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#GamerGate's new theme song is possibly the worst thing unleashed on the internet since, well, #GamerGate

Brace yourself, because there’s really no way to prepare you for how terrible this song is.

The lyrics are a bit difficult to figure out using, you know, your ears, so watch this in fullscreen mode so you can read them.

And no, this isn’t a joke. It’s a serious song made by serious #GamerGaters on 8chan. See this thread, or the GamerGareSings Twitter, for more details.

They are hard at work on more of these.  A lot more. Here are a couple of works-in-progress. Put them in your ears if you dare.

Do they have a GamerGate version of Bohemian Rhapsody? Why yes, they do.

Do they have one dedicated to their imaginary girlfriend, Vivian James? Why yes, they do.

Wash all of this out of your brain with some awesome music from Kiss!

If only Kiss really did sound like this. If only the GamerGaters sounded like this!

 

 

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strivingally
7 years ago

If anyone’s gone One-Winged Angel final form amongst the critics of GamerGate, it’s Brianna Wu, who’s put up an $11K bounty for any actionable info leading to prosecution re: threats made by GGers.

This is a woman you do. not. fuck. with.

KuuDjin
KuuDjin
7 years ago

“we’re not even angry”
There is no way I can express how hilarious this is (and how alienated it sounds) through conceptual language.
But in my head this as always been their (un)official anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpsbj0OoeNo

Robert
Robert
7 years ago

Apparently, some people are not the heroes of their own stories. But why would you want to be the cackling villain? They probably saw Watchmen and thought Rorschach was the hero.

Hurm.

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

I honestly think they just don’t understand context. Or subtext. Sometimes not even text. They chose the Portal song because it was well-known, and because the song was triumphant like they want to be.

Either that or they think every villain is just an anti-hero in disguise.

ryeash
7 years ago

I don’t care what they say, this will always be #GamerGate*’s theme song in these ears:

http://m.youtube.com/?#/watch?v=4rT3KsN_H6g

*and MRM

SpiderKitten
SpiderKitten
7 years ago

Honestly, the part that sleeves me the most (that hasn’t been mentioned much) is how they mention the doxxing then turn around and treat it like a huge mistake… Despite the fact they *keep doing it*. It’s just… Wtf. At this point no matter how you slice it there’s no way in hell it’s a “mistake” when it happens.

ryashi
ryashi
7 years ago

This song is pretty funny if you ask me. Seems to be a lack of humor here lol…

acrannymint
acrannymint
7 years ago

I don’t think “We are fucking pathetic” would go over so well as a lyric suggestion

Puddleglum
7 years ago

Either that or they think every villain is just an anti-hero in disguise.

I don’t think they can distinguish between villain and anti-hero. That sort of analysis is way above their paygrade.

weirwoodtreehugger
7 years ago

What would they do if they couldn’t play their precious vidya for a month? If they couldn’t look at their circlejerk forums? Would they develop as humans? Is that even possible at this point? How are they so unbelievably butthurt over a hobby? I just don’t understand. I just don’t understand.

The lyrics even talk about them pretty much being shut ins. What would happen to them if there was, say a solar flare serious enough to damage infrastructure and shut down electricity, cell phone towers and the internet. It would be hard on everyone in the industrialized world, but they would just be unable to cope. I’m just picturing them wandering the streets in a daze clutching their console of choice periodically yelling out “hashtag gamergate! Whore!” at passers by. Or coming up to strange women in public places and telling them to “go make their games.”

weirwoodtreehugger
7 years ago

I mean “go make your own games.”

wordsp1nner
wordsp1nner
7 years ago

Well, if they do go out of their houses, Kendra Wells has prepared a Guide to Female Body Language for them:

https://twitter.com/buonasahra/status/531524798829314048

Kim
Kim
7 years ago

A person mentioned him, but I wanted to give an additional shout-out to Jonathan Coulton who wrote the Still Alive song that the gators are spoofing. I know him mostly from NPRs Ask Me Another quiz show, but he does a lot of funny stuff.

Kagato
Kagato
7 years ago

Once again, they willingly put themselves the role of the bad buy.
Batman villains. Demons in flames. Skulls. A psychopathic AI. You’d think they’d occasionally want to paint themselves as the hero, wouldn’t you?

