If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time
Gather around, boys and girls, and let me tell you a familiar story. It's about a person who works in the game industry, who said some things about games five years ago. Then a week ago, some gamers took screenshots of those things and photoshopped them next to a picture of that person, a nickname that drew negative attention to the person's physical appearance, some completely unrelated quotations (made to appear attributed to the person) and added a list of descriptive words: "CANCER INFECTION BLIGHT VERMIN DISEASE SEWAGE PLAGUE WASTE." Then they put it up on Reddit, in post calling the person "the cancer that is killing Bioware." Upvotes and downvotes were voted, gamer rage was raged, and eventually moderators on r/gaming deleted the post entirely because that person from the game industry had started getting harassing calls on her home phone.
Shortly afterward this Jennifer Hepler
launched a twitter account tied with her professional identity and was immediately accosted by requests that she commit suicide; imprecations that verbally reduced her to her genitalia and implied low intelligence and lack of subjectively appealing physical qualities; and accusations of forcing gay characters "down gamer's [sic] throats," moreover, accusations that she had a "fetish" for such characters and relationships.
Oh, did I not mention that this person who works in the gaming industry is female? That's because I don't want this post to be about gamers hating women. Do I think the fact that Hepler is female made some of the vitriol leveled at her more vitriolic than it would have been otherwise? ...Possibly
. Do I think that there were misogynist aspects to the specific words that were chosen to be used against her? Absolutely. But I think what this is actually about is some gamers violently reacting to a perceived scapegoat that they can blame for a trend in games towards a greater measure of inclusivity, a topic that is related in a number of ways to the acceptance of women into gaming, both as fans and creators.