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Meme of the week: Is "Actually, it's about ethics in games journalism" the new "Not all men?"

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It’s been a pretty shitty week. I don’t think I need to explain why. So here’s something to help take the edge off — a new meme featuring a phrase anyone who’s ever said anything critical of GamerGate has heard, again and again: “Actually, it’s about ethics in games journalism.”

This new meme, which started really taking off today on Twitter and Tumblr, seems to be becoming the new “not all men.” Which makes sense: “Not all men” is to mansplaining what “Actually … ” is to Gatersplaining.

Here are some of my favorites, taken from Twitter and from the new Tumblr blog titled, naturally, Actually … it’s about ethics in games journalism.

catethics jawsethics bladeethics ringethcis pulpficethics mithsethics nowactually

clockworkethics

I made one myself out of an old #NotAllMen meme:

This blog, meanwhile, uses the phrase as a caption for New Yorker cartoons.

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And then there’s this Tweet.

Thank you, anonymous meme-makers, and whoever came up with this in the first place! We needed this.

 

 

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Hyatt
Hyatt
6 years ago

With any luck, some of them will go the way of Nog. Sure he started out as a sexist and deflected criticism from himself with ridiculous claims of others’ lack of ethics, but he learned to respect women and take responsibility.

contrapangloss
6 years ago

Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #211:

Employees are the rungs on the ladder of success. Don’t hesitate to step on them.

…actually, Rule 211 is about ethics in games journalism.

contrapangloss
6 years ago

Actually, this ‘unoffical rule’ of acquisition is more dead on with gaters…

“A good lie is easier to believe than the truth. That’s why it’s actually about ethics in games journalism.”

katz
6 years ago

“The first rule of ethics in game journalism is you do not talk about ethics in game journalism.”

pallygirl
pallygirl
6 years ago

+1 internets to katz

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

Rimmer: Kryten, you’re forgetting Space Corp Directive 1742.

Kryten: 1742? “No member of the Corp should report for duty in a ginger toupee”?

Rimmer: Actually, it’s about ethics in games journalism.

RAL
RAL
6 years ago

I think Hyatt is correct. The whole “gamergate” episode could become a valuable learning experience for many of the young gamers caught up in this. As they mature they will realise they have been used.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is actually about ethics in games journalism.
Neo: Whoa.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Cypher: You know, I know this steak doesn’t exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize?
[Takes a bite of steak]
Cypher: It really is about ethics in games journalism.

pallygirl
pallygirl
6 years ago

“Where did you go to, if I may ask?’ said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along.
To look ahead,’ said he.
And what brought you back in the nick of time?’
Ethics in games journalism,’ said he.”

pallygirl
pallygirl
6 years ago

“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“Ethics in games journalism,” said the Hatter”

katz
6 years ago

“All right,” said Deep Thought. “The Answer to the Great Question…”
“Yes..!”
“Of Life, the Universe and Everything…” said Deep Thought.
“Yes…!”
“Is…” said Deep Thought, and paused.
“Yes…!”
“Is…”
“Yes…!!!…?”
“Ethics in game journalism,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.

AltoFronto
AltoFronto
6 years ago

M. The S.J.R. and Kirbywarp have come up with my favourites so far. 🙂

Maybe a Grim Fandango reference would work – “An epic tale of crime and corruption in the land of VIDEO GAME JOURNALISM. Help Manny untangle himself from a QUINNspiracy that threatens his FAVOURITE HOBBY.”

Or that scene in Psychonauts where Coach Oleander reveals his dastardly plan to be about…. Ethics in video games journalism.

Especially pertinent, since Tim Schafer caught a lot of Twitter grievance early on.

daintydougal
daintydougal
6 years ago

A scorpion asks a frog to carry him over a river. The frog is afraid of being stung during the trip, but the scorpion argues that if it stung the frog, both would sink and the scorpion would drown. The frog agrees and begins carrying the scorpion, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When asked why, the scorpion points out that this is about ethics in game journalism.

sunnysombrera
6 years ago

“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue of ethics in video game journalism.”

