In the beginning Taito created Space Invaders, and the people saw that it was good; and Midway put Space Invaders into arcades all over the world and the children loved it.
As the people were celebrating, Steve Jobs descended from the tree of knowledge (to his garage) with his apple and the people partook of it and withdrew from one another and they were driven from the arcades which had given them so much joy.
I have been a gamer since 1979 when I came to Live in the city of Gold. Gaming in those days was done in arcades on coin operated machines in the company of other kids, of all sexes and all backgrounds, even in a place as fucked up as apartheid South Africa.
In those days, going to the arcade to do some gaming was an occasion—you dressed for it and socialized with other people. This is where gaming began. With the proliferation of the PC and the gaming consoles, coupled with multiplayer experiences offered by online gaming, the coin operated arcade died due to lack of customers. The older gamers moved onto PC’s and consoles. Well-mannered sociability became purely voluntary as you were no longer risking being punched in the face if you hurled abuse at someone since they were no longer standing next to you.
This has led to the rise of the “griefer”. Non-gamers have never met anyone as terrible as this guy. I use the singular “guy” because he is a caricature. No matter which massive multiplayer game you play or whatever game server you are on, you’ll find him sprouting the same abuse in the same language over and over again. It’s as of some secret organization cloned the same gamer asshole and impregnated women all around the world with him.
What gaming journalists have gone and done through gamergate is something brand new and unprecedented—they have united the griefer assholes from all over the world to fight those who are against gamergate. They and the Interlopers with social agendas have grabbed a tiger by the tail. They are at war with some of the most striking examples of failed parenting this world has ever produced.
The provocateurs on the internet are trying to divide us with these differences, but its backfiring horribly on them. Despite our differences, gamers and the griefers among them stand united by the fact that we are gamers. We display enough maturity to go about our gaming hobby without dragging social justice issues into it.
Now the troubled youth among us (griefers tend to be early to late teens) can finally serve a purpose in my life as useful idiots and cannon fodder in the gamergate saga. Sure the griefer is an asshole, but he is our pet asshole. Gamergate has made useful to gamers the worst elements of the gaming community.
Whichever way this cat fight ends, life will go on for the 699 995 000 of us who couldn’t give a shit about your issues. We will not bow down to anyone trying to force onto us identities not of our own choosing will stand by the identity we have chosen for ourselves, that of being a gamer.