Polygon had Anita Sarkeesian reminisce about her time in the great geek culture war known as Gamer Gate… and… eh? I don’t know what to say?
There were at least 5 sides to Gamer Gate.
- People who were using the argument about ethics in games journalism as an excuse to get away with attacking/threatening women
- The women who were attacked
- The gamers who actually cared about ethics in games journalism
- The Game Industry
The third group was dooped by the first group to help attack the second, fourth, and fifth group. That’s clear. What people tend to forget though, is that the fifth group is well… an amoral group that will side with communist China to make a buck, so the idea that they would actively chastise the first and third group for going after just the second and fourth group is just kind of a stretch?
“You! The people who give us money! Stop attacking the people who want to give us money one day if we made our games differently!”
Phil Fish, Indie game creator of Fez, defended Zoe Quinn and he and his company Polytron were hacked, and important documents were leaked, and he ended up trying to sell Polytron and getting completely out of gaming… yet she argues that the gaming industry didn’t speak out during all of this.
I’m not much of a fan of youtuber Matt Jarbo, formerly known as Mundane Matt, but he was a Gamer Gater, and has experiences with Anita, and has tracked her career for 8 years.
Anita’s continued involvement in Gamer Gate is a political and financial one. Negative backlash while probably terrible for her mental health, makes her projects a lot of money typically, and she’s leaving this decade not as important as she was at the beginning of it, so if she stir’s the chamber pot and has people talking a little bit about her and Gamer Gate again, she will raise some money for her endeavors.
*sigh* I’m only upset because she could literally be crowdfunding to raise money for scholarships for women who want to get into the game industry, or to help build an indie studio or something that would change the game industry for the better, instead of trying to build her importance.