Hello there, Meinos Kaen here, with my own take on the whole #GamerGate debacle. Something incredible happened to me on twitter, today. A journalist -from Haywire – asked for people’s opinions, about Gamers’ issues. I was one of those lucky enough to run into him. I wrote him quite a lengthy e-mail about the matter and my opinion of Gamergate, and I thought I’d share my thoughts with everyone else.
I wasn’t there to see it begin or while it boiled over, but I saw it explode. A friend of mine on Skype linked me the image to the left the day all those videogame news site as one started a series of articles slandering gamers as whole, proclaiming their ‘deaths’.
From there I researched the situation, and I understood that the timeline went like this: people discover that Zoe Quinn may have slept with five guys who then influenced her career positively; on Kotaku one of those is acknowledged but the publication doesn’t take even a recursion action on the journalist; people don’t stop talking about it, especially since we discover the dev may have done other very questionable things, but instead of letting it fade away they actively try to censor it all over the internet; the Streisand Effect arrives, and then they turn to slander.
Hence GamerGate explodes. Anita Sarkiisian and her SJWs try to pin the outrage of gamers on misogyny, and the game journalists and dev don’t stop the slander: we go from all white sic virgin nerds that want no equality and diversity in games -which inspired the #Notyourshield hashtag- to worse than chemical weapons users, terrorists, nazis, ISIS, etc… All the while promoting hashtags of their own like #Killallmen and #4wordstodescribeagamer and hurting anyone who speaks out of choir. Even with a single tweet.
We have a few fortunes, though. First, Gamers are not all misogynist, not all white cis bald out of shape male nerds and we’re proving it (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bwlh0C-CAAA_F5T.jpg:large)(https://twitter.com/ChristianPat724/status/507052515150405632/photo/1). Second, this may have caught the attention of the usual ones who like to blame gaming for everything but also of personalities like Christina H. Sommers (https://twitter.com/CHSommers/status/506155641019564032). Third, these ‘journalists’ don’t even understand how a slander campaign works.
You start one in the hope that your audience will support you in your campaign against something or someone, right? But if you start a campaign against a single category which also happens to be the only source of your revenue and the only people who even know of your existence to begin with… Well, the images below are explicative.
Sorry for the large introduction, but I wanted you to understand where I’m coming from. Now I’d like to explain what I think should be demanded now. I don’t speak for anyone but myself, right now.
1# – A public apology
This is probably the one we’ll never get, but it would be the one most needed for these people to come out with a at least little decency left. They slandered an entire category, took up the causes of minorities to justify it, called us names as of above, and started a campaign against hate that masked the real issue to the eyes of the rest of the world. This has gone on for decades with gamers, and it won’t fly anymore. They call themselves journalists, they can start acting like ones: first they rectify and apologise for everything they said about the category that gives them jobs.
2# – Adoption of Journalistic Deontology
Then, this. When journalists in any other area do something like sleeping with a source, they’re either put off cases regarding that person or they cut off the relationship. Why? Because this may happen. (http://gawker.com/5917819/wall-street-journal-fires-iraq-reporter-who-slept-with-white-house-source) Gaming journalism has to be upheld to the same responsibilities and duties as any other media sector. Some of these people have master’s degrees in journalism, but this -and more, in the past years- still happened. They can’t be trusted with upholding their morals. This is of course arbitrary, but after this whole debacle, I think gamers -their one and only audience, I remind them- will be hard pressed to trust someone not publicly adopting some kind of deontological code like this one (http://ethicnet.uta.fi/spain/deontological_code_for_the_journalistic_profession).
3# – Stop the Hate
Remember the Patricia Pulling case? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Pulling) Well, this wasn’t an isolated one, was it? Over the decades the gaming community has been targeted like this time and again. This has to stop. There are some who are people without morals, but those exist in all communities. Being a gamer doesn’t automatically make you a bad person, or a misogynist, or worse than Isis.
Gamers with their money and passion give life to an industry that moves billions every year, we give work to thousands of people worldwide -speaking of professionals only-. We’re now a culture that affects all other medias. We raise and donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities. We have the right to demand to be treated with the same respect as any other category, and not be put together with the worst of us just because we also happen to like games. Boogie2988’s campaign is a step in the right direction (http://www.change.org/p/the-gaming-industry-please-stop-the-hate).
These are my thoughts as to what we as a category should demand now that we’ve showed our power -again, I might add, since just last year we forced MICROSOFT to go back on their plans-, now that we’ve shown those who’d like to remove fun from videogames -this is an actual thing which I won’t link to not give the site hosting it any views- one simple truth…
We will never go away, even if they take away a name to call ourselves by. They, on the other hand, are not indispensable. And on that note, I’d say go check out TechRaptor and NicheGamer. The latter in particular is soon going to release a very interesting piece on the matter, from the looks of it. Ja ne!