The gaming community is at war. The last several weeks have been a truly trying time for anyone involved in the industry. A slew of controversy has been uncovered pushing the community into a violent outrage and many are calling this the end of the “gamer” era.
We won’t go into the specifics of the #gamergate scandal, but searching the phrase on Twitter or Google will uncover countless articles explaining the dishonest and unethical behavior of some of the biggest names in video game journalism. This fragile ecosystem has always been under question, but the smallest spark of truth has ignited a fire set to burn it all to the ground.
Video games journalists are accused of having unprofessional relationships with developers which is in turn leading to dishonest or biased coverage. “Gamers” demand serious action to be taken against the perpetrators. In many extreme cases this includes death threats and destruction of property. In retaliation to these vicious attacks journalists are damning the entire gaming community using cliche “gamer” stereotypes as insults. It seems as though neither side wants resolution; they want war.
We’re calling for honesty and integrity in modern video game journalism. This is who we are. This is what we are. This is what we do.We do this for ourselves and the passion of the medium. There are no ulterior motives. We love what we do.
You are your own authority on video games. Don’t rely on larger media outlets to regurgitate advertisements cleverly disguised as insightful journalism. Be honest with yourself and act as your own guide. We are all equally qualified to share what we love.
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