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Storify Time: #GamerGate-rs with ugly histories of harassment, and more amazing stuff from the Tweeter

Via @lawblob on Twitter
Via @lawblob on Twitter

There’s a lot of really good stuff about the whole #GamerGate fiasco on Twitter. Here are several excellent collections of Tweets that have helpfully been put into Storify form for easy reading.

The He-Man #gamergate-rs Club. A collection of Tweets from @a_man_in_black showing that #GamerGate just the latest, if the most virulent, “outburst of a larger misogynist movement going back years.” He looks at the sordid histories of a number of current #GamerGaters and finds that many have been involved in misogynistic and transphobic harassment for years.

The most startling discovery: The creator of the “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian” game you may recall from two years ago … well, he still hates Sarkeesian, only now he’s a #GamerGater who pretends that he’s against harassment.

Click on that Tweet to see more from @a_man_in_black on Bendilin.

For still more on the background of some of the worst in the #GamerGate movement, check out The Bad Apples of #GamerGate on Medium. Also essential reading. You’ll notice some familiar names on the list.

@EffNOVideoGames has put together an amazing account of the origins of #GamerGate, poiting out that the “movement” has always been about spin. Deftly rebuts the notion that #GamerGate is about “ethics,” and provides numerous screenshots offering clear proof of the misogyny that’s been there from the start.

Oh, and if you want to see how serious #GamerGaters are about actually fighting harassment in their movement  — which always seems to be the fault of a few “bad apples” — check out what happened when  asked them to show their sincerity by donating money to help the women who’ve been harassed by these “bad apples.” SPOILER ALERT: What happened was a lot of victim blaming and “false flag”-crying and not one penny donated — even when Todd suggested that even if they hated Anita and Zoe and the rest, donating money to then would at least make them look less like the unrepentant woman-haters they are.

Another chilling read: “There is no Virtue Without Terror” On the Ethical Landscape of GamerGate by Katherine Cross (@Quinnae_Moon on Twitter), a researcher of online harassment who has drawn the ire of the #GamerGate crowd.

She reflects on the decidedly mixed performance of the media in all of this, and a bit on her thoughts what it means for her as an academic studying gender, in another set of Storified Tweets, Katherine Cross on the effects of GamerGate.

If you’re on Twitter, and trying to keep up with #GamerGate, I’d highly recommend following @a_man_in_black, @EffNOVideoGames, and @Quinnae_Moon, as well as the excellent @srhbutts.

And of course you need to follow @TheQuinnspiracy (that is, Zoe Quinn) and her dude @alexlifschitz.

H/T — @lawblob for the pic at the top.

 

 

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Johanna Roberts
6 years ago

The epiphany that ShadowTodd had in that second tweet made me laugh so hard.

talbotfish
talbotfish
6 years ago

AVFM is in full recruitment mode like leeches on this GG shit..there website has a “welcome new folks” article that literally looks like a Disneyland ad..Paul Elam has scrubbed his name ..far as I can see.. from anyplace on AVFM that would indicate he’s is any sort of leadership position..

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

This is definitely a thing that needed to be documented, and I’m glad some people with the time and social immunity stepped up to do it. I hope this gets some media coverage. It needs media coverage.

vaiyt
6 years ago

Geez, who woulda thunk?

Sarah
Sarah
6 years ago

My current favorite thing about this is the way prominent people who come out against gamergate are catching hell for not “engaging” with “critics.” John Scalzi has repeated several times that he doesn’t care if gamergaters won’t buy his books, and has been muting the random twitter people throwing stupid at him. This is a guy with 70,000+ followers who has a spouse, a kid, and books to write, and he’s got people with less than 1000 followers throwing shade at him for not wasting precious time on the same arguments that have been debunked repeatedly.

Jay Elmore
6 years ago

And of course, if you want to take a tour of the festering stupidity and bile in its natural habitant, you can check out http://8chan.co/gg/ where a bunch of people who identify as GamerGaters are letting their freak flags fly.

Kris Straub summed up the dynamics perfectly: http://chainsawsuit.com/comic/2014/10/15/the-perfect-crime/

That’s a rich mine of fail there at 8chan; one of my favorites is the “Everyone says that GG doesn’t have a clear list of demands, so I made one! What does everyone think?” (If you’re deciding to have that conversation THREE WEEKS into the GG movement, way to prove “them” right…)

And what does that list contain? Specific people who need to be punished or fired for having unacceptable views or opinions—I’m sorry, are guilty of “ethical lapses”. But it’s not about harassment, they just want to ruin the lives of specific people!

