Saturday, October 18, 2014

#GamerGate is a movement of the lazy

I'm sure most have probably seen or experienced the latest internet crusade on Twitter.  If not, it is basically a group of gamers who have banded together to harass and intimidate anyone they don't like (women, anyone they think of as a SJW and anyone who does not like them) and go after sites that write articles about them in a negative light.

Now they claim to be all about ethics in gaming journalism.  Even though the crowning push that started the entire thing was based on a review that never existed.  They still go about touting this as their primary goal.  If it was one would think they would do more to actually prove this.  Instead they really don't do anything.

See their 'enemy', as they see them, has wanted change in the video game industry for a while.  But they went out and did actual work.  They got crowd funding, talked to people, did interviews, started up their own sites.  They went out and hustled, spent their money, their time and really put full on effort into it.

GamerGate does very, very little of this.  They set up a chan site which is not tough feet, using old outdated forum coding and really bad looking design.  Then they rage on Twitter... a lot... usually on multiple alt accounts.  Then use anonymous throw away accounts to threaten others (mostly women) with rape, mutilation, death and even bombings.  Yeah like so much for 'ethics' there.

They are too lazy to be the change and instead think they can force others to change.

If they really wanted ethics in game journalism they would do more.  Like pooling their resources and setting up an actual devoted and modern website.  Going out, doing research and writing the kind of articles they think the gaming world is missing.  Make a full on site devoted to the 'vision' of ethics and integrity they claim is their goal.

But they do not do this... and will probably never do this.

Because that requires effort and all they want to do is threaten and harass folks over Twitter.