So Now Adobe…

First Intel, and now Adobe. Adobe has pulled back from Gawker because one of their writers made sarcastic, satirical, critical comments about #gamergate.

Way to go, Adobe! We can now add another company to the long list of companies that think women are inferior beings who deserve all the shit heaped upon them that men can deliver. Beat them down, silence them, make this world a better place for the men-boys out there, right? Men aren’t the only users of your products, you know. Some of us have to swallow our pride and use them at work–because, through your actions, it’s quite clear that the women who use your programs are considered second-class citizens by your company. What could be more pleasing to #gamergate trolls than forcing women to use a product that is created by a company that supports the hate towards, the rape and death threats, and the doxxing of women?

The longer tech industries refuse to speak about #gamergate, the less likely it is for the rest of the sane world to believe these companies don’t hate women. Refusing to speak is tacit approval to these people. Are you, as big strong wealthy companies, so concerned a few trolls are going to take you down that you have to remain silent? DO you have to withdraw support from websites because #gamergate trolls threw a hissy fit? What chance does the average woman have against these assholes if a huge company with a horde of techies on the staff is too afraid of retaliation to say something?

Or, and I think this is more likely, the men running these companies agree with #gamergate–women are contemptible. I mean, who hires women in tech? Who promotes them? Who’s in charge of their raises? Men who don’t think they’re worth much. Considering how few women there are in tech, considering how women who are in tech are treated, considering the much lower pay tech women get than men, it seems those who run tech companies really don’t like women that much. They have something in common with #gamergate trolls right there, and it’s hardly surprising they take the side of hate. They do it on a daily basis at work.

Gimme Borderlands the Pre-Sequel

Why? Because The Evil Within is a clunky linear travesty of a game. Borderlands won’t disappoint. Who thought playing a limping I’m-going-to-die-every-two-seconds character within the first 10 minutes of gameplay would be fun? I could care less about the lead character and therefore could care less about the game.

The most frightening games I’ve played were the Fatal Frames. You have a camera to kill ghosts. You are “helpless” but able to achieve goals despite this. Anticipating when ghosts would show up is nerve wracking. You get to explore and find creepy places. And all of this was done without a chainsaw.

If I have to play a game with chainsaw-wielding bad guys I’ll play Zombies Ate My Neighbors. That game was fun.

Terrorist Threatens Anita Sarkeesian and Utah State

Here is a link that has the full e-mail received by individuals working for Utah State University. It was sent from a deranged lunatic demanding they cancel an appearance by Anita Sarkeesian. Wonder if he’s ever said something similar in chat rooms or on internet forums. Wonder how many agree with him. Wonder if the NSA has any records on this asshole, considering they supposedly spy on American citizens all day every day. Wonder if they might not share info with local police, or the FBI, or some agency who can nab this person.

Or, as usual, domestic terrorists are ignored and those awesome spy agencies target social justice protestors and the like because they are the true terrors, am I right?

Granted, it could be, and likely is, a hoax on the part of the terrorist. Unfortunately, if he does not carry through, others might. Someone said it–makes it legit. And people will shrug and claim that it’s another not-preventable school massacre because the NRA told them to think that. America is really, really screwed.

Social Justice Warriors Want to Make Sure You Aren’t Killed for Being an Atheist

Michael Luciano at The Daily Banter wants to know why people think being an atheist also means you’re a social justice advocate. Atheists, he claims, owe the world nothing. Atheists don’t have to give a shit about anyone or anything except for themselves. Perhaps, perhaps, there are a few liberal atheists out there using politics to better mankind, but really, who needs that?

You do. You see, people in the Western world find atheists untrustworthy and will be less likely to offer them a job because of this. Atheists are more likely to be jailed for their beliefs in much of the world, and in 13 countries, claiming you don’t believe in god can get you executed. Prejudice for atheists is rampant and accepted, because people think atheists are immoral (and articles like yours are an easy place for those people to direct others, and say “See, told you they don’t care about other human beings.”).

Those atheists interested in social justice are the ones making it OK for you to openly claim your atheism. They are the ones showing others that atheists care about their communities, and are fighting to rectifiy ills like poverty, homelessness, racism, sexism, bigoty and prejudice. The more others see atheists stepping up to the plate and bettering the world (since we don’t believe in an afterlife, it makes sense to make this one chance we have at life the best it can be) the more the old, untrue stereotypes and prejudices will die.

