The 28th of August is GamerGate's 3rd Anniversary. GamerGate affected me really quite profoundly, and I know there are others who were similarly affected. There's so many layers as to why that is that it's difficult to summarize. We were always right about our main concerns. The incestuous nature of gaming journalism, from Patricia Hernandez to Leigh Alexander to Ben Kuchera, on and on. We witnessed how a rigid ideology of victimhood created massive blindspots not just in games journalism, but wider mainstream media, how the exact same handful of individuals (Quinn, Wu, Sarkeesian) would be quoted as gospel, and how GamerGate was massively misrepresented. Such a huge range of people were mischaracterized to an extreme degree that it served to inform us on how untrustworthy establishment media is. I had never seen anything quite like how badly mainstream media misrepresented GamerGate. I remember distinctly thinking, 'if it can happen to GamerGate it can happen to anyone and that is why we have to fight'. You go to the first page of search results on GamerGate 3 years later and it's clear - the 'official' narrative is drastically wrong. Despite this, in spite of this, GamerGate became an effective information network demonstrating the power of social media to counter establishment narratives, shaping online discourse for years to come. GamerGate was a pivotal moment in the Great Meme Wars. I was incredibly moved by the memes, the artwork, the pages of digging and archiving, hours upon hours of well reasoned discussion whether on forums or on video, all of which went ignored by media. Those first 6 months or so of GamerGate in particular were something special, hundreds of thousands of people finding each other through the false-narrative, finding each other in the darkness. We were ahead of the curve of mainstream discourse because we knew that we were individuals acting towards common goals, and it didn't matter who was left wing or who was right wing, that the media's black and white view of politics only divides people rather than fostering much needed discussion. We recognized the identity politics moral panic for what it was, years before we saw it affect the mainstream in huge ways, like how we've seen with James Damore at Google. GamerGate is a part of history. Close to the third year anniversary of GamerGate, partly as response to what happened to Tim Soret, I was moved to create a video in an attempt to capture what I believed the heart of GamerGate to be. This video serves as not just information and summary, but as a love letter to the people of GamerGate. I'm just sorry I didn't take more time with voice recording and sound mixing. To celebrate the anniversary I'll be sharing this video around where I can. Thank you to everyone who has supported GamerGate. For every attempt to get journalists to listen. For every meme created and for every e-mail sent. You're all diamonds.
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