#Gamergate to Be Fictionalized on Law and Order: SVU, Plus a Depressing Gamergate Update
Well, this is kind of hilarious. Law and Order: SVU, famous for its "ripped from the headlines" plots, will air an episode based on the Gamergate controversy, which will be awesomely titled "The Intimidation Game."
Here's the summary of the episode, any all-caps are not ours: "THE VIRTUAL WORLD BECOMES REALITY WHEN A VIDEO GAME CONVENTION TURNS INTO A CRIME SCENE Video game developer Raina Punjabi (guest star Mouzam Makkar) solidifies the launch of her first game amid a stream of online insults, intimidation and death threats from the male-dominated gaming community. When a female employee is assaulted at a gamer convention, Detective Tutuola (Ice-T) investigates the crime but Raina refuses to delay the launch, and the cops must 'level up' to protect her."
Zoe Quinn said it best:
so games folks can we maybe finally admit the industry has some problems when SVU starts making fun of us? maybe? please?— Skitty Pryde (@TheQuinnspiracy) January 30, 2015
There will be inevitable jokes that Adam Baldwin should play himself in this episode, but they really should have gotten actress and gamer Felicia Day. Baldwin shouldn't get any monetary compensation for his part in all of this, but Day was a victim of Gamergate herself.
Overall, it seems like this is a positive development for us "SJW's" (can we take back that term already? I think being a "social justice warrior" sounds awesome), since Gamergaters are presumably portrayed as the villains of the piece. That being said, this could go wrong in so many ways. I was a huge fan of SVU back when it first started (read: when I got old enough to watch the reruns on USA), but it really went off the rails in recent years to the point of being mostly unwatchable. The show has done so much for raising awareness about issues surrounding gendered violence, but also has a bad habit of sensationalizing the topic, especially in the last few seasons. But hopefully, they'll treat this topic with the respect it deserves, and we'll only have to worry about the bad puns ("Your life isn't a game, Raina!!").
Speaking of Gamergate, I wish I didn't have any updates to give you, but I do. Anita Sarkeesian of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games fame recently announced that she would air a new series in 2015 about masculinity in games, which sounds great. But because people on the internet are terrible, this announcement was accompanied with an increase in the Sarkeesian's online harassment. In order to illustrate this (especially for those obnoxious people who accuse her of "faking" her death and rape threats), she posted all the threatening and harassing tweets she received in a week. We won't re-post all of them, simply because there are too many (157 in total), but here are a couple. And these aren't even the worst ones:
[Credit: Feminist Frequency]
Well, sure, now I believe you.
[Credit: Feminist Frequency]
Yes, clearly her criticisms are unwarranted.
For a full explanation of Sarkeesian's harassment, check out Feminist Frequency, and the Gamergate episode of Law and Order: SVU will air on February 11 on NBC.