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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bomb threat at Airplay

How dare they! Threatening to destroy Milo's hair is just like the Taliban!
masterninja ‏@masterninja
They called in 10 fucking bomb threats on #SPJairplay...10! The fucking desperation to uphold the narrative about #gamergate

Daddy Warpig ‏@Daddy_Warpig
They are EVACUATING THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
Police not treating it like a hoax.
#SPJAirplay #GamerGate
UPDATE: Milo provides the comments he intended to give before the bomb threat:
I just came off stage at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Airplay conference in Miami, Florida where we were discussing the failure of the press to report on #GamerGate fairly. Multiple bomb threats were called in to stop this event about ethics in journalism from proceeding.

Here are my prepared remarks, only some of which I managed to get to on stage....  Gamers have no social capital. In fact it’s worse than that: everyone hates them. The Right hates gamers because it blames games for real-world violence. The Left now hates them because progressives have come to accuse video games, bizarrely, of somehow being able to make people sexist.

What makes this scandal on the one hand a great story but on the other genuinely tragic and upsetting is that it represents not a culture clash but a kind of geek civil war. The people on either side of this debate are remarkably similar, and closer to one another than either group is to the rest of us.

That’s why it hurt GamerGate and anti-GamerGate to see their favourite celebrities start to pick sides. This was a family argument that became public and then escalated out of control.

But it was a family argument created by bad journalism. Bad journalism didn’t just report on GamerGate in all the shoddy and unacceptable ways you’ve already heard about. Gaming journalism started the whole schism in the first place, by insulting and ridiculing readers and handing its moral compass over to highly questionable people with axes to grind and wacky activist politics designed to divide.

Then it drove a wedge down the middle of its own base of readers by cruelly, and in the absence of fact or justification, calling one side the most appalling names, while credulously, assiduously and reflexively supporting some of the most obviously and ostentatiously unreliable people in the history of journalistic sourcing.

Even worse, the war was precipitated by people who don’t even play, or much care about, video games. Anita Sarkeesian admits, in footage you can find online but she’ll never acknowledge, that she’s not a gamer and doesn’t particularly like video games. That story changed dramatically when she was given space in the New York Times. She suddenly remembered a whole childhood she’d previously forgotten about in which not only was she a GameBoy addict but she was also, implausibly, very much aware of how Tetris was, like, really male-oriented. Or something, who knows.

The people GamerGate calls “social justice warriors” – the feminist activists, bloggers and so on – annoy gamers in part because so few of them really give a damn about gaming. Some call themselves “developers” without having ever released anything of substance. The press doesn’t know, and doesn’t bother to find out, how credible these claims are.

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70 Comments:

Anonymous BigGaySteve August 15, 2015 3:40 PM  

Maybe Milo has crazy ex boyfriends that he damaged their worldview with logic also.

Blogger Jason August 15, 2015 4:03 PM  

So i wonder when Lou Antonelli will get an apology? Clearly his concern was reasonable.

Anonymous Ain August 15, 2015 4:14 PM  

Would be nice to see the book get thrown at the idiots.

Anonymous Donn #0114 August 15, 2015 4:19 PM  

What's jairplay?

Anonymous rubberducky August 15, 2015 4:20 PM  

Jason @2

LOL, good point!

Blogger David-093 August 15, 2015 4:24 PM  

This is definitely worse than Hitler.

Blogger Salt August 15, 2015 4:25 PM  

It's one way to say "Happy Birthday, GamerGate".

Blogger Tommy Hass August 15, 2015 4:32 PM  

I remember being really sick when this whole thing went down.

Anonymous Curious August 15, 2015 4:45 PM  

This is definitely worse than Hitler.

That can not be! Nothing is worse than Hitler, except maybe Stalin. Oh, and maybe David Duke, oh yeah, and that other guy who thinks that throwing acid in women's faces is good.

Blogger Eric August 15, 2015 4:48 PM  

I don't know what the penalties for swatting are, but clearly they're not draconian enough.

Anonymous Rolf August 15, 2015 4:51 PM  

@10 - agreed, Eric. SWATting should be treated as attempted murder. It requires specific premeditation and aforethought.

Blogger bob k. mando August 15, 2015 4:54 PM  

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/08/15/Bomb-threat-interrupts-GamerGate-panel-at-journalism-conference/3921439670431/

Blogger Groot August 15, 2015 4:54 PM  

@10. Eric:

They must escalate to TerraDraconian.

Blogger Student in Blue August 15, 2015 5:06 PM  

Maybe they got tired of Koretzky, the moderator, talking over the panelists instead of actually moderating.

Blogger Steveo #238 August 15, 2015 5:06 PM  

SJWs - clearly binge stupidity disorder is a real thing.

