Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content
This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)
To avoid dash stretching, full set posted below the break.
I’m digging through my old old old stuff today! I wanted to make some pixel art for my Gaia Online Minishop back in the day that contrasted with all the cutesy stuff most people sell. So I sold pixel alcohol and cigarettes. Now that I’m thinking about it, I was probably breaking the TOS, hah. :T
They float about happily like most cute pixels. :3 Take and distribute if you want. Just try to remember where you got them. <3
In order to avoid dashboard stretching, I have put the full set of emotes under a break below.
Once upon a time, I spent most of my time on forums. I made this super cute set of panda emoticons back then (based on Gaia Online’s old set.) I used 10pt type on Gaia and I wanted emotes that wouldn’t break my lines so badly, lol. I thought I would dig them out and share them :3
They are free to use and distribute. Just try to remember where you got them.
The domo is animated!
Remember! It is polite to host/upload emoticons to your own web/image host instead of hotlinking from others!
Imagine if Breaking Bad was set in Canada or the UK or Australia. Walt discovers he has lung cancer, is promptly treated at no cost and discharged with no financial burden apart from $20 in subsidised prescriptions. The end.
hmm. it’s almost as if Breaking Bad might have been trying to say something. Who knows, though
The shooting, the response, the misogynists coming out of the woodwork, and then the response to that, the hashtag; it all has me feeling a lot of complex things, as I’m sure a lot of people are feeling right now.
I wrote a really long thing here, but then I deleted it all because it’s all been said a thousand times by people far more eloquent and well-known than I.
IT’S 2014 AND WE ARE STILL FIGHTING FOR EQUAL HUMAN RIGHTS.