Unlike the other petitions thus far, this one actually got a response. So what did EA think of so many people calling for the removal of a member of their development team?
"We are making her an unlockable player in NBA 2K15, though."
Oh. It seems that 50,000 people frothed themselves into such a blinding rage that they couldn't be bothered to fact-check the source of their ire; Sarkeesian was never involved in the development of the game. The only sources we can find that mention her as being involved with game are a 2012 blog post at Destructoid and a 2013 post from a blatant satirical website (those really are a bitch, aren't they?), followed by dozens of enraged forum threads and YouTube videos treating this as fact. Thankfully, this is the last time gamers on the Internet ever campaigned for something stupid.
"Ban the Bible From a Store That Doesn't Sell It ... Because Video Games" (62,000 Signatures)
Haha, just kidding.
Last month, Target pulled Grand Theft Auto V from their stores in Australia, in response to another petition from folks upset about the whole "giving points for playing like a serial rapist" thing. While most of the world was stunned at the fact that an online petition actually worked, many gamers were infuriated at this clear assault on their free speech and decided to respond in kind: 62,000 of them joined forces to ask Target Australia to ban the Bible from their store shelves, on account of sexual violence and violence toward women. Once again, the only thing getting in the way of this genius plan was reality:
The community manager was promptly fired for not saying g'day.
Showing off the exquisite research skills that angry Internet mobs are known for, none of the petition's thousands and thousands of signatories checked to make sure Target Australia actually stocks the Bible (it doesn't). Honestly, with the way Australia treats video games (they've banned everything from Duke Nukem 3D to Sexy Poker for Wii), the fact that GTA V made it there at all is a minor victory. Of course, it's kind of hard to understand this when you live in a country where you can jump into a Call of Duty match and get yelled at by racist 12-year-olds any time you want.