Hate doesn’t breed hate. Hate inspires anger in victims of hatred and that anger is called hatred to delegitimize it and villainize people. If you wanna help people who are victims then first you gotta stop acting like they’re just as bad their oppressors and abusers.
So many men have internalized the lie that they have uncontrollable sex drives, and no way to control their anger. They aren’t ashamed of their abusive behavior because they see it as a something natural to them and maybe even central to their masculinity. It’s scary as hell.
Gamergate is a real shit show, a movement that likes to threaten violence and then laugh at the people who get scared, populated primarily with men who have an axe to grind with the concept of women in general. It’s a movement seemingly populated with people who hated being bullied on the playground, learned nothing from it, and now are thrilled to have some small amount of power to bully other people.
As a woman who games a lot and is involved in several gaming communities, gamergate is hard to ignore. Places where I spend my time have become garbage dumps because of the antagonistic gamergaters who all want to see Anita Sarkeesian dead but don’t have the gumption to pull the trigger themselves (which, I mean, thank god). Talking to them doesn’t do any good because they have no ideology beyond anger, no goals other than chaos, no visible personalities other than enraged trolls.
SO! Let’s talk about something you can do about this embarrassing blight on gaming! Gamergate is, according to them, about ethics in journalism and the “unfair” coverage that indie games get. You buy (or even play for free) two indie games that get mentioned a lot by gamergaters:
- Depression Quest, developed by Zoe Quinn, the woman whose ex started it all. Whether or not you can afford to pay, playing the game is a great way to show support for alternative games.
- Gone Home, a critical darling that gamergate likes to use as an example of “unfair” indie game coverage. (There was, unsurprisingly, little to no backlash of other indie games, like Papers, Please — which is great and you should get that, too.) A game about teenage lesbians who aren’t sexually objectified goes over about as well as you would expect with the gamergate crowd.
Also, you can continue to contribute Feminist Frequency if you like Anita Sarkeesian’s critical look at women in video games.
I get a lot of new followers every time I post about gamergate, so let’s put that to good use. Gamergate is all about negativity, and it can be hard to counter that. Support their targets like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian with positive actions.