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4Chan gamebros raise a sockpuppet army: "For extra class, present yourselves as normal people."

4Chan rallies the troops
4Chan rallies the troops

Over on 4chan, angry gamebros are organizing a vast wave of Twitter, er, ” activism” to SAVE VIDYA GAMES from the evil fake gamer girls and their Social Justice Warrior allies.

According to one anon, who’s been posting this message into numerous threads, the best way to fight “journalistic corruption” in the gaming world is to … set up fraudulent sockpuppet accounts on Twitter to make it look like there’s a groundswell of opposition to the evil game ladies.

We campaigned against journalistic corruption; we were told that gamers are dead. Both lawfag and marketingfag told you to flood the pax hashtags as it would get the attention of their advertisers. You now have the opportunity to save vidya and get the average person on your side.  Why are you not doing shit /v/? GET OUT THERE AND FLOOD THE HASHTAGS. Here is a quick guide: >1) Make a gmail throwaway if you don't want it linked to your main email. >2) Make a testing tweet and choose an appealing description of your account. >3) Make a few tweets proclaiming your newness. >4) Make a few tweets about #GamerGate. >5) Increase your visibility by following people -- search the #GamerGate tag and follow people you like. Remember, you're legit new, so at least some should follow you back. >6) FOLLOW THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FOLLOWING THESE PEOPLE. Chances are some of these are your fellow anons, so with luck we can increase our follow counts. >7) Continue tweeting about the cause with the pax hashtags (#PAX #PAXPrime) with the #GamerGate tag. >8) Seach the hashtag, favorite and retweet supporting tweets. That's the star icon. Get your anons to the top. >9) If you get stuck with zero followers. Reply to someone, chime in that you agree with them. But don't argue on this step. Let them do that if they want to do that. >If you are confronted, remain calm, don't lose your spaghetti, and be the better person. Explain that this is not about girls being victimized, it is about the vilification of gamers and jounalistic integrity in the media. >For extra class, present yourselves as normal people who sjws by their own standards should sympathize with, like an indian cab driver who can't read traffic signs. (this requires extensive shitposting experience.)

If that’s a bit hard to read, here’s the text, with some bolding for emphasis added by me. The bits at the end are my favorite.

We campaigned against journalistic corruption; we were told that gamers are dead. Both lawfag and marketingfag told you to flood the pax hashtags as it would get the attention of their advertisers. You now have the opportunity to save vidya and get the average person on your side.

Why are you not doing shit /v/? GET OUT THERE AND FLOOD THE HASHTAGS. Here is a quick guide:
>1) Make a gmail throwaway if you don’t want it linked to your main email.
>2) Make a testing tweet and choose an appealing description of your account.
>3) Make a few tweets proclaiming your newness.
>4) Make a few tweets about #GamerGate.
>5) Increase your visibility by following people — search the #GamerGate tag and follow people you like. Remember, you’re legit new, so at least some should follow you back.
>6) FOLLOW THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FOLLOWING THESE PEOPLE. Chances are some of these are your fellow anons, so with luck we can increase our follow counts.
>7) Continue tweeting about the cause with the pax hashtags (#PAX #PAXPrime) with the #GamerGate tag.
>8) Seach the hashtag, favorite and retweet supporting tweets. That’s the star icon. Get your anons to the top.
>9) If you get stuck with zero followers. Reply to someone, chime in that you agree with them. But don’t argue on this step. Let them do that if they want to do that.
>If you are confronted, remain calm, don’t lose your spaghetti, and be the better person. Explain that this is not about girls being victimized, it is about the vilification of gamers and jounalistic integrity in the media.
>For extra class, present yourselves as normal people who sjws by their own standards should sympathize with, like an indian cab driver who can’t read traffic signs. (this requires extensive shitposting experience.)

