What Is GamerGate?
It’s the Tea Party of video games. And Zoe Quinn is its Benghazi.
Okay, But What Is GamerGate Really?
GamerGate has been disingenuously framed as a grassroots campaign of gamers “concerned with the quality and integrity of video game journalism.” The campaign is, in…
Not a clear idea of what GamerGate is going on about at all. The constant referring back to Zoe and the idea that we’re all misogynists because 4chan is backing the movement is preposterous.
The idea that it’s going to fail is equally as absurd. This has been going on for damn near THREE WEEKS. And as each day goes on, more information is discovered that, while anyone can certainly dispute it, doesn’t paint a good picture for indie game devs and the journalists they are allegedly in cahoots with. For the sake of keeping it brief, I’ll touch on the more important details:
- the biggest idea that anti-gamergate people hold onto is that it’s all straight white males from 4chan that are behind everything. Simply not true. Many minorities, including women, people of many ethnic backgrounds, trans people, and everything in between, have shown their support for this cause, and have shown a lot of people that this isn’t about misogyny, or bigotry, or any other kind of hate. In fact, the people that ARE spreading hate on the GamerGate side are actively chastised and told not to do that.
- the anti-gamergate side has, from what I’ve seen on twitter and here on tumblr, spewed more hate, rape threats, death threats, and bigoted speech than ANYTHING from gamergate. Some anti-gamergate individuals have even tried to say that it’s okay to call gamers terrorists, rapists, muderers, “worse than ISIS”, Hitler youths, and pedophiles, all because *some* of them have ties to 4chan.
- speaking of 4chan, that group of anonymous “haters” have done FAR, far more for organizations and charities than any Social Justice movement here on tumblr. Tumblr tends to talk a lot, which is good as far as getting the point across. But besides the misguided attempt to keep Dashcon going, I haven’t seen tumblr really *do* much for charities and organizations outside of talking about it. In the GamerGate controversy alone, 4chan has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help patients of colon cancer. What has the anti-gamergate side done? Nothing, beyond calling 4chan evil and wicked for having the GALL to donate to a good cause; something I’ve yet to see happen on the anti-gamergate side.
-Finally, while the GamerGate side has collected a plethora of facts, “evidence,” research, and deep investigation into the journalistic problems of the gaming community, the anti-gamergate side has completely ignored all of it, stating it as basically irrelevant. the anti-GG side calls out the gamergate side as being evil and corrupt anyways. Meanwhile, someone that’s anti-gamergate can merely imply that the gamergate side is wrong, without ANY research or investigation, and their word is taken as law. And when certain people HAVE produced “evidence,” it was cherry-picked and taken completely out of context for the conversations said excerpts were taken from.
Full disclosure: I’m mexican. I’m a gamer. As a gamer, I’ve seen nothing but attack, after attack, after attack aimed at me because I love videogames. I have a pale complexion, so I don’t look like what many probably expect a mexican to look like, so I can be considered white as well. #GamerGate proponents have shown nothing but respect, civility, consideration, and appreciation to me. Everything against Gamergate has shown me disgust, hate, threats, segregation, and intimidation. I think that says a lot about GamerGate, and why I believe it will continue to be strong in the coming weeks.
I won’t post links citing my side, because I know that will be ignored and claimed to be bigoted. In any case, I don’t need to. If anyone is actually willing to find out for themselves what GamerGate is actually about, I suggest doing a search for GamerGate on Google. Two sites that I recommend seeing are KnowYourMeme and Encyclopedia Dramatica. I know the latter isn’t friendly AT ALL to the SJW side of things, but it is probably the tamest, most serious and dedicated article on that site to talking about nothing but the facts as discovered by them. The language WILL offend a lot of people that look there, but that shouldn’t discourage anyone from finding out what the other side is actually about.
None of us on the GamerGate side condone any kind of hate, harrassment, bigoted language, or misinformation. Don’t take the foul language of the very few and proclaim it as gospel for the entire side. Please, take my recommendation seriously and investigate what the other side is all about, and THEN make an informed decision.
While I’m not a huge fan of the ad hominem in the original post here, this response is a massive strawman argument, attempting to paint the response to #GamerGate as something it is not.
First off, the original post does not mention 4chan at all. Not once. Additionally, it does not mention straight white males either. You are attempting to combat this post by arguing claims it is not making.
It also specifically addresses and rebuts the #NotAllGamers notion that you are using as the cornerstone of your counter-argument.
Yet even if GamerGate’s proposals were reasonable (they’re not), it wouldn’t matter, because no matter how noble its purported aims, the campaign sprung up from one of the most noxious onslaughts of sexism to rock the gaming industry in years, and a not-insignificant number of its proponents continue to engage in that harassment to this day, tarnishing the rest by association. #NotAllGamers, you say? Tough. Welcome to the word of open-invite politics, where anyone who lays claim to a movement is technically part of that movement. See also: the Tea Party. You live and die by your worst members, and right now, your worst members are utterly and openly putrid.
