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USC Cancelled an Awesome Video Game Panel for Including Too Many Men

Administrators said the decision puts them "on the right side of history."

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The University of Southern California cancelled its planned "Legends of the Games" event after the lone female participant signaled that she wouldn't be able to attend. Administrators made the determination that an all-male panel was unacceptable, and killed the event—a mere four hours before it was supposed to start. 

"In the interest of promoting diversity and inclusion within the USC Games family, tonight's "Legends of the Game Industry" Event in SCI 106 has been canceled," wrote a university spokesperson on Facebook. "A new event will be arranged over the coming weeks, and we dearly hope you will join us then." 

That's probably little consolation to the graduating seniors who will miss out on meeting some major players in the gaming industry, even if the university is actually able to reschedule the event, Campus Reform notes

The panel would have included Jeffrey Kaplan of Blizzard, Brandon Beck of Riot Games, and David Stohl of Infinity Ward, according to Heat Street. 

Nevertheless, Tracy Fullerton—Director of USC Games—believes her decision to cancel the event puts USC "on the right side of history," according to The Daily Trojan. No doubt she has struck a powerful blow against the patriarchy. 

But I wonder if students enjoy being forced to sit on the right side of history—whatever that means in this context—more than they enjoy attending cool video game events.

Matt Welch interviewed Fullerton for Reason's special video game issue. Watch that video below.

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  1. This shit is even more irrelevant to me than the Beyonce shit. I didn’t think that was possible.

    1. And yet relevant enough in both cases to register your opinion.

      1. Only after reading ALL the text. Consider it a review.

      2. Which is to say, still utterly irrelevant.

      3. It has some relevance, although it would be more relevant if it were at a public university, where canceling an event because of the male gender of the participants would be a likely violation of the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

        If USC had been a public university, canceling a panel due to its gender would likely have been illegal under the 14th Amendment. See, e.g., Back v. Carter, 933 F.Supp. 738 (N.D. Ind. 1996) (judge invalidated gender-balance requirement for government board as unconstitutional); Ricci v. DeStefano (2009) (Supreme Court ruled that canceling promotions due to mostly white males being promoted under colorblind system was a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act); Lamprecht v. FCC, 958 F.2d 382 (D.C. Cir. 1992) (federal appeals court rules FCC’s gender preferences for women violated the equal-protection component of the Fifth Amendment, despite FCC’s appeal to “diversity”).

        1. It has relevance period, the public/private thing notwithstanding. It’s more social signaling bullshit. Being legal does not make it okay.

    2. EVERYONE MAKE SURE YOU SEE HOW LITTLE I CARE!

      1. *retires to the Hi-Fi room and plays a Lou Reed LP*

    3. Are you saying that your gaming skills are lackluster, at best?

    4. But is it more or less relevant than the Caitlyn Jenner shit?

      1. Less, none of those videogame designers were on MY Wheaties box.

      2. two things. Caitlyn Jenner is an ugly ass women and I’m sure USC cancelled its basketball games b/c of too many black males.

    5. Well, if you play video games, it kinda matters because the industry is being taken over by SJWs

  2. USC is more “conservative” than your average campus. This bullshit highly contagious.

    1. The CDC should start a program.

      1. The CDC is pretty solidly leftist themselves. The reason there’s law prohibiting them from doing a study on gun violence is that the one time they did it was so ludicrously weighted towards pro-control it wasn’t funny, ignoring or taking out of context anything that didn’t support further statism and encroachment on the 2nd Amendment.

  3. Derp.

    My rule is – anyone who says they’re “on the right side of history” is irrelevant and will be forgotten by history.

    1. Anyone who says they’re on the right side of history doesn’t know much history.

      1. Or how it is actually taken down. The phrase relies on an inferred objective standard that doesn’t actually exist.

    2. Right side of history = living
      Wrong side of history = dead

      1. What I think of when I hear that phrase:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29Mg6Gfh9Co
        [total godwinning – with music!]

          1. noice!

    3. Safer bet would be feeding anyone who says that seriously to a wood chipper. Nothing good ever comes from people who believe that there’s a right or wrong side of history.

      1. That would be the stupid side?

  4. Nevertheless, Tracy Fullerton?Director of USC Games?believes her decision to cancel the event puts USC “on the right side of history,”

    Tracy Fullerton is a moron. Women should stay in the kitchen, where they belong, instead of giving them positions of responsibility.

    1. If by the right side of history, she means being a pedantic, bean counting cunt filled with smug self-righteousness, I would argue she’s probably correct.

    2. Huge missed opportunity. I imagine none of the gamers were given any notice, though, so they didn’t have the chance to diversity it up by identifying as a a pedantic, bean counting cunt filled with smug self-righteousness.

