Indie games scene looks for silver lining in the cloud of Gamergate
There was a ghost at IndieCade, the annual gathering of independent game developers in Los Angeles. You couldn’t see Gamergate, a ghoulish presence that has haunted the video game community for the
past two months, but you could sense it. Its specter inhabited talks on diversity and community management. It trailed conversations, bled into nervous jokes, and wormed into interactions between developers and the press. It stood behind smiling figures as they discussed solidarity and ways to endure in these complicated times.
But despite the recent maelstrom of controversies and vitriolic exchanges, few at IndieCade spoke of Gamergate with hate. Grief, perhaps. A dulled anger with its edges worn down by constant exposure, maybe. But not hate. If anything, it was primarily with a baffled exhaustion…”