The Silverstring Agenda

The Silverstring Agenda

When I first read about a supposed conspiracy to fundamentally alter gaming, I was a bit incredulous. I knew that radical feminist activists, such as Anita Sarkeesian, had gained some prominence. But I didn’t view it as an organized movement. Over the course of GamerGate, however, I’ve come to realize that it’s actually much more vast than I had imagined. While it may not be an explicitly coordinated plot, there is strong evidence to suggest collusion among journalists, developers, and industry insiders. They aim to enforce their  warped ideas on gender and culture onto everyone by decree (without real debate, of course). They would argue that this is for the benefit of the medium. I, and many others, find that to be absolutely ludicrous.

Despite the denials of people like Jenn Frank, they are explicitly involved in what I’m now going to call the Silverstring Agenda. Frank she does a good job of masking her radicalism, but she let it slip in her Guardian op-ed. She repeatedly claims that piece was neutral, when anyone can read it and see that it’s heavily slanted towards one side. In the screen below, Silverstring explicitly promotes Frank, and a whole slew of other enemies of GamerGate, as people who could be trusted to spin the narrative towards Sliverstring’s preferred direction:

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There are many names that stick out on that list, but the one that really sticks out, is Samantha Allen. She’s virulently anti-male, going as far as to publicly declare herself a misandrist.  If these are the people Silverstring is comfortable supporting in public, I can only imagine what kind of private support they hold. I also wonder how many others on this list hold the same kinds of extremist views. You can say one thing for them: they at least possess enough intelligence not to put their man-hatred on record.

Ask yourself why so many radical feminists hold positions of prominence within the pantheon of gaming journalism. While there are radical feminists who write about all sorts of things, no one takes them as serious as the video game industry seems to. You don’t see Hollywood giving a shit about what this crowd says, so why should we? There also seems to be a much higher percentage of video game writers who hold extremist feminist views, when compared to film, TV, or politics.

This can partially be attributed to the lack of prominent outlets for vidya writing, but that’s not the only cause. For years, there has been a concerted effort by the Silverstring types to install these people into positions of prominence. But they don’t just want them featured. The Agenda wants us silenced as well. That’s why debate is quashed, discussions are closed, and those who disagree are exiled and shunned. They even shit on their paying customers.

And what exactly is it they want to do to gaming? Why have they focused so much attention where it isn’t even warranted? Gaming is not trans-phobic, and gaming is not anti-woman. That’s who they claim they’re fighting for. In reality, they’re fighting for their own bank account. Women have made games for years, and have always had prominent representation in the art. The things they talk about, either I’ve never witnessed, or it’s exaggerated to such an extreme as to be laughable. Scenarios such as being forced out of your home over scary tweets, while at the same time sitting on Twitter and cracking wise about the “nerds” and “Destiny killed GamerGate,” do not make sense. You always seem to get the sickening feeling that these people have a long distant relationship with the truth.

I reject their contention that vidya is an industry ripe with misogyny. In fact, I would argue that gaming is much more progressive than music or Hollywood. Yet, they focus on the gamers. The reason is, they think they can beat us. They’ve already gotten their asses handed to them by the movie and music moguls, who told them to go fuck themselves. We simply have too many cowards in charge, sniveling, when they should be swinging. And if they aren’t cowards, they’ve already joined the SJW ranks, either out of sincere belief, or for career advancement.

And what of the journos, who are supposed to present both sides of the story, and give all parties a fair hearing? Half of them are in on the Silverstring Agenda themselves. They can’t police anyone or conduct themselves professionally, because the foundation of their own house is so rotten.

Here’s what passes for journalism these days: Journo and media donate to each other, give each other jobs, shout down anyone who disagrees with them, and still deny any problems. They take swag off companies, talk to each other on secret email lists where they decide the news, and fuck the subjects of their coverage. Afterwards, they say, “nothing to see here.” They have a ton of extremists in their ranks, but call GamerGate monsters. It baffles my mind how the mainstream media lets them get away with it, but it really shouldn’t. They’ve been shit my entire adult life, and have been actively dying for most of it. They mean nothing to gamers and our community You know who gamers listen to? Other gamers. We don’t have to accept their twisted spin. Reject it, and them.

