regarding Intel and their ad campaigns on Gamasutra. As I’ve been told that Intel pulled their ads from Gamasutra again this year (which they did silenty back in February).


The downfall of Leigh Alexander the great

It´s kind of hard to forget a person such as Leigh Alexander (she´s an American journalist, author and ex for the game site Gamasutra) . Since she´s been really busy with spiting out one crazy statement after another since August last year (the dawn of #GamerGate). Even so, Alexander is probably most well-known for her “Gamers” don´t have to be your audience. “Gamers” are over.” article at Gamasutra (which she published on the 28th of August last year). Which basically was an “Anti-Gamer” hit piece, the “Gamers are over” article is also said to have been the main reason behind why #GamerGate got created in the first place (that´s also why #GamerGate asked Intel to remove their ad campaigns on Gamasutra. Which Intel did, but the ads returned to Gamasutra at a later time).

Keep this in mind though, since August last year Leigh Alexander has made quite a few crazy statements via social media. So I got somewhat curious when I found out that Alexander worked as a consultant for Tale of Tales adventure game “Sunset”, as Alexander doesn´t seem to like Gamers (or the Gaming community) all that much.

“Tale of Tales is making a new first-person game called Sunset, and it’s one of the first projects I can announce I’m consulting on along with my colleague Ste Curran. You may have heard that last year we sowed the first seeds of Agency, our consultancy project, which we formally announced this year.”Leigh Alexander

leigh alexander

No wonder why she tried to hide all of this from the public eye…

The Sunset fiasco and Anita Sarkeesian´s unpaid bills

I´m not the kind of person that finds pleasure in other people’s misfortunes or failures, but I’m going to be 100% honest with you guys. I was not surprised to hear that Tale of Tales game Sunset flopped really hard (both when it comes to grades and sells), nor the fact that Tale of Tales actually had to shut down their studio because of this, and this is the reason why:

– Sunset was made especially with Anita Sarkeesian in mind
– Leigh Alexander was the consultant for the project
– No advertising in the whole world can save a mediocre game

sunset a game for anita sarkeesian

Let me get this straight. Sunset was especially made with Anita Sarkeesian in mind? Oh…

It´s just about to get even more messed up though, because apparently Anita Sarkeesian owes Auriea and Michael (the founders of the Tale of Tales studio) 40,000 dollars (as seen in the picture down below). I don´t know if that´s true or not, but then again why would Auriea and Michael tweet that to  Leigh Alexander if it´s not true? So I can just imagine that there must be a lot of  angry feelings between Leigh Alexander, Auriea and Michael and Anita Sarkeesian at the moment. As everyone is involved in the Sunset fiasco in one way or another. However, It´s Tale of Tales (and its former owners) that´s ended up with the short end of the stick, but by the looks of it. Alexander and Sarkeesian just pretend that nothing of this ever happened, nor that they were involved in Sunset in any kind of way.

auriea and michael

So, Anita Serkessian owes Auriea and michael 40,000 dollars?

auriea michael and anita serkessian

That sounds like a great idea! Or maybe not…

There is one good lesson to be learned from all of this though. Don´t ever make a game for a person that´s not even a “real” Gamer, don´t hire a consultant that despises Gamers and the Gaming community as a whole, and avoid making mediocre games. Then I promise you here and now, that you will do just fine for sure.

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28 Comments ON " Leigh Alexander and the Sunset fiasco – The ... "
  • GamerGate Developer

    btw the ads from Intel dropped from Gamasutra again about february this year, they did it silently though

    • Thanks for the info =) I added that to the article 😉 Cheers!

  • Andulvar

    They sold over 6000 copies of their “game” on Steam alone for $19.99. Plus whatever they sold on their site. So they didn’t “fail” they wanted more people to buy their shitty game that had poor optimization, bad storyline, non-consequential plotline. Bad music, poor voice overwork. The developers thought that just because the game was pretty people would play it despite all it’s flaws and they called it “art” even though it wasn’t. It was a flawed mess.

    Personally, for $9.99 I could get Dear Esther and get an hour of game play with a better storyline, great voice over work, beautiful graphics. Awesome sound track that for $9.99 is worth it just for that alone, or play the much shorter mod of it for Half-Life 2.

    • Person Person

      Are you sure, 6000+? I thought the devs said only 4,000 sold; unless 2,000 more in the last few days?

