First of all, I would like to say, that describing yourself as a gamer is in no way bad and would like to explain to you a little bit of history on gaming, and although I say I don’t like being described with a label as you are then associated with the most extremist forms of that group, I never cared being described as a gamer because it simply states a love of video games, and the culture of video gaming is just a culture with a common interest, the love of video games, well that was what it used to represent, nowadays, the description of gaming culture has become something much more sinister,
When I was young, I, I absolutely loved video games, the first game I ever played was sonic the hedgehog, on the genesis but in my country, the genesis was actually called the Sega mega drive 2, the first mega drive being named after the master system, Sonic the Hedgehog was also the first game I completed when I was five years old, chaos emeralds and all, not because I was that amazing but because the other list of games with no way to really see what being was reviewed as a good game, my library pretty much consisted of real crappy movie tie ins, that I know if you had been around at that time was a frequent problem, there was just a field of crap and a good game every once in a while.
That’s what started my love of gaming, and I have been a fan ever since, my favorite games of all time are the Ocarina of Time, San Andreas (V’s not bad but San Andreas was just so mind blowing for me when I originally played it and I still play it, with mods its still awesome) Silent Hill 2, my moneys really tight and I don’t have a good living situation so I can only afford a 360 at the minute, I’m playing the final fantasy 13 trilogy at the moment, I’m on the second one, can’t stand it, but I made it this far so unfortunately I’m going to power through.
In 2006 I got online when we got a family PC, I was around fourteen at the time, if you were on the internet in 2006, you’ll know what the interests were, AVGN started and he was awesome, still is, Forums were pretty much just anonymous posts were you chat and met friends online, people would make memes but they pretty much never got spread around and were original, people had usernames like Waluigismember6969
Gaming in those times did have a common enemy, every day conservative groups would come together, the hot coffee mod was completely blown out of proportion with right wing media like fox news trying to blame it for real life violence and conservative lawyer Jack Thompson’s reign of screaming about non-existent things in video games was popular.
Right wing media was completely against video games and they would lie because they were allowed because it was labelled as opinion related content, they could present it as news and say it was fact that there was rape and full form sex in GTA.
This existed long into the 2010s, with conservative and liberals finally agreeing when Hilary Clinton stated that video games were violent, but people reported on the Hilary Clinton statement both sides, talked about it in a positive light.
But what people can see if they look back at the Hilary Clinton controversy, is she was critisized by her own side, savagely in fact, in actuality, the theory that Hilary Clinton was even popular among the left is an overstatement seeing as most people who voted for her wanted Sanders and only picked her because she was better than the orange man.
There was a sort of liberal rise at the time, with a select group of feminists beginning to speak out about video games and shit finally hit the fan when Anita Sarkessian came onto the scene, making false statements that didn’t exist in media also showing how bias the media could be, however, looking past the fact that the media was only introduced to her side of the story, seeing as she was the one going around speaking out.
Gamer’s came together to show how disproved they were, of her statements and actions and although there was possibly some sexists in the group, the majority of people just were offended by someone talking bad about something they loved, gamer’s succeeded immensely especially seeing as this group was only a small group of feminists, not a majority
This caused a distrust for gaming media along with a distrust for media as a whole, but it gave an idea to some large conservative campaigns, while the SJW compilations were getting popular, they began to create there own characters to provide their own spin on things in there favor, almost overnight, Anti-SJWs popped up on all forms of media but mainly among YouTube, people funded by rich businessmen behind the scenes, and of course a few copycats would follow.
They watched gaming’s reaction and how they came together realizing, this group of people could be manipulated and bought to their side, the opinion related content to provide misinformation that has existed for all these years against video games, now being used apparently to defend it, or that is what they say, but actions speak louder than words.
Suddenly from the switch from 2014 onward suddenly the left and liberal media was now the prime enemy of gaming seemingly wiping away all the previous history of conservatism vs video games, now suddenly they stated that feminism was always the main rival of video games.
