In light of a controversial social thread called #GamerGate, we hosted a 12-hour video gaming event to promote positivity and inclusivity in the gaming community on Feb 28, 2015.
Our goal was to divert attention from cyber-bullies and harmful trolls by flooding the Internet with positivity. We streamed the video live and posted to social networks – watch the highlights in the playlist above.
Be sure to check out the discussion we held at midnight.
The wonderful thing about gaming is its diversity. In no other medium can you become a warrior, a thief, a zombie hunter, a robot, a man, a women, or anything or anyone in between. This creates a common ground so that physical ability, gender, and ethnicity are invisible and we get to #JustGame.
Gamers have so often been depicted as the misfits and oddballs of society – often outcast in our face-to-face communities, we found a safe space where we can express ourselves and play around with identity through gaming. The Internet has enabled us to find each other and be proud of our differences. And for so many people, it’s simply a way to have fun.
So what’s the problem?
Unfortunately we are human and those of us who develop and create marketing for games are doing so in a world that often over-sexualizes women and segregates minorities and those with disabilities. Things are changing, but we still have a long way to go to reach that beautiful world so many of us create in our gaming scenarios.
This is why #GamerGate is a problem. It started from a negative place and, though it has been a forum for discussing ethics in gamer journalism, it has been taken over by a threatening and abusive minority who are giving a bad name to gamers.
Let’s show the world that the word “gamer” is inclusive and diverse. That the gaming world is made up of beautiful, positive souls. Let’s raise up our supportive voices to drown out the negative ones – flooding the Internet with positive stories about why we’re gamers, game developers, and even game critics continuously working towards a better world. Let’s #JustGame.