This Gamergate Thing Makes Me Want To Take A Shower
I'm sure you're aware of the details by now.
If not, go look 'em up. I'm not interested in spewing them all over another Internet page.
I've been saying for years that if the video game industry as a whole ever wants to be taken seriously, if we ever want to progress in the eyes of the world, we're going to have to grow up. Instead, all we seem to do is regress. All we seem to produce are more disgusting headlines that only give decision-makers more ammunition. Toss in the obligatory death threat and the constant stream of online abuse and hostility that is everywhere you go, and you just start to feel exhausted. And a little nauseous.
I remember years back, doing an editorial about how I really dislike introducing myself as a "video game journalist" when among other journalism or business professionals. I thought at the time that over the years, given the mainstream direction the industry was headed, I'd one day be proud to say it. But really, now I just want to disassociate myself from this mess as quickly as possible; I have found that sometimes, it can actually hurt you to have such a thing on your resume/CV. I don't care if you worked for GameSpot and IGN for five years apiece; you will be at the bottom of the hiring pool if you intend to branch out and try your hand at - I'm sorry, but it has to be said - real journalism.
What we do online doesn't qualify. I've said many times over that it doesn't. It wouldn't fly in any other industry. And the behavior definitely wouldn't fly. I'm not saying other entertainment venues are squeaky clean, and politics is even more disgusting and abhorrent to me (if that's humanly possible at this point). But when it comes to adults acting like children, it seems that gaming keeps winning the booby prize. And I think I'm too old for that now.
10/23/2014 10:17:33 PM Ben Dutka