This Liberal Supports GamerGate
As I’ve participated in the #GamerGate protests during the part week, one narrative keeps popping up again and again. Namely, that this is a right-wing movement that seeks to demean women and put them in their place. As a lifelong liberal, I am here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.
What people are fighting against (and the other side has tried to obfuscate this by focusing on some of our more unsavory elements) is journalistic corrution, elitism, and censorship. The man behind the Mafia series, Daniel Vavra, laid it out quite well today on TechRaptor:
And they will never be happy. If you don’t have a gay character in your game, you are homophobic, if you do have gay character in your game, you are homophobic, because they don’t like the character. If women in your game look good, you are sexist, if they look bad, you are sexist, if you can fight with them, you are misogynistic, if you can’t fight with them, you are using them as objects, if you don’t have any women, because there is no correct way how to have them, you are misogynistic.
It’s a witch hunt and it’s affecting my artistic freedom.
The feminist thinkers who have suddenly turned their attention to video games aren’t satisfied with the ability to create their own fare. They want to affect the big AAA titles, and decide what can and cannot be included in those games. It’s one thing to make your own shit, but it’s quite another to come and tell me what I’m supposed to have in mine. And most of these same thinkers admit that these genres do not appeal to them anyway. So they’re asking other people to censor their entertainment on the behalf of people who aren’t likely to play it anyway.
It’s fucking madness.
So, yes. I support #GamerGate and it’s goals. Is it perfect? No. I’ve yet to see a movement that is. But it is a vital first step in the war against censorship and corruption. We can never stop fighting the good fight.