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Saturday, February 28, 2015

#GamerGate: the last redoubt

Nero has some important observations that those in other communities attacked by the SJW Left should take to heart:
In all of the distracting, hysterical, evidence-free and unfair allegations of misogyny and bigotry hurled at supporters of GamerGate, the consumer revolt that continues to surface outrageous misconduct in the video games press, something is being forgotten.

GamerGate is remarkable—and attracts the interest of people like me—because it represents perhaps the first time in the last decade or more that a significant incursion has been made in the culture wars against guilt-mongerers, nannies, authoritarians and far-Left agitators.

Industry after industry has toppled over, putting up no more of a fight than, say, France in 1940. Publishing, journalism, TV… all lie supine beneath the crowing, cackling, censorious battle-axes, male and female, of the third-wave feminist and social justice causes.

But not gamers. Lovers of video games, on seeing their colleagues unfairly hounded as misogynists, on watching journalists credulously reporting scandalous sexual assault claims just because a person was perceived to be “right-wing” and on seeing the games they love attacked and their very identities denied and ridiculed, have said: no. This will not stand.
The key, as he points out is here: "Because hard-core gaming is overwhelmingly male—don’t believe cherry-picked statistics that tell you women now make up 50 per cent of gamers; they don’t, in any meaningful sense—and because those men are often of a stubborn, obsessive, hyper-competitive and systematic bent, it has produced an army finally capable of launching offensives against the censors—using the censors’ own tactics, such as advertiser boycotts, against them."

Keep in mind the Four Fs of Victory. Fight, Follow, or get the F--- out of the way. And if you're a concern moderate who has "concerns" or is "worried" or thinks one tactic or another might be "counterproductive", shut the F--- up. 

As history clearly shows, you're the one who is counterproductive.

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29 Comments:

Anonymous The other skeptic February 28, 2015 4:08 PM  

However, it seems that Intel has bent over and spread em to the tune of $300M with a diversislut at the head of that program.

Anonymous Soga February 28, 2015 4:09 PM  

Exactly. Don't give a shit about what moderates think.

And what's even better about moderates is that if they become your enemies, they become liabilities to your enemies. After all, they do enjoy shooting their own allies more than they like shooting at their enemies, right?

Anonymous Soga February 28, 2015 4:13 PM  

Now that I think about it, the tactic here would be to accuse your "moderate" enemies of being too extreme. Sow self-doubt and dissension among them. And bam, instant traitors to your enemies' cause. Let the gates to the city open, let the drawbridge open to you, for you only wish a "conversation" without bringing extremism into it...

Never mind that the "conversation" involves thousands of fighting men as an escort for you into the city. Because "we need to be prepared to deal with extremists."

Blogger Vox February 28, 2015 4:15 PM  

As a Native American and Mexican minority, I'm probably eligible. And I've already got connections at Intel, so I will definitely check it out.

But that sort of thing is irrelevant. All Intel is going to do is destroy itself by feeding the parasites. That 300 million is less than ONE white male game startup I know has made in the last two years.

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus February 28, 2015 4:30 PM  

Keep in mind the Four Fs of Victory. Fight, Follow, or get the F--- out of the way

What's the fourth F?

OpenID simplytimothy February 28, 2015 4:32 PM  

That 300 million is less than ONE white male game startup I know has made in the last two years.

Ears perked, horizons expanded, expectations elevated, confidence confirmed: That experience of realizing you have been thinking too small and it is time to re-orient.

thx.



Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus February 28, 2015 4:35 PM  

Y'know, I am not a gamer in any meaningful sense of the term, either. I play a little casual Rome Total War and Civilization 4, but I generally don't get too much time to play games very often. But despite this, I am totally all-in for GamerGate. Because I *hate* SJWs. Hate them with the fury of a thousand supernovae. Anyone who can give the SJWs a black eye has my vote.

