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Game developers respond to harassment by donating to Girls Make Games charity

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Those guys have been at it again. You know, the ones who say they want ethics in games journalism but actually spend their time shouting at women online - those guys. This time GamerGate have been harassing Alexandria Neonakis, an artist over at Naughty Dog. 

This follows a spate of harassment aimed at another developer (also a woman, obviously) who was attacked over Mass Effect: Andromeda’s animations. It was so bad that BioWare had to release a statement. 

Basically, an entitled gaggle of goons are, once again, spoiling the image of videogame fans everywhere. Luckily, because the people being targeted are far better humans, the response to this harassment has been a positive one. 

After sharing some awful screens showing the kind of abuse she was getting for daring to be a woman in the videogames industry, Neonakis decided she was going to donate to Girls Make Games, a charity organisation that hosts summer camps and workshops for women who want to get into the industry. Because of the skewed gender split - only 12% of the industry are women - it’s important that such a charity exists. 

Following the donation from Neonakis, other developers began to follow suit, to the point where thousands of dollars had been raised. Harassment of Neonakis began when she tweeted about the recent attacks against BioWare’s animator, as mentioned above. I also tweeted about the ordeal, but I wasn’t met with a bunch of abuse, for some reason. I can't put my finger on why...

“I felt so beyond angry on behalf of that former BioWare animator,” Neonakis told Kotaku. “It can feel a little helpless to see this stuff and not feel there’s anything positive you can do. I keep coming back to just trying to be supportive of the women that are currently in it and the women who want to be. I think something like Girls Make Games is so cool because it simply sparks an interest in creating games. Some of those girls will go into tech, some of them will pursue journalism, some of them will just love games and cosplay and be fans.” 

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Decal141 avatarsintheticreality avatarBraveToaster avatarBen Barrett avatarKinth! avatar
Decal141 Avatar
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1 Year ago

GamerGate was never about anything other than threatening women with rape and hounding them out of the gaming industry.

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sintheticreality Avatar
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1 Year ago

You're a useful mark. lol

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BraveToaster Avatar
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1 Year ago

It was for about 2 days, but you weren't there so I wouldn't expect you to know. The vocal minority ruined the whole "movement" for everyone, conveniently sweeping the question of ethics in journalism right under the rug, that story isn't as exciting as anonymous idiots being asses on the internet. Then, anyone who still bothered with ethics was attached to the gamergate name, so they got lumped in with the vocal minority, furthering the divide

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BraveToaster Avatar
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1 Year ago

Yeah, and the Watergate scandal started because a security guard noticed the wrong thing. What's your point? Gamergate wasn't initially a mindless hate train, but it did get hijacked pretty quickly. I understand why you'd be touchy about it, though. And to the guy below, I've never been anything but distanced to the whole gamergate thing, I'm just an observer. It's common knowledge that ethics in journalism is a shaky thing, I didn't want to waste my time with some stupid "movement" that lost all traction within a few days.

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Ben Barrett Avatar
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1 Year ago

It was literally started because some dude was mad a girl broke up with them. If the vocal majority was worried about ethics, they should probably, idk, start a new hashtag.

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Decal141 Avatar
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1 Year ago

I've found when people won't distance themselves from something that they tacitly support it but lack the balls to say so.

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Kinth! Avatar
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1 Year ago

Acknowledging them, especially in such a public manner, is giving the trolls exactly what they want, and so the cycle continues.

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Ben Barrett Avatar
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1 Year ago

Ignoring them doesn't work and never has. It's a myth.

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1 Year ago

Oh brother... lol

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