Sailor Moon & Outer Senshi by sivh
If I could describe Gamersgate with one image, depicting everyone involved or impacted by it - the image would be the following:
There are several groups who are not acknowledging anything is happening or are assuming it’s just the same ol’, groups who refuse to listen to opposing opinion, and those who feel unable to contribute because they fear repercussions.
A few articles that outline the whole thing from various perspectives are the following:
“Gaming Journalism is Over” - By David Auerbach on Slate - who highlights (and links to) the articles that angered gamers and how he disagrees with the stance other gaming journalists have taken against the supposed “dying” gamer identity.
The attacks on the press have ranged from well-reasoned to offensive to paranoid, but the gaming journalists unwisely decided to respond to the growing, nebulous anger by declaring that “gamers” were dead. …These articles share some traits in common besides their theses: They are unconvincing, lacking in hard evidence, and big on wishful thinking. A good number of them link to an obscure blog post by academic Dan Golding, “The End of Gamers,” which argues, again without evidence, that “the gamer identity has been broken” and that the current unrest “is an attempt to retain hegemony.”
"Why We Didn’t Want to Talk about "GamerGate"" by Garrett Martin on Paste - The article, although placing blame on the misogynist vocal-minority of gamers, highlights why some outlets did not cover the story sooner:
…an angry ex-boyfriend releasing private information about a female game developer, Zoe Quinn. Paste didn’t mention that because the personal life of a game designer is not news. (A designer having his work site hacked is newsworthy, which is why we covered that when it happened to Phil Fish after he openly supported Quinn.) …
When the scandal morphed into a larger assault upon “game journalism ethics” it still felt out of Paste’s purview. Paste covers games but we’re not a gaming site. Our audience isn’t necessarily interested in “inside baseball” tripe about games journalism or the hurt feelings of so-called “gamers.”
“Why I Feel Bad for - And Understand - The Angry #GamerGate Gamers” by Devin Faraci on Badass Digest - Devin faced backlash from gamers for a Tweet which contained the phrases “ISIS”, “respect”, and “gamers”. His article/blog post goes over his life experiences and raises points about empathy and proposes change to the gamer culture.
…the mosh pit taught me empathy more than any other experience ever did. … It’s a miracle. It’s a self-regulating marvel. I’ve had some of the most extraordinary connections happen in a quick moment in a mosh pit. I’ve been on the floor, about to be crushed, when I was suddenly lifted by a half dozen hands above the crowd.
… An experience that allows you to understand that we’re all dancing around and bouncing into each other, to understand where the boundaries are between pushing back and causing harm, to understand the thrill of being on the ground and having others help you to your feet. To feel the bliss of helping others up.
I hope these #GamerGate kids find this experience. I hope someone like Zoe Quinn is able to design a game that gives it to them.
Don’t believe the ‘conspiracy,’ gaming has bigger problems than ‘corruption’ by Emma M. Woolley on Globe and Mail - This article, outside of the gaming news sites spectrum, features a social justice perspective and links to various gamer culture related wrongdoings as of late. It also writes directly about the “Quinnspiracy”.
In this expose-style video, the creator attempts to rile an angry mob by comparing alleged unethical practices in games journalism to the corruption of “old media” and says that gamers are being treated like “peasants.” He asks viewers: “Have your games not been tampered with enough at this point?” I have seen this video linked in multiple places discussing the “Quinnspiracy” as if it’s gospel. It has over 600,000 views and over 30,000 upvotes.
To say that this was all so misguided would be the understatement of the year. Cultural criticism of games is simply a reflection and call for new kinds of games; we’re not talking about their eradication.
Overall, I find all of it tiring and frustrating. It’s feels like I’m a young child again, hearing parents argue over something trivial downstairs. There’s not much I can contribute to either side of the argument and I feel isolated and unwanted while they yell incoherent insults at each other.
I’m just tired of conspiracies and finger-pointing.
But regardless, I recently told my boyfriend that I don’t consider myself a gamer (I am too “casual” for their ilk) so maybe I’m not entrenched enough in their culture to have more enthusiasm.
Hopefully the endgame of this works out (even if the goals are murky) - but in the meantime I’m just playing through my backlog of offline games. So far I’ve run through 3 games… only a lot more to go.
Wings of the Pokémon World by Marcelebi Dugarchomp
Original: Wings of the World by Charley Harper
An anti-littering ad campaign by the City of Toronto - Recently pulled because of complaints from the companies which hold trademarks of some of the crumpled trash
wow yeah let’s stop donating to breast cancer and donate more to heart disease which is way more preventable but people are just too ignorant to understand that unhealthy diets and smoking leads to it :-)
This chart doesn’t advocate stopping donations toward breast cancer but rather the imbalance in funds/deaths. In addition to that, there isn’t a breakdown of how those funds are used (awareness campaigns vs. research).
It’s somewhat insulting that you characterize heart disease as something that is “way more preventable” when even a short glance at something like wikipedia shows a breakdown of how heart disease isn’t just one thing.
Of course if people eat properly and don’t smoke they’ll not have heart problems?
It’s nice to think that we could prevent all cases - but no, we can’t. People are born with heart defects that will affect them their entire lives and others will be subjected to air pollution which is outside of their control (I guess they could move out of cities?). Some people will just age and become more at risk of heart attacks due to stress.
It is nice to think that everyone can just change their diet on a whim or just one day say “I’m going to stop smoking now” but no. Diet could be related to what kind of finances they have and smoking is an addiction.
People are able to donate to whatever causes they want - but don’t tongue-in-cheek say that one disease is more preventable then another.
Boyfriend tastes a new kind of greek yogurt with fruit on the side. To share this with me he links an image from the company’s site.
Of course it’s the ad with the random muscular man (instead of one of the other more typical banners) which made me think I had clicked on something video game related by accident.
I don’t get it. Why is he there? I can’t find him anywhere else associated with the brand. (yes, I figure he is supposed to “look greek”, but really)
The Marquis of Athlum
This is my first attempt at art nouveau, featuring my favourite young lord, David Nassau. I’m including a close up of the centre filigree on the Gae Bolg because I drew it… and then covered it
→ queens, pt. II
→ queens, pt. I
Canada Wonderland’s SkyRider - (1985-2014)
SkyRider was the first stand-up roller coaster to be built in Canada and is scheduled to be closed and dismantled September 1, 2014.