Gamergaters, Revenge Slutting and You [video roundup]

Gamergaters accelerate their assault on gaming critics and female gaming designers. David Michaelis reports. Video roundup. Warning: graphic violence, language.

aNewDomain commentary — Women that design games, and gaming critics of both genders, are dealing with some fierce threats via the Gamergate movement. It’s known as gaming revenge slutting, and it just keeps getting uglier and increasingly hateful. We’re now seeing female game designers canceling lectures because of death threats and rape threats. And the ongoing efforts to drive female gamer celebrities and designers toward humiliation, or even suicide, march on, as you can see by scrolling down below the fold.

Cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian has been especially under fire from trolls and haters for her video productions, the most incendiary of which are embedded in full below. Her latest Women as Background Decoration are good examples of how “sexualized female bodies” serve nothing but gratituous ends to add flavor to today’s hottest gameworlds, perpetuating violence against women in the process. But the stories of other women who have been vilified as part of Gamergate, a so-called gaming “reform” movement that looks to be spinning out of control, are similar. Gamergate, with its aggression and vitriol, is a culture war and gender war.

Warning: The below video contains graphic sexual and violent game footage and is unsuitable for work or family viewing.

Check out Anita Sarkeesian’s other videos below.

Here’s Women as Background Decoration: Part 1.

Here’s Anita Sarkeesian’s three part series, Damsel in Distress, embedded in order below. Caution: Graphic violence, language, not suitable for family or workplace viewing.

 

And here’s her Ms. Male Character video, which drew a ton of backlash before Sarkeesian closed comments on it, below. Warning: Adult language and graphic violence make this video unsuitable for family and workplace viewing.

As Kyle Wagner sums up in Deadspin:

Over the weekend (of Aug. 23-25), a game developer in Boston named Brianna Wu fled her home after an online stalker vowed to rape and kill her. She isn’t the first woman who’s been forced into hiding by aggrieved video game fans associated with Gamergate, the self-styled reform movement that’s become difficult to ignore over the past several months as its beliefs have ramified out from the fever swamps of the Internet into the real world. She probably won’t be the last … “

Here’s an excerpt of posted messages from the dark world of Gamergate:

Aug 25 07.18.18 Any chance we can get Zoe to commit suicide?

Aug 25 07.18.29 if we can get more daming evidence

Aug 25 07.18.29 I think the is a good shot.

Aug 25 07.18.33 like her fucking a train of lack dudes …

Aug 25 07.18.39 fuck off Logan

Aug 25 07.18.39 black

Aug 25 07.18.51 Nah 21st century doing a train is so 90s …

Aug 25 07.18.59 If she commits suicide we lose everything …

Aug 25 07.20.34 If you can’t see how driving Zoe to suicide would fuck this entire thing up then you’re a fucking idiot” see http://deadspin.com/the-future-of-the-culture-wars-is-here-and-its-gamerga-1646145844 “

Extreme Behaviour

What is driving these guys to such extreme, threatening behaviour?

There is a real fight between those who embrace the tolerance and have color blindness of the Internet and self-style haters and trolls like those Gamergaters who use the lynching vocabulary you just witnessed.

And recent research has been profiling such haters and trolls. According to research, these individuals often display telltale sadistic motives and mindsets. You know the type. Everyone, Oscar candidate to teenager, has at some point encountered a troll.

Traits of a Hater

In addition to overall sadistic leanings, trolls and haters show other predictable personality traits, characteristics and qualities. These include:

Machiavellianism: a willingness to manipulate and deceive others
Narcissism: feelings of grandiosity and entitlement
Psychopathy: a lack of true remorse and empathy
Sadism: taking pleasure in the suffering of others

A Right to Hate?

The leaders of the Gamergate cultural offensive claim they have First Amendment free speech rights under the U.S. Consitution to make verbal and virtual threats. But that argument only holds water providing Gamergaters target only public figures. It’s why, for instance, bullying is illegal.

Hate speech is not protected speech in the U.S. for non-public figures or even for public figures. The gamergaters make a questionable argument. “Gamergaters risk libel, slander and other charges if someone chooses to take them to the mat,” says Tom Ewing, legal correspondent for aNewDomain.

Still, this war is likely to escalate to ugly proportions and will likely get a lot uglier before the situation gets better.

For aNewDomain, I’m David Michaelis.

Based in Australia, David Michaelis is a world-renowned international journalist and founder of Link Tv. At aNewDomain.net, he covers the global beat, focusing on politics and other international topics of note for our readers in a variety of forums. Email him at DavidMc@aNewDomain.net.

 

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David Michaelis

Based in Australia, David Michaelis is a world-renowned international journalist and founder of Link Tv. Winner of Peabody award. At aNewDomain, he covers the global beat, focusing on politics and other international topics of note for our readers in a variety of forums. Email him at DavidMc@aNewDomain.net.

6 Comments

  • No consideration for the culturally accepted and endorsed so-called “hate speech” that vilifies men or the male principle for absolutely everything wrong in human society today, while men endure kangaroo courts that presume them guilty before proven innocent? What’s more, a truly free civilization cannot possibly come up with a forbidden category like “hate speech” to be systematically spread like a net over every aspect of cultural life. Allowing such a thing is called Salami Tactics.

  • I swear that GamerGate is living rent free in the heads of journalists and feminists.

    Also we do not have leaders.

  • No self respecting journalist would use various sourceless quotes like that, especially ones that look incredibly suspect.

    And the Brianna Wu thing? She accidentally revealed that she never fled her home by the way of video updates that shown she was still there.

    The fact that the FBI have found absolutely nothing that suggests that crimes have been committed by Gamergate should be very telling. WAM is a feminist group that examined thousands of tweets on the anti-gamergate blocklist and found that only 0.66% of the accounts were even able to be classed as harassers.

    I guess scaring people away from researching things themselves is the only hope you have of them not learning what Gamergate really is, and by extension, how untrustworthy the media is that we take for granted.

  • “Revenge slutting” has literally, not even once in the history of humanity, been said. Hence, it can’t be known as a thing.

    Anyway, if you really want to get rid of GG, then stop sticking your dicks in the people you cover and stop taking money from them. You can stomp your feet and cry all day about us, but we aren’t going away until the press cleans up it’s act. An ocean of feminist tears isn’t going to change that. So either get your shit together, or get used to the new media watch dogs in town nipping at your heels each time you screw up. Your bottom lines are tanking, with Gawker being the most notable to fall. You people got Trump elected. You either need to change your acts or quit, because you are running out of feet to shoot yourselves in.

  • Again?

    Everything in this article has been debunked thousand times, but hey! dont let reallity break your narrative.

    Anyway:

    Machiavellianism: a willingness to manipulate and deceive others

    You mean like cherrypicking the examples on your videos to fit your narrative? check!

    Narcissism: feelings of grandiosity and entitlement

    Like wanting the industry to adjust to your feelings? Even when you dont like those games? Check!

    Psychopathy: a lack of true remorse and empathy

    Like those hordes of SJW willing to make ppl lose their jobs or make bomb treats just to avoid others to listen to different opinions? Check!

    Sadism: taking pleasure in the suffering of others

    #maletears #killallmen Check!

    HYPOCRITES