Gamer’s were angry and hurt, gamer gate, most who had signed up for gamer gate didn’t do it for sexist actions, they did it because they felt there games were under attack and being called sexist for that felt like an attack.
And these people decided to play that to their advantage, it no longer became laughing at the ridiculous feminist or trans SJW, they were adding their own narrative, protected under opinion related content, they could dress themselves up as news channels or have some professional looking cartoon avatar but under opinion related content, that means, that no fact, logic or truth needs to be necessary as its the individuals personal opinion.
But most gamer’s were young and looked up to these people, and these people could just simply state there opinion as fact, while dismissing others as ridiculous, its pretty much the exact same thing Fox news has been doing for years Fox news may look like a news channel but its actually trademarked as entertainment as it can’t be legally stated as news because it doesn’t fall under any truth and the stories are regarded by personal opinion.
They riled up and talked about Gamer’s vs feminism, only taking news from right wing media sites, while also adopting news articles from popular media and taking it out of context, its a simple thing you will easily notice when you pay attention to these videos, when they present an article, they don’t rely on the story but take small quotes from it and never ever show the full article, a lot of them going as far as to blur out the surrounding letters
While personally saying how they interpret it, but if you read the actual articles they usually paint a completely different story, it quickly became about media as a whole and how they’re replacing white characters with black characters or that female leading lady movies were complete crap, stuff that has nothing to do with gaming.
Then it became even further seeped into equality and rights, suddenly they were picking up news stories of transgender people and feminists that had absolutely nothing to do with gaming and giving their own personal spin of why it was bad.
This was what they wanted gaming to become, the alternative to popular culture, everything against it, they began to get more and more ridiculous and angry claiming that any form of LGBTQ+ inclusion or form of female empowerment was damaging in the media ignoring gaming has always been LGBTQ+ inclusive, Birdo from Super Mario, in 1988, Poisin from Final fight, trans characters were in games years before mainstream media ever gave them a chance.
San Andreas had a leading black character in 2004, that remained the highest selling video game of all time for over ten years
1999 Smackdown had gender neutral clothes and now they’re complaining about it in Detroit: become human, Lara Croft became a sexual icon because she was a strong character who was confident in her sexuality, not because of her looks, I mean come on, shes a load of pixelated blocks, cop a feel and you’d cut your hand.
Bridget from Guilty Gear 2, I could give you a million examples, the point is LGBTQ+ inclusion has always been there since the creation of video games, and so has gender neutrality and so has racial equality, maybe you never noticed but its always been there.
The only reason its becoming noticed now is because a group of people or pointing them out and the only reason they’re a problem is because they try and convince you that there a problem, Gaming was once simply about the love of gaming and these people try to make it a problem by letting everyone share in that love of gaming somehow being a problem, that goes against everything that being a gamer is about, it was always supposed to be simply about games, not beliefs.
And this constant outrage they produce fueling the fire of the trolls while praising them for there efforts is were gaming meets the biggest problem, because while it gives them the satisfaction to gather groups with them to mock SJWs creates a massive problem.
Not only have they not made it clear as to what these people or companies or about that they attack, but it also ruins the reputation of gaming as a whole, they may praise trolling as a successor tool but it literally makes no sense the way they think,
People call us racist so lets act and say racist things but its an inside joke to our group and were not really racist, do you see the problem?
If you’re being accused of racism, or homophobia or transphobia, to act that way to troll someone while not making it clear your intentions doesn’t make any sense, even if you say your joking, if the other person doesn’t get the joke then it still looks serious.
It may be funny to the person but at the end of the day, it accomplishes nothing but turning people outside of gaming culture against it, you may have anonymity on the internet but gaming culture has a reputation that you represent as a gamer.
And one massive fact that a lot of people seem to overlook is the fact that you may not be a racist or a sexist but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, while you may be saying things to be edgy, there is people that believe and actually act this way.
