Gamergate, Game Journalism, and the Discussion that Needs to happen through the Rage

So, things seem to have come to a head in the field of gaming journalism, such as it is.

“Gamergate”, people challenging the integrity of video-game journalism and those in the field, people threatening female developers and advocates for better representation of women, transgendered people, and people of colour, developers and journalists expressing staggering contempt for ‘gamers’ as a whole and dismissing the movement as motivated by said misogyny and bigotry. The arguments have slipped straight into tinfoil hat(e) territory, with accusations of conspiracies and plotlines that would fit in the Young and the Restless if it were doing a crossover episode with the Big Bang Theory.

Perhaps this isn’t the best time to joke. The events regarding game journalism and the industry and the gamers that call themselves a part of it are up in the air and it’s unclear if any impact or change will be made (Penny Arcade’s creators seem to think it will amount to nothing). Historically, things don’t often change drastically, but I’m not certain this is so much about something actually changing, as it’s about long-stewing issues coming to a rather hateful head.

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Humber Et Cetera Watch: Call of Duty drags video games down

As mentioned in the first post, this blog is associated with the Humber Et Cetera, the campus newspaper written and produced by journalism students.

One of the opinion-editorial pieces in this week’s publication was on Call of Duty and its effect on the gaming industry, written by sports editor Jacob Gallo.

As we demand the video game monopoly for the Et Cetera, we’re posting the link here:

http://humberetc.com/2012/02/16/call-of-duty-drags-video-games-down/

Going forward, we’ll be posting each week where a video game or other gaming-relevant article is published online. This could be as many links as are present.

Stay tuned, and keep gaming.