- File Size: 396 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Publication Date: April 7, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VU7QZF6
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Understanding #Gamergate: Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian and the Social Justice Warriors Kindle Edition
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The book is nice and detailed considering its size. Covering the start of the controversy with the Zoe post, leading into the "Gamers are Dead" articles, to the main stream of Social Justice Warriors like Quinn, Wu, Sarkeesian. It than went into the controversy involving the success of the Kickstarter "Tropes vs. Women" and how its used to construct a misogynist narrative to the non-gaming majority. It even surprised me at the end with how it covered the rise of SJW's in the industry, how they use privilege to make a double standard for discussion and debate. The best of that section being a discussion of McIntosh's "25 Invisible Benefits" and how it paints women as "fragile creatures". Overall it covers most of what's important to the discussion of gamergate and ends up sounding much more detailed then the intricacies of how men are trying to micro-aggression women out of the industry.
To also play up to gamergate, this book actually lists sources for information From tweets to youtube videos to articles.So if you don't feel satisfied with this breakdown of events you can do some of your own homework and see what is true and what is not. Sadly if you're a long time gamer you may already know most of the information in this, or if you expected something the size of a novella you maybe disappointed. Which is the only reason it doesn't get a perfect score. Sorry.
Now let me get this final statement in. I haven't met the author before. And I'm reviewing this after I bought it. I myself am not gamergate, but with the current toxicity of gaming right now I feel its good to be fair to this book and not brush it off as a bully manual. I hope this review helps in someway, and sorry if its kind of short for the subject matter. But if i went point for point I would be posting the book on this review.
Remember, how can an industry making millions of dollars upon millions of dollars be misogynistic when community drives growth?
It's full of speculation and opinion, examining and dissecting in detail the key anti-GG players in often pedantic terms. An example is the continuous dismissal of the "alleged harassment" as lacking proof (but still goes to great lengths to attempt to prove them as being "unserious") - all the while wholeheartledly swallowing any claims made by pro-GG players without any evidence of research or investigation into their legitimacy. Where is the discussion on Adam Baldwin's obvious political agenda (made obvious in interviews)? What about Milos' obvious agenda made clear in his "feminism is cancer" rant? What about the twitter wars? So many aspects are left simply unaddressed.
The problem with this book is that it just doesn't look at the issue in broad enough terms. The author is simply unable to conceive the complexity behind what was ultimately a bunch of social movements that unified under the hashtags - he simply picks a couple of issues and disregards the rest. The only content in this book that can't be easily found from other, free sources is the author's speculation. Shallow, biased and ultimately uninformative.
One thing I do wish had been included in this book was a more thorough analysis of the 'school shooting threat' that Anita Sarkeesian allegedly received; specifically, how it referenced a school shooting event that was barely known outside the time and place it happened, which just happened to be a short drive from the place Sarkeesian was living at the time it occurred. Which is just an amazing coincidence.
Also amusing is the fact that the only negative review on this work at time of writing is purportedly from the only professional victim *not* covered in this book. If it was anybody else, I'd call it a fake account right off the bat, but you never know...
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