      • Andulvar

        Yes, approximately 6162 sold on steam as of today (28th) With an average of 01:36 played. Approximately 2949 concurrent players in the past two weeks and 11 players yesterday (27th)).

  • AStereotypicalGamer

    I’d love to know more about the whole Sarkeesian financial tie. Nothing like someone with hundreds of thousands in donation and Kickstarter funds stiffing a developer on money owed. It’s exactly the behavior I expect of her, and not the sort of thing her disciples can easily explain away. If she did indeed take the money and run, I can’t wait to see the mental gymnastics trying to explain it.

    • I got some insider information about that, I can´t comment on it now, but it´s some really heavy stuff…

  • Great Article

  • EdgyDude

    What’s the greatest schadenfraude-ian feeling in the world? watching SJWs go for each other’s throat after their lies and empty theories come crashing down miserably.


    Also this right here? this is why publishers and devs shouldn’t listen to them, if even they don’t care about their own games why would anyone else?.

    Finally, that last paragraph? gold.

    • That´s a really good point, well if it´s true, then the devs did indeed pay Anita to do pr for Sunset, and I sure never saw her do any pr for the game. Not that I think that it would have mattered all that much though, as she had zero to none impact on the sales of the inde game “The Scythian.”

  • Jonny

    I detest the likes of Sarkeesian as much as the next guy but this post literally seems like it was written by a young child.

    • Jake Kale

      A fair point, some proofreading wouldn’t have gone amiss. Still, the tweets are compelling.

      • Which parts do need proofreading? Not only that, there´s more to be told about this story as well.

    • You mean like the fact that you troll around dropping comments like this all over the web?
      Yes, I’ve seen your “other” comments. Whatever you say 😉

      • Jonny

        Well done mate, you’ve figured out how Disqus works. Hilarious that you’ve addressed my criticism of your crappy writing by resorting to the completely unrelated subject of my internet commenting habits. Say what you like, it doesn’t change the concrete fact that this post could really, really have done with some proofreading.

        Your commentary automatically becomes laughable when you write like a teenager; more so when you defend it like one.

        “It seems like the rumors about the Sunset fiasco and Anita Sarkeesian was true…”

        >no more
        >my fucking sides

        • I hardly doubt that Disqus was created for the sole purpose of having trolls (like you) dropping shitty (mean or whatever) comments on other people’s creations. No, it´s not, as it seems like it´s the only kind comments that you do, if you don´t like the post, fine, no problem. Please, don´t laugh too much, because it would be a real loss for humanity if you choked on your own laughter 😉

          • Jonny

            Seems as though you don’t understand the point I was making, I suppose that’s forgivable given that you clearly haven’t yet left adolescence. What I mean is: well done, you clicked on my username, looked at my account, and read other comments I’ve made elsewhere. Congratulations on working out how the Disqus platform works!

            I don’t really understand how that’s at all relevant to my original criticism, which is that you write like a young child 🙂

          • Kkkkkk

  • SeanieSkykiller

    This is neogaf style reporting
    “This tweet has to be accurate, why would people lie on the internet?”

    • I have never read any of Neogaf´s articles. So I have no idea what “Neogaf reporting” would be. I never stated that it´s the truth, “according to Tale of Tales”, “I would love to hear Anita Sarkeesian´s statement on this.” ect.

  • Falcus

    But remember, there is no clique promoting each other in borderline illegal ways behind the curtains, which always inevitably leads to the same anti-gamer clique. It’s a conspiracy to hide a secret plot to attack women!
    There are people who believe the above unironically.

    • I find the whole thing to be beyond strange to be honest, Sunset was made with Anita in mind, Leigh Alexander was the consultant for the project, and the devs joked (the tweets in the article) about all of this? I don´t know if it´s true, but i´ve been told that their pockets are really deep.

  • ImperialFists

    The article could have been written better

    still, useful info

    • Everything can be done better. I did what I could with what I had at the time.
      I´m always trying to improve my writing, but it´s kind of like sports in a way. Some days you´re doing great in the game, some days not so much.

  • SJW’s don’t buy games. Games do. That’s why Sunset failed hard on its face. I’m a gamer and I only heard about it when it flopped…

  • Leopleurodon

    Wow, there’s not a single thing in this article that the author didn’t misinterpret.

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