Why are so many men threatened by women gamers?
It's hard out here for a girl who wants to game. Just ask Twitch streamer Anne Munition, who has more than 335,000 followers on Twitch and about 33,000 subscribers on YouTube. Anne was playing Rainbow Six Siege, and as soon as her co-players heard her voice they began verbally abusing her. No stranger to gaming abuse, she posted a video on her Twitter that immediately went viral, with over half a million views and thousands of comments.Read More
When did this happen?
I haven't been paying much attention to news about The Predator, so imagine my surprise when I see This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown pop up in a cast photo.Read More
The Imperium of Man might be a massive satire of fascism and authoritarianism, but that hasn't stopped the alt-right from embracing Warhammer 40k as inspiration for their propaganda.Read More
We don't make a habit of mentioning a publication called Breitbart around here at The Mary Sue. Even writing the word "Breitbart," let alone the word "Gamergate," can be enough to bring on belittling and disgusting comments. And here I am, putting both of those words in a headline! How dare I!Read More
It may have been missing one key ingredient.
When it comes to movies and theme parks, Disney reigns supreme. In the case of food, however, that might be a different story.Read More
Yesterday, Zoe Quinn, game developer and founder of the Crash Override Network, tweeted about Nintendo's decision to use a joke in Paper Mario: Color Splash that contained a reference to "Five Guys" and Gamergate.Read More
In the ye olde age of 2015, SXSW got in some hot water for their decision to cancel two panels related to online harassment and gaming culture after they received violent threats from people who were very HOW DARE about... umm... people saying "hey, maybe we should talk about these violent threats happening on the Internet."Read More
It's been a year and a half of constant misogynist abuse - from people she knows and people she doesn't know - and Zoe Quinn is tired.Read More
Rep. Katherine Clark, the Boston Congresswoman who has been working tirelessly since last year to ensure the Department of Justice treats online harassment and abuse with the severity it deserves, was targeted in a shooting hoax Sunday night at her home.Read More
Last week, the Oxford Dictionaries twitter account made a pretty dismissive joke about feminism when anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan expressed concerns over the usage example "rabid feminist" in the Oxford Dictionary of English's entry for "rabid."Read More
Last Thursday, The Game Awards announced the nominees for the 2015 Awards. The names of the judges responsible for selecting the nominees were also announced, and the list was overwhelmingly male; out of 32 judges--52 if you account for the eSports Advisory Panel--there was only one woman.Read More
[UPDATED] Someone Tried to Photoshop Sikh Games Critic Veerender Jubbal to Look Like a Paris Attacker, Major News Outlets Fell For It
On Saturday afternoon, an image that many Twitter users believed to be a picture of a Paris attacker wearing a suicide bomb vest began circulating.Read More
SXSW Removed That Gamergate-Affiliated Panel From Their Anti-Harassment Summit—But It’s Still on the Schedule
It's all about ethics in panel programming.
SXSW Interactive has faced a lot of criticism about their decision to cancel an anti-harassment panel in the wake of violent threats (as well as their decision to simultaneously cancel a panel featuring multiple Gamergate-affiliated speakers) -- and so the conference has since decided to host an all-day anti-harassment summit.Read More
Senator Claire McCaskill Makes Video Telling Men to “Shut the Hell Up,” Angry Internet Bros Immediately Prove Her Point
Last night's Late Show featured a PSA starring Senator Claire McCaskill in which she urged men to "shut the hell up" on certain subjects--much to the chagrin of the video's target audience.Read More
After SXSW saw the response to their decision to cancel a panel about online harassment due to the barrage of threats they received, SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest posted an update last night saying the conference was "working with local law enforcement to assess the various threats" and "evaluating several programming solutions."Read More
[UPDATED] SXSW Interactive Cancels Gaming Harassment Panel Due to “Threats of Violence,” Fails to See Irony
Last night, two sets of panelists scheduled to take part in discussions at SXSW 2016 learned that both of their panels had been cancelled: "SavePoint - A Discussion on the Gaming Community" and "Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games." In both cases, the panelists were informed that their panels had been removed from the schedule due to SXSW's concerns about the public response to the panels and the resources that hosting them would require from SXSW's staff.Read More
We probably could've figured out the above without a study of data, but hard data always helps. Brian Clifton, Gilad Lotan, and Emma Pierson at Quartz studied over 100,000 tweets to follow the progress of the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag and show how they can accurately figure out someone’s views on abortion via their social media connections - without actually reading their tweets or profile - and those who identify as members of #GamerGate are more likely to be anti-choice. Shocking, I know.Read More
The 2015 Hugo Awards have come and gone, but many members of the sci fi and fantasy community are still processing this year's controversy.Read More
In a post simply titled, "Please," Tauriq Moosa has asked for something that a lot of people (including myself) seem to have forgotten: that we celebrate minority voices instead of simply remembering them.Read More
Tauriq Moosa, freelance writer and one of our very own contributors, was recently bullied off Twitter by Gamergate. Those voicing their support of Moosa are now using the hashtag, "#IStandWithTauriq."Read More