So this is it. This is the first baby step into a new era, a post-GamerGate era, where gamers no longer depend on a self proclaimed elite when it comes to learning about games and the gaming industry in a written from. It has been coming for a while but the moral implosion of the gaming media in the wake of GamerGate is the final straw that broke the camel’s back. On sites like Twitch and YouTube, once small reviewers and lets-players have long taken over the mantle of the established media, but now we have the momentum to also break into their traditional territory.
But first a small recap. What has actually transpired? As most of the readers will know, GamerGate is a consumer revolt against a corrupt and unethical gaming media. There was a lingering feeling of distrust for quite some time among gamers which erupted when proof of actual corruption surfaced. Two months ago, the liaison between an indie developer and a gaming journalist who gave the developer positive coverage set the powder-keg on fire. But instead of owning up to this ethical transgression and implementing a code of ethics, the site this journalist is working for insulted and smeared the gamers that were complaining, it deleted all comments on the issue and prevented any dialogue. But worse, all the other sides joined them in suppressing an open discussion. As it would later turn out, all of this was a concerted effort, planned via a secret mailing list where gaming journalists from virtually every major side were enrolled. Worse, shortly after, 12 publications issued virtually identical stories within a day, all claiming the end of the gamer identity, that gamers are dead and we should move on. That was when GamerGate exploded. Gamers across the world felt bullied and insulted. And they literally were with writers and editors making such demands as to “bring back bullying“. And to this day, the only reaction the gaming media has mustered to the consumer protest is to smear their very own readers and call them misogynists or virgin nerds.
But how do we go forward from here? Gamers who felt insulted by the outlets they formerly went for information and who feel cheated by unethical reporting surely don’t want to go back. But whom can they still trust? Well, it’s fairly obvious: They can trust themselves. This is the perfect time to create a platform where gamers review titles for other gamers. It is the perfect time to create a site where communication between authors and readers is more important than the ideologies of the powers that be. In short: This is the perfect time for The Gamer’s Gate.
So, dear reader, if you also feel that it’s time to do something, this is your chance to get involved. Head over to the Forum, read about the direction we have laid out so far and start contributing. Tell us how you feel about this project, give us your ideas how to improve our concepts, get down into it and write actual reviews or simply tell your friends about this exciting new opportunity. Dear reader, your fellow gamers are counting on you.