There's something about Gamergate that everybody, non-game players included, should know, Gamergate and the alt-right are inextricably connected. Gamergate is a difficult phenomenon to explain, in short, with a convoluted, confusing web of people saying disparate shit over the course of years with quite a bit of trying to hide the group's cruel, dangerous nature. But if you hone in on the connection of Gamergate to Breitbart, the connection to the alt-right becomes apparent. In 2014-2015, during the height of Gamergate, Breitbart probably gave the most involved media coverage to Gamergate outside of games websites.
All of this was, of course, positive coverage singing the woes of Feminism and how Feminists bullied GamerGate bros. Or the most direct connection, Milo Yiannopoulos, who has a page on the Gamergate Wiki, which fucking exists, to begin with, frighteningly enough. The point is, Gamergate and the alt-right are one in the same. The vitriolic hatred of people who are not cishet white men, stemming from a place of fear and paranoia is shared by the two populations. Gamergate bros are alt-righters. And their violent yapping to keep diversity, politics, and the government out of games is, at its core, what Gamergate is about. So naturally, these slimeballs support Donald, who I'm going to refer to only as Donald on this blog. Or should I say, supported?
Maybe so, considering the stance Donald has taken on video games. In a move straight out of the 90's playbook of American political tricks, Republican lawmakers and the protectorate of guns have decided that indeed it is not guns that cause mass shootings but video games. Which, is ridiculous. Video games have been proven time and time again to be good for people, in moderation. The idea that playing shooters would somehow make you more able to shoot a gun is bullshit and I can attest to that, personally, as someone with literally 1000s of hours in video games and no idea how to operate a gun.
If the video games were the problem, Japan would ablaze with gun violence right now but not shockingly, it ain't. But even if I am worried and angry about this decision to displace the blame for mass shootings to video games, I can't help but feel a little bit tickled about the irony for the Gamergate kids, who made a deal with the devil. Their worst-case scenario of the government in their games is happening, and it wasn't any democrat or otherwise, that had nay a single thing to do with it this time. It was their golden boy. Gamers really aren't good as people or at strategizing for the "freedom" of game makers to make what they want to.
Oh and just for a reminder, the "alt-right" as some call it, are Nazis. So, yeah.