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.
- Del: Can I marry Wheatley when I grow up?
- Me: Think of the children.
- Del: Exactly!
A group of disgruntled gamers who have finally, after collectively combining their brain cells, managed to come up with a unified theory of gamer discrimination that includes Anita Sarkeesian’s videos about sexism in games, Zoe Quinn, every game media outlet ever, the immensely powerful indie game mob, and girls on Tumblr.
Thus far the hive mind has come up with “stop calling me a virgin” and “I didn’t like Gone Home so it was bad and stop talking about it and making everything gay.”
#gamergate is the death rattles for the gamer identity as we knew it. Games are (slowly) diversifying in both content and representation. The media is talking about things like Gone Home and gender in gaming instead of exclusively focusing on hardware specs and how many women’s asses you get to slap in Duke Nukem. Women and people of color are showing up in gaming spaces more and more. “Gamer” no longer means anything except a person who plays games, and some capital-G Gamers are unwilling to let the identity become a descriptor.
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Top 10 video games in no particular order:
- Silent Hill 2
- Fatal Frame 2 (apparently I like the second games in horror series)
- FFX (this is not the best in the series at all but it has my heart)
- Rule Of Rose
- Resident Evil 4
- Legend of Zelda don’t make me choose one I won’t choose one
- Final Fantasy XII
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