Gamergate In Video Game Culture

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#Gamergate Growing up I always enjoyed playing video games with my sister and she was often better than I was at games that I played more often. I had always believed that title of nerd was gender neutral and we stuck together better than any other social group. However, in this paper we will be discussing the phenomenon of Gamergate, its inception and the impact that it had on women, gamers, and surrounding social groups. While the Gamergate hashtag is used by many different people (i.e. Gamers, Coders, Bloggers) as a title for the argument they are attempting to make at the time, all of the arguments tend to be different. However, the harassment towards women that is described in this paper is done by gamers and trolls online. While others my use the tag for a separate purpose this is the group in which gives the hashtag its notorious connection. My hope with this paper is to allow someone to understand why the phenomenon is so controversial and why the sexism that Gamergate embodies is something that everyone should actively oppose. Gamergate is a rather difficult subject to talk about due to the fact that the label is merely an umbrella term used to encompass so many social groups including gamers, journalists, by-stander audiences, …show more content…
In the article “Gamergate: A scandal Erupts in the video-game community” written by Simon Parkin we can look inside the closed group that the gamers seem unwilling to open to anyone else especially women. This group could essentially be considered a brotherhood as in the textbook Gender by Lisa Wade describes a brotherhood as “the distribution of a power to a certain class of men” (Wade, p.117). In the case of Gamergate while the class of men may not be the stereotypical masculine male; the class is still one in which a group assigns a power to themselves to control who can and cannot join their

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