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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PHJF wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 12:45:
Corrupt news media =/= corrupt video game reviews

News media has an obligation to accurately report content and provide context. The Fourth Estate is critical to functional democracy. Knowing whether The Sims 4 is good or not without playing it oneself? Not so much.
Really? So when both are corrupt, and no one cares on either issue. And they're telling you what you should believe--instead of giving you the information, and letting you make your own decision it's not a problem?

After all, that obligation in broadcast/print doesn't seem to exist anymore than it does in gaming journalism(I should edit in here as well, that the last study done on this showed that ~13% of people trusted them. The majority of that group was aged 50+). That functioning fourth estate, it's full of exactly the same types of people that are in gaming journalism and telling you "what you should believe." Especially that your "particular views, on game x,y,z" are misogynist, racist, and bigoted. The same way that in broadcast/print they're telling you that failing to follow their narrative you're a misogynist, racist and a bigot. The fourth estate died when journalists walked away from reporting news, and started creating news. Doesn't that sound familiar? In gaming we have the various individuals who walked away from editorials and reviews, and started creating click-bait, while telling you "you're a horrible person" because your views don't equal theirs.

I'll toss these in for the in-general reading/listening pleasure of people.
http://imgur.com/Tp3IRen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e78JRIHRjC0

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