Level 27. Taurus. Year of the Rabbit. I am a natural born leader and independent thinker.
I specialize in blogging, business, editing, social media, video games, networking, and technology. But none of that matters right now.
This profile was filled with a lot of things about what I do, what I support, and all that jazz, until the past couple of weeks have shed some light on events that disturb me. The culture of the video game industry have really taken a turn for the worse around the time that multiplayer internet play became prominent, and instead of growing from it, it seems like we are on this spiraling decline that is not only degrading to us as gamers, but is downright appaling to us as humans.
The things that we say and do are really disappointing as I watch women be chased from their homes, fellow gamers have their privacy invaded as they are arrested, and game developers selling their business and getting out of the industry completely. It's hard to fathom, or even swallow that any number of individuals can actually do this to someone, but that's the root of the problem, isn't it? The internet has given us this mask that we can put on and do anything we want, because we are annonymous to everyone else, and we don't have to sit and deal with the repercussions of what happens afterwards. Well, let me be the first to tell you that it isn't pleasant.
All of it has to stop. We are going to destroy the culture and the industry from the inside out if we don't, and then what? Would it have been worth it? Oppressing women, indie developers who support them, or their ideals, and keeping this an all male industry? What does it accomplish? It feels like no one really stops to think about that side of things. Having a completely inclusive gaming atmosphere and environment where everyone feels welcome is a win/win all around the table. No one loses. Being a gamer once meant being inclusive of everyone else who did it too, because we were all we had. What happened to it?
I'm not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. I'm not afraid of the repercussions of supporting what is right. I'm not afraid of being called a social justice warrior, a beta, a neckbeard, or whatever other foul names you decide to generate. I'm not afraid because I know this is right, no matter how hard you want to fight it.
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