Jay Elmore
6 years ago

talbotfish:
I see lots of MRA terms in GamerGate discussion; trying so *koff*educate people about GG is “redpilling” someone, for example.

Johanna Roberts
6 years ago

Oh this is rich. The creator of Bayonetta two responding to tweeters pestering him about GamerGate This might actually make me buy the game just for the laugh he gave me. XD

anonny
anonny
6 years ago

This is all so revealing. I woke up this morning thinking that if the FBI can’t nail the USU wannabe shooter, it’s going to reveal once and for all a type of crime that can be committed without punishment. I can see using proxy servers to send extortion death threats becoming big business. You can be in Namibia and send a death threat if somebody doesn’t bitcoin you the money, and what can anyone do but pay up as they say they’re right next door with guns watching you and the FBI just shrugs? They have to catch this person, or there’ll be reverberations much bigger than this one threat incident, because crooks are watching. The perfect crime will turn out to be this kind. people simply can’t take the risk that the person won’t carry out the threat.

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
6 years ago

Re: Media coverage: But… But… That wouldn’t be FAIR AND BALANCED!!!11one

Re: Bayonetta: A lot of feminists I know (including myself) see Bayonetta as being pro-feminism, what with her being a sexually-liberated, three-dimensional strong woman and all, so that would be a weird thing to rally behind even if the creator wasn’t awesome.

Re: Random thought: This isn’t really related, but sometimes I wonder how Lana Wachowski feels about the moronosphere stealing a line from her most well-known movie and using it to describe their misogyny and transphobia. Probably pissed off.

AndreMurgo
AndreMurgo
6 years ago

Yes, please check out http://8chan.co/gg/ and see how “crazy” everyone there is. Protip: they’re not.

The Arbourist
6 years ago

How the heck does anything get done on Twitter? :/

Disjointed, out of context snippets of conversations – it’s like trying to make sense out of regurgitated alphabet soup.

Kakanian
Kakanian
6 years ago

@The Arbourist

Multiple generations have been raised on TV newscastings, which work on the sampe principles. It isn’t a style of communication geared towards getting things done or about making sense, but about being present in your viewership’s mind.

ktrantingredhead
6 years ago

Can someone explain this “notyourshield” hashtag that has suddenly appeared alongside of GamerGate? Is this some sort of rally to make GamerGaters somehow not look like they hate all women? It doesn’t seem to be working but maybe I’m missing the point?

gilshalos
6 years ago

I’ve never been able to get the hang of twitter. FB, yes, MUSh, yes, Twitter nope.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

@ktrantingredhead:

The only thing I can gather about “notyourshield” is that it supposedly is made up of non-white-male folks who don’t agree with social justice issues, and that somehow discredits SJ folks. Beyond that I have no idea how it’s supposed to work.

ktrantingredhead
6 years ago

……but if it weren’t for MRAs and GamerGaters, no one would be hurling threats and harassment and thus no one would need a shield………

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

The #notyourshield people are claiming that “SJWs” are using women and POC as a shield to deflect criticism of their evil SJW agenda. Or something.

Many of the accounts using the hashtag have been outed as sockpuppets. They’re new, have few followers, use stock photos as avatars. The IRC logs include guys discussing amongst themselves how to pretend to be a woman or POC.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

My co-worker is a model and a black women. She’s done stock photos before. It just occurred to me to wonder if anyone has ever used an image of her as a sockpuppet gamergater. I hope not. She wouldn’t approve.

ktrantingredhead
6 years ago

How do we know they’re sock puppets?

SittieKitty
6 years ago

Yeah, as I’ve heard it #notyourshield is supposed to be for women, queer folk, and PoC who are angry that “SJWs” point toward them and use their struggle as they basically silence criticism about themselves and use their privilege to speak. Which totally does happen in some circles and is a real problem. But has absolutely nothing to do with GG or any other bullshit misogynistic thing they’re trying to claim. It’s appropriation to the highest degree and laughably ironic as it’s being used right now.

Kakanian
Kakanian
6 years ago

@ktrantingredhead

They basically figured that having a female or a POC identity was a get out of jail free card with FEMINISTS, and that the movement could use them to easily silence their critics from that corner. They also figured that it’d defuse the claim that they’re another white men’s movement, so they created POC and female sockpuppet accounts to tweet at critics. There probably are indeed women and POCs in the movement, but they basically got thrown under the bus by the white male majority that just had to use fake accounts rather than let the women and POCs speak for themselves.

