Posted by: seanmalstrom | September 6, 2014

Email: Gamergate and politics

Dear Master Malstrom,

I really, really know that you don’t like to talk about politics here, but unfortunately it’s not possible to avoid this time.
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I believe we are seeing two things on this Gamergate:
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1) it’s clear to me that gaming “journalism” is trying to make a kind of sustained inovation, thinking that attracting SJWs and making controversial articles will improve their traffic and generates more money. I believe that gamers are smart enough to raise the middle fingers to those sites, boycott them and send messagers to advertisers that they will boycott them either unless if stop to support those sites.
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2) The second issue is far more serious: this is neo-Marxism garbage (this term encompasses many currents, but the main currents are Gramscianism and Frankfurt School). What is this essentialy? While Marx believed that socialist revolution would happen taking the means of production, neo-Marxists believe that superstructure (including media, culture and art) should be taken first. What are those gaming “journalists”? Essentially, “journalists”. What do they learn on colleges? Probably that they must have a “critic” counscience and help to “transform” society (pursuit the truth!? BS, this is too dominant class conscience).
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The good news is that they will fail. Now because I believe they are wrong (they are), but we can see what happened with printed media, where this “journalism” is rampant. We can see this in humanities too: they learn to make a revolution, but nothing relevant to apply on a job (unless if it is in a NGO, UN system, government, etc.).
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The bad news is that this issue is entering with low-tier programmers (high tier ones just want to learn programming, which is bad by one hand because they don’t develop more competencies, but is good by other hand because they can avoid this bs) and can achieve to the top tier ones, transforming them in radical chics, which would ruin western gaming (Westrern Europe – you can see this in the French news about Quinn in google news – and Canada are in a worse state). Eastern countries, for an unknown reason, are still immune to this – and I do prefer kiddie games than SJW ones.
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PS: “journalism” are between quotes because if they want to declare the death of gamers, I can declare the death of journalism and journalists. What are they? For me they look like apparatchiks, touton macoutes, whatever, but not real journalists. Not anymore – if they ever were.
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Eisenhower mentioned a book called “True Believer: The Psychology of Mass Movements” by Eric Hoffer which made Hoffer and the book famous. Hoffer was a longshoreman who was blind and regained his sight later in life. Once he had his sight, he read everything he could. He wrote in a way that deals heavy in aphorisms. The book attempts to explain the mass movements from everything from religions to political movements. He effectively explains why the same group of people could be Nazis one day, Communists the next day, then Anti-Communists the following day.
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[The true believer’s] innermost craving is for a new life – a rebirth – or, failing this, a chance to acquire new elements of pride, confidence, hope, a sense of purpose and worth by identification with a holy cause. An active mass-movement offers them opportunities for both. If they join the movement as full converts they are reborn to a new life in its close-knit collective body, or if attracted as sympathizers they find elements of pride, confidence, and purpose by identifying with the efforts, achievements, and prospects of the movement. (p. 12-13)
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It is impressive to observe how with a fading of the individual’s creative powers there appears a pronounced inclination toward joining a mass movement. (p. 34)
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But the true believer who is wholly assimilated into a compact collective body is no longer frustrated. He has found a new identity and a new life. He is one of the chosen, bolstered and protected by invincible powers, and destined to inherit the earth. His is a state of mind the very opposite of that of the frustrated individual; yet he displays, with increased intensity, all the reactions which are symptomatic of inner tension and insecurity. (p. 126)
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All active mass movements strive, therefore, to interpose a fact-proof screen between the faithful and the realities of the world. They do this by claiming that the ultimate and absolute truth is already embodied in their doctrine and that there is no truth or certitude outside it. The facts on which the true believer bases his conclusions must not be derived from his experience or observation but from holy writ. (p. 79)
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Find more quotes here.
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The ‘game journalists’ taking off their masks and showing they want to be political hacks (which is what ‘culture commentary’ really is) is stupid. But making a mass movement to counter them isn’t the long-term solution. The long-term solution is gaming itself.
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The ‘game journalists’ are nothing new. Zoe Quinn is nothing new. These people have been around for a long time. What is destroying them isn’t so much as opposition as it is enthusiast gamers taking their audience away with Twitch and Youtube channels. It is passionate customers that are ruining Social Justice Warrior’s plans. Gaming is a flag people will rally around. People are lining up against game journalists in GamerGate because game journalists are coming across as anti-gaming. The Social Justice Warriors will return and will adopt new tactics. They will attempt to say they are the true ‘passionate gamers’ and point to the GamerGate’s mass movement elements as evidence that it is not about gaming. This is why it is important that passionate gaming customers be the foundation for everything and not ‘mass movements’ or dogma. No one comes to gaming for dogma.
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From my years experience with this site, what inoculates one from Social Justice Warriors and their insanity is just being passionate about gaming. If I spent all my time doing political screeds against these turds, who would want to read it? I don’t even want to write it. Life is too short.
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I do not think SJW will succeed in gaming. Game creation requires hardcore technical skills from everyone involved. Designers have to know all the technical stuff. Movies, television, art, music, and books do not require the content creators to be extreme technically savvy. Games are not programmed based on one’s ‘feelings’. There may be ‘modern art’, but there can never be ‘modern gaming’ in the sense of all loss of technical discipline. Even the game experience itself, gameplay, has the player utilize logic and technical thinking to play the game.
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That said, I am enjoying watching the SJW be burned to a crisp. Politics in gaming is like a fly in my soup. Get it out!

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