All right, give me a second to prepare here. Haven’t been posting very regularly but I still have my soapbox around here somewhere… AHA! Found it.
Are you guys kidding me? I’ve been neck-deep in school so much that I haven’t been able to keep up to date on every facet of this “scandal” but what I have seen disturbs me to no end. How in the world can people feel justified to judge games journalism to such a degree when they have little to no experience with journalism at all. Now, I know that I do not completely understand everything that’s going on but I want to lay out my thoughts on what I have seen. See, I know that I am not all-knowing and I know that I don’t make perfect decisions all the time. I make mistakes, pretty often to be fair, because I am human. Let’s not forget that.
So apparently the gaming industry is being invades by Social Justice Warriors and the LGBT Alliance. Games are being torn from their throne that so many erected and have been transformed into feel-good interactive experiences with a message to tell. Games like Gone Home and the like are being heralded as being the vanguard of gaming’s downfall. The criticism that shallow power fantasy games receive apparently is part of this takeover of the industry. Thus it is the responsibility of gamers everywhere to take a stand and lay siege to gaming journalism. How dare Polygon not give Bayonetta 2 a higher score because they felt so strongly about the protagonist’s hyper-sexualized nature?
Here’s something I think more people need to know: video game reviews are, at their heart, subjective. If the depiction of the main character makes the reviewer uncomfortable, that’s their opinion! You, as a gamer, are not going to have your purchasing habits changed because of what the review said unless the criticisms matter to you. If a potential customer reads the review and feels like the criticisms would be something they would not be able to be comfortable with, it is their right to then not buy the game. Reviews are not the completely unbiased realm of evaluation that so many think they are, and they never will be! It isn’t a fault, it’s just a nature of the beast. Whether it be games, movies, or TV shows, reviews are never going to be completely objective. You don’t like how gaming journalism is rating your favorite game? Start a blog or a YouTube channel and give your own opinion? Do you not have as much viewership as said journalist that you don’t like? Than build a reader or viewer base. Don’t be like me and only post once a month, make content regularly and show the world that you’re not just some chump with a computer. Learn to perform critical analysis and how to write said analysis. Do it yourself before you get on a high horse to judge others.
And really, a revolution? I can assure you that if it wasn’t for the once in a while tweet or Facebook post that I saw, this GamerGate stuff is pretty much unknown. You guys are not as righteous of a force as your think you are. Want to fix the industry? Buckle down and do some work. All this bitching drives me insane. And please, if you do anything, STOP calling in bomb threats or saying you’re gonna go commit a shooting because someone you don’t agree with is trying to spread their opinion. Whoever it is that’s doing that sort of stuff sickens me.
I just hate to see the term “gamer,” something I’m proud to be, start to look like a vile term. All of this online activism means NOTHING unless you’re willing to actually put in the work needed to make a difference. Do you want to “fix” games journalism? Instead of constantly calling out people who might have made honest mistakes and spreading their home addresses and stuff like that, go to school for journalism yourself. Take the time necessary to learn how to do it, because it is not something that can be done for fun. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of chumps out there who feel like they’re all big and fancy cause they have a blog.
I would know, I’m one of those chumps.
The difference is that I don’t do this blog because I think I’m working in the gaming industry or as a games journalism. I don’t review three games a year because I think my opinions are so much better than what the professionals might think. I do it because I want the experience. I want a place to show potential employers in the future, to show them that I can do something. Some might call me crazy but I actually do want to work in the field of games journalism. There are hundreds of games journalists out there, whether it be for newspapers or for online outlets, that love what they do and are never talked about. These people put in crazy amounts of hours each week to play, analysis, and write about the games that they love. Far too many of the mob like to play the games but want to be able to judge the journalists but not be willing to put in all the work themselves.
If I had the power to influence more than the three people that’ll read this, I would make this whole GamerGate this go away like a thief in the night. Let it leave so we can clean up the damages. All of the people who want to see change must become that change, ala cliché Ghandi quote. Becoming what is for all intents and purposes bullies does nothing but corrupt an already tainted battlefield. This isn’t an “Us vs. Them” between the SJWs, Evil Liberals, and their Ilk against the honest gamers. This is about a group of people who feel privileged and are unwilling to see change that they don’t automatically agree with. I’ve said it before, the privileged nature of the vocal minority was doomed to rear its ugly head before long.
Maybe it’s time I dip my head back into the mud of school life again. Without a doubt I have stereotyped someone too much in this rant, gotten facts wrong, or just said something plain stupid. However, this is my blog and I have the right to say whatever stupid thing I want. There’s a difference between doing that, though, and threatening someone’s life. Let’s get it together, people.
Further Reading: Paging Dr. NerdLove: What We Talk About When We Talk About GamerGate