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Subnautica dev fired over a series of insensitive tweets

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Subnautica’s sound designer Simon Chylinski has been fired following fan anger over a series of insensitive tweets made on his Twitter account.

Did you know a Subnautica player accidentally ate someone’s pets?

Chylinski announced on Twitter that he had been fired, with developers Unknown Worlds confirming to Kotaku his dismissal was over “hateful statements” made online that are “against company values.”

Last weekend, Subnautica fans unearthed various gender-related and racially insensitive tweets made by Chylinski. The discovery was made following the re emergence of a poll created by game director Charlie Cleveland which asked whether players would prefer the developers to improve the core game or make it possible to play as a woman. “We need a ‘diversity' slider in the options,” responded Chylinski. “It will make the character progessively darker more feminine and less sexy.” 

The poll was subsequently deleted and Cleveland apologised for his “terribly-worded tweet” but fans decided to look further into sound designer Chylinski’s Twitter history and found statements such as “importing random ppl from the 3rd world is also importing 3rd world crime tiers and IQ”; and, “street poo and rigid cast system in india didn’t come from west. Their space program did tho.”

Chylinski’s dismissal has had a mixed reaction from fans, with some feeling it was unfair to fire him over his political views. There’s no denying Subnautica’s haunting, techno soundtrack is a work of art, so it’s no surprise some fans are disappointed by Unknown World’s decision. 

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Edgy Hedgy Avatar
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5 Months ago

So someone please tell me, how the hell was what he said wrong? He made fun of some stupid things happening in society, and brought up some really good points. Why is what he thinks and talks about any basis for being fired? Especially when what he says is not even that offensive or wrong. We are living in a world where character matters less than gender or race, where people who think one shouldn't be given special treatment due to race or gender get fired. I don't know about you, but I don't want to live such a world.

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Vit Avatar
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5 Months ago

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

- Author uncertain, possibly George Orwell

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Soulbite Avatar
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5 Months ago

"Chylinski’s dismissal has had a mixed reaction from fans, with some feeling it was . "

I think you're missing the end of a sentence there...

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Vic Hood Avatar
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5 Months ago

The rest of the sentence is "unfair to fire him over his political views" with a hyperlink. It's appearing for myself and others, it could be a visual bug on your page?

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Sir Adrian Avatar
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5 Months ago

Can't see it either. Using Firefox

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Vic Hood Avatar
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5 Months ago

Apparently it's an ad-blocker stopping it

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cpt.fantastic Avatar
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5 Months ago

There will always be people that don't think like you or hold the same ideologies as you do and attacking them won't make you any better person than they are.

Punishing doesn't make people learn, teaching will.

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Enya Avatar
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5 Months ago

Bigots deserve to be fired.

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Sir Adrian Avatar
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5 Months ago

And who gets to decide what a bigot is?

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TheBoogy1 Avatar
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5 Months ago

the dictionary

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Ananym replied to TheBoogy1
5 Months ago

"A person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions"?

Funny, that.

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Sir Adrian Avatar
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Sir Adrian replied to TheBoogy1
5 Months ago

According to the dictionary the people who asked for him to be fired are bigots.

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Ananym Avatar
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5 Months ago

This is really upsetting, and has completely soured my desire to keep playing. Too late for a refund, but this is disgusting practice.

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The Great Gratzby Avatar
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5 Months ago

The road to Hell is paved with 140-character polemics.

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Sir Adrian Avatar
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5 Months ago

Heh. Good one

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WhiteCrow Avatar
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5 Months ago

This is pathetic and fucked up.

I don't agree with what he said, but this is just like the Nolan Bushnell garbage from last week. People getting punished for something they did in the past. If he wasn't dealt with at the time, then clearly it wasn't an issue for his peers and superiors.

His firing is just a kneejerk reaction because it garnered too much negative attention, which is wrong. Either deal with it as it happens if it truly "stands against your company values", or come out and be honest and say that you actually don't give a fuck what he says. Don't give in to the "safe space" bullshit of the masses.

