Kumi Games Show How To Not React To Critisicm

Kumi Games Show How To Not React To Critisicm

So, most game developers and people in the entertainment industry deal with criticism on a daily business and at times it can get a tad overwhelming. That being said, there’s always two ways to deal with said criticism. You can be open about it, and listen to said criticism and work on improving said projects, etc in the future. Take the criticism, and improve.

Or, you can be like the development team “Kumi Games” behind the indie horror game, [Rec]Shutter and who’ve said some really ugly things regarding a group of “Let’s Players” and people who have criticized their game. Let’s dive in to this mess, and try not to come out dirty.

Okay, so that’s a lot to take in but it’s just a really weird situation when you look deeper into it. I can understand getting a little flustered, and buggered when people shit on something you’ve worked on but it’s just correct, and well morally right to be polite, and grow up about the whole thing. Take the criticism, and roll with it. There could still be people who enjoy your product, so don’t focus entirely on the negatives.

So, yeah. It’s probably best to avoid calling your customers and people playing your game (especially YouTubers who get quite some popularity, and coverage of indie games nowadays). Especially their comments calling girl-gamers sluts. That’s just disrespectful.

I’d like to get people’s opinions on this thing. So, post away in the comments below…and try to keep it adult and respectful.


Justin Ross


  1. Man
    January 18, 2014, 1:32 pm
    • Justin Ross
      January 18, 2014, 2:19 pm

      Doesn’t change the fact that I reached out to Kumi Games on their IndieDB page about the incident and they deleted all my comments regarding the issue.

      • Man
        January 18, 2014, 4:00 pm

        f it was a stupid comment saying shit to him i dont blame him to delete it cause he said he will with all stupid comments that you leave.

        • Justin Ross
          January 18, 2014, 4:15 pm

          No, it was a comment mentioning if I could hear his explanation/side of things about the ordeal. Maybe you shouldn’t hurl insults, but it’s understanding why you’re defending him. You seem to have the same moronic mindset.

        • keddren
          January 18, 2014, 4:15 pm

          Hi, Kumi.

  2. Man
    January 18, 2014, 3:59 pm

    If it was a stupid comment saying shit to him i dont blame him to delete it cause he said he will with all stupid comments that you leave.

    • keddren
      January 18, 2014, 4:16 pm

      Shall we consider this further proof that you do, in fact, post using sock puppet accounts, Kumi?

      • Justin Ross
        January 18, 2014, 4:20 pm

        Seems that way.

    • Matt
      January 18, 2014, 4:38 pm

      Hi Kumi!

    • Matt
      January 18, 2014, 5:19 pm

      Just for the record, Kumi, if you’re wondering how people are figuring this out. I’m guessing English isn’t your first language, which is fine, but you make a lot of grammatical mistakes in your comments. These mistakes are consistent with all of your commenting, so it’s incredibly obvious when you try and pretend that you’re just a fan sticking up for Kumi.

  3. Bob
    January 18, 2014, 10:23 pm

    An Open Letter to Kumi:

    I’ve asked you numerous times to take down my personal information on that Storify you created. Please take it down now. This has gone beyond simple YouTube comments and into full-blown extortion.

  4. Bob
    January 18, 2014, 10:37 pm

    To quote Kumi directly:
    “I ask again, are you wiling to do as I said on the message I sended you earlier and admit you mistakes? Even publicly apologizing to me for such acts and damage to me over the web including the sharing and the tweets. I will put down the images if so”

    I will comply with your demands when you take down my personal information from that Storify you created and refrain from posting the other personal information you have about me.

  5. Hi
    January 18, 2014, 10:49 pm

    I like how his side of the story conveniently leaves out the part where he abused the Youtube copyright system to take down the video criticizing his game.

  6. Also Man
    January 18, 2014, 11:15 pm

    Hey, Kumi, straight up, you make terrible games. You’re also about as skilled at hiding your sockpuppet accounts as you are a developer.

    I gotta ask, what’s your endgame in this? Is this some sort of elaborate temper tantrum, because you made something and people didn’t like it? What’s your goal in all this? You realize that because of this, the first page of results on Google for Kumi Games is all this bad press? What are you even trying accomplish with this?

    You realize that just because you made something, people don’t have to like it, right? They don’t even have to be nice about not liking it. The measure of a creative person is the ability to take criticism, as well as a beating from people not interested in your improvement. And this right here? This proves you’re never going to make it in any sort of a creative field. This is from someone who knows.

    If you’re interested in discussing this frankly, I’d urge you to post as yourself in this section. No sockpuppets, everyone with a basic grasp of English can pick up on your writing ticks and instantly sees through you. Stop digging this hole and be honest.

  7. Ian
    January 18, 2014, 11:15 pm

    That’s super gross and scummy.

  8. Bob
    January 19, 2014, 12:45 am


    I’m not using email to communicate with you anymore. You’ve already publicly outed one of my email addresses so it seems pointless to communicate that way anymore. You’ll just keep outing my emails.

    To answer your question, I’m not sure what you mean when you say “negative threads”. I have control over one thing and one thing only: the Storify article about you. I can delete that. Is that what you mean?

    January 19, 2014, 3:35 am

    Why are u people doing this? He is jsut responding to criticismes from stupid p[eoples who unfairly used his videogame footage! It is withen his rights to pull this video of youtube!

    • Justin Ross
      January 19, 2014, 3:54 am

      Yet, he only flags the negative videos. Welcome to the world of a game developer. We get criticized for our work, and it’s incredibly poor taste to copyright claim a video with people who don’t like your game and rag on it.

    • keddren
      January 20, 2014, 1:25 am

      You and Kumi should probably look into something called “fair use.”

      And a spellchecker.

  10. wylderwynd
    January 19, 2014, 12:51 pm

    Posting someone’s personal information and refusing to remove it until their demands are met meets the standards of blackmail/ extortion. Kumi has committed a serious crime and the evidence is right there in the emails he/she posted in response to Bob’s request that the information be removed.
    It’s hard to believe that Storify would sanction such a thing and not take action against this character. If Kumi does not remove the information asap I would consult with an attorney with experience investigating cyber crimes.

  11. Goodguy3
    January 19, 2014, 11:02 pm

    I wonder if he really thinks he has won here? IF anything at all the opposite has happened. I took a look at the dude’s other game videos and from what I can tell he is basically to video games what The Asylum is to movies.

    I mean. . .take, for example, his “game” baby blues.
    In this game you play as a toddler navigating around a frightening environment.

    and compare it with Krillbite Studios’ game, Among the Sleep
    In this game you play as a toddler navigating around a frightening environment.

    It just seems fishy, you know?

  12. Google Brought Me Here
    January 20, 2014, 3:49 am

    Day Two: Kumi’s Incident

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