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  • Title: Game Changers
  • Author: Dan Golding
  • ISBN: 1925475166
  • Page: 378
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  • The videogame scene has evolved from the hobby of boys in bedrooms to a popular pastime for anyone with a smartphone Many of the old guard resent this mainstreaming of games culture and they ve been anything but welcoming These trolls have created a climate of fear by abusing and harassing women, minorities and anyone who has dared to speak out against misogyny and oth The videogame scene has evolved from the hobby of boys in bedrooms to a popular pastime for anyone with a smartphone Many of the old guard resent this mainstreaming of games culture and they ve been anything but welcoming These trolls have created a climate of fear by abusing and harassing women, minorities and anyone who has dared to speak out against misogyny and other problems in the boys club industry Game Changers puts these conflicts under the microscope, in Australia and overseas The book features exclusive interviews with many key figures working to make the videogame world a safe space, including Anita Sarkeesian and Zo Quinn, two of the women at the centre of the Gamergate abuse In 2015, they were asked by the United Nations to lead a panel discussion on the rising tide of online violence against women and girls Authors Dan Golding and Leena van Deventer use their extensive experience in the videogame industry, both as players and professionals, to examine how games culture is growing, diversifying and changing for the better Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for ebook, 256 pages Published March 10th 2016 by Affirm Press More Details ISBN 1925475166 ISBN13 9781925475166 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Game Changers, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 23, 2017 Ellen rated it it was amazing Shelves character, story Read the subtitle of this book, as it provides a summary of the contents This is a powerful and disturbing about the recent history of conflicts relating to video games While this book contains the very disturbing experiences of key figures, it is also an encouragement to make and play games Both Leena and Dan provide their own experiences of harassment, and these areas of similarity and difference are important The key section to remember is that video games are for everyone.Even if you a Read the subtitle of this book, as it provides a summary of the contents This is a powerful and disturbing about the recent history of conflicts relating to video games While this book contains the very disturbing experiences of key figures, it is also an encouragement to make and play games Both Leena and Dan provide their own experiences of harassment, and these areas of similarity and difference are important The key section to remember is that video games are for everyone.Even if you are in the minority of people who do not play games this book will resonate because other elements This would be a helpful book for library staff to read because of the way it may help with thinking about games flag Like see review Feb 28, 2016 Andrew McMillen rated it really liked it For a long time, the stereotype surrounding video game culture saw its players identified as uniformly male, probably socially inept and pale, and likely a little overweight This is no longer true and has not been for some time, yet the sheer maleness of this industry and its initial consumer base meant that some unhealthy attitudes toward the opposite sex were allowed to fester unchecked for decades.An undercurrent of misogyny among gamers broke from the shadows into sunlight in October 2014 w For a long time, the stereotype surrounding video game culture saw its players identified as uniformly male, probably socially inept and pale, and likely a little overweight This is no longer true and has not been for some time, yet the sheer maleness of this industry and its initial consumer base meant that some unhealthy attitudes toward the opposite sex were allowed to fester unchecked for decades.An undercurrent of misogyny among gamers broke from the shadows into sunlight in October 2014 when a story on the front page of The New York Times reported that a prominent feminist media critic, Anita Sarkeesian, had to cancel an appearance at a Utah university after being threatened with the deadliest school shooting in American history if she went ahead with her planned talk Per Utah law, the university could not assure its guest speaker that campus police would stop people entering the hall with guns.This unsavoury chapter was among the most high profile events in a rolling campaign of organised online harassment against women who work in the video game industry or openly criticise aspects of it Named Gamergate and often accompanied by a hashtag, for ease of context on social media, that front page story offered a window into an ugly world that had been making outspoken women feel unsafe online and off for far too long The Times story led to Sarkeesian appearing on The Colbert Report, where she spoke intelligently and rationally about the hate speech and threats she and her peers experienced on a daily, if not hourly, basis.Gamergate was an important moment because it gave the many millions of people around the world who regularly play video games pause to reflect on the culture in which the hobby was enmeshed It offered a binary choice one could support the movement that had allowed entrenched sexism and misogyny to metastasise, or reject its ethos by proclaiming the hobby should evolve into an inclusive environment where players and developers could feel safe enough to contribute and reflect on this creative pursuit, regardless of their sex.Game Changers is the debut book by co authors Dan Golding and Leena van Deventer, and its focus is largely on examining the poisoned culture that allowed Gamergate to flourish, and how such unevolved attitudes from a noisy and occasionally criminal minority led to a global flashpoint That latter adjective is used with purpose as the authors explain, it is illegal in Australia to use a carriage service including Twitter or Facebook to threaten another person, so anyone who has stated their intentions to harm or kill someone else online has broken a law that holds a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment.The inclusion of Minecraft a popular world building video game in the book s extended title is purely a marketing decision, as there is much discussion of misogyny than mining or crafting in these pages This sly approach is admirable, though, because Game Changers is the sort of book that can be recommended to gamers of all stripes If unsuspecting readers end up learning a thing or two about social inclusion and tolerance towards others, then the authors will no doubt share a smile It is written with great passion, wit and insight, as much aimed at the uninitiated, the curious and the confused as much as for the weary and the experienced As a gamer and occasional journalist within the field, I knew the broad strokes of