Sticking to the 4chan theme, you then move on to talk about all the good that 4chan has done as a social advocacy group, and how little Tumblr has done.
I haven’t seen tumblr really *do* much for charities and organizations outside of talking about it
This is flawed for a number of reasons: the first is that it is relying on your own limited knowledge of Internet fundraising. I have personally seen many successful drives to help all sorts of people. How can that be if the combined mass of the millions of people on Tumblr have never achieved anything for charity?
Secondly, you are attempting to displace criticism of actions by pointing to unrelated actions. Giving to charity does not excuse nor justify harassment or doxxing or anything else. If it was the work of 4chan exclusively (which the post above never claims), unrelated donations would not undo that.
Beyond all of that, you are running into a major issue with the entire #GamerGate movement, and it is something that plagues most conspiracy theories:
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
From the claims that Quinn was sleeping with journalists in exchange for positive coverage to the notion that social justice warriors have infiltrated major game sites to push an agenda, these are vast accusations that carry a tremendous burden of proof on the accusers. In your reply, you decline to list proof or give links to proof.
But let’s follow up on your recommendation and see what specific evidence is being provided.
I want to see what you are seeing that shows that this is a serious battle against corruption in the gaming media, and not a misogynistic attack on female developers and feminists.
Two sites that I recommend seeing are KnowYourMeme and Encyclopedia Dramatica. I know the latter isn’t friendly AT ALL to the SJW side of things, but it is probably the tamest, most serious and dedicated article on that site to talking about nothing but the facts as discovered by them.
For the record, I went to https://encyclopediadramatica.es/Main_Page, where I saw this:
I did a search for “GamerGate” which took me to this page:
That page begins with
GamerGate occurred when the seedy antics of Zoe Quinn exposed wide scale collusion in the indie game industry, benefiting developers, reviewers, journalists, and everyone else involved. That is, everyone except for you, the gamer.
The gaming media refused to apologize, accept accountability, or in any way commit to adherence to any kind of higher standard of journalism which would (at least) include not sleeping with the subjects of their articles. Instead, they placed all the blame on the gaming community, concluding that their audience is now their enemy. This was done to ensure they could continue fucking desperate game devs, as this is the only pussy these shills will ever be able to get.
Things cannot go back to the way they were. These people are not real game devlopers, game journalists or game players. They are feminist agenda-pushers who use gaming as a medium to spread their politics. They will never change because they are parasites and media wannabes rather than fans and players. The only solution is a mass revolution and purge. Blowback on every article they write, every YouTube video they post and every tweet they send.
That’s not a very good start, but you said this was going to be offensive, so let’s get to the part with the evidence.
Under the category heading “Zoe Quinn - the center of the controversy”, it reads:
Her crimes are so numerous that going into detail about them would take up too much space in this article, so here’s a highlighted list instead.
The list is not sourced and does not contain links to evidence.
In the section about the media’s involvement in covering up any misdeeds, there are the following sentences:
Soon gaming websites were flooded with articles about how poor Zoe is being trolled by stupid, mean gamers who are only doing it because they hate strong, independent women in gaming who only occasionally drink an entire bucket of cum.
Some of them were willing to denounce Zoe, while most chose to simply shut their mouths and bury their heads in the sand, like a good feminist should.
Since gaming sites have nothing even resembling standards, no credentials are required, making the hiring pool wider than Zoe’s vagina, so the ones with the loosest morals get to replaces the ones who were recently shit-canned by the end of the day.
Following the trend before, these sections are also unsourced.
I’ll spare you and skip ahead to the point - this page that you are recommending people read to see all the proof and understand your side - you remember, right? How you GamerGate “isn’t about misogyny, or bigotry, or any other kind of hate” - that’s what you said right up there.
Yeah, that page has no proof on it whatsoever. No evidence, no links, no verifiable information at all.
What it does have, of course, is a lot of misogyny, bigotry, and hate.
So here’s my recommendation:
1. Go back and reread the post you replied to, and then come up with a reply that actually addresses the points made in it.
2. Find sources to support your claims that are fact-based and that do not contain all the elements of the argument that you are suggesting don’t exist.
3. Speak out publicly and loudly against the language used in the article you suggested.
4. Attain actual evidence of the massive conspiracy to undermine the integrity of the gaming media.
5. Propose a plan to correct any flaws that is sustainable for both the media outlets and game developers.
If you can manage that, come back and I will gladly read what you have to say and consider it.
Thank you for your time.