Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fake Geek Boys Exploit Iwata's Death to Attack Feminist Frequency

I was a bit saddened by the death of Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, on Saturday. I usually have little compassion to spare for CEOs of massive companies, but Iwata was better than some, maybe even most. He even cut his own salary in half rather than lay off employees when the company was struggling, citing the fact that the company's failures are on him. Not bad at all.

I also grew up as a Nintendo fangirl. I played my brother's NES growing up, enjoying Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt and Marble Madness. The first console I owned myself, that I didn't share with a sibling, was the Nintendo 64. Me and my friends used to have sleepovers where we would stay up all night playing the original Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party 1-3.

So maybe I felt a little like a piece of myself had died. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but I was still pretty pissed off when I saw this shit:

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These are fake. They're not only not on the actual Feminist Frequency account, Anita Sarkeesian had already posted an alert saying that there was another batch of Photoshopped tweets going around trying to trick people into thinking she's some kind of Ultimate Gamer Boogeyman.

Yes, this has happened many times before. And GamerGate eats it up every time, no matter how ridiculous the fake tweets are. They could say that she's actually an alien hybrid sent to destroy the human race by killing video games forever and they'd believe it.

It's just so painfully clear that whoever made this doesn't know shit about video games. No one would say that Iwata was the pinpoint for most of the industry's misogyny. There are so, so many worse offenders than Nintendo. Plus, to disrespect Iwata like that after he's just fucking died by using his death to craft obvious lies to try and bring hate upon a video game critic you don't like? Fuck you, don't ever try to call yourself a gamer if you make or spread this bullshit. You might as well piss on the man's grave and then say Anita did it.

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