I just love how video games are always the target of the media. It really is kind of impressive the level of consistency they have in caricaturing gamers as one bad thing or another. No matter what the big social issue is of any given age, you can be somebody somewhere has decided to make it about video games. After all, gamers are a very easy to mock lot. We have a very insular hobby that doesn’t typically preclude socialization. It’s easy to see people out getting drunk and partying and going “yeah! They’re really living it up!” and then looking at this other group and going “why aren’t you out doing fun stuff like this?” Never mind that gaming has become a multi-billion dollar industry that rivals Hollywood. Granted, a lot of that is built on unsustainable business practices, but let’s not dive too deep into nerd culture. We’re talking about reactionary idiot culture, after all.
Jack Thompson wanted to make it that video games encourage violence. Something that was proven demonstrably false. There has never been any evidence, anywhere, the video games cause violent behavior, or affect how a person acts in real life on any significant way. Anita Sarkeesian decided to take a crack at saying that video games cause sexism. Even though it has also been disproven that that is the case. Before a study from Germany came out that actually did the hard leg work, an easy refutation of her arguments was – if video games cannot cause a person to be violent, how can they cause a person to be sexist? If one predominately negative behavior has NEVER been demonstrated to exist with gamers, then how does the other one? Good point.
NBC News decided to take a crack at saying video games are being subtly used to help destroy the good society of regressive-left values. After all, it’s been shown that the regressive left is all over NBC’s big sister, MSNBC. Why wouldn’t it filter down into them? In a new video, they decided to try and make the argument out to be that gaming is secretly helping motivate the alt-right, and how GamerGate was all part of it. During the video I will share, my biggest wonder was – why did Anita Sarkeesian not give these people an interview? They certainly are taking cues from her. Let’s take a look at the video and talk about it.
Even the title of this video is patronizing. Gamers are facilitating the rise of the alt-right? Give me a fucking break. What evidence is there of that contention? Fuck it, let’s talk about the video. It opens by saying that Discord is the latest sign of a secret cabal between gamers and the alt-right. They’re gonna connect the dots for us! Okay, video, let’s hear it.
Gaming culture has always been racist and sexist? Wow, that is insulting. What evidence is there of this? The fact that gaming is done by people all over the world, of all ethnic groups? That women and men are able to enjoy the hobby? Casual gaming is predominately women, with chicks on their phones with phone games. And the core gaming audience only cares about one thing – skill in the game. If you are the kind of person who plays online games, which I know is where this video is going. But what about people like me? I game for story. I’m not a racist and sexist. I’m a misanthrope, I hate my entire species. Racism is just more work when I can hate everyone just as well.
Who brought up this little tidbit, anyway? Emma Vossen, PhD candidate? Why the fuck do I care what some PhD candidate thinks? How about getting me a vetted expert in the field with years of research that they can show to demonstrate their knowledge and prove their contentions? The video tells us that she’s showing how sexism in gaming is being shown in the real world. This better be good. Otherwise it will look like they are mining for whatever idiot they can find to prove that they are right. I’m sure that’s not the case, right…?
The “evidence” for her contention is her “study” that the video says is about how #GamerGate was about harassing women in games journalism. Um…no, it wasn’t. At any point. Let’s ignore all the bullshit lies about what the movement was about. When all this started with the Zoe Post, it was about Zoe Quinn. She has never been a games journalist. When the movement forgot about her because it was more interested in the people who she was fucking and how unethical those people looked, it was five men that were the targets. Not a single woman. Then came the torrent of “Gamers are Dead” articles that really kicked things into high gear, along with the censorship of the topics of what at the time was the Quinnspiracy. Then it became #GamerGate and it was centered around the fact that games journalism was corrupt and that SJW influence had taken complete control over it. A contention that was completely vindicated in the leaks of the Crash Override Network chat logs. All of this is easy to verify. The Internet Aristocrat videos that really blew the situation up are all mirrored on YouTube and easy to find. The Factual Feminist’s response video to the whole affair is easy to find too. Disproving this narrative is so fucking simple that it blows my mind, and I’m kind of shocked NBC didn’t see it. Maybe that’s why this video has a paltry 200+ likes and 20,000+ dislikes. Makes ya think.
So, GamerGate secured the “alt-right movement.” Did these idiots not know the first thing about actual research? This is almost as bad as Hipster McGee on PBS’ short-lived gaming channel. GamerGate has all kinds of personalities involved with it. There were people from all different walks of life who were virtually guaranteed to hate each other coming together under one banner – that games journalism is corrupt and pushing a social justice narrative. What evidence does this “PhD candidate” have? Oh, right, they show Tweets that are very unpleasant. Well, that sure does cement that point. If anything, all of this just shows how pathetic the world of academia’s standards have become when I can Google search and destroy Vossen’s entire premise in under five minutes. Bravo.
And somehow all of this came to prominence during the 2016 election cycle. Are you kidding me?! By 2016, GamerGate was pretty much dead. You’d see the tag every now and again, but it was pretty much gone. The idea that this movement that had NOTHING to do with the Presidential election or any kind of politics outside of the gaming sphere was somehow connected to Donald Trump is laughable at best and downright fabrication of facts to support a narrative at worst. Oh, it influenced the “tactics” of Trump supporters. What tactics? Details, woman. Her argument is that minorities are “fighting for equality” and white men are saying they are oppressed. To borrow a phrase…
One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just DOESN’T BELONG!
We then get some quote without knowing if this was from a voice chat during gaming or just some racist asshole being asked a question in an interview. Yeah, the guy is a racist asshole, but without knowing where this was recorded from, how does this asshole saying shit correlate to gaming culture? They have an actual quote where a sexist asshole says something rude. Okay.
Our “PhD candidate” has to clarify that not all gamers are sexist and racist (fucking duh), but the culture overall is sexist and racist. And they say this while showing a clip from a video game where you play as a killer trying to kill stereotypical slasher characters who happen to be female. Wow. That’s so subtle I think it could be taught at a university. You know, if it isn’t being so already. I would just love if they showed that with a clip from a game like ABZU or Persona 5 and see how that stacks up. Wait, that wouldn’t go with the narrative being pushed. Can’t have that.
Then we get some new guy saying that Discord is the real culprit and the video makes the argument that it went from gamers being online to idiots with tiki torches in the real world. Not even if we bought into this stupid premise would that make any fucking sense. They’ve made blanket statements about gamers and how gaming culture is sexist and racist without any verifiable evidence to back it up, and are now making the argument that this somehow led to people on Discord being racist and sexist and becoming alt-right Neo-Nazis.
And that’s all I got on this video. NBC News, supposedly more straight news than their big sister company, put this on their official YouTube page and expect people to take it seriously. Thankfully, the Internet didn’t bite. This video is massively down-voted. Not even the social justice retards who are all in favor of this crap can support it. It’s bad argumentation. It’s slipper slope fallacy. It’s guilt by association fallacy. It’s correlation equaling causation fallacy. It’s stupid. I’m done.
Until next time, a quote,
“Please end your fucking life! Please end your fucking life! I really gotta emphasize, no one cares if you’re alive.” – Pink Guy, STFU