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Reclaiming labels

If you haven’t read this Cracked article about “Gamergate”, you should. (Language warning: it’s Cracked.)

TERMINOLOGY: I’ll be using the term “gater,” not “gamer,” because these assholes claiming to represent gamers is like a cannibal claiming to represent eaters. They’re the only ones who think you have to tear into other people to do it properly, instead of it being something pretty much everybody does now without it defining our lives.

I like this. We shouldn’t let labels that apply equally to us be taken over by the worst examples.

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Internet misogynists target Zoe Quinn

Zoe Quinn, the creator of the educational interactive fiction Depression Quest, has been targeted by the same anti-feminist nuts who keep giving gamers a bad name, predictably led by her ex-boyfriend.

She’s getting all kinds of harassment, even though as far as I can tell, the “worst” thing that she’s actually being accused of is sleeping with someone who is a reviewer but never actually reviewed her game.

Seriously, this kind of crap has to stop. If these kinds of people aren’t intentionally trying to drive every woman out of the game industry, they’re certainly not trying very hard to avoid looking like that’s their goal.