(Warning: Before you read this, you need to understand that what I wrote is out of pure emotion and the need to really go to bed cause it’s way past my bed time.)
Have you ever been so overpowered by something that you insist that 140 character limits on twitter isn’t enough to properly convey what it is that you’re trying to say? Of course. Twitter was made for such situations as to say what you can within that 140 character limit. The problem is that we have ideas. We have a huge range of emotions and we are trying to figure out ways to compress them into hashtags and get our voices heard. The problem is that it’s all text based and like messages from your out of touch relative who doesn’t understand sarcasm, things don’t translate so well.
It gets worse when we are facing an actual problem and all we have are 140 characters to explain what the fuck it is that we are trying to say. Anyway, gaming is going through a rough time and I will try to get this nailed down in order:
1. Zoe Quinn
There has been a lot of drama in the game journalism area. Names like “Zoe Quinn” and “Patreon” have been thrown around. The controversial topic of this whole mess has stopped many people in their tracks. People got paid to either review a game in positive light or just cover the game as long as their were paid with money… or sex. So now the whole industry of game journalism is breaking at the foundation because what used to be professional has now become blown the fuck up and isn’t seen as that anymore. Instead of journalists who are supposed to give us the facts, we have paid bloggers who are receiving these kickbacks from companies. It’s lobbying but for the world of video games, which in turn makes a lot of people look damn foolish.
As for my opinion on her? I have none. She’s a human being who made mistakes. Who can say she did this with the intent to promote her game? Not really anyone. Hell why should we trust the journalists who actually are saying that she did? They just proved to us that they have barely any loyalty and by smearing someone else’s name there is a shot that they could get in the clear. Smooth.
To throw in something else into the mix, there are apparently pictures of her being spread around. The odd part is that people are doing this to fight back at the integrity of game journalism… yes. Let that sink in. We are now spreading pictures to defame someone, to bring back the integrity of game journalism. THAT’S NOT HOW THIS WORKS! THAT’S NOT HOW ANY OF THIS WORKS! You are making her the victim twice. Once for the online harassment and another for this.
At this point, it doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong in this situation. What matters now is that someone crossed a line and made this personal. This is a human life that we are all talking about and I honestly don’t give a shit about what she did, this will follow her for the rest of her life. But no, let’s make her the evil doer here.
2. Kiddie Scripts
A group of people on the internet have taken up their power and started to unload a bunch of kiddie script DDOS attacks on companies like Blizzard, Sony, and Riot games, effectively taking out several games in the process. Instead of sticking it to the man, they decided to take out many gamers and keep them from enjoying the games they want to play. They even got a plane to divert it’s path because a guy from the same group posted a bomb threat. These “hackers” are now being investigated by the FBI.
No real reason behind this has been stated either.
3. Feminist Frequency
I don’t know where to start on this. Only because this is a crazy hard issue to really convey properly. It could be summed up as this though: Stop threatening people you fucking assholes.
For those not familiar with Feminist Frequency, Anita Sarkeesian was granted money as a part of a successful kickstarter campaign to analyze video games and how they explore representations of women in video games. Guess what: women aren’t properly represented in video games. I don’t know how long it took to realize that metal thong armor doesn’t protect shit, but the project has the goal to make tropes like this become less of an issue.
Being a normal human being you can tell that this isn’t the problem at all. It’s actually the opposite of the problem. It’s progress, and like the equal rights of all gay men and lesbian women, we should also see our own medium become just as progressive.
So it’s a fucking god damn shame that there are assholes who are sending her death threats. Death and rape threats.
Before I continue on, I will state that this isn’t something new. In the past, many developers have faced death threats for just making games a certain style. Female developers have seen and even worse side of it.
When it became public knowledge that Jade Raymond would help produce Assassin’s Creed II, there was plenty of antagonizing posts just about how she is female and in the video game industry. This wouldn’t matter to normal people, (If you ask me, Assassin’s Creed II was the best one to date) but this apparently does matter for insane people.
If there is one thing that we can agree on is that for every single half-decent human being out there, there are dozens more acting like assholes and ruining this community. Just recently I expressed an opinion on twitter and was met with some tweets from someone I don’t even know. I agree with their statement, and asked if there is a real way to fix the problems that we are faced with?
It didn’t help that they continued to think that I am not a part of their objective to rid ourselves of this blind hatred. I think we all need to take a step back and look at what we have in front of us, and really think of what we can do to fix this. We have to hold people accountable. How is it that someone making a “joke” in League of Legends gets jail time, but someone who gets threats can just continue to do so without any punishment?
We need to do better, people. We need to do something. We need to stop this mentality of “You’re with me, or you’re out.” Because as we have proved before, we are a community that thrives on creation and the urge to put ourselves out there in hopes to reach out to someone who is willing to let us in. We proved that there is a lot of good in the gaming community. Let’s bring that back.