I don’t know how many of you were around to witness the early days of GamerGate, but one of the things that truly got it off the ground was the gaming media going out of their way to attack their own audience. Insane, asinine, and totally antithetical to publications that want an audience to rake in money, it was a stupid move that ended up biting them in the ass. What’s more, it was all so utterly coordinated. Almost like there was collusion of some sort. It was unveiled by Milo Yiannopoulos that it was all a big collusion, via a Google + group called “GameJournoPros.” That was just one of the many bits of corruption in the media that was shown. Then, when Christina Hoff Sommers made her video defending this idea that there is sexism in gaming, by showing that it just isn’t true. The response from her was all very coordinated as well.
Now we have another series of very coordinated hit pieces against gaming, this time in the form of a headline that you might have seen once or twice. Perhaps you’ve seen things like this around – “Teenage Boys Think Video Games are Sexist” or something to that effect. These articles have come out, and each and every one of them seems to be utterly missing something. Something so basic that it boggles my mind that there are not more people talking about it. Rather than go after these articles in some individual way, I am instead going to pwn them by just looking at the title alone. For real, debunking every point they make can be done by looking at these titles. Look them up for yourself, should you feel the urge. However, let’s get started.
To sites like Time magazine and The Guardian, here’s something that I guess your “research teams” (an oxymoron in its own right for these publications) didn’t figure out – the average of a gamer is now 25-35. That is the primary age of the demographics that play games. What the fuck do we care if teenage boys take umbrage with women in video games? That’s the lynchpin of your argument? Teen boys don’t like women in video games? Well, you got us. Us GGers (seriously, one of the articles is “Sorry GamerGate, Even Teenage Boys are sick of sexist video games) are wrong because a demographic doesn’t like something? And I’m sure that whatever out-of-their-ass study they have to back this up (because, as we’ve seen with the “study” that said that 1 in 3 young men would rape if they could get away with it) will make this point in some…vague, totally stupid way. But yeah, what’s the point? For real, I want to see where this information is coming from. Teen boys? Boys who are discovering porn for the first time? Boys who are having their hormones kicking their ass and want to get in the pants of every girl the can find who’s willing? That demographic? What was the sample size for this study? What were the conditions? This all feels REALLY convenient, to me.
Next, I like how these publications straight-up don’t talk about girls. For all the fervor that women like Anita Sarkeesian say that girls play games to, the study that they use to talk about how teenagers don’t like sexy women in games doesn’t even have teen girls in the headline. And people call me sexist. Wow. I suppose I can just add The Guardian to my ever-growing list of pro-SJW rags that cut girls (especially lesbian and bisexual ones) out of the conversation about sexuality in video games. Well, if these publications gave the fairer sex the time of day when talking about sex, whatever would they do?
Finally, I suppose we’re not even gonna talk about how the overwhelming audience of competitive action games is male. And, as Christina Hoff Sommers point out rather excellently – they like to see sexy women. I guess we can just ignore their glossing over of that as their way of giving credence to these idiots who believe that gender is somehow “taught.” Like it isn’t part of our biology, because we are a sexually dimorphic species. Nope. That’s totally nuts.
These hit pieces against video games are a dime a dozen these days. Gaming is the thing to vilify. It used to be violence in games. Now it’s sex. But here’s the thing – gamers don’t really care. Nor do game development companies. Why? That’s easy. For gamers, we have been dealing with disapproval for most, if not all of our entire lives. Society, our parents, our teachers, you name it. Whether they think us one trench-coat away from being the Columbine killers, or one sexy girl in panties in a game away from rape (because that’s TOTALLY how that works, right?), we have had to hear shit like this our entire lives. It’s just how things are. As for game development companies, here’s something that I guess they didn’t know – these people do REAL research. The companies that make AAA games have some of the biggest marketing teams in existence. These are multi-billion dollar companies. They want to sell things to the most people they can, to make the most money. And guess what – they know what gamers want a hell of a lot better than Time magazine does. They know their audience, and they give us what we want. Most of the time. Unless the make yearly boredom like Call of Duty or what the Assassin’s Creed franchise has become.
In the end, all of this was nothing but a series of carefully-time hit pieces that were released, with some clearly just plagiarizing off the others. One rag decided to talk about this, and the other less-effort-putting rags decided to rip it off. Fifth Estate media is lazy, and doesn’t give two shits about factual reporting, because I have NEVER seen Time make a retraction. Ever. Or correct their own bullshit. This is just a way to make gamers (and especially GGers) the enemy, with the social justice crowd and their ideas as heroes. Aren’t they proud?
Until next time, a quote,
“We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable, and complacent. We have a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflects this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television, in the main, is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.” -Edward R. Murrow