Is Mike Mearls Happy Hour still a thing?

Aldarc

Adventurer
Please keep the tirade of insults to a dull roar.
He's not been pushed out, he was promoted and got off of social media.

He's done quite a few interviews about BG3, and is involved in more behind the scenes high-level franchise development now.
See kids? You too can receive a promotion if it tuns out you are a transphobic doxxer who aids and abets serial abusers in their harassment campaigns.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Mod Note:
Folks,

Some people don't like things that people involved in the business have done over the years. Note, though, that just splatting out a line of insults about it here doesn't really achieve anything useful. If you have a problem with someone in the industry, please take it up with their employers.
 

Urriak Uruk

Explorer
My two cents; I feel like the start of Mearls going low began with him being busy, then the Zak S. thing happened. And I don't think Wizard's pressured him to be silent, as that almost never works for outspoken people.

More likely, Mearls is ashamed of his role in the Zak thing. There have been many times of done something, realized later that I did wrong, and am embarrassed to show my face. It's very possible this contributed to his absence.

Plus I think he had a baby, that also makes this harder.
 

Parmandur

Legend
My two cents; I feel like the start of Mearls going low began with him being busy, then the Zak S. thing happened. And I don't think Wizard's pressured him to be silent, as that almost never works for outspoken people.

More likely, Mearls is ashamed of his role in the Zak thing. There have been many times of done something, realized later that I did wrong, and am embarrassed to show my face. It's very possible this contributed to his absence.

Plus I think he had a baby, that also makes this harder.
He also took an extended stay in Belgium to work on BG3, which was secret for half this year. He literally couldn't talk about where he was or what he was working on, which is a problem since he is terrible with secrets.

I think he took the opportunity of being off the grid for a while to just stay off, since he didn't need to engage social media in his new job.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Social media/Twitter is cancer. Avoid.
Only if you don’t know how to curate your online environment at all. Which, tbf, most social media services build themselves to make it harder to do well.
He also took an extended stay in Belgium to work on BG3, which was secret for half this year. He literally couldn't talk about where he was or what he was working on, which is a problem since he is terrible with secrets.

I think he took the opportunity of being off the grid for a while to just stay off, since he didn't need to engage social media in his new job.
It’s really nice, I imagine, to take a vacation from being the famous person in a parasocial “social media” paradigm. Even if you aren’t being shamed every time you sign on by people with a legitimate grievance.
I think it's time to move on and leave Mike alone, leave him in peace.
Has a person who hasn’t apologized earned being left in peace, or do you believe that isn’t something one has to earn?
 

Parmandur

Legend
Only if you don’t know how to curate your online environment at all. Which, tbf, most social media services build themselves to make it harder to do well.


It’s really nice, I imagine, to take a vacation from being the famous person in a parasocial “social media” paradigm. Even if you aren’t being shamed every time you sign on by people with a legitimate grievance.


Has a person who hasn’t apologized earned being left in peace, or do you believe that isn’t something one has to earn?
I don't think being left in peace needs to be earned, for anyone. Leave the public square and haven't committed any crimes, then nothing more to it.

In this case, he did wrong, and offered the legally vetted apology, and probably can't say any more. Seems he has bowed out of being a public figure, more or less, so not much to be said fruitfully anyways.
 
He's not been pushed out, he was promoted and got off of social media.

He's done quite a few interviews about BG3, and is involved in more behind the scenes high-level franchise development now.
Where did you find this out? Like I said, I might be tracking the wrong channels for info on him
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I don't think being left in peace needs to be earned, for anyone. Leave the public square and haven't committed any crimes, then nothing more to it.

In this case, he did wrong, and offered the legally vetted apology, and probably can't say any more. Seems he has bowed out of being a public figure, more or less, so not much to be said fruitfully anyways.
And as far as I know, no one is going out of their way to find him and harass him. But when he pops up, people have every right to call him out.
 

Parmandur

Legend
And as far as I know, no one is going out of their way to find him and harass him. But when he pops up, people have every right to call him out.
Yeah, and that's probably fair, though no apology beyond the legal-team sanctioned one will ever likely be forthcoming.

But it's not true when people complain that he was "forced out" by "angry mobs," he still got promoted even if he has had to revise himself from the social media public.
 

Zardnaar

Hero
Can't win online, people gonna crucify you no matter what even if it's doing nothing.

Doesn't matter what form the howling mob takes. There's always people looking to take a shot at something.
 
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Eubani

Explorer
Let's be honest he made a really bad decision, people were not angry over nothing. This was only made worse by the none apology. Having said that much time has past so if the lesson has been learned let us all move forward.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Can't win online, people gonna crucify you no matter what even if it's doing nothing.

Doesn't matter what form the howling mob takes. There's always people looking to take a shot at something.
Most folks (including public figures) manage not to ever get “crucified” online, actually. It’s pretty easy.
 

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