Sorry this comes so late, but yes, there are reasons to care about Gamergate even if you don't care about video games. How about the censorship campaign that compromised vast swarths of the internet, including nearly the entire games press, Reddit and no less than 4chan
itself for fuck's sake. The fact that there exists a faction willing and able
to carry out such a campaign is IMO the most revealing (and shocking) part of efforts to stomp Gamergate out of existence. For anyone who witnessed it firsthand, “Nobody is going to take your games away” makes for a rather trite and feeble reassurance.
Hopefully you can also be persuaded to care about journalists giving positive coverage to their friends without disclosing those relationships. And to care about journalists printing misinformation to push an agenda, instead of simply reporting the news. Read up on Rolling Stone's fake UVA rape story
if you haven't already. The parallels to the Gamergate scandal are uncanny, and neither can be explained away by a mere lack of understanding on the journalists' part. And take notice of how many articles, even after the story was known
to be horseshit, still
try to push forward a ""silver lining" narrative that RS's reporting "raised awareness" about the "important issue" of "rape culture" on campus.
And it's not just games they want to dictate the content of. This has happened in comics, sci-fi, atheism, music . . . pretty much any subculture they think they can get away with co-opting and controlling. If that still doesn't hit close enough to home, remember that Slashdot ownership/editors have proven to be on the pro-corruption and pro-censorship side of the Gamergate controversy (in a total 180 from
/.'s anti-Jack-Thompson days), and therefore you haven't been allowed to read a single article here describing anything in my GP post (i.e. anything about the actual journalism scandal). And that kind of censorship probably isn't limited to game content either
Hope that helps.