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#GamerGate : Reasons to Not Support it

The hashtag’s still on.

GamerGate’s gaining more negative comments and more haters. Two months old, it already is filthy infamous, earning the bad-guy title with all readiness.

So, what’s this big fuss about? And whatever is this GamerGate?

Essentially, GamerGate is about a lot of issues and talks. And if you haven’t heard about it yet, I’d call you rather lucky. You’re a peace lover and it’s a hate group out there in the gamer community. And if you ask for the reasons to not support it, I can show you thousands. As of now, here are some, real and serious ones:

It professes sexism and misogyny – the first big offences.

The video game community has long been dominated by men. And GamerGate wishes to continue it, questioning the role of women in the industry and most often treating them wrong. You can shut me up, take it with a pinch of salt and never care about GamerGate at all. But, what if I tell you it’s making big news in mainstream media?

Yes, big, bad news, that is, the most recent being the cancellation of feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian’s speech at Utah State University after the group had sent her a life threatening (Now the big eyes!). Why? Because she has dared to talk about the role of women in video games, pointing out that there isn’t really any in most of them. Sarkeesian’s ‘Feminist Frequency’ in YouTube met with harsh comments and sexist remarks forcing the FBI to probe into the matter.

And there’s more. It even made Zoe Quinn, an indie game developer, flee from her own home fearing safety issues. At that time, she was freelancing for gaming sites Kotaku and Rock Paper Shotgun, hoping for some good talks about Depression Quest, a game she had developed recently. Personal relationships went from being private to public (contributor to doxxing: Eron Gjoni, her ex-boyfriend) for the young developer letting hate messages pour in like hell.

And the latest row was over an image macro shared in Twitter by Brianna Wu, another indie game developer. The image had shown a crying child representing GamerGate supporters. The result? – A series of mocking macros for Wu and of course, life threats.

Doxxing and death threats next – two extremely criminal offences – all thanks to GamerGate and its uncool notion that feminist criticism of video games equals the “death of a gamer.”

Gaming ethics, as they are saying, have hit rock bottom. But, since when did talking games become such a big deal? And they call it the ‘game culture’ (if it’s a culture at all!). Or is it that a lady on a boat bodes ill for them, the sailors? If this is what represents gamers, I am very well, better off without the tag.


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