The rejection won’t come easy, because the web is vast. It includes many well-known gaming journos. Including: Mattie Brice, Ian Miles Cheong, Brendan Keogh, Patricia Hernandez, and Ben Kuchera.  Alex Lifschitz, the boyfriend of Zoe Quinn, sits around an whines about GTA 5 like a braindead idiot, and contributes nothing of any substance, but he’s there too. Anthony Burch of Gearbox…basically, almost all the loudest critics of GamerGate are members of this Silverstring movement, including Anita Sarkeesian, who used to consult for them. They all have friends in the mainstream media who don’t give a shit about games, but who do love to cut “misogynist neckbeards” down to size. Gamers are already a minority that the mainstream loves to attack. This operation isn’t as difficult as it may sound, although it does take rabid persistence. It has also been assisted by the unawareness of the gaming public…until now.

This fascist Silverstring crew will stop at nothing to enforce their views on to video gamers. They know that censorship, control, and exclusion, are the only ways to get people to agree with them. Look at the polling, if you don’t believe me. We are the majority, not them. They know this as well, and that’s why they try to take over the culture…and video games are just the latest front in the battle.

 

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Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • Diamond Doges

    The difference between fascism and what Silverstring does is that fascists can actually win debates. They don’t have a history of this kind of corruption. If anything they value naked use of force.

  • msq

    If you ever decide to make a follow-up to this, perhaps this article by Stardock’s Brad Wardell could serve as a rejoinder:

    http://www.littletinyfrogs.com/article/457868/Gamergate_Escalates

    What’s notable here is that while he is firmly on the side of Gamergate (partly due to having been on the receiving end of corrupt journos himself), he believe that stuff like Silverstring is giving many other journos not involved a bad name. Here are his explanations:

    “Let me make a few points clear about the gaming media:

    There is no general gaming media “conspiracy”. There are thousands of journalists in the gaming media and they wouldn’t be able to agree what shade of blue the sky is. When you attack gaming journalists with a broad brush, you are alienating these guys just like when the anti-gamer articles roped in so many thousands of gamers.

    The average gaming journalist has immense integrity. They would quit before taking a bribe or writing something intentionally biased.

    Many of the major game sites really do have strongly enforced policies to ensure fairness in games.

    Most gaming journalists are extremely tolerant of other points of view. I will happily disclose that I am pretty good friends with many journalists who have the opposite views on many topics and yet we’re still friends and it has never negatively affected coverage.

    Despite being friends with journalists, it has never affected coverage of our games. I remember when Elemental bombed. I felt bad because it must have sucked for the reviewers to pan our game but they did because they have integrity. We’re professionals. It’s my job to make games. It’s their job to write about them. It really isn’t that hard to separate friendships when doing your job.

    It is important to understand the rather unique structure of game “journalism”. You can’t lump it all together like you could, say, business journalism or political journalism because of the origins of the gaming press as we know it today sprung from the Internet itself. It would take a whole article to explain this. The TL;DR version is this: It is hard to tell where game blogs stop and game journalists start. There is no clear line.”

    • I get what he’s saying. I think you can tell who I’m talking about, but yea, there are some good gaming journos. But, I’ve decided to boycott all the current establishment sites. I did make 2 comments on the Escapist forum about my articles, but I’m still waiting to see how it goes there.

      • msq

        I also agree with him that we shouldn’t paint ALL game journos as corrupt. Rather, we ought to support such people and/or encourage them to speak out.

    • Satori

      It’s not necessarily a “conspiracy” but they ARE pushing a highly ideological agenda

      • msq

        I agree. And the article does describe how there is collusion and a pushing of ideologies present among a certain clique of game journalists.

      • LickTheEnvelope

        It’s still a conspiracy as they go around deleting information… “to agree together, especially secretly, to do something wrong, evil, or illegal” I’m not sure on illegal, and ‘evil’ is a bit subjective but many things they have done are certainly ‘wrong.’

  • vintermann

    > Yet, they focus on the gamers. The reason is,they think they can beat us.

    I think you hit the nail on the head here. This is one of the defining attributes of social justice warriors. They’re not about picking fights with actually powerful people, they’re about wringing concessions from the few people left who actually care about them.

    Example: Don’t say “dumb”, it’s ableist and hurts mute people. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not that it hurts mute people. Doesn’t matter if mute people in general give a damn. Just do it. Do it to prove that you care about courting our acceptance.