That turned the hashtag into another example of intersectionality at work and women and POC voices being ignored and drowned out by a white male majority. As it was to be expected and as it is the norm.

ktrantingredhead
6 years ago

That…..doesn’t even make any kind of sense. “Let’s pretend to be gays and black people and trans people who are mad that white cis women tried to comment on how shitty gaming treats us and then the MRM…er…I mean, GamerGate will look good and feminists will look bad.”

…..what?!

The stupidity of these people just flat out makes me angry! They gripe about “SJW’s” but get mad when they’re called “keyboard commandos.”

How fucking stupid, hateful, and irresponsible do you have to be to even dream this shit up? Cheese’s Crust!

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
6 years ago

That’s another thing the #Gits and the Tea Party have in common: All of their “Black friends” just so happen to be popular on Shutterstock and iStock.

Kakanian
Kakanian
6 years ago

@ktrantingredhead

Reverse image searches revealed that a lot of images were culled from facebook, google searches and commercial image repositories.

idledillettante
6 years ago

@ktrantingredhead – a good start is to prove the profile pic they’re using is a stock photo or FB pic (use GIS). That really puts the lie to the liar

But #ggers say that all the time, too. “You don’t know we’re socks! #notyourshield” *posts blurry-ass mosaic of pics*

ktrantingredhead
6 years ago

I conducted a little twitter experiment of my own….and was shown a collage of “notyourshield” people and told that most women are on the side of gamer gate. Then I was told that real GamerGaters would gladly support me and help report my harassers but that I’m obviously a stupid, feminazi, propagandist….sooooooo harassers are going to help report other harassers? Fuckingfuckballshitgoddamnmotherfuckertitscuntasspenisfaceshitbag…..this kind of idiocy makes me mad….I should laugh at it, but I can’t…I would laugh if it were truly harmless, but it’s being shown to be dangerous.

-utters more obscenities-

Kakanian
Kakanian
6 years ago

@ktrantingredhead

Keep in mind that many of them operate under the assumption of the feminist movement to be literally made of Nazis who’re out to silence and kill all white heterosexual american men in the long run. And that feminists worship any person who doesn’t conform to that identity and truly and honestly believe that anyone non-white, non-male person can do no wrong.

itsabeast
itsabeast
6 years ago

“AVFM is in full recruitment mode like leeches on this GG shit..there website has a “welcome new folks” article that literally looks like a Disneyland ad..Paul Elam has scrubbed his name ..far as I can see.. from anyplace on AVFM that would indicate he’s is any sort of leadership position..”

I don’t get it–why would Paul Elam be a turn-off to gators?

ktrantingredhead
6 years ago

Yes….because of all the genocide that’s ever happened in the world, white, Christian, cis males have certainly been victimized the most. XD

These are the kinds of people who probably think the biggest travesty of slavery was that so many slave masters lost money after the Civil War.

Alex M
Alex M
6 years ago

Standard #notyourshield exchange:

Prima: Your movement’s death threats against women in the industry is appalling and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Secunda: @prima As a black queer transgender autistic Wiccan single mother, I support #gamergate and am #notyourshield.

Sarah
Sarah
6 years ago

That…..doesn’t even make any kind of sense. “Let’s pretend to be gays and black people and trans people who are mad that white cis women tried to comment on how shitty gaming treats us and then the MRM…er…I mean, GamerGate will look good and feminists will look bad.”

…..what?!

The stupidity of these people just flat out makes me angry! They gripe about “SJW’s” but get mad when they’re called “keyboard commandos.”

How fucking stupid, hateful, and irresponsible do you have to be to even dream this shit up? Cheese’s Crust!

I’m a woman and a person of color, and I once drank the right-wing, libertarian kool-aid as an impressionable young person. (Not precisely the same thing as gamergate, but a close enough example.) One of the things that right-wingers love to do is to accuse leftists and social liberals of not thinking for themselves. You’re an independent thinker, right? Do you like making your own decisions or having them made for you? I mean, this sort of thing is very appealing to an adolescent who is trying to forge their own identity. Unfortunately for them, my own personal experience with the pitfalls of sexism and racism, as well as further reading and thinking on my part, led me to change my mind.

