Hey Gamer Gate -supporters-.
I'm a 44 year old white male gamer. And I do NOT support your mess. You don't just affect a couple of younger women when you act like asses. You affect entire groups. If all of the rest of this is TLDR; then so be it
FWIW, I was downloading Doom on floppies before most of the "Gamer Gate" jerks were born. I was playing MUDs and MOOs before most of the people on
I built many years of great income out of that self-knowledge and I still gamed. I was injured and ended up disabled. But
However I rarely talk about gaming anymore. And I have to specifically avoid some games, or at least some servers, to avoid the worst of the worst. These days I am truly reluctant to even admit playing newer games due to Gamer Gate idiocy.
When I'm playing an MMO that has younger, usually male, voices on our raid server I use HEADPHONEs. Not because I care about not sending speaker feedback, my system is better than that, but because I get flat out embarrassed by some of the crap people say both jokingly (but with them often still agreeing with it and hiding it as humor) as well as matter-of-factly. I don't need my wife or our housemates hearing that crap.
Don't like SJWs? Well, as frustrating as it can be when someone fights microaggressions instead of getting to the core problem, the people supporting Gamer Gate (or who are part of the culture and support its basic morals by not disagreeing when someone who is vocally supporting them lashes out) CREATED many SJWs. Both sides have become so polarized that nothing good is getting done.
Good on SXSW for realizing that they allowed themselves to be bullied
If there was a good way for an older gamer to show a younger gamer the reasons why they are wrong and how badly it is going to affect their own lives once they've fully grown up, I would. But there really isn't. Yeah, I can stop gaming with a few people and explain why (which I've done)... or if I'm leading the gaming group I can punt you when you refuse to shape up (also done)
Get of my gaming lawn. Believe it or not you WEREN'T here first and the people who were are sick of this.
There was a time when the rest of the gaming population could stand geeky-proud about our gaming. Now we avoid even mentioning it because we DON'T want to be in the middle of this mess. If you don't like the way people are attacking you back then realizing they're reacting to you. If you get a kick out of it then you really are the problem. Cut it out. Grow up.