– Winston Churchill (sort of).

Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III
Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III
6 years ago

Gregory: I will frown as I pass by, let them take it as they list

Samson: Nay, as I dare I shall bite my thumb at them which is a disgrace to them if they bear it

Abraham: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

Sampson: I do bite my thumb, sir

Abraham: Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

Sampson: (aside to Gregory) Is the law on our side if I say aye?

Gregory: No.

Sampson: No, sir. I bite my thumb at ethics in game journalism.

Redcap
Redcap
6 years ago

Excuse me while I insert this into all of the insult fights from The Secret of Monkey Island:

“You fight like a dairy farmer.”
“How appropriate. It’s actually about ethics in game journalism.”

“I got this scar on my face during a mighty struggle!”
“I hope by now you’ve learned it’s actually about ethics in game journalism.”

“Have you stopped wearing diapers yet?”
“Why, did you know it’s actually about ethics in game journalism?”

“I’ve heard you were a contemptible sneak.”
“To bad no one’s ever heard it’s actually about ethics in game journalism.”

“It’s actually about ethics in game journalism.”
“Your hemorrhoids flaring up again, eh?”

“There are no words for how disgusting you are.”
“Yes there are. They’re actually about ethics in game journalism.”

“I’ve spoken with apes more polite than you.”
“I’m glad to hear you attended GamerGate. It’s actually about ethics in game journalism.”

Some of them are disturbingly à propos.

vaiyt
6 years ago

These are hilarious

Actually, they’re about ethics in video game journalism.

othergonzo
6 years ago

Love the Blade Runner one! But they’re all right on point.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

You all slay me. =]

Delphi Ote (@delphi_ote)

I really feel like the reference to Navi from the Ocarina of Time gets to the heart of the matter.

proxieme
proxieme
6 years ago

I saw this this morning and have mixed reactions:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/10/24/how-some-gamergate-supporters-say-the-controversy-could-stop-in-one-week/

The author tosses off:
Campbell also pointed to other efforts to recast the mainstream image of Gamergate, including a crowd-funding campaign to donate money to the PACER Center for National Bullying Prevention. Some have also launched coordinated campaigns against media sites — notably Gawker Media and Gamasutra — to persuade companies including Adobe and Intel to stop advertising on those sites.

Without taking the time to examine what, exactly, prompted them to rally against these sites, which is pretty annoying. And she glosses over its awful fucking inception pretty hardcore.

BUT I do think that both the author and one of the people interviewed have a point: If gaming sites and bloggers began to consistently disclose potential conflicts of interest, it would deprive the misogynist asshats and blatant trolls of a shield.

I don’t think (on that level – individual bloggers & journalists) that there is any substantial “corruption”, at least on the level that GG’s claiming.
Devs have gaming journalist friends and supporters, gaming journalists have Dev friends and supporters – it’s been a natural outgrowth of the fact that the industry, for a long time, has been a relatively insular one.

Disclosures will silence any semi-legitimate criticism of those relationships and will leave those with unreasonable complaints (“They’re covering their friends! That shouldn’t be allowed, period!”), those with their asses on their shoulders because they don’t understand what critical analysis of media actually looks like, misogynist creeps, and general trolls all alone in the #GamerGate sandbox.

At least that’s what I’d like to think.
Even odds that instead you’d have an outcry of “victory!” that would just egg on more awful, bilious behavior.

katz
6 years ago

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a land where they will be judged not by the color of their skin but by the ethics of their game journalism.”

tinyorc
6 years ago

“I used to be an adventurer like you, then I realized it’s actually about ethics in games journalism.”

sunnysombrera
6 years ago

“My name is Inigo Montoya and it’s about ethics in game journalism. Prepare to die.”

sunnysombrera
6 years ago

Gamergaters may have a problem with journalists covering their friends but here is how creative industries, such as the gaming industry, works: they’re highly competitive. Networking can be what pushes an unknown indie dev into being featured, maybe often, in a magazine or blog. “Making friends” is a skill recommended by successful people in any field and its an edge if you’re good at it. There is nothing corrupt about it. Networking and building relationships is key to getting ahead if you want your games to be spotlighted. That’s the nature of things.

