Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there ARE other points of view.
— William F. Buckley
The ongoing war between gamers and SJWs continues to unfold with surprising and intriguing results every day. Two recent events are of particular note and add further evidence to the growing body that we already have to demonstrate that the social justice set aren’t just bigots, they’re catastrophically ignorant, to boot.
First, we have a tweet from one Chris Priestly, Community Manager of game studio CD Projekt RED and former Community Coordinator of BioWare Corp., which compared GamerGate supporters to the notorious Ku Klux Klan. Mr. Priestly’s subsequent apology has been archived for the world to see (start at the bottom of the image):
Let it be noted for the record that Mr. Priestly apologised fulsomely and apparently in good faith for his foolish and ridiculous comparison between a highly diverse decentralised consumer-driven movement that wants nothing more and nothing less than to let gamers play the games we want to play, and developers to create the games that they want to develop, and a terrorist arm of the Democrat Party that opposed the rights of black Americans and freed slaves to keep and bear arms, the single most important right of all free people under the sacred Constitution of this country, and the one that guarantees all of the others.
The very nature of the comparison itself is idiotic beyond measure, and yet it was inevitable that a social justice nitwit would make it at some point. Mr. Priestly is not the only one to subscribe to such blithering insanity:
That’s right—the creative genius behind one of the greatest sci-fi television series of all time thinks that some of his biggest fans (like me) are basically white bearded middle-aged blue-collar redneck racists wearing white hoods and burning crosses for fun.
(No doubt he would be shocked to meet me in person and realise that I’m a young clean-shaven Asian working in a white-collar job with multiple degrees who has lived in 6 countries, speaks three languages, and has friends from practically every corner of the Earth.)
But then, anti-GamerGaters were never about true diversity of thought and opinion. They have always been about protecting their own power and privilege, and using those same things to abuse the rest of us. And that is why they must be fought, with every weapon at our disposal.
Doing Right By The Customer
As far as Mr. Priestly’s hissy fit is concerned, it is to CD Projekt RED’s immense credit that they stomped all over this little hissy fit from their Community Manager—basically a glorified social media director of some sort—pretty much as soon as it came up. This is the game studio that gave us the outstanding Witcher game series, and which has put its money where its mouth is as far as the galactically stupid ideas of Digital Rights Management and expensive DLC add-ons are concerned. They are willing to do what is right and just.
If, like me, you believe in rewarding companies who do what is right by their customers and shareholders, then I’d strongly recommend that you buy their products, directly from the company if possible. I suspect you’ll find the experience most rewarding.
Now, since Mr. Priestly has apologised publicly for his poor judgement, let that be the end of it as far as he is concerned. He made a mistake, he apologised, and the rest of us can move on.
Note, however, that this kind of decency and civility would NEVER be extended to one of us if we had made a similarly stupid error. That, incidentally, is what separates us from them. We are willing to recognise that people are only human, and are willing to grant clemency to those deserving of it.
They, on the other hand, demonise and vilify us every chance they get, never stopping for one moment to recognise that the only reason that they can get away with it is because we let them for far too long. Now that we have awoken and begun pushing back, the SJWs are realising, too little and too late, that they are outnumbered, outgunned, and completely SOL.
Attack Of The Honey Badgers
The second recent example of hare-brained stupidity on the part of the SJW rabbit warren came up at Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo. Essentially, the Honey Badger Brigade—a group of free-thinking, highly diverse men and women who, like us, stand for freedom of thought and expression—were told by the organisers of CalExpo that they had to leave. CalExpo’s reasons for banning them were less than satisfactory and were not publicly divulged until the HBB members pressed them—politely and well within their rights to confront their accusers—to present them with clear evidence supporting CalExpo’s claim against them.
Further investigation and examination revealed that CalExpo expelled the Honey Badgers because HBB had in the past expressed solidarity with GamerGate and its various offshoots. Unsurprisingly, the rest of us were not impressed.
Our ally, supporter, and Evil Legion of Evil Dread Lord Voxemort the Malevolent has been all over this one since it broke on April 18th, and responded in typically forthright fashion:
The real crime of the Honey Badger Brigade, for which they were successfully attacked, was not “reportedly disrupting panels”, but rather “associating with GamerGate”.
Think about it. A group of women were just harassed and driven out of a convention for being guilty by association. And the SJWs claim that we are the intolerant ones, we are the uncivil ones, we are the ones harassing women, we are the ones trying to drive others from the public discourse. Meanwhile, the moderates claim that the problem is our tone, that we’re simply not being nice enough, that if only we didn’t express our “problematic” views but kept them quietly to ourselves, everything would be all right.
You know, for a group of people that seems to go out of their way to promote tolerance and understanding, the rabbits of the SJW set are remarkably intolerant of anyone who might have a different point of view, regardless of the skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or belief system of the person or people behind that view.
My friends, you see what we’re up against. You see it before you now at CalExpo, at the Hugo Awards, and everywhere else where real fans of real stories and real freedom of expression have tried to make our voices heard. We are hated and vilified simply by virtue of having the gall, the audacity, the bare-faced cheek, to say that the SJWs are perhaps misguided or heavy-handed in their attempts to make the rest of us conform to their abominable beliefs.
They will use the flimsiest and most ridiculous excuses to attempt to exclude us. They’ll try to make us turn on our own. They will try to isolate us and eliminate us quietly. They will do everything in their (quite considerable) power to silence us.
Fortunately for us, the SJWs are not only stupid, they are utterly ignorant of both history and simple mathematics.
The Xanatos Gambit
As the recent kerfuffle over the Hugo Awards has proven, SJWs have absolutely no idea what to do when confronted with decentralised organisations that move faster than they can anticipate with innovative tactics and unusual strategies. They simply do not understand what they’re up against, and as a result they are scared out of their wits at the notion that fire-breathing free-thinking highly independent unhinged loonies like Vox Day and the Honey Badgers (and yours truly) might be able to upset their perfect little world.
They are responding the only way they know how: through all-out assaults directed at individual targets. And they are failing, miserably. They have not been able to record a single open victory thus far, and are now resorting to scorched-earth tactics, threatening to destroy science fiction in written form and eventually gaming through the use of raw, naked force via government regulation: the Power of the Rods and the Ax, if you will.
The SJWs have painted themselves into a corner. They are facing what Vox Day calls, correctly, a Xanatos Gambit: no matter what happens, we win.
If they attempt to tear down gaming through regulation here in the US, or elsewhere, we will simply buy our games from game developers, like CD Projekt RED, that are not subject to such idiotic nonsense.
If they try to ban us from their fandom conventions because of our double-plus-ungood badthink and badfeelz, we will simply gain more followers and attract more support from disgruntled fans who can clearly see that their beloved hobbies and pastimes are being subverted against their will.
And if they attempt to go nuclear by attacking game studios, whether financially through getting their games banned, or through denial-of-service attacks by hacking servers and websites, well, they’re not the only ones who can play that game. And as it happens, we can play it rather better than they can.
No matter what they do, WE WIN. And that scares the crap out of them.