I just recently started reading science fiction again after a more than decade long hiatus, and even to a relative neophyte like myself, it is obviously how badly the SJWs have screwed up sci-fi. From about 1975 onward, the quality of the stories gets markedly poorer, and there is much more of the touchy-feely "let's all be special" sociological garbage, worrying about inclusiveness and racism and whatnot. Even with all the Zeerust, I'd prefer one paragraph out of Doc Smith's Lensman series over every last thing that Octavia Butler wrote, all put together.

Anonymous The other skeptic February 28, 2015 4:45 PM  

But that sort of thing is irrelevant. All Intel is going to do is destroy itself by feeding the parasites. That 300 million is less than ONE white male game startup I know has made in the last two years.

Now that is good to know and is along the lines of my thinking. That is, white males are probably going to abandon Intel.

However, it would be nice if someone also moved to ARM64 as a game platform.

Blogger Doug Cranmer February 28, 2015 5:20 PM  

@TQC,
I too have started back into ST and am blown away by how little the last decade or two has to offer. I really didn't understand it until I picked up on the SJW invasion on blogs like here.

Blogger Daniel February 28, 2015 5:20 PM  

I stopped paying attention to games as industry a long time ago, even though I still played. Zero Punctuation probably kept me reading for longer than I was actually staying "current" on games. I had just begun playing such a mix of retro, 2-5 year old games and occasional new things that caught my eye that journalism was irrelevant in the same way CGW was relevant in the 90s. CGW, a single outlet, pretty much covered the waterfront of the current game industry, while 50 gamasutra-esque sites seemed to, collectively, miss so damn much.

So I don't know why I got into GamerGate. I thought "ethics in journalism" was about the most naive strategic objective one could come up with. But hell, if it gave me ample opportunities to turn some SJWs inside out, "SEND MORE ETHICS IN JOURNIHILISM!"

Turns out I was wrong. Gamergate is doing way more than ethics in journalism, but I'll be damned if it is serving up bad journos heads on a platter in the meantime.

And as to "how it looks like" concerns, I have actually had outsiders who are friends of mine "dress me down" for all my out-of-character "bullying".

I simply address their own "concerns" pointing them out to be ill-informed and questioning their own sense of friendship if they actually are capable of jumping to such strange conclusions about me, and...to a person...they come around to GamerGate. It doesn't matter if I attacked an SJWs rhetoric, his victim status, or his BMI. Something in normal people recognizes that if normal people have been pushed to this, the other side really is worth burning to the ground.

;tldr - kill 'em all and let God sort it out in the end.

Blogger Doug Cranmer February 28, 2015 5:21 PM  

Meant SF, not ST.

Blogger Daniel February 28, 2015 5:33 PM  

Doug, it's shocking, esp. if you had been away. Bad news is there isn't the diversity of options you had in the 70s or 80s, but the good news is that the new corrective stuff that is coming down the pike is almost like being at the beginning of a revival. It's going to get really good, but just keep looking for shadows of greatness in the current stuff. Buy as much of it as you can now, because in a few years, you are going to have more options than one person can handle.

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus February 28, 2015 5:38 PM  

@ Doug Cranmer - I too have started back into ST and am blown away by how little the last decade or two has to offer. I really didn't understand it until I picked up on the SJW invasion on blogs like here.

Exactly. Vox's blog and the links he provided opened my eyes and explained a lot of what I was noticing. I hadn't noticed a decade ago - now I see it clearly, and am repulsed by what the SJWs have done to the genre. Thankful to see some *real* sci-fi writers are turning out some new stuff that is readable. I've even thought about trying my hand at some short stories myself, but not sure about it.

Anonymous Ostar February 28, 2015 6:44 PM  

Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Keep in mind the Four Fs of Victory. Fight, Follow, or get the F--- out of the way

What's the fourth F?

4. Shut the F--- up (if you're a concern moderate).

Anonymous clk February 28, 2015 6:44 PM  

What's the fourth F?