Grow up GGers and get a job. Find out how the world works. It’s who you know, and that applies for almost anything.

daintydougal
daintydougal
6 years ago

*Knock at the door*
Just ignore it, it’s probably Jehova’s Witnesses
But I’m expecting that package
*Opens door*
Good morning! Have you heard the good word of ethics in game journalism!

tinyorc
6 years ago

@sunnysombera – Exactly! I mean, when I did my postgrad we literally had a class on how to network effectively in the publishing industry.

PEOPLE IN ADJACENT INDUSTRIES OFTEN TALK TO EACH OTHER. STOP THE PRESSES.

jo
jo
6 years ago

tinyorc –

“WOMEN ARE UNETHICAL PROBABLY”

They DEFINITELY are if they play or create or make videos about games!

sunnysombrera
6 years ago

Tinyorc: honestly every piece of “corruption” Gamergate has come up with has turned out to be not corruption but standard practice.

Mailing lists? “OMG EVIL.”
Networking? “CRUCIFY!”
Male journalistic blatantly trying to exchange sex for a good review on Twitter? “…THAT SLUT SHOULDNT HAVE TURNED HIM DOWN.”

vaiyt
6 years ago

If gaming sites and bloggers began to consistently disclose potential conflicts of interest, it would deprive the misogynist asshats and blatant trolls of a shield.

Those “conflicts of interest” are a phony concern. Again, the #gaters place a lot of importance on PERSONAL connections, and gloss over business pressure over reviewers because they KNOW that might mean most of their efforts should not go into attacking women.

Nequam
Nequam
6 years ago

A magnificent bastard I know came up with this one:comment image?oh=f61feab2d139ab46ff345ac3370ef244&oe=54AF04C4

magnesium
6 years ago

Kotaku and Polygon already updated their ethics rules and GamerGate still goes after them. sunnysombrera is correct, networking is a normal part of any and every business on Earth and I’m willing to bet that most GGers with jobs got them through someone they knew. Hell, I have known at least one person who went from working as a games journalist to working as a designer at a studio. “Games journalism” is basically just advertising for video games, and either GGers are really goddamn naive, or they already know that and are looking for things to get outraged about.

GamerGaters will be happy when they have the ability to censor reviews and opinion pieces on Game websites. That is what they keep demanding, anyways. They want the right to decide what features get reviewed by reviewers, and what scores games are given. This is censorship. They want to stop writers from publishing opinion pieces that are “political”, which is a code word for “about things we don’t like”. GamerGate is a censorship movement. It’s anti-ethical. They will be happy when game websites give them free reign to decide what is published.

The satirical ClickHole article was the best description of what GamerGate really wants: http://www.clickhole.com/article/summary-gamergate-movement-we-will-immediately-cha-1241

They want authority over what is written and published by anyone and everyone in the media, and they want to call that ethics.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago

BUT I do think that both the author and one of the people interviewed have a point: If gaming sites and bloggers began to consistently disclose potential conflicts of interest, it would deprive the misogynist asshats and blatant trolls of a shield.

Disclosures will silence any semi-legitimate criticism of those relationships

No, it wouldn’t.

http://feministing.com/2014/10/23/empire-of-dirt-how-gamergates-misogynistic-policing-of-gamer-identity-degrades-the-whole-gaming-community/

The important bit from that article:

One GamerGaterer, in an attempt to silence me, asked why I hadn’t revealed my “business ties” to Silverstring Media, a consulting firm that’s been a popular whipping boy in GamerGate conspiracies because of its progressive bend. I had not so much as heard of them before this whole mess, of course, much less had any financial interest in them.

