So you were saying the people of #GamerGate are horrible people? We raised 2000 dollars for suicide prevention in under 2 hours. I dare you to spin this In a negative way.
honestly i am so confused about the entire gamergate thing. All I know is that it stemmed from the Zoe Quinn issue. :/
So best as I understand it, when Zoe Quinn was caught sleeping with reportedly 5 guys, at last 3 of which were journalists covering her game “Depression Quest” it kind of exposed what those in “Gamer Gate” believe is large scale corruption in the gaming media industry. (Although other sources merely claimed it was the last straw in what many already considered a problem.)
The reaction from the websites accused of corruption are claiming the issue is how Zoe Quinn is being harassed because of her personal sex life, which is no business of anyone’s, and trying to accuse the gamer population of misogyny. Now, regardless of which side is right (is it about misogyny, or corruption?) their reaction has only served to galvanize #gamergate.
I personally don’t buy the whole misogyny bit. While Zoe Quinn’s sex life really isn’t anyone’s business, the fact that she was (reportedly) sleeping her way into good reviews is concerning in the grand scheme of gaming journalism. In any event, the gaming news sources accused have been completely refusing to talk about corruption at all, which indicated to me that they are guilty of it, and for some reason seem to think that alienating the gaming public is a good idea. (I mean, why would you support an organization that openly admits that people like you are scum?)
Also, as I have noted, most opponents of #gamergate are not gamers, and most supporters are, which shows the polarization of the issue. (I take this as a sign to trust #gamergate, as the opinions of someone not involved isn’t considered valid in many sources. For example, how many times have you seen people say that someone can’t have an opinion on oppression because they’re men/white/straight? I think the same logic applies here, how can a non-gamer accurately judge the entirety of the gaming culture? However, it can go both ways, as of course gamers are going to defend #gamergate, because they don’t want their misogynistic paradise to be threatened.
Hope I helped to explain a little. First half was me trying to do an unbiased telling of events, second was my opinions on the matter.
I never really saw gaming as misogynistic. Male-centric, yes, but there are a lot of activities out there that are also centred on females. And sure there may be a couple of bad eggs who are indeed misogynistic, but assholes gotta be assholes, don’t lump the rest of the gamers there pls. :[ But then again, people on both sides of the issue will try to push it to the extremes, soooo