BlizzCon’s finest moment came from a call to reject hate and harassment

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Mike Morhaime

Here’s a simple fact: GamerGate is anything but a stab at unethical games journalism. It is essentially, incredibly hard to define as the movement itself is headless and has no clear direction and too many opinions. Whatever your side may be, it’s a rather ugly affair. And at BlizzCon over the weekend, that bad attitude was called out.

During the opening ceremony for BlizzCon 2014, Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime cut to the chase and asked attendees to “take a stand” against the current attitude of harassment in the industry, without mentioning GamerGate by name. “Over the past couple of months, there’s been a small group of people who have been doing really awful things,” Morhaime said.

They have been making some people’s lives miserable, and they are tarnishing our reputation as gamers. It’s not right. Let’s carry the good vibes from this weekend out into the world all year round. There is another person on the other end of the chat screen. They’re our friends. Our brothers and sisters. Our sons and daughters. Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment. And let’s redouble our efforts to be kind and respectful for one another, and let’s remind the world what the game community is really all about.

I’m pretty much sick of the whole movement by now, as are most people. It’s a ridiculous amount of hate, towards video games and opinions surrounding the treatment of women in video games. It’s utterly ridiculous, and while the idea of focusing on unethical games journalism is sound, it’s sadly being used to disguise a hate campaign.

And I despise it. Want to ask us about ethics in game journalism? Fine, go for it. I’m easy enough to reach on social media channels. But don’t try to harass other people with an opinion contrary to your own. I’m all for community, I love engaging with people over games. But I just can’t wrap my head around how so much hate can be generated from this just because someone sees things differently than you do.

I just want to enjoy my games, and if that means addressing and building them in a way so that more people can have a blast playing them moving on, then hell yes. Let’s do that. Let’s get along. That’s what gaming is all about.

Last Updated: November 10, 2014

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