#GamerGate: No More

I had more to say, but this is what it boils down to, really.

Let’s go back to brass tacks.

  1. Threatening your fellow humans with violence, rape and murder is wrong. (Might be funny, between friends, but that doesn’t make it right, or appropriate behaviour around strangers.)
  2. Threatening your fellow humans with violence, rape and murder over anything at all to do with video games is a) wrong and b) ridiculous.
  3. Threatening your fellow humans with violence, rape and murder over anything at all to do with video games, and doing so on such a grand scale that they no longer feel safe in their own homes, is a) wrong, b) ridiculous and c) so far out of proportion that John Blanche is squinting at it and saying “you know, something’s not quite right here.”
  4. Threatening your fellow humans with violence, rape and murder over anything at all to do with video games, doing so on such a grand scale that they no longer feel safe in their own homes, and claiming that doing all this for the sake of journalistic integrity somehow makes it okay, is a) wrong, b) ridiculous, c) disproportionate and d) absurd, given that i) game reviewing has always been a dodgy business and ii) the journalistic integrity of the entire video game industry is not as important as even one human being’s right to feel safe in their own home and go about their daily business unmolested. This shit doesn’t matter that much.

I’m not saying that there isn’t a conversation we could benefit from having about professional ethics in the games industry.

I am saying that this conversation is less important than basic quality-of-life matters like feeling safe in your own home.

I am saying that the way we’re having this conversation, at the moment, makes me ashamed to be associated with gamers and game culture.

I am saying that, before we even talk about the gender of the people involved, treating other human beings like this is repellent.

If you can’t agree with that, I’m not sure we can be friends any more.

4 thoughts on “#GamerGate: No More

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  1. You know what should happen? These people should be arrested, in the fucking real world. Threatening people with death for any reason is not legal (as far as I know) or decent. It’s not like these people are truly anonymous, despite how they might feel – ISPs and sites like Twitter and facebook could easily help the police investigate this sort of stuff. they pass info to law enforcement on request all the time.

    They should make some examples of these troglodytes.

  2. What beat ronin said, but all in caps. And underlined. Maybe catch up some of the politicians who are not taking this stuff seriously in the net as well.

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