Last night, I went on KingofPol’s live cast on Hitbox. We mostly talked about Gawker Media, and the recent hit pieces they’ve run against GamerGate. The continue to try to bully vulnerable people, advertisers, and everyone else. But towards the end of the show, the conversation turned to Felicia Day’s recent column. To say it was delusional, would be an understatement. It also sounds a little like a setup for a column, but I don’t want to question the authenticity. I don’t think I’ve ever seen two people, one with a Halo shirt, and one with a Call of Duty shirt, walk down the street together. It just seems a little strange.
The other thing that seems a little strange, is the way she tries to paint GamerGate as a violent gang throughout the piece, despite the fact that we’ve never committed any violence. She also seems to think that she’s personally has something to do with the prominence of the gamer persona, which sounds a bit arrogant:
If there’s anything I’m proud of in this world, it’s the fact that I’ve had people come up to me on the street and at conventions over the years to tell me that they feel confident to call themselves a gamer because of my work, where before they were ashamed.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been ashamed to be a gamer. The statement itself is offensive to me. But, maybe she has had that happen. If so, good. But I have to wonder; what kind of gaming enthusiast has ever been ashamed to enjoy our wonderful hobby? It sounds like they’ve bought into mainstream media bullshit.
Maybe that’s what also Ms. Day’s affliction. Some people on Twitter seem to think so. It’s certainly possible that all the weeks of negative press, filled with outright lies and major distortions, would fool someone who was disconnected from the day-to-day of GamerGate. Still, not doing your research is not an excuse for ignorance. It’s not an excuse for painting us as a violent group. We’ve never committed any violence! Even the media’s bogus accusations have never went that far. So, why do you feel the need to “cross the street” when you see supposed gamers? They probably don’t even know who you are. Maybe that’s insulting for the “savior of the gamer title,” but it’s the truth.
So, whether she did this on purpose, or through ignorance, this column needs to be called out. Personally, I’m now soured on anything she has a hand in, but I can understand not feeling that way. We shouldn’t harass her, and if she was doxxed, that’s not something I support either. But I also don’t support her going full Jonathan McIntosh with a shameful piece that makes us look like gang members. If these people don’t stop, they’re going to do some serious damage to our pastime. I can only hope that folks who claim to love it, like Felicia Day, will start acting like it.