So 16 months later, I think a bit of taking stock, may be in order for #Gamergate.
Our opposition I express as: Bigger Anti-GG names, The wannabees, The Progressive Press, The institutional backers, and the hordes of ideological SJW followers.
Let’s look at the Bigger names.
Jonathan McIntosh and Anita Sarkeesian have been the biggest success story after 16 months. (All teary stories of harassment and depression aside). They cleaned up in donations, conference circuits, trips to developers, trips to Google, talks at the UN.
That said…..JMac has constantly come across to pretty much everyone as a milksop and unabashed Marxist authoritarian. There is no pretense and his ideological lens is magnified to the point that he comes across as a radical nutjob on first impression to anyone
That leaves the “face” of Feminist Frequency, Anita. I have nothing against larger women. Nothing at all. But damn, it is an issue such rapid weight fluctuations. Its unhealthy. It is a bad mindset.
But then we are talking about the mindset of the brainwashed Feminist Progressive (or blatant ideological fraud if you are less charitable). Personally I think JMac is the bigger issue in Feminist Frequency. I think she is a fraud and con artist. I think she is using Fem Freq to further her notoriety. I think she is a very clever lady.
You may consider that she is stupid because she constantly gets video games wrong and makes errors en masse. Of course she does. She is not REALLY interested in games. She wanted an “in” and she got that. She has manipulated her way into the position she is now and making money hand over fist and will now use that to platform to being a cultural critic, rather than JUST a video game critic. THAT is smart.
That all said, some rather stupid comments have damaged her a little. Her impact from a year ago is not “quite” what it was. JMac for all his ability to make her look great cannot do the same for himself and is dragging her down a little. The UN talk was a laughfest.
She has done well and we have not seen the last of her. She is rebranding and looking to redirect her efforts. I think the end game may well be in the political arena.
She has done well out of this ride. From ex-stripper/porno star (?) or was it nude model, I forget? To Hell Dump Something Awful Troll, to Twine Adventure Story sensation (Hahahahaha) to potential memoir-based Autobiographical Screenplay. Not only this but for the last 16 months she has been making a shitload on Patreon ($3000+/month) for doing NOTHING…..and no doubt appearance fees. She has also been hitting up Google and UN to sell her weird perspective.
What about her “homelessness”. She has 4 Wilmer Hale lawyers on her case against Eron. They charge individually up to $750/hour (you do the math). I think it is safe to say that Zoe is a liar.
Now here is where it all goes south a bit for her. The initial charges and gag order against Eron is in serious danger being slammed, to the point she tried to void the charge to save it getting adjudicated on. Her Patreon is falling March 2015 – less than a year ago and Now
Furthermore her risk of liable for reasons that are blatantly obvious, are REALLY high in respect to both the memoirs and the potential movie.
BUT Zoe looks to me to be doing the smart move. After coming into an industry that she has no skills or talent for, she has won awards, “earned” heaps of cash and sold rights for a fictional novel and rights to a film and is looking to move on like she did when she poisoned other workspaces.
Like an unflushable turd, Randi has managed to stink up the gaming space and by harassing everyone whilst somehow (words escape me) being oppressed or victimised or some other buzzword.
But she found it a lot tougher than Zoe or Anita or Jmac. Having a face like Spanky Ham and a body like Ummm…this guy? She did not have social capital with respect to appearance. Nor did she have personality or charisma. She also could never stray too far from harassing crap out of someone.
But she had the blockbot. It was something. How she could string this out over 16 months, was an indicator of how “good” she was at hustling. She is very, very good. Are you kidding me? $60 000/year+ For What? (But that is falling dramatically now – Dropping like a rock)
So what does she have now?
Nice Patreon income that will eventually dry up and a blockbot. What about her fall back? She has build her identity around a blockbot and her FreeBSD community connections. Recently she was in effect thrown out of the community, unceremoniously on her bulbous arse.
So her talking circuit will fall. Unlike Zoe she did not cover an end of days fallback position to cash out on and the community that she identified with threw her out. So mixed bag really
Hahaha. What a trainwreck. Lie after lie. Attention whoring after attention whoring. How Brianna has stayed relevant enough to warrant attention, is not a testament to her efforts (as it was with the other three) but rather the desperation of Anti-Gamergate to swallow lies and promote a transgender personality, no matter how poisonous their choice was. (Make no mistake Ashley Lynch would have been as poor a choice but Katherine Cross at least has “some” substance to her). But such is the Progressive mindset.
Brianna wants to be two things.
- A respected and successful Video Game Developer
- A Socio-political Feminist talking head
After shitting on their fanbase for so long, what they did NOT expect was for gamers to hit back. Gawker (who happily led the charge against #Gamergate) got a bit bloodied for the experience. It cost them millions.
