The following is a piece of (sort-of-ish) satire. Nothing in this content is to be taken at face value. Derp.
Trigger Warning: Facts.
GamerGate has become a movement that inspired many gamers to take up arms and defend what to them has been a hobby and a passion for decades from politically-slanted reviews, closer-than-comfortable interaction between journalists and developers, and the publications that throw offhanded insults at the consumers it pretends to write for. This movement, despite gaining traction over the past few months, has since plopped into obscurity… according to TechCrunch, having said that “Gamergate [sic] is the dying gasp of an old mindset”.
In a way, they are right. Just look at these abysmal statistics for the hashtag:
Or TechRaptor’s pageview count:
Or TechRaptor’s steam curation page, which was created today and only managed to muster up over 500 followers in a matter of hours. Things really aren’t looking very well.
Mid-page reminder to TechCrunch that this article is a piece of satire.
The above graphics show that GamerGate is clearly a movement on its way to the grave. It’s been a long run, but perhaps it’s time to pack our bags. There’s nothing to see here. Move along. It’s not like GamerGate remained as popular as StopGamerGate2014, a hashtag which, according to Kotaku, had thousands rallying behind it.
Guise, never mind the fact that the SGG hashtag was (mostly) the work of a spam bot. Just look at how many dedicated Indonesians have posted wonderful tweets in support of the respectable journalists and reviewers.
After that spam bot stopped working, the hashtag stayed strong. For realsies.
Disclaimer: This is satire… Or is it?…….
Wouldn’t it be embarrassing if, say, someone posted an image right below this sentence that proved the above assertion?
Above are some heartwarming tweets from people who are attempting to make us all aware that GamerGate is a toxic and hateful movement.
Heck, even the peaceful and friendly folks at ISIS dropped a tag:
For a long time, media outlets have said that GamerGate lacks any concrete goals and will never achieve anything. Well, that’s it. They hit it the saw right in the hammer, or however you say it. I mean, who do “GamerGaters” think they are? A giant chunk of the consumer market?
It’s not like they accomplished anything in the long run. They certainly never managed to get any publication to update their ethics policies. And they would never, ever, ever donate to a charity focusing on getting more females in game development or an anti-bullying charity.
Also, it’s not like any women or minorities support this vile movement. Never mind the fact that I’m a Hispanic American.