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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harlock wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 14:39:

not sure why you assume people who dont give a shit about participating in all the drama are actually listening to these idiots demands and acquiescing to them

You seemed to have miss the part where developers who don't listen to "these idiots" come under heavy fire. It can sometimes alter what gets promoted and what doesn't (which can be life or death for some studios).

This is not to say that every developer/publisher will fold, but it is to say that these people are actively aiming to influence what makes it into the industry and how it portrays content (which is what that indie dev was talking about in the interview I linked).

We've already seen these individuals affect things like Hotline Miami 2 and Saints Row. It doesn't matter if people think the changes are good or not, it's to simply point out that they do have influence and they want to grow this influence.
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