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10 Big Ethical Issues In Video Games That #GamerGate Won’t Touch
This article is not about harassing indie developers or anyone’s sex life.
Preface: #GamerGate has never been about ethics in video games journalism.
The first target of GamerGate’s harassment campaign was Zoe Quinn, an independent game developer. The hashtag was coined by TV’s Adam Baldwin, posting a link to a YouTube video called Quinnspiracy Theory: In-N-Out Edition, which included the description “Whose [sic] a guy gotta fuck around here to get some fries with this?” Their second prominent target was feminist media critic, Anita Sarkeesian—not a journalist. Their third biggest target? Brianna Wu, another independent video game developer. #GamerGate’s largest and most coordinated campaign against an actual gaming publication was over an opinion piece that they didn’t like (or read).
So far I have posted three visual rants about #GamerGate (Rant 1, Rant 2, Rant 3). And one reply to an absurd rebuttal that made my head spin. I have highlighted posts that demonstrate why #GamerGate is not about ethics, how #GamerGate has made it harder for women and minorities to talk openly about issues in the industry on social media, and have shown that even when #GamerGate comes close to identifying a valid topic for criticism—their solutions are always worse than the initial problem. (For shits and giggles, here’s their Gamer’s Bill of Rights.)
My criticism of #GamerGate has never relied on video games journalism (or the video games industry) being free from ethical issues or credible accusations of corruption. My criticism has always been about #GamerGate attempting to target vulnerable people on the fringes of the industry, using ethics as a cover. This visual rant is an attempt to go beyond #GamerGate to highlight the big issues in video games journalism and the video games industry as a whole. These are the issues that #GamerGate is entirely unqualified to deal with; issues that can’t be solved by harassing independent developers or digging into their private sex lives.