A Gamer No More

I will no longer refer to myself as a gamer.

The term’s become synonymous with a mindless, nasty, spiteful group, incapable of even the most basic forms of empathy toward others.

This is a community I do not want to associate with. And, while this mentality has always been there, the last few weeks have been abhorrent.

Countering this is important and I’d like to champion and show my respect for Tim Colwill’s announcement on Games.on.net.

People who proudly call themselves “gamers” everywhere have been harassing and trying to exclude women for the last ten years, citing every pathetic excuse in the book from a “feminist agenda” to “gamer culture is under attack”.
Tim Colwill

Future

I will always believe in and support the work of talented developers and intelligent activists but I am a gamer no more.

09/09/2014 Update

Leigh Alexander wrote an excellent summary of the situation for Time.com.