#GamerGate is not a hate group

B3YmjtFCYAAjYpuBloomberg Businessweek has a cover story about Anita Sarkeesian, written by Sheelah Kolhatkar. The article is strange; it correctly states that Sarkeesian is the gaming industry’s greatest adversary, but then it also incorrectly connects the GamerGate revolt to threats made against Sarkeesian and other people in and around the game industry.

Too bad Kolhatkar didn’t do research.

GamerGate is a leaderless consumer revolt against unethical video game journalism. You don’t join GamerGate. You aren’t admitted into GamerGate. You cannot be kicked out of GamerGate. Anyone who believes in and supports ethical gaming journalism can use the GamerGate hashtag. Contrary to what some journalists have reported, GamerGate is not a hate group. GamerGate does not support, condone, promote, or encourage threats to anyone. Even though anyone can use the GamerGate hashtag, not a single reported threat to Sarkeesian or to anyone else, has involved GamerGate, yet it’s constantly being connected to these threats, usually by the very game journalists accused of unethical behavior by proponents of GamerGate.

igda_3To prove just how unethical gaming journalism is, you only have to look at the recent case of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) promoting a Twitter blacklist that blocked 10,425 people accused of being the “worst offenders” on Twitter. People were labeled this way not because of anything they posted on Twitter, but because of who they followed on Twitter. If you followed two or more people listed on an eight-person master blacklist, you were blacklisted too. I followed four of the eight people on the master blacklist, so I was placed on the “worst offenders” blacklist.

I’ve never harassed anyone, not on Twitter, not anywhere.

Not one of the major gaming news websites wrote about this stupid, poorly created IGDA blacklist. Not Kotaku, not Polygon, not PC Gamer, not Ars Technica, not Gamasutra, not any of them, covered the fact that 10,425 people had been placed on an IGDA promoted blacklist, labeled as the “worst offenders” on Twitter, solely because of who they followed on Twitter. It’s almost as if these gaming news sites work together, secretly deciding what they will and will not cover.

These same gaming news sites have seemingly acted in collusion to portray GamerGate as a hate group, responsible for threats levied against people like Anita Sarkeesian. They repeat this unsubstantiated claim, this lie, over and over again. They repeat it enough so that people begin to accept it as fact, even though they should know better.

Sheelah Kolhatkar should have known better.

Biblical scholar Chris Kluwe says Jesus would be looting in Ferguson

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Former NFL punter and shameless attention whore Chris Kluwe really outdid himself on Twitter the other night.


Jesus would loot? I don’t think so. He was against acquiring worldly possessions, especially when they’re obtained by smashing out a store window and just taking them. Not that stores had windows back in the days of Jesus, but you get the gist.

Also, he’s not “asking” Jesus, but reading the account of something that happened by someone who witnessed it, in this case, the John the Apostle. To say that what happened when Jesus confronted the money changers at the temple, is akin to looters in Ferguson, is stupid.

Chris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe

I used to be a fan of Chris Kluwe. That was before I realized he was just an opportunistic idiot. I admired his stance on gay rights, and appreciated how he was an advocate for same-sex marriage, something I personally support as well. Then, it became clear to me that he was just using the issue of gay rights as a platform to bring attention to himself. My opinion of Chris Kluwe changed for me when I learned that back when he played for the Minnesota Vikings, he would parade around in the locker room wearing pants with a hole near his rectum, pretending to be a child raped by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky.

Child rape is a lot of things, but one thing it’s not is funny. People who are true advocates of gay rights don’t make jokes about men sodomizing children. They don’t impersonate a child rape victim in an attempt to get a laugh.

Robert Griffin III invited to take a seat

Robert Griffin III

Looks like Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has one more thing to be thankful for tomorrow: Robert Griffin III is being demoted from the starting quarterback position and backup Colt McCoy will get the start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Robert Griffin III has played terribly this season. He was injured in week two and missed six games. Since coming back, he’s missed open receivers, thrown the ball right to defenders, and has been sacked a whopping 16 times. The Redskins have lost all three games since Griffin returned to the starting lineup, first to the Minnesota Vikings, then to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and most recently, to the San Fransisco 49er’s.

Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy started two games for the Redskins before Griffin came back. He played much better than RG3. The Redskins won both games when McCoy was under center, first against the Dallas Cowboys on the road and then to the Tennessee Titans at home.

