>#GamerGate supporters want more journalistic integrity within gaming communities
>the people promoting the cause are mostly misogynists who keep personally attacking their opponents
>those fighting against #GamerGate are trying to promote more acceptance of women in both the gaming community and industry
>personally threaten their opponents with hacking, job loss and/or death until they go into silence and servitude, preventing any discussion on the issues and possible solutions
This is literally the most miserable and terrible thing to happen in the gaming world in a million years. Everyone on both sides are equally fucked up, and choosing one side means the other is going to tear you to pieces. Either you’re a misogynist douchenozzle who lives off their parents’ money in their basement, or a special snowflake that wants to silence literally everyone because only you can be right.
It’s pretty terrifying how the need for growth and change in an important industry that affects so many of us has to come with this bullshit internet warfare.
Of course we need more journalistic integrity. Of course we need more women representation and developers. Can’t we have both without all this?
You’ll note that the supporters funded a charity game jam to get more women into gaming, have a lot of women in their ranks (see #notyourshield) and many of them are prominent members they’ve rallied behind (Christina H. Sommers, CameraLady, Jayd3fox and Socks, to name a few).
Why do you think we’re misogynists?
You want to know about the people who were there for me, an asexual, female gamer, when I was sick, sad or frightened? The people who stood up with me when I was harassed and stalked? The people who I live, learn and laugh with?
They are all
And you will not stereotype them as homophobic misogynists just so you can further your career.
In the past months, a surge of lies and scandal have taken over the online video game world. This event is known as “GamerGate”. GamerGate can effectively be summed up as a gigantic breach of reporting ethics, a smear campaign against gamers, and a stain on the gaming community. Strong words, right? Well, I use them for a reason.
This is… Im lost for words
I… Isis is better then Gamergate now? They murder people and theyre still better then gamergate? WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK! LEARN SOME GODDAMN ETHICS YOU PIECES OF SHIT!
Ok, got that out of my system
Could we signal boost this? This is just… appalling.
I don’t want to continue making Tumblr posts about GamerGate. However, I’m still seeing my posts spread around, and occasionally seeing people (very strongly!) disagreeing with them, so I want to make sure something is clear:
If you disagree with my stance on GamerGate or Zoe Quinn, you can talk to me about it.
I have gone to great lengths to explain why I chose my position. I have tried to consistently maintain a distinction between evidence that is hearsay and evidence that has reasonable proof. I am not committed to my position on this, and if you disagree then you are free to discuss it with me; my email and other contact information is on my sidebar. I want to believe whatever is right, and if you think I am wrong then I will hear you out.
My only request is a basic logical one: if you are going to disagree with me, please disagree with my premises rather than my conclusions. Dispute the evidence my beliefs are coming from.
Overall, I’ve had very few people take issue with my position. The ones who have, though, attack my conclusion directly. They say that they met Zoe Quinn at a gaming event, and that she was really nice. Or that someone who posted on 4chan advocated harassing her, and that’s bad. Please understand that these type of arguments, while interesting facts, do nothing for me.
Being kind to fans at a gaming event does not make it okay to slander a competitor. Similarly, being harassed on the internet does not justify publicly shaming someone who comes forward about sexual harassment.
The topics are unrelated. I mean, sure, we can have those discussions! We can talk about how important it is to be kind to your fans, and use Zoe Quinn as a positive example. Or, we can talk about the harassment women receive in gaming communities, and as an example compare the statements people made about Zoe to the ones made about Phil Fish. But both of these things are unrelated to the problems I have with Zoe Quinn, or the reasons I personally stand up for GamerGate. You might as well be saying “slander is okay for her because she has excellent taste in hair dye”.
Please understand, I want to stand up for what is right. Part of that is that I can’t let myself be swayed by emotional appeals like “she’s a really nice person” or threats like “you will never make it in the gaming industry with opinions like these”. Those are manipulative tactics very commonly used to hide wrongdoing or abuse. Yet, it is all I am being presented with.
Which is why I am asking: if I am wrong, please let me know. Email me or something, and refute the premises from which I draw my conclusions. Show me that there is actually nothing to be upset about, or that the actions I am speaking out against were justified all along. If your position is correct - if it is grounded in reality - then you will be able to show this.
And don’t just say to yourself “I’m sure someone else will refute that stuff” because I assure you, nobody else is doing it. If you have something that could sway my opinion, show me, because I haven’t found it myself and no one is helping. I have gotten exactly one email directly disagreeing with my stance, and they just called my opinions “stupid” and never responded to my request to elaborate. At least GamerGate is trying to sway people.
People - or even industries - are not concretely “good” or “bad”. Good people do bad things, bad people do good things, and any attempt to paint someone’s actions as solely good or bad just leads weird places and makes you hate kittens.
It’s important that we don’t let wrongdoing be concealed by someone’s good actions - and, likewise, important we don’t let someone’s good parts be forgotten in light of their wrongdoings. When discussing things, we need to be careful that we are discussing the action itself and not letting the discussion shift to something tangentially related. It might turn out that someone did something unthinkably evil - while also doing something admirably good. This is a normal occurrence, and anyone who tries to suggest otherwise is probably deceiving you.