Recommended Reading: Mattie’s at Kotaku Edition
Readers, as part of an ongoing conversation
with the editorship at Kotaku, author Mattie Brice has a guest post
there today about why Kotaku is unwelcoming to marginalized gamers.
There is only a wrong way to go about this. So let's just get to why I'm here:
I'm part of the gaming community, but Kotaku doesn't see me as a gamer. No, instead I'm a multi-racial transgender who-knows-sexual possibly-feminist woman gamer. A boogie monster. Someone who uses too many –isms and –ists in their daily tweets to actually enjoy anything. I don't think I've ever had anyone ask what it's like to be me in this pocket of society.
You know that invisible ink in detective movies? If you could get an internet lighter, you'd find "This site is for heterosexual white American men gamers." Kotaku will never include me until it's figured out that "gamers" is skewed to one identity and asks me to deal with that. No. Me too.
Gamer culture isn't Kotaku's fault. That skewing Japan as a land of weirdoes is humorous. That gamers like to look at galleries made up of T&A shots of women in cosplay. So what if someone like me doesn't fit in with typical gamers? The editors are just providing what gamers want, how is that a bad thing? Are you using that lighter?
It's quite well done, be sure to check it out
. Insert standard disclaimer about comments here, although I did find this comment
to be hilarious:
This is just the pot calling the kettle black. Seriously, I incredibly doubt that the Border House has any articles that pander to "Heterosexual white gamers" and until they do, their point is moot.
what does that even mean
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