Yes, they are. And some of the active ranters are treating the publicizing of death threats to be a triumph. See, gang, the media are taking us seriously, they crow.
So take a look at how Business Insider sees the story.
The GamerGate movement has resulted in widespread outrage — at least on Twitter — among game fans.
And now some women who have criticized video games, or those who play them, are being subjected to death threats by men who play those games.
Yes, it’s bizarre. It makes no sense whatsoever.
Hot tip: when the media says that you’re “bizarre” and “make no sense whatsoever”, that isn’t good press.
Business Insider isn’t done with you.
But look at the priorities here. On the one hand, a handful of women have said, "Some of these games are frankly not great, guys!" and been threatened with death for having that opinion. And on the other hand, a huge chunk of the gaming community is now fiercely arguing that the death threats aren’t important. Rather, the technicalities of video game reviewing are the priority.
It’s completely insane. It’s insane that you even have to say out loud that sending death threats to people who disagree with your opinion of video games is wrong.
Another hot tip: “Insane” isn’t a mainstream media buzzword for “really cool awesome shit”. They’re looking at you all goggle-eyed and mystified and wondering what the heck is wrong with you. As am I.