      1. My alma mater can fuck themselves. God, I’ve really come to hate them.

        1. Don’t worry. A college is just a means to an end for an individual. People who consider it its own quasi-organism and genuflect before it and wear its badge for the rest of their lives ? those people are L-O-S-E-R-S.

  5. “In the interest of promoting diversity and inclusion within the USC Games family, tonight’s “Legends of the Game Industry” Event in SCI 106 has been canceled,” wrote a university spokesperson on Facebook.

    “We are taking this opportunity to include everyone – every race, color, creed, gender identity – in one giant inclusive group existing together outside our shut doors. At the scheduled time, everybody can fuck off together.”

    Did anyone bother to check if any of the “male” attendees actually refuses to acknowledge the validity of her penis?

    1. Yes it would be some epic trolling if some of these male attendees started saying they self identify as females. This whole gender identity nonsense could be a great tool to really fuck with these idiots.

      1. Seriously, have one of the panelists put on a dress and accuse the administration of transphobic othering. Problem solved.

        1. Yeah, nothing is more “on the right side of history” this month than supporting trans folks.

  6. Hey important guys, we’re cancelling your conference right before it starts. You don’t mind coming back in a couple weeks when we can find a woman to sit with you, do you?

    1. I just googled and Blizzard to USC Campus is a two hour drive each way, so Kaplan had probably just spent two hours driving through LA traffic, only to show up and be told “Oh, we don’t need you now”.

      1. I just googled and Blizzard to USC Campus is a two hour drive each way, so Kaplan had probably just spent two hours driving through LA traffic, only to show up and be told “Oh, we don’t need you now”.

        My answer to the rescheduling would have to be…

        “I’m a busy guy with stuff to do with/for people who aren’t inclined to waste my valuable time by pulling the sort of bullshit you just did, so fuck off.

        Love and kisses,
        Me”

  7. Tracy Fullerton probably believes that people that play Candy Crush and Farmville are “Gamers”.

    1. I mean, they are.

      Self-identified gamers who prop themselves up as anything other than nerds engaging in the nerdiest of nerd hobbies make me laugh.

      Fuckin’ nerds.

      Have a swirlie.

  8. Next up, USC cancels panel on the Bill of Rights since there weren’t enough women at the Constitutional Convention.

    1. Hopefully we can cancel feminism because there weren’t enough male speakers at the Seneca Falls convention.

  9. Administrators said the decision puts them “on the right side of history.”

    I wonder if those administrators smell their own farts.

    1. Beauty, hoser, I chuckled.

  10. God damn it, they lost their token!

    1. Dude the change machine is right over there and it’s full of tokens. Don’t be such a tightwad.

  11. So, they’re shutting down the entire USC Men’s collegiate sports program for the rest of time next, right?

    1. Ha. This reminds me of a situation that happened here, where some anti-immigrant or some such noise was coming out of Arizona, and the Seattle city council passed a social-signaling order saying they were divesting themselves of all business with Arizona companies.

      When it was asked if the city would cease to do business with the Arizona company that ran the red-light camera ticketing system, a whole bunch of throat-clearing ensued and they said “we…we…well no, because we actually do business with that company.”

      1. the Arizona company that ran the red-light camera ticketing system

        That company is on the right side of history.

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  12. No doubt she has struck a powerful blow against the patriarchy.

    And no doubt refunding the airfare and hotel rooms for a bunch of pissed off dudes who wasted their time on this for nothing isn’t coming out of her own pocket.

    1. Especially this looks to have occurred while some were still literally in the air.

    2. Power without responsibility is what they mean when they use the word empowerment.

  13. We have an article about Beyonce, and about a gaming conference that was cancelled.

    But nothing (other than a bullet point in the links) about the escalating political violence in America.

    Them’s some priorities, for ya.

    1. I’m not gonna get too Huffy, but this is Free Markets and Free Minds, Reason could dedicate some more resources to what’s going on in Venezuela. I mean, the fact that NPR only mentions it once in a while in passing and is always careful to make sure we understand that Venezuela’s woes are strictly the fault of low oil prices is one thing. But for Reason to not be hammering this shit home in regular articles is a serious oversight.

      1. Reason seems to have given up on free markets. Free minds are still on offer, I suppose.

        1. Free Tolerant minds

          Some of the writers have been vigorously stroking their SJW boners around here recently. I’ve lost count of how many articles I’ve read that were in sync with the SJW intentions, if not entirely comfortable with their solutions.

          1. …Ever since the shakedown of wood chippers?