Gussie Jives (@gussiejives)

@Andrew_Johnston

If I may be so bold, I offer this as an addendum to your statement about #GamerGater’s understanding of the games they play.

h/t to SteampunkKanye on PixieJenni’s GamerGate blog: pixietalksgamergate.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/anti-gamergate-answers-part-2/

A surprising number also don’t understand videogames, really. At least, not as well as they think they do. They understand systems, sure. They typically favour their systems-based games. Their idea of “objective” reviews are almost exclusively about reporting on what it’s like to interact with the systems. They’re the people who worked out whether killing or saving Little Sisters in Bioshock was numerically advantageous, rather than engaging with whether they wanted to kill a little girl. The aesthetic properties seem not to matter to them nearly as much, and man many of them seem to hate it when an aspect of their aesthetic is viewed as more important than the systems! But games have always been an intersection of the underlying systems and the aesthetics which articulate and accompany them (another thing a load of them seem to hate: considering games as a whole experience to which everything contributes, rather than as individual parts which should only be considered in isolation). There have always been games which have emphasized their aesthetic aspects; Myst is an obvious one, as well as many adventure games (I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream springs to mind). Games exist on a spectrum from abstract, systems-based games to narrative-heavy visual-novel games, and at every point in between, and basically never at the extremes, and that the unity between these two things creates the transcendent value a game provides; the whole, holistic experience it creates. Without that, you’re into less than half of a videogame, with whatever “greater than the sum of its parts” the emergent experience brings.

I have encountered this in direct conversation. A GamerGater told me that games (he later extended it to all art) cannot be political (he then walked that back when called on it), then said that the aesthetics are not as important as the system and controls.

SteampunkKanye has a long reply, but I must say it is the finest analysis of the failings of GamerGate I have seen yet.

Robert
Robert
7 years ago

Kagato – pfft! Who ever heard of a HERO getting the girl and saving the day?

Wait, what?

I’m starting to think that some of these beezers were actually bullied in high school, but not for the reasons they think.

Kagato
Kagato
7 years ago

pfft! Who ever heard of a HERO getting the girl and saving the day?

Bunch of white-knighting betas, the lot of them.

sylviaplant
sylviaplant
7 years ago

@magnesium

Wasn’t the murderous robot voice in Portal the bad guy?

Well, you’re talking about the people who proclaim, unironically, that Bane is a good mascot. And who talk like monologuing supervillains. And who have skulls all around. I think they kind of want to be the baddies.

Chevrolet
Chevrolet
7 years ago

Thanks to Gamergate I actually got the song reference! In the last few months I’ve paid more attention to video games than I have the entire rest of my life combined, and I’ve started spending money to buy them. I had no idea what modern games were like, but they’re awesome! Like Portal, which I just finished a couple of days ago. I also played Gone Home after reading about it in the New York Times’ opinion piece on GG, but knowing nothing else about it, and squealed out loud when I found the riot grrrl cassettes.

sylviaplant
sylviaplant
7 years ago

OK the youtube comments on the first Cronenberged song is hilarious.

Side note, this has been one wild ride & I can’t believe I’m near tears at this video, lol

They are moved to tears by this. I’m. What?

They [journalists] gasp desperately for any fresh air, throwing reason and common sense to the wind to somehow twist carefully-worded statements of neutrality into “victories” for anti GamerGate. They’re exhausted, afraid, frustrated.

They’re reveling in the idea (erroneous or not) that their “enemies” are exhausted and afraid of the constant harassment.

wish we had a “making of” vid

A making of vid? Like a video of gaterbro breathing into his mic and running a filter? Exciting.

Full disclosure: I almost started to cry with tears of joy while listening to this. Don’t know why, it just happened.

Again, they are moved to tears by this. But really it’s the “tumbleristas” that are silly emotional creatures.

Bravo to the one Anti-GG shill that clicked dislike.

Yes, any dissent is clearly “shills.”

This got me pumped. Time to go send more emails and win arguments online using logic and reason.

Logic and reason! I am so pumped bro! I am SWOLE on LOGIC!

Kagato
Kagato
7 years ago

That was the other thing that struck me about the message of the video: the only action they mention taking is sending emails, and the only result they talk about is advertisers. No mention of editorial policies, or changes to content, or anything substantive.

Causing (potential) financial difficulties for their opponents is success in itself, in their book.

