In the middle of something so good (http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=130400) there is something so very bad going on.
I'm going to be as honest as I can here. For starters, look at my forum name. NIgel_Rice. See it? Guess what...That's my real name. It's not a screen name, it's not some fake screen name or online nickname. That's exactly what I was named the day I came out of certain parts of my mother's anatomy. Now look at your name. Look at everyone and anyone who might comment on this post or any other post on any other topic or message board anywhere else. Chances are, you couldn't look them up in some online directory or phone book (to use a somewhat archaic term).
We have a bad habit of hiding behind an alias online. That's not to say that if you are 'SuperMario093477' on a message board somewhere that you're a coward. Maybe it's nothing more than a way for you to communicate to other people what you like in a very quick, concise manner.
However, it's my opinion that a lot of people take advantage of the fact that, on the internet, you can define yourself in a way that does not leave you open to a lot of accountability. You type what you want to say and you click "Create new topic" and boom, words appear on the internet, ready for whoever wants to read them.
There is a terrible need for some people to have what they type to be read by other people. Why else do you imagine I'm typing this right now?
Look, I know I'm an attention whore. You're no more a psychiatrist, than I am your patient, willing to pay you for the time it takes you to read this, so we'll skip over the reasons why the preceding statement is true. But here's the thing, I don't want attention at the cost of other people's anxiety.
I'm referring to Felicia Day having some people give her all kinds of stress online. Is it because she's a woman? Is it because she's connected to certain aspects of video game society/culture? Or both? Hell if I know...
I'm going to be completely honest with the following statement. Ready? Felicia Day annoys the living hell out of me. I don't care for anything she does. I don't like the episodes of "Supernatural" that she was on. Why? Again, hell if I know. She's not my 'cup of tea', I guess. That being said, I hate the idea of anyone bothering her online, via Twitter, Facebook, or "doxxing" her.
Look, she's probably a cool person in 'real life' (whatever that is anymore) and I don't hate her as a person, in fact if I were to just look at her from a superficial standpoint, she's kinda cute. I just don't want to watch stuff with her in it. I recognize and respect the fact that she has fans, and more power to her and them. That's their tastes, and my intolerance of whatever is mine. But at the end of the day I do not condone the harassing of anyone for any reason. Leave her alone. Leave Phil Fish alone. Leave the gun, take the cannoli...
It's not just about "women in gaming" or the integrity of game journalists anymore. There has been a steady boil building of harassment, death threats, and just general ill will towards people who are in some way, shape, or form connected to the gaming industry. And honestly...it blows my mind.
What other industry has conduct like this? Cars? I defy anyone to go onto a Ford message board or follow a Twitter account by Ford Motors and see ANYTHING resembling what goes on in this industry. Another type of industry picked at random? Ummmmm...Food? Betty Crocker! Why not...Do you really think there are people on recipe sharing boards threatening to hurt or kill anyone?
I love this board. I love Giant Bomb. I love video games. But I'm ashamed to be in the same category with people who want nothing more than to try and make other people feel as bad as they themselves feel.