One of the things that I have found to be very good about gamergate is that it has given me a very handy list of people I can block as being not worthy of my time. The other night I was going through the hashtag and I found an account from someone who had just tweeted a drawing he had made of an African-American woman. He posted it with the note to say “this is something I just made and it’s #notyourshield, so feel free to grab it and use it as an avatar!” Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that #notyourshield is bullshit.

ktrantingredhead
6 years ago

Ah, you’re a woman of color. I read what you wrote. Now I’m an expert in the experiences of women of color and am totally qualified to speak on your behalf…..because “all my ______ friends…..”

That’s probably what’s most insulting. It’s a formula they’re following.

Step 1: Do something horrible.
Step 2: Get an unsurprisingly horrible response
Step 3: Get someone who belongs to the group we’re insulting to be on our side.
Step 4: WIN

It’s why FOX News does their best to hire black anchors that don’t care about racism, atheists who don’t like the separation of church and state, and women who hate birth control…..and they think no one notices?! Like…..they think people believe this shit? It’s like when a kid closes their own eyes then says, “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!”

daintydougal
daintydougal
6 years ago

“As a female”

Said no female ever

Bogdan Cvetkovic
6 years ago

They basically figured that having a female or a POC identity was a get out of jail free card with FEMINISTS, and that the movement could use them to easily silence their critics from that corner. They also figured that it’d defuse the claim that they’re another white men’s movement, so they created POC and female sockpuppet accounts to tweet at critics. There probably are indeed women and POCs in the movement, but they basically got thrown under the bus by the white male majority that just had to use fake accounts rather than let the women and POCs speak for themselves.

So they’re basically using women and POC as human shields. The irony.

Sarah
Sarah
6 years ago

That’s probably what’s most insulting. It’s a formula they’re following.

Step 1: Do something horrible.
Step 2: Get an unsurprisingly horrible response
Step 3: Get someone who belongs to the group we’re insulting to be on our side.
Step 4: WIN

Yeah, basically the gamergater’s (or right-winger’s, or what-have-you) perception of identity politics. They have the African-American friend, or the female friend, who laughs at their racist/sexist jokes and that gives them a pass. And the friend, whether or not he or she exists, is seen as an independent thinker who doesn’t follow the crowd. Beautiful, isn’t it?

deniseeliza
deniseeliza
6 years ago

You know, the only real “shields” in this debacle are the supposedly “reasonable” GamerGaters who hate harassment and only care about journalistic integrity. Maybe they should take up the #notyourshield tag against GamerGate.

Of course, that would require them to not actually be full of shit.

deniseeliza
deniseeliza
6 years ago

Yeah, basically the gamergater’s (or right-winger’s, or what-have-you) perception of identity politics. They have the African-American friend, or the female friend, who laughs at their racist/sexist jokes and that gives them a pass.

Yep. There’s also this:

Activist: We should listen to women/poc/lgbtqia people about their experiences!
Gamergater: I know a black person who is a gamergater therefore racism isn’t a problem in games because black people can never be wrong due to your own logic CHECKMATE SJW SHITLORD!!!

Sarah
Sarah
6 years ago

Also, this (read the whole thread, it’s sickening).

andiexist
andiexist
6 years ago

…Ceiling Cat! It all makes sense now! They don’t want to help women for PR because they hate women!

Not that any of them will admit it, of course. They’d just be happy to sweep this failed fundraiser under the rug.

Kakanian
Kakanian
6 years ago

@Sarah

What is the context of that tweet?

Sarah
Sarah
6 years ago

What is the context of that tweet?

For the one from Brianna Wu, she’s trying to get an interview with a radio station and gamergaters are trying to derail the interview. The second one from Zoe Quinn is a discussion of a credible threat.

Bina
Bina
6 years ago

Let’s total up the ironies as we find them:

1. Maker of punch-Anita game says he’s against harassment, even though his widdle game is totally an exercise in harassment.

2. Women and non-whites are #notyourshield…except when they’re totally a shield for GamerGomers, who are mostly white and male.

3. Feminists are really, truly Nazis, out to stifle gamers’ free speech and their “art” games. Which are predominantly violent shooter-ups with a side order of beat-up-and-kill-women.

4. Feminists are really, truly Nazis, out to stifle white cis het men. Um, do these guys even realize who led the REAL Nazi party? It was nobody BUT white cis het men.

