Gamergaters: The Shame of the Gaming Industry

Former NFL player Chris Kluwe is quite possibly the first gamer to actually come out and say something rational amongst the unintelligible trash for the Gamergate kafuffle:

Dear #Gamergaters,

Do you know why you piss me the fuck off?

Because you’re lazy. You’re ignorant. You are a blithering collection of wannabe Wikipedia philosophers, drunk on your own buzzwords, incapable of forming an original thought. You display a lack of knowledge stunning in its scope, a fundamental disregard of history and human nature so pronounced that makes me wonder if lead paint is a key component of your diet. You think you’re making piercing arguments when, in actuality, you’re throwing a temper tantrum that would embarrass a three-year-old.

All the real gamers? They’re the developers now, the reviewers, the writers and the players who remember a time when you couldn’t download a virtual copy of your game, but instead had to go to a Toys“R”Us and hope they had it in stock. The real gamers, both men and women, look at your frantic rantings about “ethics in videogame journalism,” and they shake their heads sadly, wondering how you could get sucked in by some script-kiddie /b/tards and conspiracy-nut celebrities gleefully using you as a smokescreen for misogynistic hate. They look at the rich diversity of games that exist now, and they are THRILLED, because no one ever thought we’d get this far, and real gamers like PLAYING GAMES.

If you want to argue ethics, then throwing around rape and death threats to women isn’t appropriate. Also making false allegations, doing the creepy cyberstalking thing and publishing a person’s details aren’t things to be proud of. There is absolutely nothing ethical about that.

The female population didn’t take anything away from gaming. The only gate between real gamers and games is… Gamergaters. They created their own hashtag— their own gate, thinking that they’re Gandalf stopping some huge avalanche from happening. You’re no Gandalf. You destroyed your own fun. Don’t go pointing the finger at anyone else.

Gamergaters complain when someone like Brianna Wu actually goes out and makes a video game. Like ‘OMG! A woman made a game… it must suck.’ Then it’s the same old irrelevant insults that get thrown around – you know, she must be a transsexual, let’s rape her, go die…etc.

It’s like saying women ruined writing. As far as I can tell, there’s a lot more diversity happening. I’m not surprised that one of the best books I’ve read was Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird came straight out of America: the land of intolerance. Now Lee probably wouldn’t have ever won a Nobel Prize if she wasn’t allowed to write.

I don’t know about you, but gaming is a business. And if I were a developer, I wouldn’t go around complaining that girls were playing my games. I’d be more worried if no one was playing my games. I’d be equally pissed off if some people tried to cockblock gamers who’d actually buy, play and/or enjoy my game.

Sure, you can argue that Zoe Quinn’s Depression Quest isn’t a good game, but no one is holding a gun to your head telling you to play it. If it doesn’t sound interesting to you, then just don’t play it. There’s no point bitching about it. You tried it once; found it wasn’t your thing – just move on. Gaming is a pretty subjective experience. Even with the very best games out there, at least one person is not going to be a fan.

Real gamers don’t hang around and do stupid shit like that. They care about whether the games they play are good. They care about the real issues like being able to experience all the things that gaming is able to offer.

Let the real gamers decide.


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