TOJammer David Gallant FIRED
When? Today (Jan. 29, 2013)
Why? He made a game.


David Gallant | I Get This Call Every Day   I Get This Call Every Day
you work at a call center.
(spoiler) you try to verify a caller's details.

My Review
"the funniest, most depressing game ever - Buy!"

Another Review
"admittedly not fun"


This Toronto Star article had everything to do with it.
"Tax department employee creates online game to vent his frustration with taxpayers"
"The job involves answering calls from taxpayers"
"... [taxpayers] can be annoying and stupid."
"... [taxpayer] comes across as dense and snippy"

... the writer next contacts National Revenue Minister Gail Shea for comment:
"offensive and completely unacceptable"
"investigate urgently to ensure no confidential taxpayer information was compromised"

Unlike everyone involved, I played the game.
No confidential taxpayer information was compromised.
Wondering why the ministry even thought that was the case.
Then again, I'm not a reporter.

Bonus Scandal:
If memory serves, the original article omitted "There is no specific mention of government" and other details that clarified how harmless the game actually was. One wonders what details were omitted when the reporter spoke with Gail Shea.


If David had written a short story, directed a movie, or did some stand-up about his boring job he'd still be employed. In fact, he'd be celebrated. i.e. Dilbert, The Office, Office Space

In another medium, David would appear in the Star's arts section and be defended from "necessary corrective action." In fact, the threat from the government would BE the story. Did I just say censorship? Whoops!

In another medium, the writer would have played the game before doing the interview.

David was fired because he expressed himself using a game.

What can you do?
1. Let the Toronto Star, the reporter and the minister know how you feel.
2. Buy David's Game (it's good)
3. Vote for IGTCED on Steam (seriously, it's good!)

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