But for the first time maybe in my life, on that Saturday afternoon, I walked towards that pair of gamers and I didn’t smile. I didn’t say hello. In fact, I crossed the street so I wouldn’t walk by them. Because after all the years of gamer love and inclusiveness, something had changed in me. A small voice of doubt in my brain now suspected that those guys and I might not be comrades after all. That they might not greet me with reflected friendliness, but contempt.
We should expect this feeling to come as the gaming audience grows. You don’t feel an instant connection with someone else who likes movies, for example. What is bothersome about this whole GamerGate “thing” is that some people, especially women, feel not only that they may not have a connection with other gamers, but that “gamers” are less likely to like them because they play games.
I think the term “gamer” needs to die with GamerGate. The term has always been a little exclusive. It was originally meant to mean “hey, we think games are cool and we’re all in this together.” Now it seems more and more like those who call themselves gamers are thinking, “we like games, and ** you if you want to change them.”
I guess it shouldn’t be surprising by now, but Felicia Day was doxxed almost immediately after stating her opinion.