#GamerGate is a double edged sword for a lot of people, and a katana for others. Is transparency in games journalism just the cover that #GamerGate focuses on to hide their anti-women agenda? Feminists certainly seem to believe so. Zoe Quinn’s jilted lover’s blog post is what set things off, right? Well, let’s pretend that the mission of #gamergate has remained pure and listen to Stephen Totilo, Editor-in-Chief of Kotaku, talk to The Cynical Brit over the many issues of #GamerGate and video game journalism.
At around 49 minutes in, they finally talk about Anita Sarkeesian, and it reminds me about here current whereabouts in the media. She is interviewed in this month’s Game Informer, and tonight she appeared on The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert. The Game Informer interview paints a good picture of Anita, who I have really grown to enjoy the work of, while her on Colbert… well… Colbert plays a great idiot. Eh. It’s not real journalism, shouldn’t be taken as it, of course, and was a silly flub piece that let’s people know that #GamerGate exists, who might not have heard about it. If you do not have access to the Game Informer interview, or just enjoy hearing Anita’s words in your heads sans humongous hoop earrings, which I’m finally starting to appreciate, read her New York Times interview here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/opinion/anita-sarkeesian-on-video-games-great-future.html?_r=0
BTW: Anita Sarkeesian did make a post this year with the hashtag #cancelcolbert that someone else had started, and I think people need to get over that?
At roughly 57 or 58 minutes of the interview with Totillo they talk about Doxxing, how they tried to separate harassment from #GamerGate, but the link between how journalism was basically brought up in away to attack Zoe Quinn.
Zoe Quinn, btw: has spoken out about how publishers need to condemn the actions of #GamerGate as many women have started leaving the industry as women’s safety are threatened. This video interview, btw: can be found here: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29821050
After all of this, I have to ask… what’s the end game for #GamerGate? If Steven Totillo’s interview doesn’t help people believe they are trying to be transparent, I honestly think nothing will. At this point… why not make a rival website that champions transparency? Imagine, articles that go something like this: “Yo, we wanted to review that game Suicidal Prom Queen… but everyone in the office has had relations wit dat woman in the studio, specially Tommy! Up top!” and then the internet slams their palms into their expensive screens, effectively destroying the internet, even for a moment.
Around 1:27:00, Stephen Totilo admits that the one thing he would change about game’s journalism is that it is boring. There are posts where nothing really happens in it. Kotaku tries to focus on news about games post release, because that’s more real. Also, posts about people are real and interesting, such as those that focus on race, gender, orientation, etc. Around 1:34:00, they talk openly about harassment.
I hope we can get to a point where things can go back to boring, while still remaining interesting.