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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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That's a great comment and I totally agree this whole thing has taken on a life of its own and eclipsed gaming.

To be honest, I think this incident has made gamers look bad as a whole. The behavior of some gamers on both sides of the issue has been frankly pretty embarrassing to watch. These people might be a vocal minority, but they're the ones getting the attention from the non-gaming press and making us all look like douches, in my opinion.

So to echo your thoughts, yeah. Everyone needs to calm the f*** down and start talking to each other like rational human beings.

And there are certainly issues that need to be talked about: the representation of minorities (including women) in video games, journalists getting schwag from game companies hoping to get favorable reviews/previews, and so on.

I can tell you one thing though--labeling people with pejorative terms (i.e. "SJW"), refusing to read what an author or website has to say because you disagree with their stance on an issue, posting 15 minute YouTube rants that are heavy on personal attacks but light on anything remotely factual--these things are not going to help the gaming community deal with these issues.

MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 23:19:
This whole thing is ridiculous. First off, random youtubers and anonymous or pseudonymed internet writers need to stop claiming they have any idea what "gamers" want. Secondly, corruption, in all walks of life, is hardly new. What a surprise that some game "journalists" or even developers may or may not have less than spotless practices. Thirdly, the sheer amount of money involved in video games means nothing will really threaten the industry in any significant way. Relax. Fourthly, guess what, opinions will differ. If somebody else sees sexism or racism in a video game or any work of art, you may calmly disagree. Different opinions will always exist. Relax.

I sure as shit do not see any billion dollar franchises, or even the new crop of Indie games, being suddenly destroyed or forced to redo entire games because of a few game critics. Gaming is not under attack, gaming is arguably one of the strongest industries period. Nuclear war wouldn't even slow it down at this point. If you are a illogically fearful white male, guess what, relax, there will always be games that feature white male leads, shooting brown people/aliens/nazis and rescuing scantily clad females. If you don't quite fit into the above category, relax, there are more games coming out than you or anyone else will even live to play, most likely. You will always be able to find your gaming niche.

Even if every single person involved in this supposed controversy went to fucking prison tomorrow, or conversely, every harassment and threat led to an arrest of some asshole, nothing would really happen to the game industry. It will steamroll on for a long, long time. Nothing will happen to your games. There is too much money involved. Relax. There is no need for you to threaten anyone, cause DoS attacks, or do anything else that is illegal and immoral. Have some self control. If somebody else is overreacting, then you overreacting in response is really not going to do anything positive. It just makes you look ridiculous. Two wrongs don't make a right, etc.

Relax.

PS. The only reason I occasionally post in these threads is because this junk keeps clogging up my bluesnews.

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