Journalist Apologizes for Sexual Comments to Developer

Josh Mattingly, founder and CEO of games journalism website Indie Statik, has issued an apology after an instant message exchange between him and a woman game developer containing sexual comments was made public.

According to a Kotaku report, the Jan. 18 exchange, in which the developer remains anonymous, was posted to Facebook by fellow developer Laralyn McWilliams. In it, Mattingly questions the woman about what she might know about an unannounced game, and repeatedly makes sexual advances on her, who ignores them throughout the exchange. He offers to “kiss her vagina” in exchange for information, before flat-out just offering sexual intercourse.

The comments become increasingly graphic, and McWilliams’ version blurs out some of the most explicit material. Mattingly published a public apology on his blog and also apologized on Twitter, saying that depression contributed to his actions in the conversation, and that he was drunk at the time of the writing.

You can read the blurred account of the conversation below; an uncensored version is available here.

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5 Comments on Journalist Apologizes for Sexual Comments to Developer


On January 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Haha. Jesus christ, some people are just pathetic. As if talking like that will ever get you laid in the first place.

I do want to see what was blurred out though. This stuff reads like To Catch A Predator transcripts.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm


There’s a link above the image that goes to the uncensored version of the exchange (below the embedded tweet).


On January 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Thanks. And that blurred stuff was even more like a TCAP transcript than the other stuff. That made my night.

Guys like this really give the people working in this industry a bad name. But then again, maybe they’re just proving a stereotype?

I also love his science lesson on the orus. He should change his twitter handle to CIit Commander.

Red Menace

On January 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm

I’m sure he just drove 200 miles with condoms and a box of chocolates to warn her about the dangers of talking to strange men on the internet.


On January 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm

An apology may help but it does not change who he is and what we read in his comments is who he truly is.

All I see is a man trying to court a woman -extremely- badly, men will always do that as it is part of their nature. Unfortunately some are more pathetic and insensitive than others.

Now back to games.