@slaegar: Yeah, it's an understandable frustration. I think that feeling is part of the reality for many who face enduring prejudice in the world today.
Of particular notice in recent times within the gaming community, there is the reality of just how many people finally feel like they can talk openly about the concerns they have regarding the representation and treatment of women and minorities within games and the community.
Social issues aren't just non-issues that aren't allowed in the club anymore. Women and men who have had their voices held down for decades by pressures that shouldn't be in a fun and empowering environment like gaming now have more and more of a chance to speak for themselves and be heard. There is still severe pushback from some people, but it appears to mainly be emboldening those who have felt held down for too long.
As someone who loves playing and discussing games, it's encouraging to see how far we've come in just a few years, because as you said, it's frustrating to feel like you're pushed into silence and treated as less by default. Women deserve better in our gaming communities. They deserve to not be harassed more or feel like they're only safe and allowed to speak as long as they choose their words in a way that we deem "acceptable" and "proper". We're all fans of gaming, and it's important that we not allow our fears over change keep us from continuing to open the discussion.
People are still trying to figure out the best ways to work through this transition period, as it is a considerable change from the more limited range of discussion in the past. Still, we'll figure it out. People won't go back to being quiet or only saying what fits within the "acceptable" range of topics regarding gaming. So, it's natural for us to struggle with the greater array of voices. And to many people's chagrin, a lot of prominent voices have now felt comfortable in expressing their different feelings on many topics, as well. None of this is easy or comfortable, but it's important for all of us who should be able to enjoy gaming like anyone else.
So, let's speak up. Being afraid isn't doing any of us any favors. Sure there will be problems and more opportunities will arise for conflict on more contentious topics, but it's worth it. None of us are perfect at this or will get everything right, but a gaming community that deals with every part of gaming and encourages consideration of a diverse range of perspectives is worth fighting for.
Can we get back on the topic of what you as a gamer may practically want from "games journalism"?
Or do some people really just want this thread to get locked because they can't pass up any opportunity to get embroiled further into the Zoe Quinn, ex-boyfriend, TFYCs, and everything else bullshit? Come on.
What GB members personally desire in gaming news writing and entertainment seems like a decent topic that doesn't deserve to be derailed any more than it already has been.
"Though this is not the end. My hate... never perishes. It is born anew in a cycle with no end! I will rise again! Those like you... Those who share the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero... They are eternally bound to this curse. An incarnation of my hatred shall ever follow your kind, dooming them to wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness for all time!"
The incarnation of hatred and evil named "Demise" in Skyward Sword was defeated, but he made the point that darkness and hate will have many incarnations in the future. One of those future incarnations is Ganon. That doesn't mean Ganon is a resurrected Demise; it means he is another form of the same enduring evil.
Consider that it is similar to Final Fantasy 4's Zeromus. He claims upon defeat that he will rise again and again in other forms. The point being, both Zeromus and Demise represent specific incarnations of an amorphous "hate" and "evil" which plagues the world. And it is upon great heroes to face that burden on and on forever. As long as there is evil, there will be heroes to overcome it. A classic trope in fiction and real life.
So, even though Demise was defeated, he was only one incarnation of the evil in the Zelda world. That evil had other forms before and will have new forms in the future. That's the eternal struggle between good and evil in Zelda.