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Almost No One Sided with #GamerGate: A Research Paper on the Internet’s Reaction to Last Year’s Mob | Superheroes in Racecars

Almost No One Sided with #GamerGate: A Research Paper on the Internet’s Reaction to Last Year’s Mob | Superheroes in Racecars.

Fully sourced information for a data review of one of the most misogynistic groups online?  Check.  A return on exactly what the rest of the Internet world thought of GamerGate? Check. Show that only Breitbart and the Escapist along with three writers had pro GamerGate stances?  Check.

End result: the rest of the world is aware of the fact GamerGate is a hate group.

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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Life, randomness


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GamerGate strikes again

I used to go to a certain website because it happened to have a few funny videos and had some discussion on video games.  That site was the Escapist Magazine.  I eventually went from watching funny flash cartoons and video game based web series (from a pair of Australians) to watching Zero Punctuation, then Loading Ready Run, the Unksippable, then Escape to the Movies, The Big Picture, and finally Jim Sterling’s Jimquisition and Loading Ready Run’s Feed Dump (there was also the Escapist News Network, run by Loading Ready Run, but that moved over to Ctrl Alt Del or Penny Arcade, can’t remember which, been a while since I watched it).

About a month or so ago, Jim Sterling’s show, along with a show he did with Yatzhee (Zero Punctuation) was cancelled.  This past week, Escape to the Movies was axed and the week before, The Big Picture.

And there is an indication that pro-GamerGate supporters are behind this.  Those same individuals will decry that MovieBob and Jim Sterling were dumping all over the primary audience of the Escapist, but those same individuals must also have forgotten that they aren’t the majority.  Video games and the audience is changing.

But GamerGate got rid of MovieBob from the Escapist.  Sure, Bob said some problematic things (we all do at some point in time, we just have to recognize that).  I’ll agree to that as long as GamerGaters also admit something.  Their movement began as an attack against a woman because she had sex.  A whiny pissbaby of an ex-boyfriend got bent out of shape over it, and it became a movement of the most asinine.  But GamerGate, now thanks to the Escapist Magazine ditching Jim Sterling and MovieBob, has taken on a new hat (fedora or trilby).

The fascist aspect of censorship.  That’s right, GamerGate has now got censorship under it’s belt.  No freedom of speech for anyone unless it’s the type they like.  Nothing like adding that to your already ugly list of things GamerGaters don’t like.  Hell, they already have racism and sexism on their side.  May as well tag them with the big F for fascism now.  They’ve covered censorship, after all.

And you know what.  I really don’t give a shit if Jim Sterling has said some really awful things in the past.  Sterling can be pretty in your face, and sometimes I don’t agree with him.  I also don’t agree with Rush Limbaugh or Don Cherry and think they’re pretty horrible, but I don’t cry out that their shows should be pulled from the air.  GamerGate wants integrity in video game journalism, but only if it agrees with them.

Agree or disagree with Bob Chipman or Jim Sterling, doesn’t matter.  GamerGate got them pulled, which means they’ve achieved fascist standards of censorship.  No free speech for Bob or Jim, because they aren’t saying what we want them to say, would be something GamerGate would probably say just not in public.  Or hell, they probably would, considering that’s what a bunch of whiny pissbaby’s do.

To think, this began as one guy who got bent out of shape because his ex had sex.  And yes, I know she had sex with a guy who wrote game reviews.  That’s not the fuckin’ point.  He got bent out of shape because she had sex.  And now, GamerGate has become filled with censorship, scaring off newcomers into the gaming world, and basically setting back standards for gaming into the 1970s.

But I don’t expect GamerGate to change, because the supporters and the organization itself has it’s head firmly shoved up it’s ass.  Congratulations.  You wanted integrity.  But you went overboard and did what any authoritarian dictator does with those who don’t agree with them.  You censored them.  You silenced them.