It’s easy for a white cis male who comes from a middle or upper class family with money outside themselves to rely on to come out and say, “Hey, I’m an atheist. Screw your god.” They have back up, someone and something to support them if things go south. Guess who doesn’t? Pretty much everyone else. But if “everyone else” gets involved in their communities, pitches in to fight social injustice, they become the face of atheism, a compassionate, caring, go-get-‘m face that others can relate to. They are the ones others see. They are the ones who actually show the world at large atheists are not monstrous devils hell-bent on destroying mankind. They are fighting to show that goodness and kindness are found in all sorts, and that just because you don’t believe in god doesn’t mean you are a pariah deserving death for unpopular views.

Yep. That’s right. Social justice warriors are fighting for the right to be atheist, even if you aren’t a white wealthy male. Maybe that’s what really upsets you.

If #NotAllGamers Is Your Defense, You’ve Already Lost

I delved into Intel’s withdrawal from Gamasutra this weekend, seeing if public outcry has changed their minds about supporting misogyny and hatred over a woman’s right to be part of the gaming community.

No shock–they prefer the misogyny and hatred over the right of women to work in the video game industry.

During my reading I came across an article on Forbes.com by Erik Kain titled “Why It Makes Sense For Intel To Pull Ads From Gamasutra Over #GamerGate And Why It’s Still The Wrong Move”. There was very little said about the “wrong move” other than Intel is right to listen to their customers and quite a bit about how not all gamers are misogynistic thugs sending rape and death threats to women in the business, trying to drive them out. When your main defense of the attempted destruction of Zoe Quinn’s career and life is “Not all gamers do it” you’ve already lost the battle. That’s the same defense that #NotAllMen use, and instead of focusing on issues of misogyny, hate, bigotry, harassment and the like, it sweeps them under the rug so the “but I’ve never done that!” men never have to think about the problems, never have to try and help solve them, and in the end, ignore them because they’ve never done anything like that and the abuse doesn’t happen to them, anyway, so it can’t be a problem.

Kain is angry that Leigh Alexander had the gall to stereotype all gamers into asshole misogynists who send rape and death threats to women. “Nerds” have been fighting those anti-social stereotypes for ages. They are not the secluded basement-dwellers of myth because nowadays gaming is ubiquitous. No, no, gamers are normal people. You see, #Gamergate is really about how people buy good reviews for their video games and how underhanded that is. Sparking controversy by lighting the fuse to a bomb centered on “Entitled Gamers” is just stupid. In the end, it’s Alexander’s fault that Intel pulled their ads from Gamasutra, because her focusing on misogyny, hate, bigotry, harassment misses the point of why #GamerGate was established, and gamers have every right to insist Intel succumb to their “I have a right to send death threats to whomever I want and if you don’t agree, I’ll never buy another one of your products again” demands.

Kain’s article is a “No really, it’s not us gamers who are assholes, it’s the women who are at fault” article. When I read it to my husband, the first words out of his mouth were, “Is he really that clueless?”

Yeah. He is.

Gamers under the #Gamergate hashtag claim they want to solve the problem of game developers buying good reviews. That’s really what the Zoe Quinn thing is all about. No, really. It isn’t about the hundred-page screed her ex wrote to trash her because she broke up with him, and it isn’t about him sending hordes of men after her to shame, threaten and harass not only her, but her family and friends, because they broke up because hey, she slept with a game reviewer who didn’t even review her game Depression Quest but she still slept with him and that is absolutely inexcusable, though we don’t really say much about huge corporations buying reviews because they make COD and GTA and those are games gaters like!!!

And gaters will just ignore the male reviewer she slept with. He’s not that important, even though he’s supposed to be part of the problem. They won’t demand he lose his job. And why not?

So I have a question. If these gaters truly wanted to solve the problem, why attack Gamasutra? It’s known for doing everything #Gamergate people claim they want–fair, good reviews. Oh, wait, that’s right. They really don’t give a shit about fair game reviews–they just want to punish a website who had the audacity to publish an article critical of the gamer culture that led to Quinn’s absolutely horrible experience.

Let me remind you, Mr. Kain, that Intel would not have pulled their ads from Gamasutra if just a couple hundred people complained. No. They had to be inundated with complaints from gamer after gamer, people that you claim don’t really exist. Sure, there’s a few bad apples, but that doesn’t spoil the gaming barrel, right?

Yes, it does.

You see, the message Intel has sent me, and so many others, is that men who believe that women don’t belong in games, creating games, or playing games are in the right and the people who would love to see more diversity in character, story and gameplay aren’t important enough to their bottom line to care about. They prefer to support rape and death threats over articles trying to have a conversation about those horrible things, because silencing critics is an easy way to ignore the problems. They think what happened to Zoe Quinn is justice.

That’s one spoiled gaming barrel. What’s going to happen is that other websites are going to take note and silence their writers so they, too, don’t lose income. Problem solved through threats, which gaters are so good at.

I’m not so willfully blind.