Here’s the thing about GamerGate it started out as a consumer revolt against corrupt gaming sites and journalists but as the months went on it became something more.
It became a way for people to stand up to bigots in the media, it became this huge culture war because the game journalists would not stop trying to make the whole thing about sexism in gaming and most importantly it became it’s own community.
What started out as a simple hashtag coined by Adam Baldwin became a community of people who went up against the media narrative and fought back against those that hated them with a passion.
Before GamerGate I was just another guy on the internet who had no voice and his opinions were ignored by the general public but after GamerGate happened I felt like I was part of something bigger.
I mean I log onto Tumblr and I see people reblogging my posts and having a back and forth discussion! And because of Tim Shafer making an ass of himself with his stupid joke, Doug TenNapel followed me on Twitter! I grew up playing Earthworm Jim as a kid and never in a million years would I have thought Doug TenNapel would follow me on Twitter.
GamerGate is not perfect it does have it’s fair share of people who I am not found of and I do wish the infighting on Twitter would stop but it keeps moving forward despite all the shit the media throws at it.
I know some people are disappointed that GamerGate is no longer about ethics in video game journalism but you gotta understand after the shit that went down in DC we’ve gone past this whole thing being about ethics in game journalism. The sites that wanted to update their ethics polices did and the sites that didn’t lost a shit ton of traffic.
That’s not to say the fight isn’t over because trust me shit’s only getting started. The anti gamers are in full damage control now and their narrative is crumbling slowly everyday.
Point is GamerGate evolved from being a simple consumer revolt into a full blown culture war between people and the mainstream media.