I’ll be honest and straight, I’m but a speck in the big picture. My name carries no weight, and my presence amounts to nil. But what this debacle needs isn’t just the voice the major figures, but the thousands of voices that people don’t get to hear because the media finds it too inconvenient to find the truth. Continue reading
It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote an admittedly sloppy open letter to the crew of Extra Credits, as well as Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel politely asking them to reconsider their position while listing the accomplishments done by those standing by the GamerGate hashtag. In said letter, I purposely refused to list out the various falsehoods, crimes, and other sorts of repugnant behavior that Anti-GamerGate has been participating in, ranging from standard doxxing, threatening messages and attacks, collusion and corruption, false bans and censorship, harassment of neutrals and ProGGs alike, a multitude of petty smear jobs; and petty, childish, and reprehensible behavior in general. I was not here to gaslight Extra Credits or Mike; I was here to appeal to their humanity and involvement in modern media.
I also wasn’t kidding about what I said at the end. Even if GamerGate doesn’t get their support, they’re still gonna win this through sheer force of will, honesty, and unity. Make no mistake; GamerGate is winning this fight, and by extension, humanity.
But that’s not what I’m here for. I’m here to talk about what GamerGate has led me to realize: something far deeper, far bigger than just ethics in journalism. Continue reading
So, remember when I mentioned boogie2988 in my last post? No? Well, to be fair, I’m not exactly rolling around in the spotlight of the internet. But I digress.
It seems there’s still this ongoing problem within the gaming community. Somehow, no matter how much we’ve improved compared to the turn of the 7th generation of games, the general public refuses to look at gamers as anything but sexist, racist, homophobic, discriminatory dickbags; that we’re fueled by our hate and insecurity and are the scourge of our society. And the worst part is that the gaming companies and developers we know and love aren’t doing anything to clear this stigma.
I’m not even gonna bother getting into why this is coming up now. The point is simple. We’re better than these dicks. The dickbags that people think represent us? They’re just that: dickbags; not gamers, not geeks, not nerds. They’re. Just. Dickbags. Each one of us is more than that. Let’s take a hint from the Big B and prove ourselves, eh?
I’m a total asexual. I don’t feel that compelling force others feel to spur myself into a relationship. I’m a keep-to-myself guy for the most part. But I’m not without empathy. I see a problem, something that’s affecting others, I wanna solve it. Just get it outta the way, do away with it so that it’s no longer a problem or a nuisance. Find what caused that problem in the first place, then make sure that if it ever happens again, it better be a damn long time. I don’t waste time on hate; it’s a pointless emotion. The difference between ‘hate’ and ‘anger’ is that anger can be tempered, refined, controlled, and transmuted into something more useful, in which it’s no longer ‘anger’. ‘Hate’ is irrational, thoughtless, little more than a rocket without a guidance system.
Okay, so in my last post, I made an open denouncement aimed towards the hatedom towards Felix Kjellburg, aka PewDiePie. Looking at it from the big picture, it’s something that really needs to be said because, compared to all the hatedoms I’ve seen, not only it is the one of the biggest I’ve seen; possibly outsizing those aimed at DarkSydePhil, Justin Bieber, Twilight, Chris Brown, and every single other YouTube gaming channel combined; it is also possibly the most idiotic one of all, based on pure and simple logic. The examples I named in the sentence prior actually have earned their hatedoms. DSP is not only an idiot, he’s an awful excuse for a gamer who practically never recognizes his own mistakes. Justin Bieber not only made a hit without doing a bit of innovation in the music industry, but has been showing himself lately to be a complete brat. Twilight is just a ploddingly written romance with even worse characters. And Chris Brown… well, Chris Brown is Chris Brown.
Well, it’s been at least two years since my last post. I’ve mostly been busy with my offline life, and I haven’t really been mustering up the motivation to continue what was mostly just a hobby. So, after those two years I’ve decided to… beat a dead horse… Okay, so maybe it’s not a dead horse. For some reason, people just keep choosing to resurrect this particular horse only to beat to death again. So, I figured I might as well throw my own 2 cents in.
It’s no secret that a lot of people on the internet hate Felix Kjellburg (better known to us denizens on the internet as PewDiePie). He’s vulgar, he screams a lot, he tends to do stupid things when playing, and the list goes on. Those who’ve watched him and hated him will go out of their way to comment on how they hate him. Those who haven’t watched him and hate him (by some strange line of logic) will go out of their way to comment on how they hate him. Hell, there’s even an anti-PewDiePie tumblr! (I’m not gonna provide a link, and I politely ask that you don’t even search it up. I don’t want to give them any traffic. Explanation why later.)
And yet, he’s landed as the most subscribed channel now (discounting YouTube’s own channels), weighing at over 26 million subscribers (that’s 6 zeroes in case you’re wondering). Even Notch is a fan! He’s held multiple charities for causes from kids with cancer, to providing drinking water, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars (which I will provide a link to. Come on, it’s charity. I’m sure that time spent on that is worth more than when it’s spent on hating him). He’s the happy owner of two pugs, Maya and most recently Edgar. He has a girlfriend by the name of Marzia, who does fashion related videos, make-up tutorials, and so on; and they have a loving relationship that puts many internet romances I’ve seen to shame (and I haven’t seen many, so I guess that hardly counts for anything). He may be vulgar, loud, obscene, and less than genius, but there is no doubting that he’s a good person, and he loves what he does (which is more than what I can say for most people).
So, why all the hate for him? Continue reading
Yeowch, that is just painful. But it’s a reminder that Youtubers are people too, that the games they play aren’t trophies. Yeah, people can get famous over the internet, but let’s face it. On the internet, anonymity puts us all on the same level. In the end, none of us is particularly all that much better than the other.
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I’m sure we’ve all heard this phrase at least once in our lifetimes. Don’t fault someone for their actions; fault the situation they are put in… Or in gamer terms, don’t go into a nerd rage at the guy who pwned your ass in Modern Warfare 3; get mad at the game. Well, these days, you might actually find it to be an obsolete thing to say with today’s gaming society.