And the allowance of this kind of behavior allows real racists, sexists, homophobes and transphobes, real neo-nazis to actually use it as a defense, they can easily get involved in the gaming community, especially seeing as most people keep up with the news revolving stuff like this and blend into the community without getting a second glance.
What you need to understand about people like this is that they can be very convincing but they’ll eventually slip up and if you’re around defending them, then your reputation and the things you say you represent also take a hit as well.
And this happens frequently with Anti-SJWs go down consistently when there true side usually comes out and you can save your own face by disassociating with them, but still they’ll be described as a member of gaming culture and a gaming icon.
And a big thing that shows me they don’t care about video games is that they put there political motives first, when Donald Trump complained about video games, the people who would scour the internet for any sign of news would suddenly go quiet, when republicans began to blame video games for the mass shootings, when Donald Trump began to blame violent videogames for mass shootings, when fox media began to push false science to promote why violent videogame’s were a massive problem and shouldn’t be allowed, the anti-SJW scene didn’t make a sound.
Defending gaming has never been what they wanted, they just want more people to support them for political needs, and they will drag down the reputation of gaming and you and me and anyone else if you allow them.
They might tell you its about freedom of speech and opinion, yet the only reason they complain is for monetization to get paid and spread there message, but they don’t tell you, at that in 2016 you weren’t even allowed have the title transgender, gay or lesbian in your title while they could freely make videos mocking these people.
Youtube only changed these rules after mass backlash, and while content creators like Pewdepie, Pyrocinical, Memelous get mass demonitization, how come, if the anti-SJW community is so bad, that they don’t suffer any demonitization.
Well youtube has often came out publically and stated there afraid of the backlash they’ll recieve from these people with Susan stating she gets death threats frequently for bans, that shouldn’t be allowed to scare a company into getting your way.
Don’t worry, you can get demonitized for saying a curse word, for making a sexual statement, for false copyright claims, but as long as you only spread misinformation about a minority of people, then that is completely fine.
This is what I hate against YouTube, there corporate lying cowards and I think I have my next blog, they overly demonitize people who have done nothing, then say a real Nazi propoganda video, is freedom of speech, same as they said with those freaking ISIS recruitment videos a couple of years ago.
These people have used fear mongering to try and weaponize a whole community come together for entertainment purposes against groups of people who have been fighting for there rights, not in a discussion but in a smear campaign.
For all the years, that feminism has been active, sure theirs been feminists that complain about it, but never once have they come together to protest against videogames, for all the time trans rights has been fought for, they’ve never been a time were trans have been against video games, no time has any other culture ever actively fought to stop video games, nor have any of these groups ever petitioned to get video games banned, look up the facts.
Since 2014 with gamergate since the beginning of time, none of these groups have ever come out and said they were looking to ban video games, its only been other groups that have said it and this is were I warn you.
You might hear people complain about SJWs ruining video games but they’ve never really done anything, sure a group of people may get annoyed but nothing will ever come of it, and that’s not for feminist and trans, that’s for every group, and theirs a difference between complaining about something and fighting against it.
But the anti-SJWs, the ones that use your community’s name is dragging it down all the time.
Gaming as I’ve said multiple times is about loving games and if you try and say that anti-SJW culture and gaming are the same thing then you’re not a gamer, you’re just a person who’ll use gaming as an excuse to get your political ideals and personal opinions across, no matter what kind of damage you do, they can say its always been about gaming but actions speak louder than words.
Sorry for this being so long, I had a lot of stuff to say about it and I want to make it clear, most gamer’s are awesome people who just want to come discuss video games and play together, my problem isn’t with them, my problem is with the people who’ve entered the gaming community and started putting their political ideas first.
They’re much less popular than they once were but that only makes them more desperate, and I for one really don’t want to see stupidity become popular once again, especially when that stupidity is trying to ride off of something meant to be loved by everyone