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By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

You Must Read This Post About the Decade Writing About Video Games

You Must Read This Post About the Decade Writing About Video Games

The Cost Of Being A Woman Who Covers Video Games

At the beginning of 2010, I had no idea how often I would be terrified, over the next ten years, to be writing about video games and gender. I had no idea how tired and jaded I would become by the time 2020 arrived. I had no idea that Gamergate would become international news, that various people I had met in passing at local gaming meet-ups would become talking points for mainstream political pundits beyond the world of games. I had no idea how much games would change, and how hollow and pointless the supposed victories would often feel in comparison to the fear and the pain I experienced and watched my peers experience.

This is the best article I’ve read in weeks. A lot has changed in the past decade when it comes to video games, and this article sums up the often toxic world of “gaming culture.” I love the medium itself, but the abhorrent behavior and gatekeeping of a loud minority of gamers is frankly embarrassing. This article summarizes the “highlights” from the past 10 years perfectly.

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Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.