5. Oh yeah, and the REAL Nazis…HATED FEMINISM. They hated it because it challenged all the notions of who were the “natural ruling class” of the world. So much so that they had to put out their own parallel “women’s movement” to convince German ladies that their true place was in the kitchen, the church and the nursery, out of the hard, hard business of men-ruling-the world, producing as many babies as possible and not worrying their pretty little heads about silly things like equality, human rights, politics, and the like. Sound familiar?

I’m sure there are more, so please feel free to add to this list!

strivingally
6 years ago

Bina: I have a BUNCH of IOKIYAGG (It’s Okay If You’re A GamerGater, a play on the old IOKIYAR concept) contradictions. The two most glaring ones are:

1. Claiming SJWs/feminists are using shame and scolding as tools to silence those they disagree with and stifle free speech. From a group that counts among its main “victories” bullying an advertiser into withdrawing from a site that published an article mildly critical of gamers from a freelance writer.

2. Claiming that they “just want to play games and leave the politics out of everything!”. When anybody reading /gg/ for five minutes, or willing to waste the time arguing with the Tweeters ’til they show their true colours, can see the Neoreactionary/dark enlightenment SJW-hating is the primary driving force behind the entire thing, and the journalism stuff is the self-serving window dressing used to recruit useful idiots for cover. Being opposed to expression of certain political positions *IS* taking a political position, not “neutrality”.

strivingally
6 years ago

Ye gods, that Katherine Cross Storify is terrifying. If you’re invoking Robespierre’s ideals to try and justify your cause THAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU THE GOOD GUYS. Also disgusted but not surprised that GaymerX-ers are being stalked. Bigotry is bigotry is bigotry. :/

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
6 years ago

3. “We only care about journalistic ethics!” “Yeah, I stopped reading IGN’s reviews when it came out that they take bribes for high scores a few years ago.” “*blank stare*… ZOE QUINN!”

4. Disagree entirely with the #GG hivemind? Brainwashed sheep of the liberal Feminazi media! Agree mostly but not entirely with the #GG hivemind? Brainwashed sheep of the liberal Feminazi media! Agree entirely with the #GG hivemind? Unique free-thinker! (I know that I keep comparing #GG to the Tea Party, and that comparison holds true here, but they also kind of seem like a cult at this point…)

katz
6 years ago

Keep in mind that many of them operate under the assumption of the feminist movement to be literally made of Nazis

Which is ironic, because GamerGate actually does contain literal Nazis.

Dennis Jernberg (@dennis_jernberg)

@David: I am now following all the accounts you linked.

Quoth Hideki Kamiya (Bayonetta) to the #Gits:

So many insects. Summer vacation in your countries again?

I now officially love this guy.

They basically figured that having a female or a POC identity was a get out of jail free card with FEMINISTS

Surely they got that idea from the US Republicans and their highly tokenist failed party rebranding effort aimed toward millennials and women. Like, they found one hipster and a few pliable wives. So what. Tokenism is an old and honored tradition on the American Right. Same old same old. “Some of my best friends are…” (and this time I even invented ’em, so there, gotcha SJWs!!!)

Feminists are really, truly Nazis

I remember seeing a real “FemiNazi” flag in an anime somewhere. It was the Nazi flag with the Chinese character for “woman” replacing the swastika. Which got me thinking: if there really are Valerie Solanas-style “FemiNazis”, some of them surely are also Anti-Japaneseists, Japanese people who are bigoted against Japanese people and want to destroy Japan for its World War II war crimes, a kind of left-wing extremist whose heyday was the radical-fever-dream 1970s. When the Aum Supreme Truth cult nerve-gassed the Tokyo subways back in 1995, their manifestos at the time were full of Anti-Japaneseist ideology in the exact same way GamerGate relies on the MRM.

GamerGomers

Swiped! 😀

Disagree entirely with the #GG hivemind? Brainwashed sheep of the liberal Feminazi media! Agree mostly but not entirely with the #GG hivemind? Brainwashed sheep of the liberal Feminazi media! Agree entirely with the #GG hivemind? Unique free-thinker!

Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. So quoth the TEA Party GamerGomers.

“*blank stare*… BENGHAZI! ZOE QUINN!”

There. Corrected. 😉

Sarah
Sarah
6 years ago

This article is germane to this discussion. It’s also hilarious, for anybody who needs a laugh.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/columnists/a-guide-to-the-ideas-and-words-of-gamergate/article21146512/