If there are no bullshit “conflicts of interest” to criticize, ones will be invented. Negotiation with terrorists never leads to less terrorism.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Glinda to Dorothy: Just close your eyes, tap your heels together three times and say “actually, it’s about ethics in games journalism.”

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

Alfred Pennyworth: Why do we fall sir?
Bruce Wayne: So we can learn to pick ourselves up?
Alfred Pennyworth: Actually, it’s about ethics in games journalism.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago
proxieme
proxieme
6 years ago

Those “conflicts of interest” are a phony concern. Again, the #gaters place a lot of importance on PERSONAL connections, and gloss over business pressure over reviewers because they KNOW that might mean most of their efforts should not go into attacking women.

(I blockquoted! Yay! I’m at my computer rather than on my phone.)

I think if someone has contributed to someone’s game development and then review the game, that should be disclosed. It’s pretty standard practice in journalism to disclose conjoined financial interests.

That’s about the only thing that I agree with the GGs on (at least the ones with which I’ve interacted). I’ve yet to find one who’s looked over that (really) incredibly minor quibble and squarely at direct sponsorship (resulting in coverage that’s more an ad than a review) and play-for-good-review deals. And I wouldn’t even call that “corruption” per se – it’s large companies using the means at their disposal to drum up excitement for their multi-million dollar product and you’re a naive idiot if you can’t parse “coverage” from “review & critique”.

If someone wanted to (really) argue for disclosure of corporate sponsorship and restricted access/review deals, I’d be behind them. But that’s not what they’re doing (as you all rightly pointed out). It seems like even the most well intentioned of them are stuck on calling networking and friendships “corruption” and confusing the critical analysis to which all media is subject “oppression” (or whatever).
For fuck’s sake, as Chris Kluwe pointed out: You’d think that they’d be happy that gaming and society’s relationship with it has evolved to the point that more people think that it warrants critical analysis.

[An aside for those of you who’ve summarily dismissed games/gaming: There are some genuinely worthwhile titles out there – even AAA, mainstream ones – from a purely interactive art standpoint. My husband had to walk away from The Last of Us several times, especially after -spoiler- the main protagonist’s daughter dies.]

The only point that I was trying to get to in my above post was that making disclosures of financial relationships more of an industry standard has the potential to defang any of GG’s perceived legitimacy and would remove some of the shields from in front of its more noxious elements.

But I will concede that that is only a potential outcome.

goodrumo
6 years ago

Reblogged this on iheariseeilearn.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
6 years ago
kirbywarp
kirbywarp
6 years ago

@proxieme:

Just like you can’t kill that which is already dead, you can’t deligitimize a group that never had nor cared about legitimacy in the first place. You can’t offend the honor of a person who has none.

Anything about games journalism is just a shield to deflect criticism; respond to one accusation and they’ll toss up three more just so they can keep going. There are certainly real issues in journalism (like game companies having elaborate paperwork detailing how positive an impression must be and what a streamer must cover in order to get early access to a game), but if you want to address those issues you should do it for the sake of those issues rather than as an effort to appease GamerGate.

proxieme
proxieme
6 years ago

*prox has read the replies that were written while she was writing her tome*

You all are probably right, and I am (admittedly) basing what I say off my experience as:

(1) someone not in the industry.
(2) someone who was once an intensive gamer but now plays casually (at best) due to kids, work, life, etc. and who hasn’t engaged in any extensive knock-down, drag-outs about GG AND who rarely if ever engages in skill-matched or open world online play because I just don’t have the energy to deal with douchebags.
(3) someone who only casually peruses gaming journalism because, hell, I already have a backlog of games I’d like to get to on my PS3.

I didn’t even know that Kotaku, et al had revised their published standards.

So, yeah – GG’s full of it & the journalist I cited earlier gave their arguments waaay too much credence and leeway in the name of trying to be balanced.

[To any further replies: I probably won’t be able to respond. Frozen has lost the interest of my younger kids and I’m about to go pick up my older daughter from a strings practice. In fact, I just came down here to check my email to verify its end time…and here I am ;p ]

proxieme
proxieme
6 years ago

@kirby: Yeah, I’m back around to that stance.

