Op Ed

Tiny Little Frogs - Gamergate and the RPS response with Brad Wardell. Thanks Mashiki.
I think that’s all fine. But it seems like the gaming media can talk about things other than games without attacking their readers. The objection isn’t about whether there’s a discussion on whether murdering prostitutes should give you HP is a good for society or not. The objection is saying that people who play that game are bad people.

If we game a game that is offensive, then tell us. We can take it. To emphasize: Game developers have a tremendous level of respect for gaming sites like RPS. We trust you. Your candid article is great thing. I wish it had come out 3 weeks ago before the well was poisoned by a dozen+ “gamers are losers” articles.

Salon.com - “I want a straight white male gaming convention”: How a culture war exploded in the video gaming world.
The sad thing is that even if you don’t believe that there is serious sexism in the gaming community, gamers do actually have serious reasons to be skeptical of their gaming press and developers. Game companies are nickel-and-diming consumers like never before, cutting out large sections of their games and selling them for full price while selling those add-ons for exorbitant fees. Meanwhile, Zoe Quinn may not be a real scandal, but game publishers and journalists who review games have gotten far too cozy – witness how Ubisoft gave an entire audience of journalists free tablets as they prepared to review its (in my opinion) fairly average game “Watch Dogs.”

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The Salon article comments are interesting to read because they are peppered with folks who I am describing (being a large, multi-interest site). Here's a choice example:

I'm a female gamer, and I've played World of Warcraft since it started in 2004. I've played multiple characters, mostly female, and in game, I've rescued everything from males, females, animals, or even inanimate objects--it doesn't seem to matter. While I'm sure someone could probably come up with something that is considered "sexist" in the game, as a woman, I don't feel threatened by any of the material. I play with my husband, and we always make toons that are complementary to one another...if he plays a melee class, I play a magic class and vice versa. We have a family guild and play with our three teenagers--when we go into dungeons, I'm the leader (because I'm the tank--decked out in full plate armor, my husband wears the robe--a healer.). I'm not familiar with the two women from this article, but I wonder what their take is on WoW. I don't really have any frame of reference with other games except Guild Wars (I quit this one because IMO, the play was too slow). But, my daughter LOVES the Zelda games and my sons seem to be stuck on Minecraft. For me, I play WoW for the lore. It's like reading a really great fantasy book, but actually going through the motions of the adventure yourself. It's a great way to unwind after a long day, and for us, it makes for some fun times as a family.
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