But the people who stand against the movement — which is about ethics in journalism or harassment of women, depending on who you ask — are video game consumers, too. And London based IT support engineer Joseph Guthrie, 28, is hoping to draw major gaming companies’ attention to that fact.
On Nov. 1, he’s calling on those who oppose GamerGate’s harassment tactics to log off for 24 hours. That means no Xbox Live, no PlayStation Network, no Nintendo Network and no Steam. The goal is a total blackout, Guthrie says. ”That includes using Netflix, Amazon Prime video, Twitch, TV apps, and all that fun stuff.”
“It matters to me because I feel GamerGate has either inadvertently or blatantly (depending on the Gaters you ask) manifested themselves into a tire clamp as the gaming medium continues to evolve and progress,” Guthrie, who is also a musician and culture writer, tells Button Mashers.
“I denounced it early on as an aimless movement, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for the the venomous mess that it would eventually devolve into,” he says. ”It’s like watching a slasher flick: grotesque viewing, hard to stomach, but you can’t look away.”
He’s asking those who participate to post pictures on Nov. 1 to social media with the hashtag #NoAchievementsTilJustice.
Then using the hashtag (#NoAchievementsTilJustice), post a picture of yourself holding a poster saying why you’re standing in solidarity.
— Ser Josepgo Baelish (@TheAuracl3) October 20, 2014
The idea is gaining steam, slowly but steadily.
— Slashfic Lycandsey (@HanFreakinSolo) October 20, 2014
— Sarah Demerara (@sfreshprincess) October 29, 2014
He’ll also be hosting a web chat on Google Hangouts “with people who want to discuss ideas to propose and implement going forward,” which you can check out on his YouTube channel.
“I’m hoping NoAchievementsTilJustice is the precursor to amnesty. I want to see everyone at the table and really talking about the issues that GamerGate failed to oversee a rational and cohesive discussion about. I’d like to see sincere apologies issued. I’d like for the major publishers and devs to acknowledge their role in all of this by largely being silent. Overall, I’m hoping this is the catalyst the culture and industry need to continue progressing positively,” he says.
“I feel strongly that the likes of MS, Sony, Nintendo, and Valve could do more to stamp out trolls. Stronger sanctions and consistent punishments for violators must be rigorously pursued. We deserve a fun and safe environment to escape to. This isn’t it.”