Essay: “What GamerGate Means to Me‏”

By Scott “Calbeck” Malcomson

GamerGate is self-evident to anyone who does not look at it with blinders on: gaming culture’s masses, rising up against some of the most extreme stereotyping I’ve ever seen aimed at a discrete group of people.

When it was just a few writers pushing these stereotypes, we all laughed and thought they were trying to be hip, edgy, over-the-top.  Pushing ratings, all just part of the same gaming journalism scene which indulged in click-bait advertising, constantly pushing you to drink more Dew and eat more Doritos.  Just wink and nod, then on to enjoying the next game, while someone shrilly (but distantly) accuses you of enabling rapists because you liked “Hitman: Absolution”.

It wasn’t like we hadn’t heard and dismissed this sort of thing before, in the form of anti-violence crusader Jack Thompson.  Back then, the gaming press recognized the extremism, refusing to side with him.  They called him out for what he was, a poser who ultimately got himself disbarred by pushing his rhetoric until the courts had had enough.  Few, even outside gaming journalism, gave his views any credence.

But Thompson was not a games journalist.  He had no friends in the industry.  No one who would pull their rhetorical punches themselves for his sake.  No one who actually agreed with his lunatic narrative, or at least let it slide to maintain his friendship.  No one relied on Thompson for their next writing gig.

That is the difference in GamerGate.

We are fighting extremism.  We are battling censorship.  We are fighting a clique of industry insiders, who authentically believe they are bettering the world by imposing a moral code via the power of a megaphone.

And we are doing it in the only ways left to us: with our words and our wallets.

We are GamerGate.


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