Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Oct 2014 08:50 UTC
Games

It's been another fantastic few days in the fabricated GamerGate terror campaign. This past weekend, female game developer Brianna Wu was forced to alert the police and leave her home, after receiving threats that she, her family, and possible children would face rape, mutilation, and death. Wu has vowed to not bow to the terrorist threats, and will continue to develop games.

Wu's ordeal was just the last in a long line of GamerGate terrorism, and yesterday we reached a new low.

Gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian was scheduled to hold a talk at Utah State University. However, GamerGate terrorists threatened to enact "the largest school shooting in American history" if the talk were to take place. The contents of the terrorist threat are horrific, and fit the general tone of GamerGate terrorism; threats of rape, murder, mutilation, the usual stuff, but now also with mass murder, automatic rifles, and pipe bombs.

Sadly, the GamerGate terrorists have won, because of concealed carry laws in Utah. Sarkeesian asked the police to perform pat-downs and check for firearms so she would not get murdered, but the police told her that if someone has a valid firearm permit for concealed carry, they are allowed to bring the weapons to the talk. As a result, Sarkeesian was forced to cancel the talk to ensure she and attendees would not get murdered.

And so, these people have successfully employed terrorism to stifle free speech. These GamerGate terrorist threats will continue, because sadly, there is very little that can be done to stop them. Sarkeesian - and several other women who have received terrorist threats from GamerGate supporters - have vowed to continue doing their work.

At this point, we're essentially just waiting for the first GamerGate supporter to murder someone. We like to think of terrorism as something done by outsiders, something imported from other countries or cultures. However, these GamerGate threats are just as much terrorism - we just hate calling it that because it hits too close to home.

Meanwhile, we're hearing very little - if nothing - from large game companies and distributors. These companies and distributors should, of course, take a stand against GamerGate terrorism, but they also know full well that they might lose business over it. So, they decide to shut up. Will it take an actual murder before they speak up?

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RE: Not sure
by arcterex on Wed 15th Oct 2014 21:56 UTC in reply to "Not sure"
arcterex
Member since:
2007-08-14

Hopefully. But if someone threatened you and your family, and had your address, would you be so sure? I wouldn't. Hopefully it is this though, just a bunch of posturing.

Honestly, I don't understand what the hell is going on here... is this really what people are taking their time to do?

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RE[2]: Not sure
by smashIt on Wed 15th Oct 2014 22:31 in reply to "RE: Not sure"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

Hopefully. But if someone threatened you and your family, and had your address, would you be so sure? I wouldn't.


I've faced death threats on the internet
and thanks to the infinite wisdom of the austrian government I'm forced to put my name and adress on my homepage

my solution was to just ignore it

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RE[3]: Not sure
by JAlexoid on Thu 16th Oct 2014 11:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Not sure"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Besides that one crazy Austrian, I don't believe you are in as much trouble as you would have been in US. US has a serious problem in dealing with mental health issues and compared to Europe is riddled by crazy psychopaths roaming the streets freely.

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RE[2]: Not sure
by jal_ on Thu 16th Oct 2014 10:16 in reply to "RE: Not sure"
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

Honestly, I don't understand what the hell is going on here... is this really what people are taking their time to do?

This, and worse. But it's a good thing, imho, to show that even on OSnews, which one would expect has a tech-minded audience and not so much a gamer audience, has its fair amount of misguided, sexists gamers.

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