Blogger Groot August 15, 2015 5:18 PM  

@14. Student in Blue:

Is he an extreme moderator?

Anonymous Curious August 15, 2015 5:18 PM  

Meanwhile, the media does not like minorities who think outside the media defined box.

Blogger Krul August 15, 2015 5:34 PM  

Remember how those evil gamergaters were allegedly using "death threats" to silence people? Surely you must. It was repeated in every mainstream article about gamergate, after all.

Anonymous Cuca Culpa August 15, 2015 6:00 PM  

Third party did this. Likely goons (Something Awful-Biting Beaver asshats).

Anonymous Cuca Culpa August 15, 2015 6:03 PM  

Oh, coming from a firefighting family, false alarms are right up there with child abuse and animal cruelty.

Anonymous Difster VFM #109 August 15, 2015 6:06 PM  

Will they find Arthur Chu's greasy little hand in this?

Blogger bob k. mando August 15, 2015 6:08 PM  

18. Krul August 15, 2015 5:34 PM
Remember how those evil gamergaters were allegedly using "death threats" to silence people? Surely you must.



death / bomb threats are only 'bad' when SJWs are falsifying them so they can accuse Gamergate of making them.

when SJWs use them against Gamergate, that's a-ok.

Anonymous BGS August 15, 2015 6:50 PM  

Meanwhile, the media does not like minorities who think outside the media defined box.

I wear a hat from an agency I never worked for when I strut outside the liberal litterbox.

Blogger Salt August 15, 2015 6:58 PM  

The #SPJAirplay is having a lot of crap dumped into it. It's a GG story so I bet the aGG is trying to bury it under piles of bullshit.

Blogger Help; Updated LP 999/Eliza August 15, 2015 7:03 PM  

Excellent commentary Milo.

Team Milo.

Team Milo's hair.

Team Milo's cute hat!

Blogger Help; Updated LP 999/Eliza August 15, 2015 7:06 PM  

2nding happy birthday gamergate, leave the men alone, gentlemen continue to create awesome games, what art, what fear stuck in the hearts of those who ignore GG as a current to report upon.

Anonymous Viidad August 15, 2015 7:11 PM  

@LP 999/Eliza

For some reason, I can never really figure out what you're saying.

Blogger YIH August 15, 2015 7:16 PM  

but she was also, implausibly, very much aware of how Tetris was, like, really male-oriented.
/facepalm
It's a freakin' action puzzle game. Just like dozens and dozens of others in any online 'play store' or on flash game sites.

Anonymous Dave August 15, 2015 7:28 PM  

@ Viidad

"For some reason, I can never really figure out what you're saying."

It might be wise to politely nod your head and slowly back away.

Blogger Groot August 15, 2015 7:29 PM  

I will heroically translate Eliza into comprehensible modern English:

"I am seconding @7. Salt's Happy Birthday salute to GamerGate! All you antiGamerGate recalcitrants, leave our heroic men alone! You virtuous gentlemen of GamerGate, continue to create awesome games! Oh, what gorgeous and true art do you produce! What fear is struck into the hearts of those who refute the importance, nay glory, that GG contributes to the culture and to us all! Do not continue to eschew their importance as a current to report upon in your mainstream media outlets. Fie!

Anonymous Dave August 15, 2015 7:34 PM  

Bravo Groot...Bravo

Blogger kh123 August 15, 2015 7:41 PM  

Just glad that the elitism's on the other side of the fence.

Blogger Sad Puppy August 15, 2015 7:59 PM  

Are these people like the general thugs who will be found bragging about calling in the bomb threat on their Facebook pages in a day or two?

Blogger Cail Corishev August 15, 2015 8:08 PM  

For some reason, I can never really figure out what you're saying.

It's not just me?

Anonymous zen0 August 15, 2015 8:13 PM  

10 bomb threats. If the private security firm they hired followed FBI bomb threat protocols (there is a checklist), they might have procured a lot of information, especially if these people are amateurs.

Anonymous Lulabelle (68) August 15, 2015 8:55 PM  

"For some reason, I can never really figure out what you're saying.

It's not just me?"

*raises hand*

Anonymous Ain August 15, 2015 9:25 PM  

"The Right hates gamers because it blames games for real-world violence."

In my own experience, the right hates gamers because they "are wasting time." Never mind that those same people spend hours every evening watching tv.

Anonymous BGS August 15, 2015 9:36 PM  

Somali moslem in Maine beheads Christian Healthcare worker . Autopsy sealed from press for one week, perhaps natural causes.

https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/maine-african-refugees-charged-in-brutal-murder/

Blogger Student in Blue August 15, 2015 9:42 PM  

@Ain
He's comparing the "video games cause violence!" debacle of like twenty years ago with the "video games cause sexism" claims being made now. It's a piece of rhetorical flourish with evidence behind it.

