It’s getting kind of old hat, at this point. I mean, for real, this guy is a little late to the party. These talking points have been used before, to the point that I can’t help but think that the person who wrote this insipid bullshit is not a true believer in what they talk about. The same way that I believe that Nightline and Juju Chang aren’t true believers either, given how much they set up their article like click-bait. However, a publication called The Intelligencer has decided that they want to be the next in a long list of online publications that take the – GamerGaters are evil! message and make it their own. So on to the bandwagon we go, to see what the newest buffoon has given us.
As I said, this article is from a publication called The Intelligencer. I’m guessing that that is a pun, because if it is to be believed, then this article isn’t going to get us there. Here is a link to it, so you can read the whole thing and judge for yourself, now let’s pick out some parts and talk about them.
First of all, let’s all applaud this image – that has Vivian James, a big-time supporter of GamerGate, being crushed by a fat guy who is meant to stand for GamerGate supporters. Here’s the picture. See for yourself.
I don’t know how the people at The Intelligencer could have been this stupid. Perhaps it’s because they clearly didn’t do a thing one of actual research, maybe? Or maybe it’s just so they could caricature gamers as awful people, just like any other article. Whatever the case, it’s funny.
Before any obsession of mine, before comics, before cartoons, before films, I played video games.
Obligatory SJW statement of how much of a gamer they are, before they make fun of the medium.
The furthest memory I have as a child is walking into Best Buy and seeing the Nintendo 64, proudly displayed like the Holy Grail it was
I get the feeling that this is another person who idolizes old-school Nintendo and thinks that they are still the greatest gaming company there is. While Nintendo has shown signs that they might not be out of the game, they were the only console who really shined last year. They might come back. I grew up with them too, so I hope so.
Before anything, I was a gamer. Of any artistic form, gaming is the one that excites me the most, the one that presents the most unique opportunities for creative expression.
Alright, now he’s about to get down to brass tax.
That is exactly why all of this hurts, why GamerGate — a six-month barrage of hatred, bile and terror that has descended on an industry that once seemed so bright and so hopeful — burns in my brain.
I want to point out that nowhere in this guy’s article does he cite anything. At all. Ever. I swear, it’s almost like The Intelligencer is trying to show off how little they care that they know nothing. But let’s continue.
For the uniformed, #GamerGate began in August as a self-proclaimed crusade against “corruption in video game journalism,” rallying behind Eron Gjoni, who posted a deranged manifesto of sorts accusing his ex, Zoe Quinn, of cheating on him to get better reviews for her game “Depression Quest.”
Actually, for those of us who read the absurdly-long blog, “The Zoe Post,” it was a very long diatripe about why this guy dumped Zoe. A lot of it was really dull. However, it was mentioned in there that Zoe was sleeping with five guys. Two of whom were identified to be games journalists, one of whom being Nathan Grayson, who wrote favorable coverage about Zoe several times. Another person was her boss, who was a married man at the time, but whatever. Her infidelity wasn’t the issue. When Quinn blocked Mundane Matt’s video on the topic, that’s what got the ball rolling. The Internet Aristocrat did a fantastic video where he dug into the event much deeper and started to unravel a long thread of collusion between game devs, PR reps and games journalists. When the various allies of Quinn tried to censor discussion, the Streisand Effect took hold and that ended that. That’s what go the ball rolling. See what I did there, Intelligencer? That’s called knowing what you’re talking about! I know that might be weird, for you. You clearly aren’t good at it. But let’s continue. I have more journalistic sloth to uncover.
But in reality, it is a campaign of terrorism. Not the grassroots movement the supporters claim it is, but rather a calculated, long-in-the-works effort to erase unwanted diversity in the medium.
I’m just gonna post a link to a #NotYourShield video. That puts this stupidity in its place.