Robert
Robert
7 years ago

Gussie – in tabletop RPGs (e.g., D&D), players who emphasize system are sometimes derisively called ‘minimaxers’. They study the rules and tables, and wind up with a left-handed elven bowmaster, not because they like the character, but so he* can wreak max damage on opponents.

*Minimaxers are even more usually male than other players, in my experience.

A. Noyd
A. Noyd
7 years ago

Gussie Jives sez:

A GamerGater told me that games (he later extended it to all art) cannot be political […], then said that the aesthetics are not as important as the system and controls.

Is it even possible for art not to be political? Also, what did he mean by “aesthetics”? I don’t get how that would connect to GamerGate unless he’s using some special meaning of the word he invented to defend things like sexual objectification of female characters.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
7 years ago

@ A. Noyd – well, GG does seem to have come up with new definitions for ethics and journalism, so why not aesthetics?

Skye
Skye
7 years ago

Sylviaplant, to be fair, I’ve felt like weeping over some of this stuff (of course, that’s more in the ‘I weep for humanity’ kind of sense in that there are seemingly so many people lacking perspective, compassion, and, yes, ethics that they believe doxxing and sending rape and death threats are appropriate ways to express their displeasure).

Darn Gaters, I’ve worked in various service industry jobs most of my life. I don’t need anything else lowering my faith in humanity.

quantumscale
quantumscale
7 years ago

I think it’s been said already, but I just can’t get over how perfect their choice of song is. The villain sings it after the game is over and she has lost. But these guys were never big on subtext.

And Chevrolet, you should play Portal 2, it’s even better.

Chevrolet
Chevrolet
7 years ago

I’ve already started playing it, quantumscale! I’m addicted!

strivingally
7 years ago

Oh holy shit. It’s official, Gaters have NO IDEA how ridiculous they sound to the outside world:

https://twitter.com/morbidcuriousty/status/531643399255117824

What can you even say to a person who thinks that’s a reasonable comparison to make? And they wonder why people are just mass-blocking Gaters (Randi Harper’s written a blockscript and predictably the Freeze Peachers are losing their collective shit over it).

Skye
Skye
7 years ago

Strivingally, wow. For a group that has literal Nazis in it, they sure are fond of calling everyone else a Nazi.

sylviaplant
sylviaplant
7 years ago

@Skye

I do get tears in my eyes after laughing at some of the more ridiculous crap. Self-important trilbybros tickle my funny bone and make me really sad at the same time.

sylviaplant
sylviaplant
7 years ago

@strivingally

Any sentence that begins with “At least the Nazis…” better end with, “At least the Nazis are dying off, now. Because they were truly dreadful.”

strivingally
7 years ago

@sylviaplant:

My favourite response from that thread:

“At least the Nazis had the decency”
whoa bud gonna have to stop you right there

katz
7 years ago

Also acceptable: “At least the Nazis are all on your side and not ours.”

Zolnier
Zolnier
7 years ago

There a lyric sheet somewhere, to afraid to listen. Also just going by a squizz at the screen capture, do they really think cis-male is an insult as opposed to a description of someone born genetically male and liking it?

Gethsemani
Gethsemani
7 years ago

Not listening to that. I am a huge fan of Portal and ruining the Portal theme song is quite simply an atrocity in and off itself. STOP DESTROYING MY HOBBY GAMERGATE!

Shannon Hubbell (@brundlefly)

So… are they unaware that they spoofed a song sung by a bad guy?

chaltab
chaltab
7 years ago

@brundlefly

Sung by the villain after she lost at that. Though honestly I thought GamerGate already had a theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAxKHeMvc2E

Warning: NSFW

Zolnier
Zolnier
7 years ago

@Gethsemani

At least they haven’t made an actual game.

Jono
Jono
7 years ago

Oh wonderful. Did they just riff off “Still Alive”, the song at the end of Portal? They ruined a great song.

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

DON’T YOU DARE FUCK WITH MY PORTAL, ASSHOLES.

Qwerty'shuman
Qwerty'shuman
7 years ago

It’s been said before, but wow, the self-awareness is weak in this one. Comparing being doxxed to being dead? Casually brushing off real people lives just like GladOS did? When she did it, she was supposed to be unsettling. Also “I think I prefer to stay inside” is insincere because she physically can’t leave, and a shallow attempt at guilt-tripping Chell, and their version just makes them sound like unhealthy shut-ins who probably should just keep to themselves. Also, the entire song is a series of lies, not a rallying cry and this is just stupid.
I also think there’s a problem with referring to descriptions of race, sexuality, and gender-identity as insults, and accusations of any form of bigotry as name-calling, when it’s actually more like a description of a crime.