So what’s got these dudes so enraged today? Aside from, you know, their normal misogynstic manbaby rage, there’s been a FLOOD of articles on gamer sites and mainstream media outlets alike arguing that “gamers” — as they’ve traditionally defined themselves — are about to take a plunge into the dustbin of history, and that if the game industry is to survive it needs to free itself from the clutches of the angry young dudes currently yelling at the top of their lungs against Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian.

Here are some of the articles that have really pissed them off:

‘Gamers’ don’t have to be your audience. ‘Gamers’ are over, by Leigh Alexander at Gamasutra

The End of Gamers, by Dan Golding, on his own blog

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry? by Arthur Chu at The Daily Beast

The death of the “gamers” and the women who “killed” them by Casey Johnson at Ars Technica

A Guide to Ending “Gamers” by Devin Wilson at Gamasutra

This guy’s embarassing relationship drama is killing the ‘gamer’ identity by Mike Pearl at Vice

If you only read one of these, make it that first one by Leigh Alexander, which is awesomely blunt.

 

 

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redpoppy
redpoppy
6 years ago

So, they say it’s not about victimizing girls but about gamers being vilified….all while they victimize girls and women. Sounds promising.

tatjna
tatjna
6 years ago

As a gamer myself, it really gets up my nose that these entitled douchebag prats have managed to usurp the title ‘gamer’ for themselves, as if they in any way represent the gaming community. I really wish the writers of decent articles would stop calling them gamers (which is what they want) and start calling them what they are – entitled douchebag prats.

katz
6 years ago

I’m sure posing as a racist stereotype will go just as well as posing as a woman usually does for these guys.

cloudiah
6 years ago

Activism!

magnesium
magnesium
6 years ago

You know, I spent the last two weeks on vacation, and even I wouldn’t have had time to do this. Do these people have jobs? School? Girlfriends? (okay that’s a long shot) Tv shows to watch? Video games that they play? God, gamebros, get outside, go to a movie, clean out your garage. Do something, because I’m starting to feel sorry for you and how sad your lives are, and it annoys me.

redpoppy
redpoppy
6 years ago

Classic persecution complex. Women and girls are often vilified and victimized in the gaming community. When people try to point that out, whether by real-life examples or tropes, all of a sudden it’s other dudebro shits who are being victimized. Yeah. Because it’s all about you.

andrea harris
6 years ago

Do they really pronounce it “vidya”? Why do they suddenly remind me of old white men in Florida who had “will the last English-speaking person to leave Miami bring the flag with them” bumper stickers on their pickup trucks and pronounced the town’s name “Miam-uh”? (That’s an old-timey way of pronouncing “Miami.” I’m from there and many of my older relatives said it that way.)

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago

They just found out there are more adult women playing video games than the demo that games appear to be designed for. They see the writing on the wall, or on the internet, and they are outraged that they will not be catered to always in all ways. Outraged!

redpoppy
redpoppy
6 years ago

I dunno if they mean it or do it ironically. I do it ironically to mostly make fun of them or just to say it because it sounds silly. It is, of course, VIDEO games. lol

Lee
Lee
6 years ago

Yeah, not about women being victimized….I think that cat’s out of the bag already, guys. Good luck putting it back in. 😛

And really, 4chan, could you think of a better time to organize a Twitter raid than now? It’s Labor Day weekend in the US. The public schools that haven’t opened already will be opening on Tuesday. If you’re going to go on one more manbaby tantrum this summer, you don’t have a whole lot of time left.

drmrsthemonarch1
drmrsthemonarch1
6 years ago

I’d like to drop this one in, too: http://games.on.net/2014/08/readers-threatened-by-equality-not-welcome/

Notable quotable:

I hope you’ll stay. I hope you’ll be part of a glorious future where a game that treats women and LGBT groups with respect won’t be held up as some weird oddity to praise and encourage. A future where female gamers don’t have to disguise their voice on raid chat, where game developers won’t be threatened with rape. Where people won’t be asking for a “gay filter” on their games because homosexuality makes them uncomfortable. I hope you’ll stick around for that.