Ack, gtg.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

@ Nequam – zie is a truly magnificent bastard. Magnificent. Bastard.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

Found this here: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/10/23/how-to-boycott-me-i-mean-really-boycott-me/

http://i.imgur.com/9nUguyP.jpg

It’s worth reading. Scalzi continues to be awesome.

Shaenon
6 years ago

Here, David. I made a comic to cheer you up: http://www.shaenon.com/ladygaming2.html

Robert
Robert
6 years ago

Shaenon – very nice indeed! The Golden Trilbies reminded me of the ominous secret society members in “Bimbo’s Initiation”.

Lea – good ol’ Scalzi. I enjoy his blog even more than his fiction. And he enjoys pie!

Skye
Skye
6 years ago

Yay, Scalzi.

The memes are awesome.

Great comic, Shaenon

ktrantingredhead
6 years ago

You know what other thing I keep seeing over and over and over and over?

“Why is only one side being reported?”

Because only one side is a group of terrorists. That’s why.

Do people who ask that question then go on a 10 paragraph diatribe about “journalistic integrity” really think they’re fooling anyone into thinking they’re not violent, virulent, psychopathic woman haters? NEWSFLASH: You’re not!

This apologist “both sides” crap has got to stop! There is no “both sides.” No. There are attackers and victims. Those are the only two sides. I keep hearing people say, “Well there’s been bad behavior on both sides.” Um. Yeah. Where? Prove me wrong. Show me. What pro-GamerGater has been doxxed? What pro-GamerGater has been driven from his home? What pro-GamerGater has been threatened with death, rape, AND assault? What pro-GamerGater has been told by multiple people hundreds of elaborate, sick fantasies some SJW has about raping him? What pro-GamerGater has had to contact the police or the FBI in real fear of his life? What pro-GamerGater has had to cancel lectures because of bomb/gun/miscellaneous attack threats? What pro-GamerGater has had a “beat up” game made just for him?

The worst thing that has ever happened to a pro-GamerGater is that he’s been called a misogynist or has been cursed out by me. 0 n0ez! MY LIFE IS FOREVER RUINED BY THIS EGREGIOUS TRAUMA! I’ll no doubt have to spend years in therapy overcoming this obstacle of being called a name this one time…but I’ll make it! Soon enough, the Oprah Network will air a made for TV movie about me and my struggle called, “Not Without My PSP,” which illustrates the strength and triumph of the human spirit.

The only “proof” of bad behavior on the anti-GamerGate side is a bunch of sock puppet twitter accounts. Even people who really know better feel compelled to say, “Well….not ALL Gamer Gaters….I mean…like…there are some real concerns on their side….I mean…I can’t think of any that make any sense and the ones they claim they stand for don’t exist….but….like….yeah…..”

It IS the new “not all men.” It’s the new bullshit device used to detract from the truth or to avoid being accused of something bullshitty. The main difference is that, while “not all men” is usually used as a way to shut down a discussion, most men are not total shitbacks. Find me one pro-GamerGater that is not a total shitbag. You can’t. There aren’t any.

Anyone claiming GamerGate is about journalistic integrity is full of shit. Period. End of story. Let’s do a little poll. Let’s take ALLLLLL the people who claim they don’t hate women, aren’t terrorists, and really only care about journalistic integrity. Ask them to, without Googling to try to find one, if they can name ONE other journalistic scandal they care deeply about and have devoted this much attention to. If any one of them can do that, I’ll eat the assholes of everyone on this board!

Also, why is the shitbag side not inserting “not all SJW’s” or “not all feminists” or “not all anti-GamerGaters,” crap into their writing? Why is there NO ONE ANYWHERE AT ALL EVER who has put up a LEGITIMATE article about their concerns with journalistic integrity that has no history of hating women? Anyone care to answer that for me? Of course not. Because you can’t. Such a person does not exist.