What is GamerGate? | Revised

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10/27/2014 – Editor’s note: In light of the growing rhetoric about ‘culture wars’ on twitter and elsewhere, I’ve decided to revise this article. Having strongly considered the implications of the culture war narrative, I think it wise to distance ourselves from it. The ‘Gamers are Dead’ articles did undoubtedly make it a matter of us vs them. But that is a war of solidarity, of gamers vs anti-gamers. The war of Social Justice Warriors vs anti-SJWs is a culture war which the media, despite not having coined the phrase, has deliberately engineered as a goldmine for clickbait. I think I was guilty of indulging in this kind of rhetoric, and for that I apologize. I believe we should attempt, as best as we can, to separate the issues of ethics and corruption from that of political and cultural disagreement. Do not fight the culture war, #GamerGate. Fight the information war.

What is GamerGate?

GamerGate is a power struggle over the issues of corruption and ethics reforms in an $80+ billion industry. On one side is the leaderless consumer revolt of #GamerGate, comprised of those who identify themselves as gamers and those who are sympathetic to the concerns of gamers. On the other side is a collusive and corrupt network of journalists, PR reps, and media socialites who have explicitly disclosed their hatred of the gamer identity and their complete lack of respect for gamers.

‘Journalists’ don’t have to be your representatives. ‘Journalists’ are over.

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Often we say “I’m a game culture person”, but lately it is hard to know exactly what that means. Journalism as we know it is somewhat embarrassing – it’s nothing but yellow journalism. It’s lying about things, spackling over memes and in-jokes repeatedly, and it’s getting mad on the internet.  Journalism is nothing but young social justice proponents queuing with colored hair, privilege, and authoritarian propaganda. Queuing passionately for hours, at events around the world, to see the things that more powerful social justice proponents want them to see. To find out what they should follow. They don’t know how to dress or behave. Cameras pan across these mindless drones, and often catch the expressions of people who don’t quite know why they themselves are standing there.