E3 was last weekend. One of the games that generated some initial buzz was an indie title called The Last Night. Here is its youtube trailer:
It looks very stylish and Blade Runner-esque. There was a lot of buzz about the visual aesthetic.
Then somebody did some digging and discovered that the game dev, Tim Soret, had said some vaguely supportive things about #GamerGate back in 2014. Cue shit show...
This made me think about some of the things I'd written in the past about #GamerGate, #SadPuppies and similar nontroversies. Would I in future also be dragged up to the drum and forced to account for my past comments? Not just comments - I'd even penned a short story depicting a #GamerGate protagonist in a vaguely sympathetic light. The heresy!
Surely, given that #GamerGate was a vicious misogynist campaign to drive women out of gaming (the media says so, so it must be true), I must be ashamed of my past self. That if it ever came to light, I'd have to disavow those past comments.
Okay, so I should address that now for my new readers.
Here it comes.
My views haven't changed at all.
Written games journalism is still infested with shitty horrible people more interested in student-level politics and stirring up shit rather than writing about computer games. If you want proper games coverage and reviews nowadays you're better off following the twitch streams/youtube channels of people like TotalBiscuit.
SJWs - with their hypocrisy, faulty logic, doxxing, harassment of creators, and other general toxicity - would occupy the position of biggest shitstains on social media if that spot wasn't already taken by ISIS.
My own personal opinion is I don't care what your sex, gender, race, sexual orientation, etc is. Everyone is equally deserving of respect as a human being.
That said, if you go around harassing people, or try to dictate what creators/artists can or can't create, I'm going to think you're a cunt, dick, ass, knob, penis, duodenum, [insert part of the human anatomy you wish to use as a slur] regardless of your sex, gender, race, sexual orientation, etc, etc.
Hope that makes things clear.
(and no, I don't want to drive women out of computer gaming)