Blogger Student in Blue August 15, 2015 9:45 PM  

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Blogger Student in Blue August 15, 2015 9:47 PM  

I can't remember anymore, was it Cheong that turned over a new leaf and basically broke away from the SJWs, or was that Chu?

Anonymous zen0 August 15, 2015 9:49 PM  

27. Viidad August 15, 2015 7:11 PM

@LP 999/Eliza

For some reason, I can never really figure out what you're saying.


LP 999/Eliza:

If its any consolation, it comes across clear as a bell to me. I may be a Clairsentient, however.

Blogger SciVo August 15, 2015 10:52 PM  

zen0 @42:

I just kind of unfocus and take in her comments as a singular whole. They're too contextual and time-slippy for me to parse phrase-by-phrase, although Groot squared that circle.

Anonymous zen0 August 15, 2015 11:11 PM  

Hey, LP999/Eliza

You might like this:

Long Strange Golden Road

Blogger Zimri August 15, 2015 11:11 PM  

If Milo reads here, he needs to remember that conflicts-of-interest had been dogging game journalism for years. For a start "Game Informer" is an in-house magazine for GameStop; the rot is *that deep*.

So it really is bigger than Milo is saying here in his speech. I would say that the reason anti-#gg became a thing is because the game journos knew they were dirty, and struck back at us with these bogus soggy-knees / harassment / doxxing charges, so as to make a big distraction.

Back when we still had Reaxxion, some of these complaints made it to the articles (I know *I* made some complaints, in the comments), and I was hoping Reaxxion could survive longer to make these complaints more public - but, well.

Blogger Zimri August 15, 2015 11:15 PM  

In my own experience, the right hates gamers because they "are wasting time." Never mind that those same people spend hours every evening watching tv.

Or, worse, paying attention to the national Politician Popularity Contest. I know I can't wait to get my next fundraising mail from ¡Jeb!. And then there's whatever exciting stuff Walker and Perry are proposing at some event outside a smelly Des Moines truck stop. Ooh, look, Trump said some stuff!

Blogger buwaya August 15, 2015 11:15 PM  

"In my own experience, the right hates gamers because they "are wasting time." "

Yes that's so. Well, its not hate, for the gamers, its annoyance. I do hate game makers.
Its what I keep telling the kids. Go read a book I say, go make something, go chase girls, and what good does that do ?

Blogger overcaffeinated August 15, 2015 11:24 PM  

@41

That was Cheong. I get them mixed up too, since there appear to be exactly two prominent non-white people in the anti-GG camp. Apparently, he used to be a Neo-Nazi before becoming a SJW, so I guess he can at least change his mind. Chu seems pretty far gone, last I saw of him he was attacking people raising money to help a rape victim and supporting bombing the DC GG meet-up. But you never know, maybe he'll come around eventually.

Blogger Carl Philipp August 15, 2015 11:34 PM  

"[...] but she was also, implausibly, very much aware of how Tetris was, like, really male-oriented."

Well, OBVIOUSLY. I mean, the long pieces are obviously a phallic symbol, and the L pieces are the same but with the jewels included. Did you not notice that there aren't any pieces shaped like lady parts, but there are THREE phallic pieces?

And the worst part is, the OBJECTIVE is to insert these objects into equivalently shaped vacancies. Tetris is obviously a rape simulator.

Anonymous Anonymous August 15, 2015 11:35 PM  

Remember the big thing among the SJW;s currently is No Platforming where they attempt to deny a platform for their opponents views to be heard

Anonymous zen0 August 15, 2015 11:40 PM  

@48 overcaffeinated

Chu seems pretty far gone,

Arthur Chu? Really? The guy thinks he is a Kardashian or $%#%ing Ellen Degenerate.
What a tool.

@21 Diftster

Me too. May he face rendition at sea, and be dropped off in ISIS controlled territory thereafter. He can live out his life's dream as a sex slave for a Muslim Looney.

Maybe Tommy Haas will take him in, but I doubt it. Tommy seems more discriminating.

Blogger Groot August 15, 2015 11:44 PM  

"[...] but she was also, implausibly, very much aware of how Tetris was, like, really male-oriented."

Back when Mrs. Groot was still Ms. Why The Hell Aren't We Married Yet, she was an avid Tetris-ophile. And she is fertiliciously female. She'd have 9 of the top 10 scores. Groot would always have that top score. That ticked her off, too. Ha! Good times. The Prince of Persia I era.

