@wrighteous86: And I think that places like MSNBC are a perfectly valid venue to have the larger conversations around this stuff. But I do not go to the IGN ENTERTAINMENT website to hear about death threats or feminism or any social issue for that matter. I go there to watch Greg Miller make bad jokes, or for cool shit - like the feature Jose just did about the unreleased canceled Rogue Squadron collection for Wii. That looked rad.
Calling out sites like Giant Bomb and IGN amongst others for not "taking a stance" on social issues is such a stupid thing. I like Giant Bomb mostly because it's fucking dumb in the best way possible. I do not go here for cultural and social issues: leave that shit to Slate (which I do read, and their podcasts are great).
You've got a valid argument. I can't deny that. But this is kinda what Patrick was hired on to do, to be fair; cover the industry. To an extent that is at odds with the rest of the content produced by the site, but I believe that was GB's intention when they hired him: to make the site more well-rounded. But I understand 100% why some fans of the site would have no interest in that.
Part of the problem where the sites have to "take a stance" is because people on both sides will just assume their stance and start promoting their support. You see it going on in this thread. So they are kind of forced to comment so people will stop misrepresenting them.
But yeah, the whole thing is frustrating and pretty immature in general.