Efforts include death threats, posting detractors’ bank account and address information, threatening school shootings, spamming people with child pornography and harassing transgender people into suicidal thoughts. All the while, the anonymous leaders calculate every move, helping Gjoni write his letter, figuring out ways to defend themselves from critics and excommunicating members who take offense to the group’s rampant racism and sexism (they’ve done a very poor job covering their conversations).
What’s that bit at the end there? You say that like there’s evidence. Really? That’s interesting, because you don’t post a single link. I have shown my research. Why haven’t you? Next, please show me an outspoken GamerGate supporter who states that they are in favor of the third-party trolls who are sending death threats to people on BOTH sides of the conflict. That’s right, I guess your research didn’t show that it goes both ways. The GamerGate movement has been quick to take screen-caps of the doxing and harassment we get. Unlike the aGGros, who simply say that they get threats, like them saying it suddenly makes all conversation die away. Trolls are always out there, and always find ways to exploit a situation. This isn’t new. *obligatory statement that I, in no way, support the death threats that anyone gets. Getting tired of having to do these, because it should go without saying, but the SJW snowflakes jump on you if you don’t*
Modern gaming specializes in one type of protagonist: men. The white, grizzled, infallible, stoic, single-minded badasses.
Oh, like Lara Croft in Tomb Raider? Or Chell in Portal? Or Ellie in The Last of Us? Or Jack in Mass Effect 2? Or Del in inFAMOUS: Second Son (a Native American young man)? The list could go on and on and on. Oh, or how about all the birds in Angry Birds? Or the finger that clicks the screen in Candy Crush? Are those all white men too?
To be fair, gaming has been around for only three decades; the medium is still in its adolescence. But AAA (the highest-quality games) publishers have chosen to cover their ears on social issues (and #GamerGate) because for them, catering to 20-something white males has proven financially spectacular.
This is the point I really wanted to touch on. The rest of this article is the same kind of caricaturing and outright fabrication, for the express purpose of selling their party line. It’s when we get here that this article gets genuinely fascinating. Because it’s like a tacit admission – gaming companies shouldn’t make money!
There is a real discussion to be had about AAA gaming companies and just how massive they have gotten. There is a problem associated with their size. It’s the reason why there is a new Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed every year. Both of those franchises could have a lot of potential, but both are being abused for the exact same reason – because these companies have gotten too big to sustain their budgets without big hits that make big bucks. And these companies have refined knowing who to cater to to a science. There are some rather fascinating articles out there about how companies follow your social media, that I recommend you all check out. AAA gaming companies are not stupid. They aren’t making games that are high-octane, action-packed and filled with men because of not wanting to change. It’s because they have read the demographics and they know who they are selling to.
That’s not to say that they only want to appeal to men. After all, plenty of women play the multiplayer arenas in CoD, along with many other genres. However, according to market research, most women who game are big on mobile games. Something to play in the lobby while they wait for a doctor’s appointment. You can talk all you want, writer of this article, about how video games are pandering to men, but there is something that exists that determines how games are made – the free market. In the free market, what is wanted by people succeeds, while what isn’t fails. That’s how it’s always been.
If the people like the Crypt Keeper, Brianna Wu, and her ilk wanted to have games with women in them so bad – they would make them. That is how this works. Then the free market would decide whether or not these games are what audiences want. I am all for women in gaming. Some of my best friends are women who game. One of them is a lesbian gamer who would punch this dick-mule in the face for dissing on the games she likes.
The rest of the article goes on about how awful video games are now and how awful GamerGaters are. It’s nothing new. But it is so telling how these people want to make a big fuss out of what companies do, when it is so abundantly clear that they are unwilling to do the work themselves. All it would take is for women like Anita Sarkeesian and Crypt Keeper Wu to pony up some money and hire some people who can make games to make the games they want, and then the free market would decide. But no, they want the rest of the world to do the hard work for them.
That’s just lazy and pathetic. Like this article. After all, I didn’t see a single citation.
Until next time, a quote
“But it’s all too lazy to be a political agenda. It’s just advertising.” -Mykeru