October 24, 2014

Actually, it’s about ethics in games journalism

Stuff I’ve seen GamerGaters claim GamerGate is about:

  • It’s about keeping games reviews objective
  • It’s about keeping ideologies like feminism out of gaming
  • It’s about the Zoe Quinn debacle
  • It’s absolutely nothing to do with Zoe Quinn
  • It’s about the media portrayal of The Fine Young Capitalists
  • It’s about the Gamers are Dead’ articles
  • It’s about disclosing conflicts of interest
  • It’s about journalists and developers getting too close
  • It’s about consumer rights
  • It’s about justice for gamers who were bullied
  • It’s about the fact that Anita Sarkeesian lies
  • It’s about standing up to the SJW agenda
  • It’s about standing up to corruption
  • It’s about ethics in games journalism

GamerGaters often argue that it is a decentralised, consumer movement; and the wide range of motivations cited seems to support that. The problem then is that no one person can claim to know definitively what GamerGate stands for, and what it stands against. Many argue that GamerGate is against harassment, and that those who harass others are not true GamerGaters, but it’s difficult to justify why their view is any more representative of the movement than that of the harassers.

To me, it seems that aside from the two extremes (where at one end we have blatant misogyny and at the other a naive but genuine belief that they are working for the common good), GamerGate is mostly about some people who dislike the fact that the games industry is growing up, blame feminists for it and then justify their anger with vague concerns about journalistic ethics.

Updated Jul, 21 2020