Why is there so much controversy about Gamergate?

Gamergate is often considered to be a reaction to the changing cultural identity of the “gamer”. As video games grew in mainstream popularity during the 1990s, a “gamer” identity emerged around games marketed to an audience that was predominantly young, male and heterosexual.

How did Gamergate supporters respond to the harassment?

As a result, Gamergate has often been defined by the harassment its supporters engaged in. Gamergate supporters have frequently responded to this by denying that the harassment took place or by falsely claiming that it was manufactured by the victims.

Who are the social justice warriors in Gamergate?

Gamergate is particularly associated with opposition to the influence of so-called “social justice warriors” in the gaming industry and media, who are perceived as a threat to traditional gaming culture.

What did Anita Sarkeesian do in the Gamergate controversy?

Anita Sarkeesian was named as one of Time magazine’s list of the 30 most influential people on the Internet in March 2015, and later in the magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of 2015, in recognition of her role in highlighting sexism in the video game community in the wake of the Gamergate controversy.

How did the Gamergate supporters use social media?

GamerGate supporters made successful use of social media via YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, and the “Chan” boards to counter a moral panic narrative set against the gaming community. There were also in-real-life meetups in different countries.

What did Gamergate take place in the Gaming World?

GamerGate took place in the world of video gaming (or just “gaming”), and it arose through gaming journalism and gaming academia, which is to say (mostly feminist) media studies as applied to the media of video games.

What was the 6th anniversary of Gamergate?

Among the canaries in the Woke coal mine that fell dead before Evergreen, there was at least one more significant case that, perhaps because (like with New Atheism) it happened within a rather niche affinity group. This was “GamerGate,” as it was called, and we have just passed its sixth anniversary.