March 7, 2024

Ten Years From Gamergate: here we go again

Keza MacDonald in The Guardian says the industry must stand up to right-wing trolls. (The industry will not stand up to right-wing trolls.)

This week, a 16-person narrative design studio has found itself at the centre of a conspiracy theory that holds it responsible for the insidious prevalence of “wokery” in modern video games. A group with more than 200,000 followers on PC games storefront Steam, as well as thousands in a Discord chat channel, believes that Sweet Baby Inc is secretly forcing game developers to change the bodies, ethnicities and sexualities of video game characters to conform to “woke” ideology.