Now with an imminent lawsuit in the wings against Hulkster and other smaller ones against smaller figures, they are in danger of falling completely. Lay offs HAVE happened and sites in the corporation have been closed down (Valleywag for example).
Will Hulkster fuck them up completely? I don’t think so but I really hope so.
But what about The Mary Sue and The Honey Badgers? That has potential too. Not bankruptcy or liquidation but at least being given a bloody nose for their dishonest ideological bullying.
How is Leigh “I am games journalism: Alexander doing lately? What about the once opinionated and slimy, Ben Kuchera?
We have not even discussed the effect of the ethical compromises having to be made by journalism sites in listing conflict of interest rather than risk trouble.
Big Institutional backers
Here is the bad news. We have no hurt these guys AT ALL.
The SJWs did not spring from a vacuum. They were well entrenched in the community. IDGA backed a certain Indie developers and this clique was the ones that got/get Progressive Gaming Press’s ear, and awards and grants through the IGF and Indie Grant funding, make for a powerful SJW stronghold.
So in the wash how did we do?
They were already in their strongholds and they went out on the offensive and considering what we were up against with the initial shock and awe and the later siege and war of attrition, we did well.
We dug in, repelled the invaders again and again, then sent them back to their strongholds. We did not have the organisation, finances, structure or numbers to take them on in the strongholds at the home base, but we did not need to.
We got many more runs on the board than they did (as we see above).
However, NOW I see real issues. Not from without BUT from within. People like Devil’s Advocate (Twitter) and FSMhelpsusall (from KIA – same person, maybe?) are trying to have all of Ralph’s advertisers taken down. How? Well by defending things said against certain Anti-GG pedophiles/child rape fantasists. (No there really is not a position to argue this). So they are doing an “enemy of our enemy is a friend”.
Yes its hypocrisy 101. When Ralph was fighting against the people they were and in the way that they approved with and writing and accepting the right articles, it was all good BUT when he made a HUGELY bad call (as I believe he did in allowing the article to be posted when it was – Yes I agree it was repulsive and inappropriate and disrespectful) then suddenly the people THEY and HE were fighting against will be defended by THEM to get at him. Yes you were happy to fight against those people and condemn them until Ralph upset you and you would cite him attacking those people as a defense of those same people.
Its not just that, not nearly. We collectively rallied to strike out at big journalist corporations that chose to condemn gamers collectively and force a Progressive agenda into gaming. Big journalism sites that tried to censor us collectively. They used unethical practices to push their Progressive ideology and authoritarian practices in gaming spaces. We struck out at their advertisers.
Now people like the aforementioned Devil Advocate and FSMhelpsusall are doing exactly the same thing to Ralph and justifying it because “it is just the same”
Except….He isn’t “big journalist corporations”, “condemn(ing) gamers collectively”, “forc(ing) a Progressive agenda into gaming”, “Big journalism sites that tried to censor us collectively”, “use(ing)unethical practices to push their Progressive ideology”, “(using) authoritarian practices in gaming spaces”
SO basically asserting it is similar or the same is a lie and what it REALLY amounts to is more similar to THIS:
“Wild Goose wrote a repulsive article that should never have seen the light of day. Ralph made a very bad call. Whilst not agreeing or excusing the article, chose to print it, as he has done with friend and foe, on his site , and without censor. He doubled down and made this a freedom of speech issue. It was a bad call…………BUT that means he is morally terrible and because he is, he is a monster, and because he is a monster he is not subject to humanity, and nor is anyone who associates with him, including his girlfriend (because she should have had better taste than to date a monster). Because he is a monster, who cares how we treat him or those he cares for or those that care for him. Fuck it. Let’s use those same tactics against Ralph, that worked with Gawker $100 mill corporation vs a blogger that we had a different position than and whilst we are at it let’s defend one of the people we have been fighting against for 16 month…in fact let’s defend one of the most morally reprehensible of them. If it gets him to lose his livelihood, its so worth it. Gamergate is now: an Authoritarian movement which we do not allow personal liberties; we are not concerned with Anti-GG journalism sites but GG blogs; we are not considered with people pushing Authoritarian Progressive agendas on us, but rather we are anti-libertarian and free speech (If it is speech we find reprehensible); we are no longer fighting Anti-GG but using articles on them to strike at people within our movement; Our measure is now who offends us.”
Congrats. Next step is to adopt a blockbot and chum it up with Anti-GG and use new words in our vocabulary like “triggered”, “safe spaces and “goobergraper” (unironically)
Becoming the very thing we fought against for 16 months. Own it and take a bow.
*and to those that are not dishonest nor stupid, do not back this idiocy. We achieved a lot and for good reason. It was NOT to turn into a caricature of what we were, nor simulacrum of what we fought*