Last April, I made the Social Justice Warriors game to express my frustration with how people were using dismissive labels in an attempt to discredit and silence each other. The core message of the game was that no matter what social values you have, attacking and ridiculing other people not only fails to achieve progress but has an additional effect of escalating the conflict while wearing you down in the process.
The videogame community is no stranger to depression. The back-and-forth online harassment and public shaming only exacerbate these problems, ruining lives and driving people away. While the game’s message resonated with some people and convinced them to change their behavior, I feel like it hasn’t done enough.
For that reason, all the money Nonadecimal Creative receives from Social Justice Warriors sales for the remainder of 2014 will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help fund research into causes and treatments. The AFSP was chosen for their financial transparency and because they not only engage in advocacy and support measures that help people in the short-term but also fund research that could potentially alleviate these problems on a larger scale in the long-term.
You can purchase Social Justice Warriors for
$3 $8(or more) on itch.io, Indie Game Stand, or Humble. Or you can donate directly to the AFSP here. If you’d like to support the game, vote for it on Steam Greenlight. [Update: It was greenlit and releases on Steam February 27th! Thank you so much for your support.]
In January, Nonadecimal will donate an amount equal to the funds due from itch.io, IndieGameStand, Desura, and Humble for sales of the Social Justice Warriors game from December 1st through December 31st.
Update (January 5, 2015): Thank you so much for your support! I rounded up and donated $200 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention tonight. Here’s what they had to say about how our money will be used.