McCoy never should have been benched for Griffin. A player who’s playing well should never be replaced by another player just because the other player is no longer injured. The only time a player should be inserted back into the starting lineup, regardless of the reason they left the starting lineup, is if it’s believed they will play better than the player they are replacing.

Did anyone think Robert Griffin III was going to play better than Colt McCoy has been playing?

Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder

The better choice would have been to allow Colt McCoy to continue playing until he started to play badly, then put a healthy Griffin back into the starting lineup. The thing is, I don’t think the decision was ever up to Gruden. The Redskins gave up so much to get Griffin, three first-round picks and one second-round pick, I think owner Dan Snyder has been insisting that Griffin be the starter. If I’m right, it looks like Snyder has finally yielded to common sense and will allow Gruden play who he wants.

Jay Gruden will probably get fired at the end of this season, not because he deserves to be fired, but because that’s just what happens to head coaches who work for Dan Snyder. They tend to get fired. Considering that, Gruden should at least be allowed to play who he wants to play.

Darren Wilson should not be a cop

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Looks like Officer Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police office who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man this past August, will not be standing trial. The Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Wilson.

I’m shocked I tell you, shocked!

Not really. This is the United States of America. When a police officer decides to kill someone in this country, they usually always get away with it.

Not that I believe Michael Brown was a wonderful person. He had just robbed a convenience store and shoved the store clerk who attempted to stop him.

That doesn’t mean he deserved to be shot dead in the street.

Why did Wilson shoot 12 rounds at Brown? We will never really know. Not really. Wilson didn’t shoot Brown with a stun gun because he wasn’t carrying one. He told the grand jury that he elected not to carry one. “It is not the most comfortable thing. They are very large. I don’t have a lot of room in the front for it to be positioned,” he testified under oath to the grand jury.

Not the most comfortable thing? Really?

Michael Brown was a big man. He stood six-foot-four and weighed 290 pounds. Darren Wilson testified that he was “just shy” of 6-feet-four-inches tall and weighed “210-ish” pounds. Although Brown had around 80 pounds on Wilson, they were around the same height. Wilson told the grand jury that when he grabbed Brown, he felt like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan. He testified, “That’s just how big he felt and how small I felt just from grasping his arm.”

Just because someone makes you feel like a five-year-old, doesn’t mean you have to right to kill them. Unless of course, you’re a cop who doesn’t like to carry a stun gun because it’s too uncomfortable.

This whole case illustrates what’s wrong with turning our country into a police state. We have way too many cops. We have people being cops who shouldn’t be cops. Sorry, but with all of your training and experience, and you feel like a five-year-old when attempting to detain and unarmed man, you shouldn’t be a cop.

You’re clearly not cut out for it.

Will the IGDA #GamerGate Twitter blacklist turn into an employment blacklist?

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It looks like some people have been thinking about how to turn the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Twitter blacklist into an employment blacklist. Here’s a tweet posted by Matt Schnee, an employee of Blizzard Entertainment, makers of World of WarCraft and other awesome video games:


This tweet was followed by two tweets from Randi Harper, the programer who concocted the code that is the basis of the IGDA Twitter blacklist:


GamerGate isn’t a hate group. It’s not even a group. You don’t join GamerGate. You’re not admitted into GamerGate. It’s a leaderless consumer revolt against unethical game journalism. That’s it.

It’s worth pointing out that Matt Schnee has apologized for floating such a terrible idea about denying people employment because of their beliefs, but as they say, the genie is out of the bottle. He’s even changed his Twitter profile name to “Terrible Ideas!” instead of his actual name. On the other hand, he hasn’t deleted the original tweet, so you can read into that what you will.

The ironic thing is that if Matt Schnee ever gets his wish and the IGDA Twitter blacklist ever gets converted into a document to bar people from employment, “like a credit report or criminal background check…“, the people on the list would find themselves in a very similar situation to Randi Harper. She has a criminal background. Her arrest record, as well as her mugshot, can be seen on a public arrest records website.

Randi Harper is also making money from the IGDA Twitter blacklist. She has a donation page on Patreon, and currently, she’s getting over $54 a month from people donating to her because of this blacklist. Or maybe because she has blue hair. Who knows why people donate money.

Needless to say, I will not be donating any money to Randi Harper. If it was up to her, I wouldn’t be allowed to have a job, simply because of the people I follow on Twitter.