Cyberwulf
Cyberwulf
7 years ago

I’m guessing they picked Still Alive because they agree with that stupid “History of Women in Videogames” macro that’s doing the rounds. You know the one that starts in 1995 *snort* and reads “LOL at the loser and his videogames” until 2007 when it changes to “Wow, Portal is awesome!” It would tie in with their “let us exploit the Humon Feemales on the Tumbloblog with kitten pictures” strategy.

kutya68kuangeleven
7 years ago

One of the songs to be covered is Chumbawamba – Tubthumping. No submissions yet. I understand that the chorus sounds empowering.
“We get knocked down, but we get up again
You’re never gonna keep us down”

But do they know that Chumbas are one of the biggest SJWs in music history? They heavily criticized Prodigy for the song “Smack my bitch up”, due to the misogyny of the song.
http://www.mtv.com/videos/interview/moby/640004/cornershop-moby-chumbawamba-react-to-the-prodigys-smack-my-bitch-up-1997.jhtml

weirwoodtreehugger
7 years ago

One of the songs to be covered is Chumbawamba – Tubthumping.

Yikes. Appropriating an anarchist band would definitely be a huge block in fortress they’re building to keep the self awareness out.

strivingally
7 years ago

@kutyaetcetc:

They’ve used Dylan already. I think they either don’t know or don’t care about the political leanings of the artists they’re covering. And even if they did it’d probably be all “Keep your politics out of our music!” *rolls eyes*

@cyberwulkf:

You’re FUCKING with me. 1995?! God, that just shows how many of these dudebros can’t imagine anything older than themselves. By 1995 I’d been gaming for … *thinks* 5 years, I think? No wonder they don’t know about Roberta Williams. And they’re trying to tell other people about gaming history. LOL, neophytes.

Jono
Jono
7 years ago

@strivingally, I’ve been gaming since I was a little kid in the ’80’s. By 1995, I had already been gaming for about 8-10 years.

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

Gaming since ’89 here. The ’95 stuff pretty much confirms what I’ve been suspecting since the beginning – yes, we “Fake geek girls” really have been gaming for longer than any of the #Gits have been alive. =P

Ambient Dimension
Ambient Dimension
7 years ago

@kirbywarp

“Thank god for a mute button. There’s something to be said about every single lyric in the damn song. They call themselves fakes, portray themselves as a group not morally equipped to handle the power they hold, and admit to doxxing just in the first verse.”

Do you deliberately set out to misread the lyrics, or is it a simple failure to read properly? They refer to the simple fact that YOUR anti-GG side is busy doxxing people, making threats, getting them fired, sending syringes through the mail and making racial attacks.

Being the good lockstep Social Justice Warriors that you are, you’ll pretend this isn’t happening. The proof is supplied below for any among you who may have a shred of honesty left. The rest of you can go back to flinging shit and lying like your kind always do.

Threats at their work: https://twitter.com/GGfeminist/status/514238397653590016/photo/1

Text messages: https://twitter.com/milky_candy/status/513373137639964672

Phone calls threatening their family: http://i.imgur.com/892hZ1A.png

Losing their jobs: https://twitter.com/FabioFacchetti1/status/513211408411283456

Losing their jobs: https://twitter.com/CodeusaSoftware/status/514925181677350912 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkto-HtXqg8

Doxxing and threats: http://imgur.com/BNlLKcn

Doxxing a child: http://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2fvt9n/zoe_links_a_doxx_to_wikipedia_editors_who_tried/

They have even escalated to the point of mailing a gay journalist (even though he is a partisan hack most of the time) a syringe full of god knows what: https://twitter.com/Nero/status/513666683916255232

And those are just the actual full on doxxings, its not even getting close to online threats: https://twitter.com/JakALope044/status/513174681332236288 https://twitter.com/tastenotouch/status/513220810056933376/photo/1 https://twitter.com/JaredBrickey/status/506137292164317185 https://twitter.com/lizzyf620/status/513708836767924224 https://twitter.com/Nero/status/513666683916255232comment imagecomment image https://medium.com/@sixthman/who-is-harassed-more-f81799a2f550 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBmifFUBmg8 http://33.media.tumblr.com/f45ec5af72b60bda7c696817ca14ddbf/tumblr_nbjxzdpHI91tkhroeo1_1280.jpg

