Up and coming YouTuber Top Hats and Champagne recently did a video to change his tune about what he thinks about #GamerGate. The video game commentator offered some interesting insight into the evolution of the consumer revolt fighting from under the umbrella of the now ubiquitous hashtag, and his conclusion is that #GamerGate is the industry watchdog that consumers need.
Prefacing the video is a brief description the topics covered in the six minute syllogism where Top Hats and Champagne writes…
“In this video, I profess my new-found opinion on GamerGate and explain why it has changed so much in the last six months. I cover the topic of social justice warriors once more since I seemingly can’t get enough of them, and I also hang around my favourite street in Havana, Cuba because I want to change Champignonated’s visual style a little bit.”
While “ethics in journalism” is still a priority, it was the rancid antics of the so-called “Social Justice Warriors” that really helped turn the tide for the YouTuber’s perspective. Check out the video below.
In this video, I profess my new-found opinion on GamerGate and explain why it has changed so much in the last six months. I cover the topic of social justice warriors once more since I seemingly can’t get enough of them, and I also hang around my favourite street in Havana, Cuba because I want to change Champignonated’s visual style a little bit.
One of the more poignant quotes from the video is when THaC states…
“There’s no one else to protect your interests. Most game developers won’t because they can’t anger the social justice warriors crowd unless they want to lose money. Most publishers won’t – well, for the same reasons. So really, there is no institution; no other crowd with such a voice.
“GamerGate has become a necessity. GamerGate has become our voice.”
Interestingly enough, he references the recent interview that David Pakman had with Sargon of Akkad, where it was mentioned by Sargon that #GamerGate has mostly conquered the ethical reform arena and exposed corruption happening within both games and mainstream media, and the role of the movement at this point is more-so to satiate the empty space reserved for consumer protection from corrupt practices. In that regards, both Sargon and Top Hats and Champagne are right: #GamerGate is the consumer protection watchdog the industry needs, even if isn’t the one the industry deserves.
The topic has already garnered some attention on Kotaku in Action, and has started an interesting conversation in the YouTube comment section, as people are finally waking up and smelling the rotten roses that the gaming and mainstream media have been feeding the public for almost a year. Heck, even Stephen Totillo, the editor-in-chief at Kotaku was no longer remiss in ignoring #GamerGate’s fight for ethics, no matter how much he may dislike it.
Thankfully, #GamerGate isn’t fighting this fight alone. Developer Mark Kern has been putting more effort and time into building up resources for League for Gamers, where it, too, will work as an intermediary force to discuss or address hot button consumer and developer issues within the gaming industry.
Nevertheless, with the recent call for discussion on the whole #GamerGate ordeal by a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and with more people forfeiting the blue pill in favor of the red pill, it’s becoming quite obvious that the media charade surrounding #GamerGate is finally starting to wear off.
(Main image courtesy of Gash-gashi)