On “gameovergate” and Occam’s razor

Originally posted via twitlong, 4 Sept. 2014

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s83b93

Occam’s razor, occam’s razor, occam’s razor…I keep hearing this from journalists and devs. Okay, let’s play that game.

It’s no secret to anyone gaming journalism is the punchline to a sick joke. Even games journalists and industry figures openly acknowledge it. Gag-ordered payola allegations; reviewers fired for bad reviews; plagiarism; undisclosed conflicts of interest and refusal to recuse; the complete inexistence of the wall of separation between news, editorial content, and advertising; we’ve seen it all, year after year with constant complaint from audiences, without abatement.

So, which is more likely:

1. The gaming community has finally had enough of your shit,

or

2. The entire gaming community, many of whom are women, non-binary, PoC, LGBTQ, and disabled, and the majority of which actually don’t engage in toxic behavior and hate it, have gleefully decided to abandon our principles and identities to wage a hate campaign against one woman in the name of secretly having been misogynists the whole time.


Originally posted via twitlong, 6 Sept. 2014

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s8h1ik

It’s no secret to anyone gaming journalism is the punchline to a sick joke. Even games journalists and industry figures openly acknowledge it. Gag-ordered payola allegations (Rab Florence); reviewers fired for bad reviews (Jeff Gerstmann); plagiarism; undisclosed conflicts of interest and refusal to recuse; the complete inexistence of the wall of separation between news, editorial content, and advertising (Geoff Keighley); we’ve seen it all, year after year with constant complaint from audiences, without abatement.

So, which is more likely:

1. The gaming community, many of whom are women, non-binary, PoC, LGBTQ, and disabled, has finally had enough of journalists’ shit,

or

2. A secretive cabal of misogynist 4chan users have launched a psyops hate/harassment campaign that has spread like wildfire among the entire gaming community, the vast majority of which actually don’t engage in toxic behavior and hate it, because we’re all misogynist Manchurian candidates the whole time.


Originally posted via twitlong, 6 Sept. 2014

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s8h1ik

I already discussed this once:

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s8h1ik

Let’s go for the slam dunk. Let’s be super-duper charitable to the opposition, shortened for brevity:

1. Gamers have finally had enough of journalists’ malfeasance,

or

2. A secretive cabal of misogynist 4chan users have launched a psyops hate/harassment campaign that has spread like wildfire among the gaming community.

For the sake of charity and as a thought experiment, let’s assume #2. Why has it spread like wildfire? If it’s a hate/harassment campaign alone, it would never have gained traction; the white cishet male demographic is but a plurity of gamers,

http://www.theesa.com/facts/pdfs/esa_ef_2013.pdf

and taken globally, are a miniscule number of gamers (let’s not forget the popularity of gaming in east Asia), and as we have seen in the last three weeks the overwhelming majority of gamers, whatever their beliefs on this controversy, condemn hateful speech and toxic behavior. To answer this we must look to the claim it is a hate campaign under the guise of a crusade for journalistic integrity and ethics in the game industry; if these claims are true, that is why it has spread rather than whatever ulterior motive may have been present at the beginning. Therefore, #1 is true anyway, and claims of misogyny are ultimately a red herring and an ad hominem.

Otherwise, we must assume the gaming community which includes women, non-binary, PoC’s, and LGBTQ’s, is as a whole secretly misogynist. If so, why need a front for the movement? We can dispense with #2, and conclude that not only is #1 the most parsimonious answer but also true.

 

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