We all have those people that we cannot stand. People who whenever they speak, we start to cringe, our skin starts to crawl and we just get mad. We know that we’re not supposed to take them seriously, but we can’t help ourselves, it’s just someone that we cannot comprehend how they exist to be.
Well as of late, that person has been frequent writer on Kotaku, Cecilia D’Anastasio. This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten upset at an article she’s written, nor is it even close to the first time I’ve come across an article on Kotaku that really shows just how far journalism has fallen from the ideology of “report the truth and nothing but the truth”. I believe the last time I spoke about Cecilia was when she went on a tirade about Keijo (you can view my response article here) and while she has posted garbage since, they’ve more been flies to swat away at best.
But this time, it’s a little different.
(You can view the full article here)
At first, the article seems like a great idea. Yes, people really do need to start shooting back at harassing individuals during online play, I try to do it when I can, though I don’t play in public lobbies nearly as much as I used to, since I have a number of friends I can just go into party chat with on my PS4 and ignore any public banter that could be going on.
“I think we’d do better with a healer,” I suggested to my Overwatch team earlier this week. We were in the spawn room defending the Temple of Anubis and, without a healer, we would quickly forfeit the objective. Not even the slightest pause passed before a teammate told me that, instead, “What we need is another man.”
That doesn’t bother me either, again it’s in plausible good faith on my part that this is something that can take place. The easiest way to get under a female player’s skin is obviously to say that she’s terrible specifically because she’s a woman. I wish feminists would understand it’s why they have so many “threats” issued against them by men, since all they do is target men and insult them because they’re male. It’s kind of funny actually.
“Toxicity is on the rise in Overwatch, a game I had been enjoying for hundreds of hours since its launch last May.”
I admit, I laughed at this comment. It’s an unnecessary comment, because there is no way to quantify how “toxic” a community is and whether it’s getting better or worse. You could just be having bad luck with matchmaking that week, I’ve had weeks of Call of Duty lobbies where it’s been pretty chill, then all of a sudden every lobby is a nightmare. Shit happens. To claim a community is getting worse, Cecilia, you have no facts to back that up, it’s nothing more than a perception, one I believe is skewed because of your unconscious bias.
“This is ridiculous. Players’ rampant and unchecked cruelty and sexist commentary are preventing me and others from enjoying our favorite game, a first-person shooter with twice the female userbase as any other.”
Yeah yeah, because for every male gamer out there who’s called a faggot, gay, a virgin, or any other homophobic and/or racial slur in the book, they seem to be able to (mostly) tell the difference between a real insult and someone just venting and trolling online because they know anonymity gives them A LOT of lee-way.
“And I want to be clear about something: When it comes to harassment in online gaming, silence is complicity.”
You are so full of shit, Cecilia. Here’s a few reasons why silence takes place.
- Some users aren’t playing with a microphone so they can’t respond
- They don’t want to get involved
- They fear if they do get involved, they’ll get bullied, or even worse, doxxed
You can sit there in your comfy chair, Cecilia and bitch and moan about people who don’t respond to bullies online and you’re completely in the right to do so, there are not enough people fighting back against this bullshit that happens so often online. But to say that by not getting involved, or not being able to get involved, they’re actively participating in harassing you along with the bully who’s actually harassing you? Go fuck yourself! In the end, it’s no one’s responsibility to handle your own problems for you, if they don’t want to get involved, that’s their choice and they’re welcome to do so without having the book thrown at them.
“As long as developers are slow to address toxicity, it is on a game’s playerbase to stomp out hatred if they don’t want it there.”
What do you expect developers to do, Cecilia? The report system is really the best thing that we can do. The only solution I think that’ll help you out is an active “neighbourhood watch” kind of account spectating every game and who’s gonna pay all those people, Cecilia? You? Oh wait, another thing, how much should I bet that these people if they ever existed, they would also be biased and perhaps quell any speech against things you support, Cecilia? You know, like feminism actively does to anyone who disagrees with their movement.
“The real reason why players (and especially women) are dropping like flies from the game’s playerbase is the fact that shitty behavior is now a part of Overwatch’s culture, at least on PC, much like other online games’.”
Or it could be that the game has been out for over a year, not even including beta time. People do like playing other games too, I doubt that the vast majority of people are quitting the game because of a few assholes playing it.
Oh, by the way, while we’re on the topic of women being the main targets of online harassment, Cecilia, I want you to read this article. Not that you will, nor acknowledge the research that has shown that men are targets of online harassment more than women. Because that wouldn’t suit your narrative, now would it?
“And, no, I am not doing anything to provoke the toxicity I encounter in about half of my matches.”
That’s fine, the majority of harassing players aren’t being provoked, they just choose to piss people off because they get off on it. It has nothing to do with your gender, Cecilia, but when they hear your voice, they have something to sink their teeth into immediately, because as we have seen time and time again in this current society, it appears as if women because of this extreme wave of feminism, they cannot resist getting upset the second they’re challenged based on their gender. If the average female player wasn’t freaking out every time a guy asked them to make a sandwich while playing a game, they wouldn’t do it as much.
“My being harassed is not my fault. It is the fault of specific maladjusted people and a culture that acquiesces to their cruelty.”
You’re half-right, it is the fault of a specific few, but to say it’s a cultural problem, that’s absolute bullshit. In fact, just take a look for example with the whole Sargon of Akkad/Anita Sarkeesian debacle at VidCon. There’s an argument to be had, Cecilia that in fact it’s the other way around currently, where our culture is in a state where it’s okay to harass and insult men and receive zero consequences in doing so.
Just think about it, Cecilia. If I wrote for Kotaku and posted the exact same article online about men being harassed online all the time (because statistically we are being harassed more), what would the reaction be? Would the response be sympathetic? Absolutely fucking not, it would be wave of feminists and social justice warriors trying to get me fired from my position at Kotaku because I’m ignoring the real victims, women. Because only one set group of people are allowed to be victimized. But you’re right, Cecilia, you’re the victim. Because you can write half-truths and half-lies on the internet for a major gaming news outlet and not be fired for not doing your job properly as a “professional journalist”. I would be fired as a man for doing what you’re doing, you would not. Who’s privileged again?
“And that’s why, when your teammate is getting harassed for their gender, voice, race or demographic, you should speak up, too. And if you do not, you are a part of the problem.”
Unless of course you’re a straight white male, then you deserve it. Right, Cecilia?
Now the article alone was enough to bother me. But of course she couldn’t just end it there, she had to go full-blown feminist cancer in the comments.
Yep, she had to go the wage gap route. How many times do we have to debunk the wage gap, folks? I’m not even going to go through the whole thing, just google it and you’ll find a million articles as to what the feminist version of the “wage gap math” isn’t taking into account.
Again, Cecilia, instead of just taking a warrior stance on this stuff, you’re playing the victim. I will never deny that women receive harassment, but this culture of playing the victim needs to stop. Stop acting like you’re the only ones who get harassed, stop claiming that every single time this happens to you that it’s a serious threat, or a case of misogyny, sexism or whatever buzzword you want to use to garner sympathy by your kool-aid drinking cult members.
Everyone gets harassed, Cecilia. Everyone. Male, female, black, while, straight, gay, skinny, fat. Harassment is not a feminist issue, it’s not a race issue, it’s not a LGBT issue. It’s a human rights issue. You and your group need to stop acting like it only matters when it happens to you and your members. It matters when it happens to anyone and everyone.
Now excuse me while I take the next hour or so to write the correct article to address the lack of people standing up to bullies during online games.