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.

Smashing the Gaming Backlog

Ah. The dreaded backlog. Maybe you’re an impulse buyer, or you really just can’t find the time to game all that much anymore in between work and/or school. It’s a first-world problem. That being said, I’m one that likes to finish what I start, and I decided to smash my way through my backlog. Along the way, I figured out how to manage my gaming backlog better, instead of just admiring the cover art.

Record. Making a list of the video games on your backlog gives you an idea of where you really stand. You might not know just how many games you own and want to clear, as Mike Niemietz found out. Whether you write it down on paper or use a site like backloggery.com, keeping things organized means you can prioritize games and keep on track. You’ll also feel great every time you get to cross a game off the list or have it marked as ‘completed’ or ‘beat’.

Know your limits. Even though I sometimes agree with playing more than one game at a time, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Variety is very important here when you’re smashing through your backlog, but too much can stifle your progress. I was playing through two PS2 games: Tokobots: Legend of the Karakuri and Kingdom Hearts at one point. Although the former is a platformer and the latter, an RPG, I found that I was confusing the control systems with each other, since I’d be pressing the wrong buttons and expecting certain commands. What I probably should have done was game on different consoles or completed one after the other. Likewise, in aforementioned link, you probably don’t want to go playing RPGs back-to-back. I’d probably pull a Limit Break on somebody if I did.

Define what value means to you. This sounds like a Business 101 class, but really, what are you playing for? You should play to get value out of your games. For you, this may mean doing all the things you need to do to see the ending cutscene or credits roll. For others, it may mean getting enough in-game time in to get that dollar-per-hour value. Another man’s ‘beat’ may not be another man’s ‘complete’. Know what you want.

Be unemployed. Been there, done that. This is probably self-explanatory, but you tend to have a lot of time on your hands. Games are a source of cheap entertainment. And just as a side note, please don’t feel guilty about gaming if you’re in this situation. Frank Lloyd Wrong wrote a very good article about why you shouldn’t feel guilty about not having a job AND playing video games. This actually gives you a good opportunity to slim down your backlog and provides you with some psychological stress relief at the same time.

Get rid of your games. You might want to downsize your backlog by selling, trading or gifting your games. If you’re a collector, then this tip doesn’t apply to you. But then again, if you’re a collector, this whole article doesn’t apply to you. This kind of ties in with the getting gaming value thing; if a game isn’t working for you, then you’re obviously getting very little to no value at all from it. For the collectors out there, they’ll just enjoy knowing they own the game and have it there if they ever choose to play it.

Backlog? Schmacklog! Remember, games were invented with the main purpose of being a form of ENTERTAINMENT. If you’re fretting about when exactly you’ll finish your backlog, then here’s what I’ll say to you: STOP. Stop gaming. Take a break. It’s counterintuitive to completing your backlog, but if games are no longer entertaining to you, then you’ve just defeated the purpose of gaming. You’re supposed to be beating the boss having fun. Remember that? FUN? The truth is that you’ll never play every single video game in the world and life is just too short for bad games. Play the games you want to play and game on.

As of this article being published, I completed all the games on my list. How about the rest of you gamers?