Fight, follow, f--- and f---.

Anonymous kh123 February 28, 2015 6:46 PM  

Given recent talk over at AG about Marcus Aurelius, am curious Vox's take on how the post above applies to historic figures right before - or during - the outbreak of war.

e.g., Archidamus, who had an entire phase of a conflict named after him; yet, given recorded history, was the one that kept hesitating, playing prudent, pulling back even while on campaign.

Nicias might be a better example of the latter, and a better case study overall of a successful career leading to ignominy. Part of it's due to the nature of the campaign, but there's quite a bit in the record that attributes it to his unwillingness and general torpor while on the spot. There are many, many more examples, and probably more illustrative.

In any case, what can be said about their character given their actions and the outcomes - specifically, given the Alpha/Gamma, r/K observations of late, these guys were conflict avoidant for what reasons. And how would this apply to how one ought to face - like we are now - cultural conflicts, both in word and in deed.

Anonymous The Artist Formerly Known As Christian Concern Troll February 28, 2015 9:32 PM  

Keep in mind the Four Fs of Victory. Fight, Follow, or get the F--- out of the way. And if you're a concern moderate who has "concerns" or is "worried" or thinks one tactic or another might be "counterproductive", shut the F--- up.

I'm not a gamer. I feel no concern about any aspect of GamerGate at all. The only exposure I have to GamerGate is what I read on your blog.

But you profess to be a Christian, Vox. And when your self reported behavior clearly violates direct instruction from the Word of God, then, yeah, I just might say something about it.

I sincerely wish you success with GamerGate. Whether any given tactic is counterproductive or not I leave completely up to you.

But, to paraphrase the faithful Centurion, you too are "a man under authority". A soldier doesn't get to discard the injunctions of his commanding officer just because he feels he'd do better without them.

Anonymous The Artist Formerly Known As Christian Concern Troll February 28, 2015 9:33 PM  

By the way, thanks for your encouragement to take up weights back the end of December, Vox. Today my son watched me unwrap the 45lb plates that have been gathering dust since I bought them ten years ago.

Yes, they were for a measly 135lb deadlift.

But man that felt good.

Anonymous kfg February 28, 2015 10:08 PM  

" . . . a measly 135lb deadlift."

Every journey starts where you are.

Blogger Akulkis February 28, 2015 10:32 PM  

No need to delve into ancient history.

Look at the dozens of losers the Union armies had before finally finding Grant, Meade, and Sheridan. The names of the failures who lead the Army of the Potomac alone are remembered as a litany of terrible generalship -- McDowell, McClellan, Burnside and Hooker were such legendary failures that their names are ignoble even to this day.

And let's look at WW2... Admiral Pie fought one battle, disasterously (the defence of Wake Island), and sailed a desk for the reset of the war. Later, in North Africa, the II Corps commander, Fredendall took ALL of the engineer assets in the entire Corps to build himself a bunker in the side of a mountain, rather than using those engineers to assist his infantry in destroying Rommel's troops. Fredendall was tossed out on his ear, and replaced by Patton.

It's the same at the start of every war... usually, those who advance to the top between wars are those who are good at making their paperwork look impressive -- but they generally don't do when facing an actual enemy who isn't constrained by "scenario limits" of a command exercise... and so they generally get replaced by other officers who CAN fight against an actual, thinking enemy.

Anonymous DissidentRight February 28, 2015 10:59 PM  

The moderate's definition of "normal" is always compared to how things were one, two, five (or maybe ten!) years ago. They have no sense of history. Compared to the civilization we lost, these "moderates" are the far, far left.

The "Christian" moderate also has no sense of the distinction between sacrificing one's self and sacrificing your family, friends, and countrymen. Jesus sacrificed himself to God's wrath. He didn't sacrifice his disciples. Similarly, a "Christian" man who stands by and allows his wife and children to be raped (mentally or otherwise) by the marxist enemy is not a Christian in any meaningful sense, only a disgusting coward.

