Normally, I don't weigh in on big news here simply because I don't want to add to the noise that's already out there. But there is something troubling me that I want to discuss.
What in the ever-loving fuck is up with Gamer Gate?! It's become a wildfire with a life of it's own and I've tried to just sort of keep it in my peripheral just in case things got ugly, but mostly just tried to stay away. Well you know what?! Things just got ugly. Doxxing Felicia Day simply because she wrote that the threats on women in the name of Gamer Gate gave her cause for concern for her own privacy/safety is some low-class horseshit.
I've stayed quiet until now simply because I didn't want any part of the ever-growing shit-storm that seems to be hitting women in this industry. That's right, I'm afraid. I'm not a public figure. I'm not a developer. I'm not even really a journalist. I just write a blog and make some videos in my own little corner of the internet. It's not a perfect internet existence, but it's mine. It's mine and I will defend it tooth and nail. If I curl up and hide and go away, they win. They. The collective (or who knows, maybe it's just one person) threatening harm to women in the industry, posting their personal details online so that someone more unhinged than they may decide to actually do harm. All in the name of stopping corruption in gaming journalism?!?
I know I'm not the only one who sees how fundamentally fucked up this is right?
I'm going to be completely honest, this is what those ass-hats threatening women in the name of Gamer Gate at the core looks like to me:
"I'm a male gamer. Video games have always been made for and marketed to me. Hey, look over there, it's a vagina. That vagina says it likes games too. Whatever. It just says that for attention. Wait, it's a (developer/journalist/nerd) and has an opinion I don't like?! Kill it. It's evil and it's ruining gaming and corrupting gaming journalism. It gives real gamers like me a bad name."
(Obviously I'm being hyperbolic...a little. But every time a woman is threatened or doxxed in the name of Gamer Gate simply because she expressed an opinion, my discontent with the movement grows.)
I understand that these few assholes don't speak for the movement at large, but the root of the problem appears to be straight up sexism and misogyny. No matter what it really is all about at its core, Gamer Gate has certainly shed a light on how deep sexism still runs in the gaming industry. So, yay?
Half of me wants to lash out in defense of my fellow female gamers. You know, dish out some good old fashioned vigilante justice and shit. Haunt some dreams or cut on some people who threaten my ladies (you know, stoop to that level.) But the other half of me wants to curl up and hide in my bed and hope it all goes away soon. But, we have to face the notion that it's not going away. But then neither am I. Felicia reminded us to keep gaming because it's beautiful. So that's what I'm gonna do.
They fucked with Felicia Day, you guys. Someone hand me my hat.