Hello, my name is Roosh. For the past 15 years I have published writing that has helped Western men meet women, travel the world, and achieve their self-improvement goals. In 2001, a blog I started after graduating from college received 300 page views a day. Today, the sites I run receive over 225,000 views a day, reaching over one million people per month.
I have written well over one million words, but less than 2,000 of those have been taken out of context to paint me as an extremist, misogynist, and rapist, accusations that my friends, family, and women I’ve had relationships with can’t understand. I must state that I have never once committed assault against a woman or been accused of assault, but like I’ve written before in What Is A Social Justice Warrior?, such accusations are being used as weapons to marginalize speech.
Today, people who support #gamergate, a revolt against corrupt gaming journalism sites, are being labeled as extremist and misogynist by the same media outlets and organizations (e.g. SPLC) that have labeled me in the past. They have experienced firsthand, just like I did, what happens when you seek truth, a value that is opposed by those who subscribe to the far-left narrative.
They have experienced firsthand, just like I have, how the mainstream media enables or coordinates with SJW’s who actively and openly participate in harassment, threatening behavior, and even SWATing, which can result in death.
They have experienced firsthand, just like I have, how their message can be shut down and censored by the media even though it is based on fact. The awakening that people supporting #gamergate are currently experiencing is something that men in my sphere have been dealing with for years.
I’m not a gamer
I’m starting a video game site even though I haven’t played video games seriously since the year 2000 (Starcraft was my jam). I don’t even play mobile games. I won’t blow smoke up your ass by pretending I’m a gamer or have a deep commitment in furthering game technology. My only commitment is with helping men.
I aim to protect the interests of heterosexual Western males, a category I’m in. The far-left is trying to censor and criminalize masculine behaviors that are normal. They want to relabel consensual sex as “rape” and relabel innocent flirting as “harassment,” and as I learned with #gamergate, they’ve successfully infected the gaming industry and gaming journalist sites by damaging the very nature of gaming development to fit their extreme political agenda. So while I don’t play video games, the idea of starting a pro-#gamergate site is compatible with my overall mission.
My younger brother, who considers himself a gamer, gave me the definitive push into starting Reaxxion. He plays Xbox, PC games on Steam, and also some mobile games. He particularly likes games with long and intricate story lines, telling me that gaming is just not about pushing buttons to advance a level but to be affected on some level by a compelling story, but now those stories are being perverted by people who truly believe that men are evil and holding women down just because they may want to enjoy a traditional story line with attractive women.
The infiltration of SJW’s into gaming may mean that my brother will have to put up with their narrative in his games. It may mean that his entertainment options become more limited because a developer was subtly threatened unless he inserted another “empowered female” in a game where such a character simply doesn’t fit. I’ve learned that unless you fight back against these people, unless you spread awareness and develop a megaphone as big as them, they will surely get what they want and impact the culture in a way that hurts normal men who don’t subscribe to their strange worldview.
Have you heard of Return Of Kings?
I also run Return Of Kings, a site that has been labeled as horrible by the same media outlets who are against #gamergate. They have singled out less than 10 articles out of 1,825 as proof the site is an incubator of hate and a den of trolls. This simply isn’t true. While we have posted some controversial articles (such as this one that recently received nearly 35,000 comments), we strongly believe in two things:
- Men should be masculine and women should be feminine
- Criticism of women is not misogyny—it’s simply trying to make them the best versions of themselves
I will be the first to admit, however, that ROK is “hardcore” stuff in that we don’t sugarcoat or offer “trigger warnings” to protect those who need to be shielded from reality, but if you don’t agree with ROK, that’s fine, because Reaxxion will not try to jam ideology down your throat like the existing gaming sites. We won’t tell you to go to the gym and live in Eastern Europe to sleep with thin women, behaviors that I currently engage in. If one day you want to browse through the ideas of traditional masculinity, you know where to go, but if you don’t care about that stuff, that’s fine too. It’s your choice, and we won’t criticize you for it.
Our goal is simple: create a safe space for heterosexual males who play video games. We won’t exclude homosexuals or attractive women from commenting on our articles, and we sincerely hope they find value in what we have to say, but understand that this site will be written by male gamers for male gamers. It aims to be a place where men can be themselves without SJW infiltration, judgement, and influence. In the year 2014, surprisingly, there are very few spaces for men online where their message isn’t attacked by white knights, man-haters, and SJW’s. I know an unmet need when I see one.
In the upcoming weeks, you will see articles from men who enjoy playing video games and who believe games should be evaluated on merit, not ideology. But we can’t do this alone. We’re not going to speak down at you from an ivory tower. We’re not going to brainwash you into thinking exactly like us or force you to live exactly like us. Instead, we want you to send your input. What kind of gaming site do you want? What are the existing gaming sites not providing? Even better, send us your submissions. We want you to inject your DNA, your ideas, and your stories into Reaxxion. Instead of trying to silence you like the other sites, we want to make your voice louder, even if you are not a “professional journalist.”
I have no grand plan for Reaxxion. The direction of the site will be determined by the team of writers I’ve assembled and the submissions you send us. My main job is to present the articles in an appealing format, keep out SJW’s who are hellbent on destroying instead of creating, and publish articles that its authors believe in. The second you see articles trying to troll you is the second you must call me out on it.
Until we get rolling, I urge you to visit our ethics page, which aims to address the main concerns that started #gamergate in the first place, and also our about page, where you can read our community beliefs.
We are the reaction to #gamergate
For better or worse, #gamergate has forever destroyed the innocence of gaming in that there will always be a cloud of politics floating above it, but I speak for the entire team in that we hope the reaction to such a random and spontaneous event will ultimately bring men together to better enjoy the hobby that brings value to their lives. As long as I’m alive, I will do all that I can to make sure men can just be men.
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