In 2014, a blog post by her ex-boyfriend Eron Gjoni sparked the Gamergate controversy, in which Quinn was subject to extensive harassment. A favorite of hers was Commander Keen, an MS-DOS game featuring an eight-year-old protagonist who builds a spaceship with items found around his house and then travels the Galaxy defending the Earth.
As a teenager, she suffered from depression and was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 14.
According to The New Yorker, the harassment escalated to the point where Quinn, "fearing for her safety, chose to leave her home" and began working with the authorities to identify those responsible for the harassment.
She detailed the experience in an interview on MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily, saying that Gamergate represented a rapidly shrinking fringe among an increasingly diverse gaming community and those attacking Quinn and other women in gaming needed "to just grow up".
The two teamed with Isaac Schankler for the game's music and released the final result of their collaboration, the text-based game Depression Quest, in February 2013.
In August 2014 Eron Gjoni, a former boyfriend, posted a lengthy blog post detailing his relationship with Quinn.
She has described receiving little sympathy or assistance from school district officials and says they were "less than understanding about teens with depression and suicide issues".
At the age of 24, Quinn moved to Canada and made her first foray into video game programming.
He suggested that they write a new video game together to better help others understand Quinn's experience.
Quinn thought a game would be a good way to depict depression, imposing a set of rules on players they might not experience in their day-to-day lives.
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