@yukoasho: I agree with your general message while having problem with others but I agree 100% on the account of twitter being one of the worst thing to happen to modern social interactions, not to mention the irresponsible moderation(or lack there of) on the part of twitter and no accountability at all from that entity.
And this, above all else, is the issue with the whole GamerGate debacle. We've allowed the very worst elements of society to dictate the tone of the entire conversation. That's an issue. It's impossible to have a discussion when both sides are using trolling asshats as ammunition to discredit the entirety of the opposition. How can common ground be achieved when each side only sees caricatures of the other?
I've been around long enough to see that Twitter isn't the real issue. I mean, you're not on Twitter, but you're still using excessive hyperbole and misrepresenting women's views, muddling the reality of a situation.
I know you've been frustrated lately, @yukoasho, but a post like this doesn't help you or your cause. You've seemed to mean well in the past, duder, and I hope you'll rethink a lot of this.
Muddling? How so? I've never made any attempts to make light of the disparity of female developers, though that's a broad tech issue, not just gaming. However, so often the discussion is about the odd camera angle or low-cut top as opposed to the sorry state of representation in the industry. I'm all for more games that aren't ridiculous coming out - lord knows I roll my eyes damn near out of my head when a game comes out that goes for the absolute lowest common denominator. But is going after every game with a sexually provocative female character going to deter the Team Ninjas of the world from producing their brand of sexist drivel? The kind of rage being directed at Bayonetta 2 right now is the sort of thing we used to see for trash like BMX XXX and Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude.
And that's the sad part - outside of really small Japanese studios, there's been a lot of improvement in the depiction of women in gaming compared to, say, the 6th generation and prior. Look at how Lara Croft has been depicted in the Crystal Dynamics games compared to the latter Core Design for example, or the amazingly badass women in Gears of War 3, or the depth of character shown in Last of Us's Ellie. Instead of moving the bar, we should be focusing on getting women more INTO the development community, and rooting out the jackasses who would threaten them. Seriously, the people making threats need to be hunted down, arrested, tried for terrorist threats, and locked the hell up, not made into the rallying cry for shaming gamers as a whole.
Make no mistake, the media has a long way to go when it comes to hiring women and minorities in the ranks of developers, and in improving depictions of them in the games themselves. However, returning to the days of stigmatizing gamers as a whole is not going to get us there.