Sadly enough, as a Gamer I’ve gotten pretty used to have to deal with a lot of nonsense from the so-called established games media. As games journalists have been very anti-Gamer and Anti-Gaming for years. However, as of lately, things have gone from bad to even worse. I mean, you have the Jontron case, the Pewdiepie case, and just the other day I spotted the following posts:
“Be Your Own Devil’s Advocate in This Free Nazi-Shooter” – Cameron Kunzelman, Vice Gaming
“A Game Developer’s Digital Fight Against Fascism” – Nathan Grayson, Kotaku
“Playing With Toys While People are Dying” – Paul Kilduff-Taylor, Medium
“Why are people still buying Grand Theft Auto V?” – Keith Stuart, The Guardian
So I’m going to share my thoughts on each one of those posts, and I’m going to start with Kotaku’s “A Game Developer’s Digital Fight Against Fascism” post by Nathan Grayson.
Right off the bat, “Dialogue 3-D” (made by Ramsey Nasser) is a no game. So it plays in the same league as Zoë Quinn’s “Depression Quest“. Secondly, Nathan Grayson sure did his very best to shoe horn in politics and social activism into his “A Game Developer’s Digital Fight Against Fascism” post. In the matter of fact, the post is so political that you wouldn’t believe that you’re reading it on a “Gaming” site…And Medium’s “Playing With Toys While People are Dying” post by Paul Kilduff-Taylor, is pretty much pushing the same agenda as Grayson ‘s post. Hell, Kilduff-Taylor even covered the very same “game” (“Dialogue 3-D”). So while I was reading through these posts, I almost immediately got this “five guys and burgers and fries” deja vu feeling from the whole thing (“Gamers are dead“, “Gamers don’t have to be your audience“. Well, let’s just say that I have a feeling that #GamerGate 2.0 will kick-off in the near future (JonTron and Pewdiepie’s battle with MSM has pretty much set the sea in motion for that already).
I would also like to point out that I just recently ended two of my Swedish Gaming magazine subscriptions (I’ve been with them for years), and the reason behind why I did that is the same reason why I’m not cool with sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Vice Gaming and Medium. It’s simple. I want to read about GAMES. I want to enjoy GAMES. So I don’t want any social activism or SJW agendas shoe horned into articles and posts about games (Spain’s Gaming media is a pure nightmare when it comes to this. Yes, believe it or not, but the Spanish Gaming media are actually worse than the Swedish Gaming media). More so, I don’t want any anti-Gamer and anti-Gaming agendas shoved down my throat either. You know. I honestly don’t recall experiencing anything quite like this in the 80s or 90s, because back then I was super excited each time that I got a new copy of Super Play, PC Gamer, Nintendo Magasinet or any other Gaming magazine.
And why is that? It’s because I knew that I would get top quality Gaming coverage for my money, and a whole lot of love by people who love games just as much as I do (By Gamers for Gamers). Nowadays, however, the tables have turned. As Gamers and Gaming are now under attack not only from politics and the main-stream media, but by the established Games media as well. So it’s no wonder why gamers are turning their backs at the established Games media (and the main-stream media as well), because when the very same people who are supposed to cover games and be on your side, starts pissing and taking swings at your hobby repeatedly. Then it’s time to end that abusive relationship and start looking for a better, healthier, more loveable and welcoming alternative (hello there alternative Gaming sites!).
Don’t get me wrong now, it’s perfectly fine to be critical about a medium or hobby like Gaming, or to talk about politics in games. However, it’s a totally different thing when you cheery pick (like Anita Sarkeesian and Jonathan McIntosh) for things to hate on, or when you use games as a platform for social activism and SJW propaganda. Then it’s gone too far, as it would be more about politics/social activism then the actual games themselves. I mean, just take Medium’s “Playing With Toys While People are Dying” post by Paul Kilduff-Taylor. Long story short, Kilduff-Taylor goes full in on social activism by whining about Gamers who enjoy games. Simply put, Kilduff-Taylor was trying to put blame on the Gamers for playing games while people are dying in the real world (in other words, he also wanted to give Gamers a bad conscience).
So I take it that when the established games media and MSM couldn’t take away Gaming from gamers, they now instead try to kill off Gaming as a whole. Well, good luck with that one, because Gamers are programmed to win. We don’t know what Gamer over is, as we simply continue until we win (we never give up. We never give in).
Then we got the “Why are people still buying Grand Theft Auto V?” by Keith Stuart from the guardian. Who stated the following about GTAV:
“there were plenty of concerns about the game’s depiction of women, race and violence, but for many gamers, the thrill of exploring this
gargantuan landscape of decadence and destruction outweighed any problematic undertones” – Keith Stuart, The guardian
You know, every single time that I hear hipster/SJW buzz words like “problematic undertones“, “sexist game design“, “misogyny“, “racist content” and “for the straight white males gaze“. I just think for myself “to hell with this crap…I’m not going to take this bs from the games media anymore!”, and let’s not forget that games and Gamers has been blamed for real-life violence as well:
Germany´s minister of interior blames violent video games for the Munich attack?
A take on the regressive journalists and their constant attack on Gaming and Gamers
Jonathan Blow and a handful of journalists blames the Orlando mass shooting on violent video games
Green Day states that they are worried about violent video games?
5 Ways Gamers are holding back the games they love – Cracked Vs Gamers and violent games
So it’s no wonder why the MSM and “some” Gaming sites like to label Gamers and games as evil, and as something that needs to be destroyed (that is the agenda that they are pushing). Truth be told, we’re actually in the middle of a culture war, and #GamerGate has been fighting the good fight against corruption, censorship, anti-Gamer/Gaming sites/media and SJW madness since 2014. Me, I love games. I love the Gaming community, and I’ve been a Gamer since the late 80s. So I’m going to continue to do what I can to defend games, Gaming and gamers against those how hates us and seeks to destroy or hobby.
There is hope though, as more and more Gamers, game developers and publishers are starting to get fed up with sites like Kotaku and Polygon, and political correctness and SJW nonsense in general (more Western game developers should take notes from “Nier: Automata” and Taro Yoko though). As the most of us have had more than enough of “Well, what a nice game you got there. Wouldn’t it be a shame if “someone” tried to shoehorn in some social justice and politics into it?” situations in our lives. Personally, I think it’s quite simple really. People play games to have fun and to escape the harsh reality of real-life. So the last thing that we (Gamers) want is the crap that Kotaku, Polygon and Vice Gaming keep on pushing (social activism, SJW nonsense, anti-Gamer/Gaming agendas). I mean, just imagine if you were promoted with crap like that when you’re out golfing, watching movies or trying to win a game of basketball “Oh, you’re enjoying this? Well, please allow me to ruin it for you!”.
Well, I think you get the idea. It’s a real game ruiner for sure, so I can’t wait for the day when gamers don’t have to deal with this bs from the games media anymore. Because we just want to enjoy our games without having to coop with attacks from so-called “games journalists” (I wonder if they understand that they will lose their jobs if Gaming, gamers and games dies out?).
And with that said, what’s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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