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.