    Gamers, and especially the “socially awkward young man demographic”, are low down on the respectability chain, and unlike others down there, don’t have much positive sense of identity to rally around. Being there is like being fat; it’s not generally something you want to be associated with, even if you are it.

    This makes them suitable pushovers for SJW princesses and their courtiers.

    • Man Yun Soo

      I don’t think you’re giving gamers enough credit. There’s far more pushback now than back when Feminism infested the skeptic community. Of course, gamers had the benefit of Sarkeesian being pretty much the most laughable representative of Feminism possible, so they saw it coming.

  • Satori

    The sad thing is that even the communists tried to debate their opponents openly. They loved to have people explain their ideas to the uninitiated.

  • C G Saturation

    Samantha Allen – probably the first time I’ve seen a feminist admit to being a misandrist. Everyone else seems to argue that there’s no such word or thing as misandry (whilst perpetrating it, of course).

    • I guess we at least have to give her some credit for coming right out and admitting it.

    • Fatherless

      I suspect Samantha isn’t transgender so much as misandrist. First she has expunged maleness from her body, next video games, and then the world. Normal transgender people aren’t like her at all.

  • the red army

    isnt the gender split in story telling pretty consistent over time?

    why dont these people attack other media? movies i am sure have more male heroes than females or pansexual xir headmate marskins… whatever your preference is… why dont they attack those? and i dont understand why they dont join together? like unions of people usually do and provide a positive example of the medium? instead these people bitch and bitch about games they probably dont even play…

  • David Gray

    Were there ant men in the “feminist friendly” sources.
    I’m no feminist, but shouldn’t quite a few be men, They have plenty of pro feminists to choose from, and likely more male writers than female all told.
    I think it’s fairly telling that I couldn’t find one,

    • No. I don’t think there are any men on the list. I know they have some male SJWs (obviously, as we’ve seen lol), so yea, that is noteworthy.

  • Burn Ender

    I completely disagree with the notion feminists got “owned” in hollywood+T,V. Disney movies are injecting feminist propaganda, women good/victims, men stupid and evil. Television commercials are all ripe with misandry, hitting men is okay, portraying men as stupid is the norm. Sit-coms, in the overwhelming majority, portray men as stupid, bumbling idiots and their wives are superior.

    There is a channel on youtube called “TheIgnoredGender” he has a massive series called “Misandry in the Media” where this is all played out.

    Infact, I’m seeing more feminism than ever in movies today. Look no further than the “Ghostbusters” reboot, where an all female cast is the direction the director wants to go in. Personally, either way, without Ramis writing, the movie will suck no matter what they do.

    Sylvester Stallone wants to do an all female expendables movie when I can’t think of many bad ass females from the 80’s outside of Michelle Yeoh and Segounry weaver. The latest Hobbit movie with the character “Tauriel” who doesn’t exist in the books at all was added to give the movie ‘female flavor’ to appease the feminists.

    Joss Whedon, A Sarkeesian supporter, he made a tweet directly toward her when that ‘forced from my home due to angry tweets’ fiasco broke has publicly endorsed Sarkeesian and talked about games being ripe with misogyny.

    In the Music industry, you have Beyonce, she’s a big time feminist.
    Carrie Underwood claimed misogyny due to a lack of women in country.
    Taylor Swift openly claims she’s a feminist and demonizes men in her songs under the veneer of ‘horrible boyfriends’

    • Arbite

      “Sylvester Stallone wants to do an all female expendables movie when I
      can’t think of many bad ass females from the 80’s outside of Michelle
      Yeoh and Segounry weaver.”

      I remember seeing a great poster with Weaver and a bunch of others, I think Sarah Connor circa Terminator 2 was one.

  • Cenobite

    It’s people like these that make me think that the folks in the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement have some very valid points. Humanity is at it’s zenith, and soon to descend back into the caves if we don’t render the planet sterile first. If these people the SJW’s an gender feminists are the future. I say it’s time for an extinction level event, and let the roaches have a go at it. They treat each other better at least.

  • Junky

    What is the most telling is a few years ago they went to comicon and were told they could not have a space they screamed and screamed and all of the journalists at the time began to be replaced…

    what has changed in the community that where feminism was once told to get out, now has the controlling voice???

    this is a top down invasion of the gaming community…