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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Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 01:29:
] So you're saying that "voices of the game journalism and gaming industry" are just strangers in the street yelling insults? Are you saying then that their so inherently unable to control their emotions that their only action is to lash out at people to make them feel better about themselves, or to try and shout down opponents because they don't want to hear what they have to say.

While you're correct that corrupt journalism is not new, there reaches a point when people simply have enough. A reporters job is to give information, not shove their point of view down your throat while screaming that "you're worse than terrorists that rape young girls and women, commit mass murders, and slaughter civilians."

The man screaming in the street example was not a direct correlation to gaming journalists, but 'subjective journalism' was. Yelling back at the Street Heckler was supposed to be a very simple example of a situation that hopefully you would see as a ridiculous response to a somewhat similar situation.

Biased journalism, left/right/whatever leaning, has always been around. "Remember the Maine." How many articles and gaming journalists/critics actually said these things? like 5-10? Out of how many hundreds or thousands? How many used the ISIS analogy? One? Who did try to retract it, I believe. Try to keep some perspective.

Since you brought it up though, comparing a gamer, or all gamers, to an ISIS member(s) is so ridiculous it made me laugh at the idiocy of it, not get angry. A mistake you are making is thinking most of these gaming journalists have any sort of real training whatsoever. No sort of morality or objectivity in reporting training exists these days; almost all media sources are there at this point purely to generate traffic/views/revenue. I am astonished that anybody gets worked up about anything in any branch of the media, let alone gaming "journalism." We're a couple decades past any sort of objective media standards, ignoring the fact that most of the articles people are up in arms about were opinion pieces in the first place.

I am honestly a little disappointed nobody has been compared to Hitler yet. Godwin's Law! It probably happened and I missed it though.

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