The latest brilliant plan by the GamerGaters to bring
gaming industry corruption publications that say mean things about them to their knees?
OPERATION KRAMPUS, which is literally a plan to RUIN CHRISTMAS by … boycotting every game maker that continues to send review copies of games to the ever-growing list of game-related publications that the GamerGaters have decided aren’t sufficiently adoring towards the GamerGate Revolution.
Yep, that’s right, because the eeeevil anti-gamer publications/websites haven’t either apologized to GamerGaters or simply wandered off to die like elephants, OPERATION KRAMPUS is designed to finish them off for good by forcing game companies to cut off their supply of games to review. And presumably to stop giving them interviews and game footage and all that jazz. Given that most gaming publications/websites rely heavily on timely game reviews and inside information in order to attract readers, this would kind of ruin everything for them.
Happily, I suspect that the GamerGaters’ master plan is simply too ridiculous to succeed. Because, seriously? The ever-expanding list of publications and websites they want to destroy consists of a rather large portion of all gaming media, not to mention pretty much every other non-gaming publication that’s written about GamerGate.
Here’s an incomplete list of the websites and publications that the GamerGaters are trying to boycott:
Kotaku; Polygon; Destructoid; Rock, Paper, Shotgun; The Escapist; Motherboard; IGN; GameSpot; Gamasutra; Gameranx; PCGamer.com; Xbox 360: The Official Xbox Magazine; Total Xbox; Gameplanet; Gizmodo; TechCrunch; Ars Technica; VICE; The Daily Dot; Badass Digest; The Daily Beast; Raw Story; The Mary Sue; Salon; BuzzFeed; Uproxx; Paste Magazine; Wired; The New Yorker; Cracked; Mic; xoJane; The Verge; Gawker; Valleywag; Defamer; Lifehacker; Deadspin; Screamer; io9; Sploid; Jalopnik; Paging Dr. NerdLove; RationalWiki; TV Tropes.
Now, granted, Dr. NerdLove and The New Yorker don’t exactly publish a lot of video game reviews, but do GamerGaters really think they can stop game makers from sending review copies to IGN, Gamespot, PCGamer, the offical Xbox magazine, The Escapist, and Kotaku? That seems about as likely to happen as movie studion forbidding critics from the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly and the AV Club from seeing their films.
I guess the open question isn’t so much whether OPERATION KRAMPUS will bring the eeeevill game sites and/or companies to their knees — seems a tad unlikely — but whether the GamerGaters’ collective tantrum will throw a wrench in game sales this holiday season and basically ruin Christmas for everyone in the games biz anyway.
But hey, there’s no reason any of this has to ruin Christmas for me. See, for some reason I’m not on this GamerGate list of baddies yet, as far as I know, so I would like to encourage all game makers out there to send me all their extra review copies and codes. I won’t review any of the games in question, because that’s not what I do, and also I suck at most games, but at least it won’t get the GamerGaters mad at you.
H/T — @EffNOVideoGames
Time to fuck off, Mary. When you come a’trolling and then try insulting regulars, it’s all too obvious you’re not posting in good faith.
So, 2 troll points for shortening names (that is supposed to be insulting, right?), 1 point for whining, -2 for decent grammar (you need more paragraph breaks), 1 point for multiple teal deers, 1 point for claiming to hurt a regular’s feelings… sorry, a meager 3 troll points will *not* put you in the running for Troll of the Year. But thanks for playing!
What’s with the numbered lists? Why do trolls so frequently resort to numbered lists? I mean, a wall-o-text with numbered bullet points is better than a wall-o-text with no paragraph breaks at all. However, the point-by-point format instills yet more doubt in me that “Mary” is a real person posting under a legit gender-typical name.
Maybe we should make a rule where people aren’t allowed to do that unless they can figure out the formatting for actual bullet points.
Aww, that’s precious. You think you can make us not have read the things you wrote by snidely insinuating that you didn’t actually write things that stated that, or that we somehow got it all wrong, so we must be hyperbolic fools with no ability to understand words! Gasp and groan.
There’s a word for that, Mary, and the word is “gaslighting”. I’d recommend you don’t do it here, and I’d recommend even more that you don’t do it at home, because if something’s going to lead to trouble for your stepson further down the line, it’s the constant psychological turmoil of being caught between what you said, what you mean, what you wanted to have said and how him referencing what you said now makes him a badwrongnofun person with no understanding who totally got you wrong, jeez loiuse, so foolish.