Or the targeted racial harassment: https://twitter.com/tratowzolom/status/514443790526849026/photo/1 https://forum.encyclopediadramatica.es/attachments/1409516437457-png.47336/ http://i.imgur.com/u8835lH.png anti-semitism:comment image:large https://twitter.com/lizzyf620/status/518472233808056320 https://twitter.com/EleanorVarrot/status/516200456012726272

Internet Aristocrat being doxed http://i.imgur.com/q1wse5X.jpg

DDOS against gamergate supporter http://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2gxd7e/a_gamergater_appears_to_have_just_been_doxxed/

A list of DDOS, dox, etc. against pro-gamergate http://i.imgur.com/sxMyVB7.jpg

Someone gets fired over gamergate http://imgur.com/a/an2u5

People being attacked by anti-gamergate https://twitter.com/FartToContinue/status/513180768752115712/photo/1

Forbes discusses the DDOS on the Escapist http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/20/the-escapist-forums-brought-down-in-ddos-attack/

ANTI-GG peep spread naked pictures of opposition http://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2h1trb/neogafs_admin_aka_evilore_helped_leak_private/

List of people harrassed by anti-Gg http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sbikmi

Kuchera attacking someone’s reputation over sexual allegations http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/09/23/How-sloppy-biased-video-games-reporting-almost-destroyed-a-CEO

Evilore, working for NeoGaf, involved in sexual harassment http://imgur.com/a/eBPYm

Someone tries to get a pro GG person fired http://i.imgur.com/zqAUzG5.jpg

Milo, Boogie and Baldwin doxxed http://theralphretort.com/exclusive-milo-boogie-baldwin-apparently-doxxed/

Archives of harassment against pro-gg supporters http://i.imgur.com/4JWl6sF.jpg

Ben Kuchera’s double standards regarding nerdshaming http://blogjob.com/oneangrygamer/2014/09/gamergate-kotaku-nerd-shaming-and-ben-kuchera/

King of pol doxed by SJWs http://theralphretort.com/sjw-doxxing-campaign-continues-kingofpol/

AntiGG fabricate harassment http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1scdev7

8 chan being ddosed http://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2i838d/8chanco_are_dealing_with_a_ddos_attack_on_chan/

A feminist faculty pro-GG being doxed https://twitter.com/ggfeminist/status/514238397653590016

Collection of twitters from anti-ggers. Promotes death threats against children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQeZfGY7Css

Threats against PAX from antigg http://i.imgur.com/ZG0Uo2g.jpg

PC Gamer editor makes fun of Gamergate https://twitter.com/WordMercenary/status/520617304900767744

Someone attacks CH Sommers after her husband diescomment image:large

Dell guy says Gamergate is ISIS https://twitter.com/georgereese/status/519095004338593792

More Ben Kuchera http://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2iizg0/ben_kuchera_is_a_bit_of_a_jerk/

AntiGG saying it’s ok to attack people in your ingroup http://i.imgur.com/0oX9RGU.jpg

Rebecca Watson just Doxxed a Female Dr on twitter and tagged her place of employment! http://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2is6z4/rebecca_watson_just_doxxed_a_female_dr_on_twitter/

Another woman has to prove her identity on twittercomment image

AntiGG bullies GaymerX http://i.imgur.com/7z5PRVl.jpg

Comparison of anti and pro-gg behaviors http://i.imgur.com/ry3yGaj.jpg

Someone at the verge threatening physical assault.comment image

AltoFronto
AltoFronto
7 years ago

NOOOO! Jonathon Coulton is fucking brilliant, and this is a bloody awful bastardisation of his music!!

BUT! You do realise that those scrolling “credits” include the online names of GamerGaters, right? Like, a comprehensive list of people associated with the movement strongly enough to warrant a mention? Someone should hand this over to the FBI or something.

titianblue
titianblue
7 years ago

1995? Hell, I played Pong in the ’70s, and Frogger, Space Invaders and Adventure in the early eighties, then Star Trek in the mid ’80s. Went to an all women’s college as an undergrad in 1981 with just the one computor in the college which you had to book time and we were writing our own “Adventure”-style game (involving dragons – I crashed and/or burned.on a regular basis).

They really are oblivious to anything outside their own little world, aren’t they?