Scott Shackford on GamerGate and Consumerism as a Culture War Battleground


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There has been more text written about the controversy known as "GamerGate" than lines of dialogue in newly released fantasy role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition. In fact, whether GamerGate is actually a controversy and not just certain factions acting out and harassing one another through social media is itself a focus of controversy. The Wikipedia page for GamerGate is longer than the Wikipedia page for the Watergate scandal.

As Reason's Scott Shackford notes, it may seem strange to non-gamers that video games could launch a culture war. But video games have become a prime contributor to popular culture. It was inevitable that the video game industry would become the battleground for the new generation of culture wars brewing among millennials.