Anita Sarkeesian was given an award at a game developer’s conference last spring, and now we learn that assholes tried to shut it down with a bomb threat. Seriously, dudes? This is how you deal with critics?
A bomb will be detonated at the Game Developer’s Choice award ceremony tonight unless Anita Sarkeesian’s Ambassador Award is revoked. We estimate the bomb will kill at least a dozen people and injure dozens more. It would be in your best interest to accept our simple request. This is not a joke. You have been warned.
As this “gamergate” nonsense continues (it seems to be imploding now, as more and more of the idiots’ motives are exposed), it becomes increasingly clear that it was never about journalistic integrity. It was never about making sure that reviews of games were honest and unbiased. It’s entirely about silencing reviews that might disagree with fanboi’s assessment of the importance of boobs and explosions.
It’s the Hate Out of Ten phenomenon — gamers getting insanely angry that someone might not share their adulation. It’s to the point where they’re threatening death and rape and bombings to journalists and commentators who do not support their need for approval.
That’s the opposite of journalistic integrity. That’s demanding the FoxNewsification of all kinds of journalism.
And now it’s gotten so bad that the FBI is getting involved. In arguments about the merits of the toys people are playing with. Fuck me, this is ridiculous.