For those of you who do not know of the gaming community, you might be unaware of the amusing little bit of business called GamerGate. And no, it has no connection with their old venture online casino paypal. The really short version is that there’s Zoe Quinn, a female video game developer in a world that doesn’t have many female developers. During her declared monogamous relationship with her boyfriend Quinn, sort of cheated on him. Said boyfriend released a surprisingly clinical dissection of their relationship, and documenting proof of cheating, etc. Why does anyone care about Quinn or her boyfriend? No one does, really.
What people do care about is that Quinn casually and calmly slept her way to the top. Yes, the people that Quinn slept with included her married boss, and video game reviewers. Even in this case, it’s less about Quinn, and more about the industry itself. There’s no money involved, but dang it, games get made depending on who people sleep with? Games get good reviews merely by offers of sex? There are game journalists, you know. There is still supposed to be something like journalistic ethics … not that you’d know by watching the evening news, but still, can’t they just fake it every once in a while?
One person I know has suggested that Quinn will sue her employer for sexual harassment, claiming that she “felt” like she “had to” sleep with her boss, lest she be first. Yes, sexual harassment is now defined by the individual feelings of whatever random person happens to be in a coworker’s orbit, so why not? It won’t help with the overall issue, but it’s her next logical step.
Is that why gamers are annoyed? Not really. It’s a minor independent game company, Quinn released a minor game called Depression Quest that’s actually supposed to help people with depression. It might be interesting, if it works. Though, as a game, it sort of sucks.
One of the real problems that gamers are pissed over is that none of the major gaming websites uncovered this den of corruption within gaming.
It actually gets worse. All of these gaming journalists have actually conspired with each other to shape the news. Really. And on the Quinn scandal.
Emails seen by Breitbart London from August of this year show Kyle Orland, a senior gaming editor at Ars Technica, discussing the Zoe Quinn scandal. He wrote: “I don’t want to in essence reward the jerks doing this by giving their ‘issue’ any attention at all … I’m not even going to give the bullshit ‘journalism ethics’ excuse for these attacks the time of day.”
Orland continued: “I would LOVE to use my platform to reproach this kind of behavior… but that would go against Quinn’s valid and understandable desire not to have this personal matter publicized by the media… Maybe we should just stick to Twitter to boost the signal on this one, rather than our ‘front pages.’”
“Maybe we should get a public letter of support going around decrying these kinds of personal attacks, signed by as many sympathetic journalists/developers as we can,” he wrote. “Maybe we should just use this as an excuse to give more attention to her work… I know I’ve been meaning to review Depression Quest since its Steam release.”
I note that the “jerks” here are the gamers. Not the man-whores who gave good reviews in exchange for sex. Not Quinn’s married employer. Not even Quinn. Quinn is a delicate flower that must be protected, not a sociopathic liar and manipulator.
It gets better. Here are some other choice quotes from the gaming industry.
Gamers are “socially awkward weirdos who dress like garbage”. (Devin Faraci, Badassdigest)
“These obtuse shitslingers, these wailing hyper-consumers, these childish internet-arguers — they are not my audience.” (Leigh Alexander, Gamasutra)
Regarding the scandal, gamers represented the side who “folded its arms, slumped its shoulders while pouting like an obstinate child”. (Chris Plante, Editor-at-Large Polygon
Yup. Zoe Quinn is a good little leftist. “All” of the critics were single white male losers (except for those who are plainly not white or male). Let’s also ignore that Quinn has actively gone after other women who want to get into the gaming industry. Quinn might find it difficult to be special if she was one of dozens.
Enter standard censorship. Anyone with an opinion were no longer allowed to have one on comment threads. Gamers couldn’t even comment on the silence from news outlets. Forget gaming journalists, now gamers were told to sit down and shut up.
Then there was a rallying cry, that Gamers are Dead.
Game writers claimed that all cries of corruption in media were merely thin veils to give cover to what was, essentially, a misogynistic movement. In less than two days more than ten such articles appeared around the internet, on the one hand preaching to the choir, and on the other leading many already-upset gamers to cry foul even louder.
Now that we know that there is collaboration and collusion between game journalists, the multiple articles showing up at the same time are just too fishy to be coincidence.
And the news about Quinn? Oh lord.
“Who here hasn’t slept with a PR person or game developer? #AMIRITE” — William O’Neal, editor-in-chief,on GameJournoPros.
Nice guys, huh?
How did GamerGate get named then? Complete with it’s own hashtag? Enter actor Adam Baldwin, star of Firefly, Chuck, and The Last Ship. If you don’t know who that is, this is a good introduction. He’s got nearly 200,000 twitter followers, he’s an all around nice guy, and he’s accused of being a conservative, though if you ask him, he’s an American, and he believes in the constitution. Period.
And Baldwin is a gamer. He’s voiced video games. For all intents and purposes, he broke the story to twitter, coined #GamerGate, and has essentially unleashed the hounds.
This is an unholy mess, and the gaming journalists conspiring to manipulate the media coverage of GamerGate to distract from their own corruption? That’s just icing on the cake. It’s hard to imagine any other industry that would deliberately twist the story to paint their own consumers as the villains.
No matter what anyone says, GamerGate is about media corruption, and the lengths they’ll go to in order to cover their own asses. Gamer media is apparently filled with the standard Social Justice Warriors, and they’ve declared war on the casual gamer, the serious gamer, and anyone who isn’t out and out “One of Us,” on the far left side of the spectrum.
A note to the gaming journalists who want to pick a fight. Basic economics proves that customers vote with their wallets. In the case of gamers, they just want to play their games, and stay out of politics. The journalists want to ram politics down gamers’ throats, and they’re not taking too kindly to it. In fact, it’s time to have a long conversation within their little conspiracy corner, and perhaps coordinate a massive mea culpa. Because GamerGate is not going away.
In the meantime, maybe someone should ask why the general public had to hear about it from an actor rather than gamer media, or even mainstream media. As a gamer, I would like to thank Adam Baldwin for continuing to cover this story on his twitter feed. It’s not like anyone else is doing their jobs.a