Anti-#GamerGate has made six (known) great mistakes before this week. This week we discovered that Anti-#GamerGate has made its seventh and final great mistake with this week’s Law & Order: SVU episode about #GamerGate. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a shortened version of it on Youtube. The episode is widely regarded as a joke to the point where Forbes, along with several others, called it the reefer madness of our generation. It has also made more people pro-#GamerGate.
What makes this Anti-#GamerGate’s next great mistake is that they compared gamers to terrorists/ISIS/etc. enough times that people outside of Anti-#GamerGate started believing them in a very literal way. The “gamers” in the episode made ISIS style videos and other nonsense. This Law & Order: SVU episode ran with everything Anti-#GamerGate has said about gamers like a rampaging bull in a china shop. This is dangerous for Anti-#GamerGate because Anti-#GamerGate has lost control of their own narrative. (A few Anti-#GamerGaters even realize this.) One of the things that happened in the episode was that Kotaku, which is solidly SJW/feminist and Anti-#GamerGate, was lumped in with the misogynist terrorist gamers. This is why this is Anti-#GamerGate’s final mistake. They created a narrative where despite being Anti-#GamerGate, they’re still lumped in with the the gamers they hate.
This is a bigger problem for Anti-#GamerGate than just being lumped in with gamers. The episode had Ice-T saying gibberish like, “they’re uploading threats through the dark net!” While that sentence makes no sense, the real problem is that its an attack on online privacy and anonymity. This is the type of thing that will draw the ire of the online rights crowd (with good reason), which adds to one of the previous great mistake that Anti-#GamerGate has been making.
This episode of Law & Order: SVU, like many other of its episodes, is supposed to be “ripped from the headlines”. But there’s a problem with that. When have female game developers or even the Anita Sarkeesians of the world been kidnapped and raped? Never. That’s a glaring difference between the episode and reality. Anti-#GamerGate was more careful about this sort of thing, but the wider media doesn’t care. When people realize that such things are a complete myth, they will question Anti-#GamerGate’s claims of online harassment and death threats and find a complete lack of evidence. They will also find that there has not been a single arrest, much less a single conviction in a court of law. The wider media doesn’t care about maintaining the specifics of #Anti-GamerGate’s narrative, but Anti-#GamerGate has to deal with the fallout of the wider media now controlling its narrative.