Posted by on February 23, 2015 in randomness


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The monstrous hipocrasy of GamerGate

GamerGate has become a monstrous thing.  It says it is a attempting to clean up corruption in journalism.  If that was the case, one of their biggest targets should be Fox News.  On the face of it, cleaning up journalism and forcing it to be fair and balanced is a good thing.  But in all honesty, GamerGate really doesn’t have a firm or solid philosophy.

At it’s birth, it began as one guy whining about his ex-girlfriend, who just happened to be making a video game.  He whined so much, he wrote a 10,000 word rant (which is a really big waste of time).  With that kind of energy, he could have used that to make a really awesome first draft of a novella, but no, he used it to complain that his ex-girlfriend cheated on him.

From there, it went into something else, as members of this “movement” attempted to give it solid ground.  GamerGate is against corrupt journalism.  But what they view as being corrupt is opinionated reviews of video games.  Which is impossible to make a review of a video game without being opinionated.  The reviewer plays the game, the reviewer has an opinion on everything in that game from story, to graphics, to game play, and even box art if he or she so chooses.  That’s how a review goes.  If you disagree with the review, that’s fine.  No one’s saying you’re stupid (or they shouldn’t) because you find a review that doesn’t match with your feelings on a game (or movie).  Hell, there’s games and movies I loved playing that reviewers tanked on.

GamerGate has recently said they are anti-harassment.  Again, this is fine on the surface.  But many of the more outspoken members of this movement also happen to be serial harassers.  Several have targeted known feminist and pop culture reviewer Anita Sarkeesian.  They have done so with death threats and rape threats.  And she’s not alone.  Some of the more outspoken members of this “movement” have gone on to make parody video games where Anita is beaten bloody.  I use parody with tongue in cheek.  And it’s constant harassment.  If GamerGate is so against harassment, why isn’t it, as a “movement”, attempting to filter out these negative elements and moving away from them.

But GamerGate has allied themselves (or has received alliance from) some major Men’s Right Activists.  Some of whom are outspoken haters of reviewers like Sarkeesian.

If GamerGate does anything, it’ll be to make mainstream media take several awkward steps away from the video game industry.  Throwing it back into the stone age of media and ignoring it completely.  GamerGate has accomplished to make themselves look like right wing extreme radicals who want education stripped away from women (the Taliban), who want the rights of women’s health scrutinized by legislative law (several right wing legislatures in the United States), and close off equal opportunity to everyone (many States which have but a ban on gay marriage or made it impossible for trans*gender people to get jobs or living accomodations).

There’s going to be those who will say comparing GamerGate to the Taliban is extreme.  Normally, I would agree, but one GamerGate individual has already proven that comparison is dead on.  Of course, it could also be compared to the Montreal massacre at Ecole Polytechnique in the late 80s.  A message was sent to USU which stated “Feminists have ruined my life, and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all others they’ve wronged”.  It was signed Marc Lepine, who is ironically, the name of the individual who killed a number of women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989.  One individual, basically a murdering psychopath.  But GamerGate has a whole host who have proven they are ready, willing, and able to issue death threats, rape threats, to dox, to form hate filled diatribes of women, and blame it all on some fantasy called misandry (which DOESN’T FUCKING EXIST!).  So I think the comparison of GamerGate champions to the Taliban is pretty dead on.

I do apologize if the comparison has triggered anyone who has actually been affected by the Taliban, as they as a group have committed atrocious acts of violence, have committed acts of rape and murder, and have used their version of ideals to commit crimes in the name of God.  Those who have felt the effects of the Taliban, and other organizations like them, I do apologize because your suffering is very real, and we should take care when mentioning it.

But GamerGate, you’re on the cusp of becoming that.  You are driving people from their homes with real fears that you will enact violence on them.  You are very close to becoming a terrorist organization, leaderless or not.  You, GamerGate, are a new brand of evil.

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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Life, randomness


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GamerGate and why it could ruin the industry

GamerGate and why it could ruin the industry

I love games.  I’ve been playing them for years.  Whether it’s board games like the Game of Life, Monopoly, or even something simple as Mouse Trap, or even card games.  Yes, from Cribbage all the way up to Magic: The Gathering.  And this includes video games.