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boidsonly Avatar
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5 Months ago

He offended a some snowflakes and lost his job over it. It is sad management allowed a few participation trophy holders to run their company for them via tweets...

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Sir Adrian Avatar
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5 Months ago

This is just dumb. What happened to free speech.

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JimDig Avatar
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5 Months ago

Nothing happened to free speech. He spoke freely without being censored by anyone; his employer didn't like what he said so they fired him.

Don't confuse free speech with consequence - free speech, the former still exists the latter hardly ever has.

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5 Months ago

yeah, but some of use think he is spot on and just being honest. Why have consequence over it, what about those who disagree with the fans that were outraged, maybe we want someone fired now who shares the same ideologies with the fans. Either way , this game lost a lot of players that disagree with the firing, have fun being just another steam game that people play for a day and look past.

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Sir Adrian Avatar
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5 Months ago

Free speech means the ability to state your political opinions without being discriminated, fired or otherwise punished for having them.

This guy is clearly punished for his opinions. The fact that the company had no problem with his tweets when he made them and only took "action" when a bunch of people who do not even play the game got "offended" clearly proves that.

It's deeply troubling that in 21st century North America there are people who not only encourage totalitarian behavior but actively seek it out and applaud it when other engage in it.

It's as Carl Jung said, the more you live in comfort and ease the more you subconsciously wish to be dominated and abused by those around you.

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TheBoogy1 Avatar
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5 Months ago

You have a great ability to ignore context that hurts your assumptions.

He worked for a company, he openly abused and mocked that companies potential customers.

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Sir Adrian replied to TheBoogy1
5 Months ago

It is astounding how can ignore the gaping flaws in that logic.

Following your reasoning anybody can claim to be a potential customer and offended for any reason. "Your CTO supports Manchester United. I am a potential customer and it offends me. Fire him"

"I am a potential customer and I am offended that your lead unit tester is male. Fire him" etc etc

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Premchand Avatar
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5 Months ago

They also have the freedom to work with who they want..

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Sir Adrian Avatar
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5 Months ago

I am willing to bet all the money in the world that you would not be saying that if the person fired was a woman or gay or an ethnic minority.

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TheBoogy1 Avatar
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5 Months ago

Why would you willingly use assumptions to justify or support a preconceived notion?

You want to make yourself dumber, you want to live inside a fallacy, thats exactly what you need to do for it.

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Premchand Avatar
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5 Months ago

I wonder what makes you think that.. it does say a lot about you though. If they don't want to work with someone anymore, because keeping him employed would ruin the atmosfeer in the company.. why keep him employed.. if you cannot stand a person its very hard to have a work relationship with that individual. He is just not worth it for them.. i can understand that. Oh and you owe me all the money in the world.. i'll take paypal..

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The Great Gratzby Avatar
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5 Months ago

It's simple capitalism: the same ethic which protects freedom of speech also protects a company's right to drop you like a hot screw when your public activities threaten to cut into their public relations. Just ask Alison Rapp.

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Sir Adrian Avatar
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5 Months ago

Except that it does not. A company is not legally allowed to fire you over your private opinions unless you openly claim that your statements are the company's statements. Free speech.

A company is allowed to fire you if it can prove that your actions at work or at home and the statements you make in the company's name cause it material loss.

If this guy decides to sue two things will happen. He will be rehired and then quit in exchange for a large sum of money, which the court will force the company to pay. The company will be forced to close as it will not be able to afford to pay him.

Alison was fired because she signed an exclusive contract (not allowed to hold a second job) while holding down a second job. I think Nintendo acted ridiculously in her case but a contract is a contract.

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5 Months ago

Because people talking common sense about the diversity craze in games and 3rd world immigration is the real problem, right? Those meanie Nazis, more concerned with a good game than with a character being a black disabled two-spirit tranny HIV+ drag queen. And of course to even DARE suggest that maybe millions of Africans flooding the west isn't a wonderful and good thing. The heresy!

But of course, truth is hate to those who hate the truth.

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