Remember last Friday, when I wrote about the two people who got fired from Guns & Ammo for being remotely associated with the idea of gun control? The people who got labeled as "Enemies of the people of the gun" by one particularly terrifyingly nuts responder? That's an example of a fanbase failing to mitigate its extremists. Gamespot, on the other hand, has just provided an example of success.
In this video, vlogger(?) Johnny Chiodini highlights some of the response to Gamespot's review of Grand Theft Auto V, which they gave a 9 out of 10.
Many fans were furious about this score -- not because they thought it was unreasonable to give it such a high score, though. They were angry because it wasn't a 10 out of 10. There was some serious rage in the comments that professional video game journalists could conceivably find any fault at all in this game.
Mainly, it seemed, their problem was with the first of all two items in "The Bad," as opposed to the five in "The Good," which read: "Politically muddled and profoundly misogynistic," a theme she expanded on in the article, which, Chidoni says in his video,
[... triggered] personal attacks on Carolyn in the comments, and even a petition to get her fired for disrespecting Grand Theft Auto V.
Yeah, that sounds familiar. But where Guns & Ammo panicked when the most monstrous elements of their fanbase started flipping out, apparently Gamespot stood by its reviewers and its ideas. Chidoni in particular laid out his condemnation of Gamespot's asshats in the end of his video, to the point of apparently considering ending his show rather than risk contributing to the hate:
looking at the amount of vitriol our community spilled this week, the fact I've spent more than a year of my life making this show suddenly makes me feel distinctly uneasy -- because what if I've been directly contributing to this mess the whole time? What if the very user input I hate to see on this site has actually increased as a result of my work?
You know what? I don't really want to see it happen anymore. I don't want to sweep hate speech under the rug and pretend it didn't happen, any more than I want to give it a platform from which it can be repeated.
I'll see you next week, I suppose.
[editorial note: I don't follow Gamespot, so I don't know to what degree their content usually is or isn't deeply problematic. I was impressed by this video, as a response to some of the worst elements of the gamer community, but I want to be clear that I'm viewing it in isolation.]