The Brief Bout of Forced Silence on One Side of the #GamerGate War

The #GamerGate war, which was sparked earlier this year thanks to a revenge post by a programmer about his game developer ex-girlfriend, is by now probably common knowledge. However, the fact that is still ongoing, and is still a pretty vicious war, is what keeps putting #GamerGate in the top topics of gaming news.

Online discussions and debates are normal. And in all honesty, it is almost laughably easy to start a debate online. It often seems that the World Wide Web is full of users who can’t wait to find something to spew about – and most often in a negative and unproductive way. Continue reading “The Brief Bout of Forced Silence on One Side of the #GamerGate War” »

How Females Appear in Video Games and Why that is Important

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Anita Sarkeesian is well known for her criticism and observations of how female characters are portrayed in video games. And she has also called many game developers up to task for the same. Now, although there is a long range of backlash that she has received for her views (which has only gotten decidedly worse ever since the #GamerGate controversy), anyone who has played video games – especially those games where she has taken her examples of video clips and image cuts from – can see that she’s right about the “how”. Continue reading “How Females Appear in Video Games and Why that is Important” »

Gender Bias Rampant in the Gaming World – “Fun” Turns to “Fear”

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Zoe Quinn, a woman placed at the heart of the controversies currently running wild on #GamerGate in the gaming community, is a game developer. She is known for her game ‘Depression Quest’ and the fact that she deviates from the regular video game norm by developing games that are based on feelings.

Now, in spite of the criticism she received (and still receives) for developing video games that turn away from the normal pattern of plot and theme, she apparently was also asked (read ‘demanded’) who had developed the game for her as girls can’t develop games. Continue reading “Gender Bias Rampant in the Gaming World – “Fun” Turns to “Fear”” »

#GamerGate – The Ongoing Battle

#GamerGate exploded on Twitter and in the gaming community this year with a heated and ongoing war. The main focus of the #GamerGate controversy and clash, however, can be found to focus on two main subjects: the corruption of gaming journalism in the current era, and gender-bias in the video game industry.

To be fair though, #GamerGate is an online discussion hashtag that can be about anything related to the video game world. But unfortunately, these two topics have effectively and quite brutally drowned out all other possible topics of concern and discussion regarding video games. Continue reading “#GamerGate – The Ongoing Battle” »