Quoted from SimonBaird:
I feel pain for Steve and all the other employees of Stern, they are innocent and must feel totally betrayed.
I went through something like this three years ago. A person in our circle of friends from high school was busted for child pornography. When the news broke, I was in disbelief. A friend of mine sent me a screenshot of his picture on the local news. IT was one of the most surreal feelings I had ever experienced.
As we got more details, it was almost like that person died. There were a total of 18 (yes, eighteen) charges against him. He had hundreds of gigabytes of the garbage in his mom's home (he was staying there since the dude couldn't hold a job). He was a scumbag, but no one, and I mean no one expected him to sink to this level of degeneracy. He only spent three months in jail (his girlfriend got him a lawyer ... he made a plea bargain and turned in all of the people in his ring). After he got out, he was telling 20 different stories to 10 different people. The lies were incomprehensible. He was basically dead to anyone that knew him (he still is if you ask me).
In my experience, people that know JT personally are experiencing feelings as if JT committed suicide. They're going to lash out and say things that people might find offensive. People are going to question themselves thinking they saw signs (you'll see some people say that "maybe this or that was a sign") ... the best thing you can do is give those people that knew him a pass for the time being (unless they were involved with feeding his sickness obviously) ... once things settle down, people closely involved with him will become a lot more sensible in their comments.
As for owners of JT's games ... this "pedophile designed" feeling will pass too ... you'll see that the machines are just "things". I can understand if people want to get rid of anything that deals with him .... been there, done that ... however, you'll start to see that they're just objects and don't have anything to do with JT's sickness. As someone else pointed out, Hitler was basically responsible for the VW Beetle (hell, VW in general) ... that doesn't make a person that like that product/company a Nazi.
There needs to be stricter, more devastating penalties for owning/distributing this trash ... I don't think your average person comprehends the lives this garbage wrecks. In the case of the person I knew, I wouldn't care if he had gotten the death penalty ... the amount of garbage he had translates into THOUSANDS of destroyed lives.