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Green Room - Week 25 - Day 2

I don't game. At all. I do sometimes enjoy watching other people game. When I'm really bored and I happen to be hanging out with someone into gaming.

No real interest.

But for some reason I've been finding myself continually sucked into the rabbit hole that is "#GamerGate", especially now with more death threats coming toward people who have spoke up against the shitty way women are treated in the gaming community.

What interests me is that every time you peel back a layer, and think you have a good understanding of what is happening - someone says something and throws you into an entirely different area. Maybe *this* is the game that I can get into: Following complete meltdowns of fandom groups.

I'm pretty much convinced that half of the gamer community are horrible human beings and the other half are horrible Canadians (or something called a "Canadian-American")

Which did remind me of the sheer number of "social justice" bloggers that I know, out there, who are Canadian - and once again have the urge to tell them to get off my lawn! No one asked you Canuck!! :P

(or maybe it's the long-standing stereotype that Canadians are "extra nice" that is just coming out to the forefront and ruining the quality of meanness and inequality that the rest of the world cherishes for everyone!)

***

Those were the things that I was concentrated on for most of the day yesterday. Until the news hit.

Those of you who know shay_writes know how awesome she is, and how she has been a member and supporter of this community for years. (I think Season 3 was her first. It may have been 2 though) Even when she doesn't play, she's usually out there cheering from the sideline.

Life has been rough lately, but it just got even worse.

I don't have many details - and I'm probably saying too much already, but her 3 year old grand daughter Naomi died today after falling down stairs a few hours earlier. (yesterday by the time I post this)

If you are religious - prayers would be appreciated. If you are not - good thoughts toward those left behind in the devastation never hurt.

Shay is one of us. I'm not sure what, if anything, we can do for her. But if anyone hears anything - other than just keeping the family in our hearts, please let me know.

That, and hug the people you love, and let them know how much they matter to you. No matter how old or young they are. Because you never know just how much time you are going to have left with them. Cherish it.

***

All of that said - I'm still trying to run this thing that Shay loves. And I would be remiss if I didn't post a link to the poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/792692.html

That said, I can't eliminate anyone this week. My heart just went out of me. We are still giving people the chance to advance. But no one is leaving us from that "Last Chance" poll.

I'll make up for it a little later. Just not today. I just can't do it today.

***
I forgot to link these things. So here they are: A new topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/793590.html
and a Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/793644.html

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veronica_rich
Oct. 16th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
That's awful to hear. Bad stuff happens to everyone, but some bad stuff is so much worse than others. I hope the family can find a way to cope with it, and eventually recover.
halfshellvenus
Oct. 16th, 2014 05:23 am (UTC)
I'm so terribly sorry to hear this. All good thoughts to her and her family at this desperate time.
aimercat
Oct. 16th, 2014 05:25 am (UTC)
thoughts and prayers to her and her family. so sad :(
ecosopher
Oct. 16th, 2014 05:31 am (UTC)
Oh, this is so sad.
flipflop_diva
Oct. 16th, 2014 06:22 am (UTC)
That is so horrible. Sending so many good thoughts her and her family's way. I hope they can come together to get through this.
ellakite
Oct. 16th, 2014 06:25 am (UTC)
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I lost my faith long ago... but the only thing I can say right now is: Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

That, and I will pray for Naomi and Shay. Mind you, I won't pray for *MYSELF* ever again -- I feel like it would be hypocritical. But when I see good people going through Hell needlessly, I am more than willing to send a few words on their behalf to "The Power(s) That Be".

waltzmatildah
Oct. 16th, 2014 06:41 am (UTC)
Maybe *this* is the game that I can get into: Following complete meltdowns of fandom groups. THIS!!! THIS IS 100000% ME!

To illustrate: I have never watched a single Harry Potter movie, nor read a single Harry Potter book (though I did inadvertently attend the Leicester Square red carpet for one of the movies and got to see most of the stars... much to my HP loving friends' DISGUST!), I have no interest whatsoever in anything at all related to Harry Potter and his buddies. Howeverrrrrr... I have read every word and link and opinion piece and comment related to the ms scribe affair several times over. I can't click the link without losing WHOLE HOURS OF MY LIFE IN SLACK-JAWED WONDERMENT, EVEN TO THIS DAY!

(Searching the link to include in this comment was an exercise in extreme restraint given the Things That Are Not Re-Reading The Ms Scribe Affair that I have to to at the moment!!).

DO I WANT TO KNOW WHAT GAMER GATE IS??!!! (I mean, HELL YES, I WANT TO KNOW... but... DO I REALLY WANT TO KNOW??!)
clauderainsrm
Oct. 16th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
If you do decide to dig in - whatever "side" you end up finding first - go and read the "other side" for awhile... then go back and read the original. Especially the coverage from the "Gaming press", because man, it's one of those cases where the more you look, the more spinned around you will get. (I'm at the point where I just want them to get rid of everything and bring back Pong! :D)
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waltzmatildah
Oct. 16th, 2014 06:43 am (UTC)
And now that I've got that out of my system...

Oh, goodness. My thoughts are definitely with that little girl's family :(
jem0000000
Oct. 16th, 2014 06:46 am (UTC)
*hugs*
jexia
Oct. 16th, 2014 07:58 am (UTC)
So sad :(
theun4givables
Oct. 16th, 2014 10:35 am (UTC)
<3

I can't imagine how her family feels, right now.
xo_kizzy_xo
Oct. 16th, 2014 10:38 am (UTC)
:still rendered utterly speechless re Naomi:

And what sucks even more is all the crap Shay's been going through IN ADDITION to this. Jesus Fucking Almighty Christ.



I tried reading the NYT article about the whole GamerGate thing and even though I understand it on one level, I don't on another. I'm chalking the latter up to not being a gamer.

I ran across a term the other day that means that when something is all-inclusive, it becomes its own universe. It can be a job, a school, a fandom, almost anything. If I were a gamer I'd probably be roaring a lot. I'm not. I'm not part of that universe :shrug:
lauriempress
Oct. 16th, 2014 12:03 pm (UTC)
I don't know when or if she'll see this, but *hug.*
hotmessmama
Oct. 16th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thoughts are with Shay & her family. This is so hard to hear.
medleymisty
Oct. 16th, 2014 12:42 pm (UTC)
I am very much a gamer. Sims, obviously, and I've been playing WoW off and on since 2005, and I've dabbled in other MMOs and I played a lot of RPGs, both console and PC.

I have no idea what GamerGate is, except a bunch of people yelling at each other on the internet and being outraged and self-righteous and performing for their social group. That's not my scene.

I mean, yeah, misoygny is a problem in games and the culture, and I'd like to talk about that. Just not in the internet kerfuffle let's link everything about a person obsessively so we can point and scorn and pile on to them and let's scream insults and write self-righteous blog posts to get reblogs and pats on the back from people who agree with us way.

I don't know, I've always been more into the big picture and less about chasing down individuals and bullying them and obsessively gossiping about them. I've been on the receiving end of that sort of thing, and it's toxic and terrifying and years later it still affects me and I still have some anxiety, although I don't have the panic attacks anymore.

And that was in the rather small Sims community. I can only imagine what it's like for the targets in something as large as this.

Also that is horrible about the little girl. *hugs* to everyone affected.

Edited at 2014-10-16 12:46 pm (UTC)
clauderainsrm
Oct. 16th, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
Half of the commentary on the subject reads like Click-bait.

Which may say more about the state of online journalism than it does about the actual situation.
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