the Gamergate saga, but I learned many new things here.Golding is a critic, academic and director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival van Deventer is a game developer, writer, teacher and director of a not for profit organisation supporting women in IT Both are based in Melbourne and well respected within the gaming community Here, they have combined their significant knowledge and experience to produce an accessible and worthy overview of what they accurately describe as the fight for the future of this important medium.It is towards the end of the book that the material becomes most heartfelt and affecting The authors draw a straight line between words uttered by this year s Australian of the Year, David Morrison, and the global community s sluggish response to condemning the actions of the Gamergate minority This period in video game history, for many people, will be remembered as the time when so many people walked right on past at the very moment when their input would have been most useful, they note.If this all sounds a bit melodramatic, van Deventer underscores the point by reflecting on how Gamergate hit while she was teaching games writing at a university One of her students was so appalled by the online vitriol surrounding women working in this industry that she asked her teacher, Why make games when I can make something else for people that won t threaten my life Van Deventer laments the bankruptcy of her response, and how she still feels she had failed her student, who soon decided to change her degree.Game Changers is an essential read for anyone who engages with video games It is a strong indictment of a poisonous, misogynistic culture that has no place in the modern world The industry should take this as seriously as it takes piracy because abuse, harassment and bigotry shouldn t be considered less important than attacks against intellectual property or capital, the authors write near the end, perfectly summarising this unfortunate series of events Originally published in The Weekend Australian Review, April 2 2016 flag Like see review Dec 30, 2017 Anthea Wright rated it it was amazing review of another edition Absolutely ate this book up People had to endure me quoting it for a good week Made for really interesting discussions on the nature of gaming, gaming industry, feminism and pop culture Really left a mark in my brain flag Like see review Jun 29, 2017 Benjamin rated it it was amazing review of another edition A book explaining Gamergate, online harassment, and the video game culture war and feminist ideas towards gaming, and the pushback in trying to change the status quo An excellent book for people who don t know what Gamergate is and online abuse with video games flag Like see review May 20, 2016 Alayna Cole rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves reviewed Game Changers is a non fiction book that explores the videogame industry and how games culture is changing and diversifying, while also dissecting the misogyny and harassment that has permeated facets of the games community The book tackles large issues and acts as an educational experience for those unfamiliar with what has been happening within the industry.Read Game Changers is a powerful, emotionally moving non fiction book that made me cry on than one occasion This is not a Game Changers is a non fiction book that explores the videogame industry and how games culture is changing and diversifying, while also dissecting the misogyny and harassment that has permeated facets of the games community The book tackles large issues and acts as an educational experience for those unfamiliar with what has been happening within the industry.Read Game Changers is a powerful, emotionally moving non fiction book that made me cry on than one occasion This is not a review, but rather a reflection on why Game Changers affected me so deeply.Read flag Like see review Mar 20, 2016 Michael Livingston rated it liked it A clear, well written and occasionally hilarious look at the current state of the gaming world The book makes a strong argument that gamers are a much broader church than is usually meant by the term and that game producers and promoters need to broaden their approach to be inclusive It also provides a useful summary of the whole depressing gamergate saga There s not a whole lot that s new in here, but it s just about the perfect starting point for people who haven t been following t A clear, well written and occasionally hilarious look at the current state of the gaming world The book makes a strong argument that gamers are a much broader church than is usually meant by the term and that game producers and promoters need to broaden their approach to be inclusive It also provides a useful summary of the whole depressing gamergate saga There s not a whole lot that s new in here, but it s just about the perfect starting point for people who haven t been following these developments online flag 1 likeLike see review May 19, 2016 Kevin Powe rated it it was amazing A very important and thorough analysis of an ongoing and seemingly worsening problem in gaming culture Wrapped in a great sense of humour, Game Changers provides a window into some truly heartbreaking, life destroying events that happened because people had the audacity to Make Things They Believed In.Can t recommend it enough flag Like see review Mar 26, 2016 Liz Barr rated it liked it Shelves australian, non fiction A well written look at the evolution of the gamer identity and its collapse into the gross abuse of G_merg_te but didn t have much new information for anyone who has been following the issue since it started flag Like see review May 28, 2016 Katie Purvis rated it really liked it Really great examination of the place of games in contemporary Western culture, with a particularly good examination of the origins and ramifications of Gamergate Ultimately a very hopeful book flag Like see review Jun 05, 2016 Daniel Kilby rated it it was ok review of another edition The authors arguments, while both valid and compelling, were all but lost in the poor non existent editing flag Like see review Jordan rated it liked it Jul 10, 2016 Hammond Buckland rated it it was amazing Mar 27, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it Mar 18, 2016 Jason Poley rated it really liked it Aug 07, 2016 Catherine rated it liked it Jun 26, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it Aug 24, 2016 James Moore rated it it was amazing Mar 28, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it Jan 02, 2017 John 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    1. Read the subtitle of this book, as it provides a summary of the contents This is a powerful and disturbing about the recent history of conflicts relating to video games While this book contains the very disturbing experiences of key figures, it is also an encouragement to make and play games Both Leena and Dan provide their own experiences of harassment, and these areas of similarity and difference are important The key section to remember is that video games are for everyone.Even if you a Read [...]

