[-empyre-] empyre Digest, Vol 124, Issue 10

Stacey Mason stcmason at ucsc.edu
Thu Apr 16 04:55:54 AEST 2015

Gamergate is unarguably fueled by misogyny, but there are also a mix of issues at play there, including the internalization of a Gamer identity driven by marketing interests, an internalized narrative of that identity as a righteous victim, and a difference in how multiple groups expect to engage in online discourse. Unpacking Gamergate necessarily depends upon unpacking that identity.

Thank you SO much, Sarah for your comments; you raise wonderful points on the pace of academia and the fantastic work being done outside of the academy. I would also point to the rise of the “Critical Let’s Play” in which games critics like Brendan Keogh and Leigh Alexander make videos or live-stream their playthroughs of games while offering critical commentary. This kind of work does not yet have broadly-established precedents in academia, and it would be a shame to see it erased because of it.

Stacey Mason <http://staceymason.net/>
Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow, Computer Science
Expressive Intelligence Studio
Center for Games and Playable Media
University of California, Santa Cruz

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