geekvariety asked:Aren't games just a reflection of life/society/art/film/etc anyhow, and thus saying games are creating these issues and going after them as a way to fix the overarching problems, is like saying that rain is making grass wet and I slipped and fell in wet grass so we should abolish evaporation and water because it makes grass slippery?! The whole idea seems a bit of a dodge and somewhat hollow honestly.
It’s easier when you have a monster to slay then to address the monster lives inside all of us.
If you don’t play video games, or you don’t enjoy video games, then nothing is lost if they are removed from society. You only see the disadvantages but none of the benefits. By removing them, you assume that the world will be a better place overall. When in actuality you’re removing a new and developing piece of art, that has deep meaning for many people.
This argument goes for both sides, to destroy social justice warriors would not change the fact that there are deep issues in the root of gaming that affect the player base and those who develops games. To address these issues we have to look at them honestly, and realize that these problems can be solved, if we work together.
Our issue in supporting GameGate was that in seemed like the reaction to the very real issues in gaming, was to simply slay the gamer identity and be done with it. Somehow this is doing less than nothing to address the very real problems in the industry.