Quick thought of the day: if you’re complaining about how feminists are destroying your games, and the best you can give me as proof is Kali losing a little underboob in Smite, I gotta tell you, THEY’RE not the ones playing the victim card.
Other quick hits
- Since my article went up about it, Erik Kain and GamerGate Villain Nathan Grayson have both written articles about the Shadows of Mordor fiasco. Outrage about it in my twitter feed STILL pales to outrage about Anita and Leigh – or the outrage that Nathan has the balls to write a story about ethics b/c of she who shall not be named.
- #gamergate supporters have been working on something called a Thunderclap, which can basically be summed up as ‘everyone sign up to have this website send out a simultaneous tweet from everyone all at once’. A whopping 3716 people signed up. Anyway it fired today. Hilariously, The end result was some people swearing #Gamergate dropped OFF the trending list, where it was on it beforehand. I’m guessing that Twitter’s software automatically discards movements it sees as being ‘manufactured’ and/or GG’s just been around too long for the algorithm to push it. Anyway, now #Gamergate is pissed off at Thunderclap and Twitter for trying to censor the revolution or something. Anyway, you totally want to read this awesome exchange about it.
- Gamergate is SO MUCH NOT ABOUT Zoe Quinn that the KiA thread about her court appearance extending the restraining order against her subreptilian ex has a reddit score of 651. Note, this was written by just some random guy who decided to stalk… er, do his civil duty and observe the proceedings. You know, for ethics.
- A lot of women have been writing and talking about their experiences being cyberbullied, both in #gamergate and from before. This includes Liana Kerzner, Anita Sarkeesian, Adria Richards, Kathy Sierra, @CPI and @kav_p. This joins Zoe Quinn’s account and Oliver Campbell’s account from the other side of #Gamergate as crucial reading for those who think that online harassment is a crucially important topic.
- Here’s someone who has a rebuttal for my GAMR idea that is pretty much a caricature of a tortured #gamergate logic. Translation: ALL CAPS MEANS I’M RIGHT! ALSO, ETHICS!
- The Verge would like to bait some #GamerGate clicks, please, and Jacobin would like to offer the Socialist perspective.
- Jon Stone wrote a fantastic article, on the other hand.
- Mike Bithell responds to questions about his ethics that were brought up in my comments thread.
- Someone on Twitter gave me this for further reading and I’m putting it here so I don’t lose it: “Casual Threats: The Feminization of Casual Video Games”
- David Auerbach riffs on my guest blogger Dave Rickey’s note that twitter is broken. David’s article actually has some extremely interesting and nuanced points, such as how the more people get involved in a conversation, the shittier it gets. Fun fact: the IRC Chat that Auerbach describes is actually the IRC chat where he, Raph and I bullshitted about GAMR (i.e. the secret internet cabal that supposedly wants to conquer #gamergate).
- RationalWiki’s coverage of Gamergate is pretty awesome.
- Anita Sarkeesian can’t be trusted because she takes classes on business speaking. Seriously, these people are unhinged.
- GaymerX has effectively repudiated #Gamergate after first attempting to carve out a more nuanced stance on the matter. As such, I will attempt to go to my first GaymerX next year.
Addendum: Our community has spoken. And we feel we can be honest: We do NOT support #GamerGate. And we denounce their activities.
- Katherine Cross wrote a fantastic piece about the deeply hypocritical, anti-feminist slant of GamerGate
From the beginning it was a concatenation of ironies. They declaimed unethical games journalism with the aid of an unethical journalist; they claimed women and minorities were #notyourshield while using them as a shield against criticism of GamerGate; they excoriated “blacklists” while creating aggressively enforced boycott lists of websites and authors who disagreed with them; they averred their movement had nothing to do with Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn even as they remained unable to stop talking about them; they promoted a vague notion of “inclusion” while expending great energy claiming that there was nothing wrong whatsoever with gamer culture’s treatment of women.
But the greatest irony of all is that from the beginning, GamerGate took as its enemy the “social justice warrior”—an archetype based on a toxic tendency in leftist activism—and then employed all of their tactics in service to their supposedly noble and just aims.
clicked a #gamergate person at random and found out that he’s crowdfunding a World of Gor RPG so I guess that’s enough internet for one day
— Dack-o-Lantern (@RealDackFayden) October 7, 2014