So have you seen all this rage about Gamersgate? They’re having a fantastic summer sale on at the moment and some really great… Oh, there is not an ‘S’ in that, I’ts not about a CDkey site? Well lets have a look shall we.
So in the aftermath of of Zoe Quinn, and the loud minority being painted as the majority of larger gaming sites, claiming that the hate aimed at Miss Quinn is from Straight middle class white males, because that’s apparently a thing these days. Gaming journalism has, apparently, been brought to light as a sham…. wait a second here, are you telling me this is news? No, it’s really not, and Gamersgate as a whole is nothing new either.
First up, let’s look at the ‘shocking’ news that video games as a medium is corrupt and hand outs are plentiful, this is not news people, everyone for years have known this, hell I stopped frequenting IGN/Kotaku/Escapist long before they started writing fluff pieces and pretending to care about feminism. Let’s look at some brief history shall we;
Hey look, it’s the main page for the Escapist, now apart from this picture being Number 1 evidence to install Ad Block on your browser, the page is taken up primarily of Assassins Creed, over 80% of the page is dedicated to the game. This is of course nothing new, if people still remember certain sites when Mass effect 3 was released being filled with mountain dew and Commander Shepard cough IGN cough. Of course it might not be much of a surprise to find out that Escapist game the game a perfect 10/10, or 5 stars on their website, and it should be noted that they are the ONLY (big name) site to give the game a perfect score, I guess that advertisement space is paying for itself?
This picture needs no introduction really now does it, I mean just look, you have Halo covered with Doritos and mountain dew, a big old bag of Doritos and 4 bottles of mountain dew, guys there is something to be said about being subtle with advertising.
Gamergate is aiming stop harassment, that anyone, regardless of anything should be given the right to criticize or create games, without the fear of being attacked or insulted.
Now lets be honest here, where are the fingers being pointed at the big sites? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at Kotaku/IGN/RockPaperShotgun/Escapist hell, even Reddit, because these guys are the problem and a solid reason why Gamergate exists.
For the last few years, these “Video Gamer journalism sites” have been writing pieces on Femanism, Sexism and plenty of pieces attacking Races, I’m talking blatant racist pieces that no one cares about because it’s aimed at White people. They jump to the defence of any Woman who claims to be under attack and demonizes anyone who doesn’t agree with them.
Lets have a quick look shall we, lets google Sexism Video Game Journalism;
Well, I’m so glad these people are being paid to write such trash, I want to focus here on Slate’s piece.
“Letter To a Young Male Gamer” Straight off the bat here, the article straight away aims its sights solely at Males, who exactly is this omnipotent author who is able to tell the sex of those complaining these days? Oh wait, it’s a cop out, a sexist click bait title aimed at people who WANT it to be men who are the problem, and I’m sick of it.
Gamergate may have some decent points about who and what is being written about game developers, but it says nothing about these authors who are attempting to blame all of this fall out of ‘WHITE MALES’ who are apparently sexist. I mean lets be honest here, if a bunch of people go out and tell the next Zoe Quinn their game is bad on mass, what will happen? Because I bet you pound to pennies we will see a sleuth of similar articles jumping to their apparent rescue.
A quick look shows the uncomfortable truth, with Reddit mods deleting posts on mass and shadow bans happening, in a similar censorship with Zoe Quinn again, this just shows how those who are trusted to not take sides, are doing anything but that.
So Gamergate, is it a good thing? Well of course it is, but it won’t mean shit until these companies who signed it put their money where their mouth is so to speak. Because if they actually cared, and are not just signing these to look progressive, they would embargo certain sites, and withdraw their games from them, I wonder how quickly fluff pieces would be canned if their review copies stopped arriving.
Is gaming journalism corrupt? Damn right they are, with reviewers of big sites being offered free consoles, free games, and all those delicious advert spot light for large games, how can you not be biased, I mean, if you don’t accept it, another site will and your payday are lost to the wind.
Is the gaming community inherently sexist? I would love to say no, I would love to say “This is the minority speaking for the rest” but I must admit, in the aftermath of Quinn, Anita, all these bull articles, I’m finding myself groaning when I see another Woman who has ties to twitter/Tumblr, and honestly that isn’t right of me, but god damn do I have reason to do that right now.
But I know full well that it would stop, if every time I opened some gaming news hoping to see something about the actual games, you know the news, something about the new Mount and Blade? Not another fluff piece about how “X is attacking Y in a show of immaturity on Z”, because honestly, I’m sick of it, of, a straight white male, being the apparent downfall of gaming media. Because apparently you’re either the downfall of gaming as we know it, or being on a payroll to make everyone else think you care about it.
And as a final note, lets be honest here people, Women do get preferred treatment in every part of Journalism, and pretending like it doesn’t happen in gaming journalism is pointless, they always do, and it’s about time things did become equal for both sexes. Of course we could just accept it happens, and instead of acting surprised when it does, those who write the articles supporting a Woman claiming they were attacked without any evidence should be fired on principle for taking sides.