GamerGate has been making the rounds on social media for a couple of months now, eventually starting as an argument on ethics in gaming journalism but eventually shifting to an all-out war on female gamers, developers and producers. Now, Stephen Colbert has finally tackled the topic head-on, as last night’s Colbert Report had an opening segment talking about GamerGate.
Colbert first addressed the situation by poking fun at gamers, but got right down to business when he invited feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian on the show to explain her side of things. Sarkeesian has been a huge target in the GamerGate controversy, to the point that she had to cancel an appearance in Utah due to a bomb threat.
Sarkeesian didn’t waste time addressing the problems with GamerGate. “I think women are perceived as being threatened because we are asking for games to be more inclusive,” she said. “We’re asking for games to acknowledge that we exist and that we love games.”
Recently reported numbers show that women playing games are on the rise, taking over both PC and mobile gaming mediums with larger audience numbers – just as equal as males.
When asked to define GamerGate, Sarkeesian explained that it is “men going after women in really hostile and aggressive ways,” and “terrorizing women for being involved in (the video game) industry.”
But Sarkeesian made her strongest point when Colbert explained that feminism shouldn’t scare off men from saving damsels in distress, simply stating, “Maybe the princess shouldn’t be a damsel and she could save herself.”
The full interview is below.
She added, “The fact that so much of the responsibility is offloaded to the people most harmed by it, when somebody in a much safer position that I am can stand up and condemn it…it’s frustrating.”
It’s actually gotten to the point where she fears her safety. “I used to go to games events and feel like I was going home,” Ms. Quinn said. “Now it’s just like… are any of the people I’m currently in the room with ones that said they wanted to beat me to death
“It’s terrifying. It sucks to not have any privacy. This has all been so public. It’s more scrutiny than a politician faces – it’s living with constant fear in a place I called home,” she added. Her interview can be found below.
Here’s hoping the whole GamerGate controversy – and the hateful ones that support it – goes away sooner rather than later.