      2. Good point, Diane.

      3. great point, that shitstorm should be front and center….

    2. But nothing (other than a bullet point in the links) about the escalating political violence in America.

      But the violence crowd are millennial Bernie supporters and SJW activists, you know, the standard bearers of this “libertarian moment” we’ve been immersed in, lo these many months.

  14. This from a school that still has an all-male football team.

    1. They look like Tarzan but play like Jane

      1. more like cheetah!

        1. that would be… monkeys – 0: football – 7

      2. They look like Tarzan but play like Jane

        The USC Boxing Club floats like a bee and stings like a butterfly.

  15. That’s sexist. What if one of the male developers identified as female, then could they have still held the event?

  16. She’s on the right side of history if (to steal a joke) the future is a birkenstock stamping on a human face forever.

    1. Actually, she’s mostly on the white side of it. They probably should keep a disabled black transgender womyn in stock. These are hard to come by, and how are you gonna supply all your meetings, councils, panel, window sills, and whatnot?

  17. She’s Fullerton of it.

  18. Title IX violation. Sue.

    Fight back.

  19. I’m waiting to see what shows up here about Social Autopsy…

  20. Sue the school for cock-blocking employment opportunities of graduating seniors.

  21. It puts them on the wrong side of history, but they’re too stupid to know it.

  22. History doesn’t have a side. History is what has happened. Now, some events in history had sides, such as wars, but History itself could give fuck all whether the Persian navy was stopped at the Bay of Marathon or not.

    1. -1 for being a douche!

  23. There are a few legendary women in the game industry, but I can count them on one hand (and at least one is dead). Sadly, Fullerton is going to be waiting a long while before she can find 3 that she can gather to a Legends of the industry. Of course, neither she or her cancelled male panel are legends of the industry. Leaders, sure… legends, no.

    1. Sierra online

    2. Zelda?

  24. Gamers are asexual, at least in practice.

    1. I think you mean ‘autosexual.’ ‘Auto’ being the Greek word for ‘hand.’

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  27. Does USC have multiple professors teach each class? We wouldn’t want classes to be taught by only a single person, because that might promote the idea that only people matching the gender identity of that professor can succeed in that subject. From now on, I think we need to have at least 42 professors in each classroom when classes are taught. Of course we need a cis male and cis female, but we also need a trans female and trans male. We then need a biological male and a biological female who identify as neither gender. Now, we also need to make sure we have professors covering the following ethnic groups: white, black, hispanic, native american, east asian, southeast asian, and middle eastern. We should also consider making sure that we have an example from each religion plus atheism, but that would probably mean excluding students from all classes for lack of room.

    1. You left out political diversity requirements. Why don’t universities require at least as many conservative professors as liberal (or Republican as Democrat) and mandate professorships for all the smaller parties, like Libertarians?

      Oh, but you’ll never see them argue for that. The thought police want their police state unchallenged.

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  29. I want to see an end to affirmative action, diversity and social justice. Does anyone know which presidential candidate is most likely to abolish these three things?

    Like by fiat?

    Give me a break. You’re on a libertarian board.

  30. Next, let’s cancel Congress and the Administration because they are not diverse enough.

    1. Diversity of thought is absolutely not on the criteria.

  31. At least the panelists weren’t marched into a room and summarily castrated.

    1. only because gamers have no balls to begin with.

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  34. In order to promote diversity and inclusion, USC is going to discriminate against speakers on the basis of their sex with absolutely no awareness of the irony. The SJWs are really just a bunch of dumb, vicious, aspiring dictators. They must read 1984 and think it’s a manual.

  35. RE: USC Cancelled an Awesome Video Game Panel for Including Too Many Men
    Administrators said the decision puts them “on the right side of history.”

    The USC administrators are correct.
    All tyrants, regardless of station, have the right to choose who should judge and play video games.
    History has shown this many times.

  36. How’s that male-privilege thing work again?

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  38. My alma mater must be sexist. They would have to be to fret over gender count.

  39. How many women were directly involved with design and programming of commercial video games from circa 1970 through 1990? Probably so few that it would be easy to commit all their names to memory.

    The first 20 years of video games being ‘a thing’ was quite solidly a man’s world.

    It’s quite simply impossible to have an equal representation of genders on a ‘legends of gaming’ panel unless you are either going to go to great expense to locate and pay travel expenses for the majority of the few female industry professionals from that era – who are both living and willing to attend – or limit the panel to two or four people.

    If you simply cannot find any old gamer ladies to attend, well, you can’t. No reason to axe the whole deal for “fairness”.

    These fools are all about “fairness”, except to the people who paid money to come to the event. Screw them. Figuratively, not literally.

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