Anonymous Ain August 15, 2015 11:57 PM  

Student in Blue: @Ain He's comparing the "video games cause violence!" debacle of like twenty years ago with the "video games cause sexism" claims being made now. It's a piece of rhetorical flourish with evidence behind it.

True enough. I wasn't thinking far back. It's been mostly discredited but I recall now how seriously that claim was taken. Just in time for Doom, which looks like cartoon violence by today's standards.

Anonymous Gx1080 August 16, 2015 2:31 AM  

Milo also mentions the level of intellectual cowardice neccesary to defend the narrative through this mess.

Seriously, what the fuck? I thought that the progressives were a mix between the deluded, the status whores and the con artists, but these are the actions of zealots that threathen to KILL people for hurting their feelings. The "sane" leftists raised this generation of fascist stormtroopers and now they go crazy on everybody.

Milo's speech was touching, and Sommers touches the point that the bull that the San Fran hipsters are selling is based on stuff that even academia rejected (the saner heads didn't want a repeat of "videogames cause violence", thank God).

Anonymous Susan August 16, 2015 2:46 AM  

Breitbart's article was very good. Although the photo of Milo with his handbag was a little disturbing. I understand briefcases, but that was a little much.

Blogger Help; Updated LP 999/Eliza August 16, 2015 4:32 AM  

Edit; via truth and unraveling the degree of confusion/lack of knowledge, GG (a current news topic) will be properly and clearly communicated even if it requires repetition.

Thank you for the translations.

Blogger VD August 16, 2015 7:13 AM  

go chase girls

That's sexist. Also misogynist. Check your privilege, #Gamerhater.

Blogger VFM bot #188 August 16, 2015 8:31 AM  

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Blogger VFM bot #188 August 16, 2015 8:31 AM  

I say...go chase girls, and what good does that do?

Chasing girls? Well, it'll get you laid, for one thing.

Anonymous The other robot August 16, 2015 10:49 AM  

Could be that a community organizer had them phoned in.

Gamers are obviously a threat to our diverse future.

Anonymous The other robot August 16, 2015 10:56 AM  

Amplifying on that, the community organizers do not want the attention of the SJWs fragmented.

If there is too many things for them to worry about, eg GamerGate, HugoGate, RooshGate, etc, their little brains will simply melt down.

Thus we have to continue to find distractions for the SJWs.

Blogger Lovekraft August 16, 2015 11:14 AM  

Interesting to note how comments on this and similar blogs have changed in tone from sabre-rattling to a nervous anticipation. We are all aware of the depths to which SJWs will sink and are making sure we do not provide them with any ammunition.

So any idiot coming out with empty bluster will be invited to be in the front, while other more strategic thinkers will keep thinking several steps ahead.

Fifty years of more of SJW political correctness with nothing to show for it except baby parts being sold in back alleys, bitter divorcees, workplaces contaminated with toxic personalities, Islam rising etc etc.

Blogger Bateful Higot August 16, 2015 1:39 PM  

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Blogger Bateful Higot August 16, 2015 1:41 PM  

Milo, as always, is nothing if not on point. He's the hero that the BBC deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

Gaming journalism started the whole schism in the first place, by insulting and ridiculing readers and handing its moral compass over to highly questionable people with axes to grind and wacky activist politics designed to divide.

Drop the first word. Now imagine we're talking about Donald Trump's campaign.

Blogger bob k. mando August 16, 2015 7:51 PM  

27. Viidad August 15, 2015 7:11 PM
For some reason, I can never really figure out what you're saying.



gotta call bullshit on that one.

i think we all know, Linda can't stand Ohio.

in fact, i think i shall call her "Little Friend of All the World ... Except Ohio". LFOATWEO for short.


52. Groot August 15, 2015 11:44 PM
The Prince of Persia I era.


hah. the sound effect on the chompers was ... really disgusting. wet and yet crunchy. excellent Foley work.



47. buwaya August 15, 2015 11:15 PM
go chase girls



until they catch you!

Blogger bob k. mando August 16, 2015 8:15 PM  

another way to look at it:
'a sufficiently advanced intelligence can be indistinguishable from madness'.

Blogger Updated/links LP999/S.I.G. August 17, 2015 3:39 PM  

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Blogger Updated/links LP999/S.I.G. August 17, 2015 4:00 PM  

Ilk are great men.

Major Applause for Milo. Thank you for speaking for so many of us.

Blogger LP999/S.I.G. August 17, 2015 8:53 PM  

Regarding friending and liking, I dislike more than I love or like. I remain against liking the world or its system.

I request accountability and continued coverage on the GG issue. The men are best at extracting the truth from the liars we face in modern times.

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