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I don’t really talk much about video games on here, but a recent issue called “Gamergate” has made my habits somewhat more relevant to social issues. I’ve been playing video games since probably before I can remember, all the way back when I’d sit on my dad’s lap at age 3 or 4 and played games like Wolfenstein, Doom, and Descent with him. Once I had the motor skills to play on my own, I played loads of old DOS games. My family wasn’t too rich (to say the least) back in the early 90s so Shareware was a godsend.
Fast forward to today and, with the help of thrifting, garage sales, ebay, and general bargain hunting, I have a pretty vast collection of everything related to video games. I haven’t done a full inventory since 2009, but I’ll estimate that I have well over 50 (different, not counting doubles) consoles and probably over 1,000 games. Whether they’re retro or new, I’ll always enjoy sitting down and blasting through a few levels of something I have lying around. I’ve been playing and collecting video games with more passion and happiness than most people who identify as “Gamers”. I’m not going to lie: Video games have brought me a lot of joy and catharsis, especially in the darkest times of my life.
That being said, I don’t base my identity off of this hobby. I don’t consider myself a “Gamer” because I’m not part of any “Gamer” community where I talk about “Gaming” with other “Gamers”. The 12-year-old who called you a slur on Xbox Live? That’s a “Gamer” to me. The grown man who sends death threats to women in the video game industry? That’s another “Gamer”. They’re a subculture on their own, priding themselves on elitism, Libertarianism, and Social Darwinism. A majority of them will consider rape and death threats a “Free speech” issue, you don’t get more Libertarian than that.
And another point: You might say that the big problem in “Gaming” might stem from the 12-year-old bigots on Xbox Live. What happens when the 12-year-olds grow up? I remember those kids shouting their crap on games when I was in middle school playing SOCOM 2 and CS: Source. It’s not like the shitty 12-year-olds stay 12 forever. The same group of people who ruined online gaming with their slurs and bigotry, making the mute button obligatory, is trying to maintain the status quo of slurs and bigotry through their support of “Gamergate”.
The way these people solve problems is through being as abrasive, harmful, and disgusting as possible. They don’t understand free speech. They think that you shouldn’t even judge a person by what they say, no matter how bigoted. It doesn’t work that way. First off, harassment is not free speech, it’s harassment. Second off, threats are not free speech, they’re threats. Third, if the only way you can justify your words is by saying you can’t be arrested for saying them, maybe you’re not as benevolent as you think you are.
Frankly, these people are what is wrong with video game culture as a whole and I think that video games wouldn’t be so looked down upon if these assholes would just shut the fuck up. I’m more of a “Gamer” than most of them and yet I wouldn’t touch any of them with a ten-foot-long pole.
One more thing: The favorite genre of the “Gamer”, the modern FPS, fucking sucks and if you think any of the recent COD games are anywhere even close to Doom-quality, you’re out of your mind. If I play Halo right after I play Doom 2, I feel like Master Chief is wading through waist-deep water.
Sophisticated 600-Year-Old Canoe Discovered in New Zealand
Sophisticated ocean going canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows.
The remote archipelagos of East Polynesia were among the last habitable places on Earth that humans were able to colonize. In New Zealand, human history only began around 1200-1300, when intrepid voyagers arrived by boat through several journeys over some generations.
A piece of that early heritage was recently revealed on a beach in New Zealand, when a 600-year-old canoe with a turtle carved on its hull emerged from a sand dune after a harsh storm. The researchers who examined the shipwreck say the vessel is more impressive than any other canoe previously linked to this period in New Zealand. Read more.