I have an angel deck from M:TG, which includes Akroma Angel.

I have an angel deck from M:TG, which includes Akroma Angel.

When Marvel Comics got into the collectible trade card game, I even scooped that up.  Then DC, and Image got involved.  I had an Avengers Deck, I had a Spider-deck, I had a Hawk deck which had Huntress to fill it out with Hawkman, Shadowhawk and Falcon.  I played these games for hours and hours with friends.

There was table top D&D.  From creating the characters to playing the campaigns.  This sprang into video games.

But the first video games I played were some of the old Sierra adventure games.  Hero’s Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest.  I played the original Wolfenstein 3D.  I played Duke Nukem 3D.  Doom.  And Quake.  I played the Tomb Raider series, even getting excited for the movie series (which I went out and bought and still watch).

gw565The games have changed today.  I don’t play a wide range of them as I’d like.  There’s no M:TG group I’ve found in Humboldt.  No table top gamers I’ve found.  But that doesn’t stop me from appreciating a game.  Guild Wars, Guild Wars II, Skyrim, Star Trek Online, City of Heroes, Champions Online.  And each has taken a step toward becoming a true artform.  Becoming the ultimate in interactive storytelling.

For years, video games have struggled to be accepted in the mainstream.  Same with comic books.  That’s starting to change.  When you’ve got the Marvel Studios juggernaut churning out hit after hit (not all, but most) and drawing new audiences not only to the movies but to the comic books as well, that’s a good thing.  It’s wide spread, main stream acceptance.  Video games are piggy backing onto that trend.

But things like GamerGate, the continued harassment of female game journalists, the open harassment at conventions.  That’s undermining everything that gamers have done to propel games, comics, and the geek genres into the mainstream.  When you have magazines like Forbes or Time taking a look at GamerGate and critiquing it for what it is, you’re sending a message that you’re not ready for the main stream.

Oh, and what it is is pretty simple.  GamerGate includes those who believe that game journalists are taking payola, corrupt and in the pockets of the developers and can’t produce true critiques of games.  Which is bullshit.  Being a friend of a developer doesn’t mean automatically you’re in their pocket.  It means that as a journalist, you’ve got the opportunity to say to said developer that they may have done something really shitty without getting pissy in public.  As a friend, you can warn your developer friends that you might actually have to write an article detailing some crappy things about the game.

I know this from another standpoint, far and away from game journalism.  I worked in broadcast journalism for ten years.  I worked with police agencies to report on serious criminal investigations, being given names and having to give my word on fear of prosecution that I wouldn’t reveal them until an embargo was lifted.  I’ve had to work my way through the ins and outs of politicians, both conservative and liberal (both little c and big C, for Conservative Party and Liberal Party), in order to get a comment for a story.  You get to learn when a politician can talk (when they’re in Opposition) and when they can’t (when they’re the Government).

While game journalists don`t have such things to deal with as police investigations (all the time), they do have a consumer aspect to report on.  They`re basically the ones who are reporting facts to the consumers.

But let`s face facts.  GamerGate isn`t about game journalism.  It`s about getting back at a woman.

Comics and games have seen a huge influx of female readers and gamers over the past few years.  They`re making their mark.  This was the stuff that as a younger gamer I really wanted to see.  Not only women involved, but more people.  But the truth is, I don`t need main stream nods to validate why I play games.  I do it for my enjoyment.

But things like GamerGate are getting attention.  The wrong kind of attention.  The kind of attention that says `see, I told you they were a bunch of whiney losers`.  Because those who are behind this “operation” are the ones ruining it completely.  Instead of striving forward and making something great out of games, they’re burying their toys in the sand, demanding the “wrong people” stop playing with them.

If this keeps up, the familiar lament of “why aren’t there any girls who game” will soon sound out again.

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Life, randomness


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