But if you’re not on board with that, leave. If you’re not on board, find another ship, and good luck to you because that ship will be sailing against the wind.

Tim Colwill
Editor-in-Chief
Social Justice Druid

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
6 years ago

I don’t like comparing them to babies or children, they are adorable. Dudebros who think they are entitled to something and not sharing are not.

inurashii
inurashii
6 years ago

http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=860293&rf=267467&ty=2

“Because this film will deal with the current culture of victimhood its important to emphasize that actual victimization of anyone- even the titular person in our film- is unacceptable. This is a battle of intellect, not of thuggish intimidation.”

Guys, don’t harass her because otherwise our claims that she’s not being harassed will look fake

jojo
jojo
6 years ago

honestly whenever i see these people who are always one minute like “gamers are villified! persecuted! Treated so horribly” and the next they are like “fucking c*nts/f*gs. Go make me a sandwich! R***d lol! Feminazis are a fucking cancer!” i actually can’t laugh at that. Its just such an obvious lack of empathy and massive egotism its not even funny.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
6 years ago
cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

And then there were the comments.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

These guys call themselves gamers? They must be the kind of guys who use cheat codes to move ahead and then brag about how good they are at the game. When lying is the best strategy you can come up with to win an argument, it’s time to gather your things and leave the field with what little dignity you have left.

vaiyt
6 years ago

Crapola, I think WHTM ate my comment because it misinterpreted greentext as html.

vaiyt
6 years ago

marinerachel
6 years ago

Brilliant insights from the comments: “You’re such a moron that word’s can’t describe. He didn’t murder a toddler, he made a prank call. On the other hand somebody should have beaten you to death as a toddler.”

I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

entireties
entireties
6 years ago

i like how their bright new idea is to make sockpuppet accounts. like shit, kid, you come up with that one yourself?

A Wolverine
A Wolverine
6 years ago

The “Vidya” thing is a reference to Hank Hill.

katz
6 years ago

So this happened: http://nationalreport.net/15-year-old-swatted-domestic-terrorism/

Thank God the judge didn’t jump in with some “entitled white kid” excuse about how he was raised to not know the consequences of his actions and therefore can’t be held responsible.

(Although the SWAT team should maybe have made sure there was an actual murderer in the house before shooting someone.)

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

thebewilderness ,
Thanks for sharing.
That’s good news. He set out to have someone murdered for the fun of it.

From the article:

Prosecutors played audio of Horner’s 911 phone call to the jury:
“I just shot and killed four people. If any police enter my home I will kill them too,” the statement read in part.

marinerachel
6 years ago

He sounds just lovely. Have your daughters date him.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Every time they try to convince the rest of the world that gamers aren’t horrible people they just end up reinforcing the stereotype that gamers are horrible people. Is this where Judgy Bitch learned her PR skills?

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

BadAssDwg69 cried for his mama when his sentence was read.

Of course he did.

I wonder how many tears he cried for the man he got shot?

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

This just reinforces my natural instinct to treat most loud, obnoxious gamer bros like badly behaved children. Ground the lot of them and take their internet access away until they can learn to act like reasonable people.

Flying Mouse
Flying Mouse
6 years ago

Shit, I’m about to be that person.

Isn’t the National Report a satire site?

Anonymouslazycat
Anonymouslazycat
6 years ago

…wait, I thought that the National Report was one of those fake news sites? Or am I just confused again?

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
6 years ago

Thebewilderness
That’s just beyond awful. I need brain bleach
http://youtu.be/Vw4KVoEVcr0

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

If it is satire it just proves that Poe’s Law is true.

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
6 years ago

CassandraKitty
I agree with you

Vermin
Vermin
6 years ago

Yup, the National Review article is a fake.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

I’ve actually heard about the thing where they’re trying to sic SWAT teams on online enemies, which if nothing else should land them with a huge fine for wasting police resources even if nobody gets hurt. Hit them right in the wallet and they’ll knock that shit off pretty fast.

