Posted by: seanmalstrom | August 29, 2014

email: Media Finally Turn on the Gamers

Master Malstrom,
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I found this on the /v/ boards, which has been pushing the Zoe Quinn thing for the last week or so.  Personally I couldn’t care less about the woman or what she did, but I did find these articles intriguing:
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>’Gamers’ don’t have to be your audience. ‘Gamers’ are over. Exclusive – Leigh Alexander
https://archive.today/l1kTW
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>We Might Be Witnessing The ‘Death of An Identity’ – Luke Plunkett
https://archive.today/YlBhH
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>The End of Gamers – Dan Golding
https://archive.today/L4vJG
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>A Guide to Ending “Gamers” – Devin Wilson
https://archive.today/2t93l
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>The death of the “gamers” and the women who “killed” them – Casey Johnson
https://archive.today/i928J
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>It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry? – Arthur Chu
https://archive.today/9NxHy
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>Gaming Is Leaving “Gamers” Behind – Joseph Bernstein
https://archive.today/jVqJ8
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>An awful week to care about video games – Chris Plante
https://archive.today/rkvO8
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It’s a list of articles decrying the gamer.  “Gamer” in this instance being whatever definition the author of the article thought up at the time of writing so as to make it something easy to target.  What is odd to me is this: if the games media is now attacking their most dedicated readers, just who are they supposed to be catering to?  They don’t cater to the expanded audience of the Wii era.  They hate those people.  Just what the hell is going on with games journalism now?
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Is it not a coincidence that all these game journalists are saying the same thing at the same time?
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To quote Garak from DS9: “I believe in coincidences. However, I do not trust coincidences.”
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If there are no gamers, then what is consumed is not games. Books have their readers, TV has its viewers, and games has its gamers. It’s as simple as that.
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Unless someone wants to redefine what a ‘game’ is. In order to do that, one has to annihilate the ‘gamer’.

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