    2. For a long time, the stereotype surrounding video game culture saw its players identified as uniformly male, probably socially inept and pale, and likely a little overweight This is no longer true and has not been for some time, yet the sheer maleness of this industry and its initial consumer base meant that some unhealthy attitudes toward the opposite sex were allowed to fester unchecked for decades.An undercurrent of misogyny among gamers broke from the shadows into sunlight in October 2014 w [...]

    3. Absolutely ate this book up People had to endure me quoting it for a good week Made for really interesting discussions on the nature of gaming, gaming industry, feminism and pop culture Really left a mark in my brain.

    4. A book explaining Gamergate, online harassment, and the video game culture war and feminist ideas towards gaming, and the pushback in trying to change the status quo An excellent book for people who don t know what Gamergate is and online abuse with video games.

    5. Game Changers is a non fiction book that explores the videogame industry and how games culture is changing and diversifying, while also dissecting the misogyny and harassment that has permeated facets of the games community The book tackles large issues and acts as an educational experience for those unfamiliar with what has been happening within the industry.Read Game Changers is a powerful, emotionally moving non fiction book that made me cry on than one occasion This is not a Game Changers is [...]

    6. A clear, well written and occasionally hilarious look at the current state of the gaming world The book makes a strong argument that gamers are a much broader church than is usually meant by the term and that game producers and promoters need to broaden their approach to be inclusive It also provides a useful summary of the whole depressing gamergate saga There s not a whole lot that s new in here, but it s just about the perfect starting point for people who haven t been following t A clear, we [...]

    7. A very important and thorough analysis of an ongoing and seemingly worsening problem in gaming culture Wrapped in a great sense of humour, Game Changers provides a window into some truly heartbreaking, life destroying events that happened because people had the audacity to Make Things They Believed In.Can t recommend it enough.

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