Another example is the just positively great chain of “I used to play great games with my sons, fun games, games like Wolfenstein!” to “And now my stepson can’t play all these nasty bad no fun games” to “And all games are nasty bad no fun and you must be some kind of socially inept fool for desiring to play them, don’t you know they ruin your brain?”
@pecunium, half of your entire response was linked to the Benedictines. You need to put a /a href in there.
The timeline is still a sticking point for you? Since that seems to be the thing you are most ardently clutching at to ‘prove’ that I’m making something up and/or am a terrible parent, I’ll once again clarify the situation for you. He has access to games. He just does not have access to his XBox in our house anymore, which is still a newly implemented policy. He does have access to the Internet here; he’s just not allowed to spend his life on it. Like the president’s daughters, he can only use his computer for schoolwork on school nights, but can use it for entertainment purposes for about 4-6 hours on weekends, plenty of time to get online and hear/read/chat with his friends all about GG, in addition to watching seemingly endless Rooster Teeth videos (a site on which there is a GG thread). His computer use restrictions at his mother’s are pretty much the same. He’s never subscribed to any computer-based games. For reasons of economy, as much as anything else, neither his mother or father has bought in a smartphone. He has an iPod nano that he uses for music.
He HAD an XBox here in this house in August, July, May, March and alternating months before that dating back to January of 2011, and at his mother’s house this month, last month, August, June, April and alternating months before that dating back to the same time. Prior to that, he generally took the thing with him back and forth to each house with him from the time he first got it in 2009, except for a period when his mother’s partner didn’t want it in their house at all.
I heard about GG in late September on ‘All Things Considered’, and asked him about it. Yes, he had heard of it. He had a lot to say about it, too. To him, the GGers were kind of stupid, but he thought they had a point about the “journalistic integrity” argument, which I pointed out was a bit spurious, because it all hinged on some jilted boyfriend trying to get back at his ex-girlfriend by falsely accusing her of sleeping with a game journalist in order to get a favorable review of a game she’d developed. Conversation about sexism and outright misogyny in the game industry and among gamers ensued.
Re. the “no good game” quote, that’s what you said, not me. I didn’t say I couldn’t point to one good game. YOU said I can’t point to one good game. I addressed what you said by noting that, at the end of the day, it’s not about whether or not there are any inherently good games out there. Go back and read what I said to that; you know… all that stuff about having reservations about a life spent online, Sherry Turkle’s altered critique of online sociality, etc., etc. Whether or not Myst was any good isn’t the point.
@Fibinachi, to say that having no XBox here is forcing my stepson into a monastic existence is a perfect illustration of the false dilemma logical fallacy, also called a black-or-white argument. Pecunium’s “analysis” of my posts was full of black-or-whites, extrapolations of what ‘must’ be going on here and what I ‘must’ really think based on what I say is not going on here (e.g. electronic games and limitless time on the Internet) and what I leave unsaid in any given post (which is also an example of irony, given all the “teal deer” dismissals).
Pointing that out isn’t “gaslighting.” If anything is “gaslighting,” it’s the dogged determination to ‘prove’ a fiction about our household by fixing on what ‘must be’ in response to what little is actually known. I don’t feel particularly gaslit, so not to worry.
David, do you ban for boring us to tears?
tl;dr version of Mary:
“I’m a great parent! And I have literally nothing else to say, about myself or about the world! Why won’t you give me the validation I need so badly? You’re all so meeeeeeaaaaaan! Why won’t you stroke my ego????”
Mary, that teal deer was nothing more than one long tedious exercise in completely missing the point. Please stop. Nobody is interested in your continuous rewriting of ‘tactics of highly restrictive and controlling parenting’ into ‘tactics of great parenting’. Nobody thinks what you’re doing is ok, and nobody will give you a cookie for it.
@Policy of Madness, are people being mean (or “meeeeeeaaaaaan”) or are they just caught up in an impulsive eruption? Knowing what I know about internet flamewars, I’m putting my money on the latter.
Did someone leave the back door open and now all the boring trolls are coming in?
If this particular wank could stop soon that would be awesome.