If a Christian father is going to be doing any sacrificing, it will be on the behalf of his family. Not on the behalf of the devourers.

Blogger Corvinus February 28, 2015 11:22 PM  

But you profess to be a Christian, Vox. And when your self reported behavior clearly violates direct instruction from the Word of God, then, yeah, I just might say something about it.

Heh.

"Kindness is for fools! They want them to be treated with oil, soap, and caresses but they ought to be beaten with fists! In a duel you don’t count or measure the blows, you strike as you can! War is not made with charity, it is a struggle, a duel. If Our Lord were not terrible he would not have given an example in this too. See how he treated the Philistines, the sowers of error, the wolves in sheep’s clothing, the traitors in the temple. He scourged them with whips!" -- Pope St. Pius X

Anonymous kh123 February 28, 2015 11:24 PM  

Good stuff, Akulkis; thanks for that. The paper pusher scenario seems to play out to some extent for Nicias.

Archidamus, or someone like him, is more of what I was hoping to get some insight on, since how he's (favorably) portrayed is colored a bit more by his background, the same as how Nicias is seen as less than energetic by Athenian standards. Upshot being - and to quote Thucydides - when is "prudent hesitation seen as specious cowardice"?

Anonymous zen0 February 28, 2015 11:36 PM  

@ The Artist:

But, to paraphrase the faithful Centurion, you too are "a man under authority". A soldier doesn't get to discard the injunctions of his commanding officer just because he feels he'd do better without them.

Recently, a lot of Christians in Syria were taken into custody by ISIS because they ran out of ammunition while ISIS is being supplied by America. Their families will probably be enslaved or slaughtered and if the captives get no ransom they will be beheaded or burned alive.

What would Jesus do, Artist?

Seriously. I am conflicted. The admonitions for Christians that you refer to precede the "Time of Trouble" in which we live.

Throw me a bone of enlightenment.

Blogger bob k. mando February 28, 2015 11:46 PM  

The key, as he points out is here:


no, the key is that credentials ( or lack thereof ) cannot be used to control access to power and influence within GamerGate.

all other "institutions" have fallen because they ARE institutions. institutions which require a sheepskin ( a proxy for proof of sociological indoctrination ) before they will even consider hiring someone.

the voices and 'authorities' of GG, on the other hand, arise purely on the merit and quality of their arguments. and, importantly, are NOT excluded because they didn't come from Columbia or Harvard or whatever other intellectual shit hole you prefer.

Anonymous Anubis February 28, 2015 11:49 PM  

"SEND MORE ETHICS IN JOURNIHILISM!"

I forget where I read it but there was a story where journalists that lied where the first targets of a "You lie you die" campaign which lead to truth being reported. I know Roosh has talked about targeting the little story generators that Huffpo steals the intellectual property of to cut off the flow. By making the first links on a google search of a plain Jane minor journalist something that HR departments would steer away from you can put the fear of poverty into them.

The fact that there are 45 investigators whose full time job is looking for Bill O Reilly's inconsistencies as revenge for Brian Williams shows how big a blow LyingBrian's fall was. Maybe we can pay homeless men to beat leftist journos up when they pick them up for sex like what happened with the NY Times reporter.
http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/02/media-matters-all-hands-on-deck-for-bill-oreilly-203178.html

Blogger hlbrk March 01, 2015 2:10 AM  

Yes GamerGate is remarkable, it deserves a book treatment, or any other means of spreading the word about an actual winning strategy after decades of retreat and defeat.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 01, 2015 7:49 AM  

Two things can be asked of a moderate, one is to go to the other side and preach the moderation there, second is to ask them what bit of SJW PROPAGANDA so frightens them.

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus March 01, 2015 9:05 AM  

@ Ostar - 4. Shut the F--- up (if you're a concern moderate).

Ok, thanks!

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