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
6 years ago

CassandraKitty
Say what?

A Wolverine
A Wolverine
6 years ago

National report is a satire site.

Lee
Lee
6 years ago

Yeah, National Report is a fake news site, just like The Onion. However, like The Onion, the phenomenon they’re spoofing is real: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatting

fruitloopsie
fruitloopsie
6 years ago

So a boy didn’t kill anyone?

moscow nights
moscow nights
6 years ago

Stepping back, and administering a spanking or two by the Elders in articles like these is a strategy too.

Just like Gjoni’s Misogyny Retribution Machine (MRM) call-out was not an anomalous individual incident with no class or caste repercussions, so the gaming industry’s stepping in to contain things with a few spankings isn’t meant to really stop the problem, which is everywhere. The gaming industry is not an anomalous instance of anything. It’s part of a pattern, and that’s where none of these articles are willing to go. Spanking one industry and pretending that every other business, profession, and industry is non-sexist and doesn’t need change just won’t work any more. The gaming industry is representative of industry. A lil spanking of one industry won’t change the big picture, and the guys writing these articles know that.

idledillettante
6 years ago

Yeah I think they call it getting V&ned on 4chan. And i think they call being arrested the “party van”.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

Welp,
I fell for that. Swallowed it hook, line and sinker.
😛

That’s….actually a relief. No one got shot or saw their parent shot and no one has to repay a debt to society for it. That’s better than it being real by a long shot.

It’s still scary that swatting is a real thing though. I honestly do not understand people’s motivations at all sometimes.

blahlistic (@blahlistic)

So this happened: http://nationalreport.net/15-year-old-swatted-domestic-terrorism/

The kid’s actions almost got someone killed, and he did it because he got his ass kicked on a video game
I find the comments really…stupid, too. Some commenters expect the police to react as if it might be a false call… No. WTF.

For the safety of the officers themselves they are going to assume they are entering a scene in which there will be an armed, dangerous shooter that they will have a fraction of a second to shoot first. They will have weapons drawn and safeties off.

Jesus Penis, these people do not know how shit in meatspace works, do they???

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Also have you seen the Vivian James thing? A bunch of misogynistic gamer bros create a fake girl as a way to somehow “combat” the evil that is Zoe Quinn. And it never occurs to them that doing so will just make them look even more like clueless misogynistic bros.

blahlistic (@blahlistic)

Yeah, National Report is a fake news site, just like The Onion. However, like The Onion, the phenomenon they’re spoofing is real: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatting

Oh hell! Dur de DURRR…
I feel foolish now.
However, someone is going to get killed in a swatting, because, well…what I said above. A bunch of really jumpy cops run into a building thinking they have to shoot first to avoid being shot themselves.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

Also, in the comments on the Vice article, commenter by the name of Josh Morris pretty much exemplifies why this whole mess is happening. Petulant much, dude?

Belladonna993
6 years ago

First-time commenter here, but I have a plea, even though this ship may already have sailed. I am a woman. I am a feminist. I am 46 years old. I also have self-identified as a “gamer” for longer than most of these air-sucking, whining, moronic children who think women are intruding upon their world for the first time have been alive. I have two teenage children, one of each gender, who also self-identify as gamers. So this trend to disidentify with the term “gamer” because these assholes are colonizing it disturbs me. Doesn’t it just solidify their inane worldview that this is their world, and we are all intruders?

They are not “gamers.” They are asswit whiny gamebros. I have loved computer gaming, tabletop RPG, tabletop board games, and CCG for well over two decades. I am a gamer. I am not willing to let these creeps appropriate this identity. It is NOT theirs.

Hyatt
Hyatt
6 years ago

@ redpoppy

So, they say it’s not about victimizing girls but about gamers being vilified….all while they victimize girls and women. Sounds promising.

And using tactics that give gamers a bad reputation! Resembling that remark: they does it.

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