This is a general question, but one I’ve been wrestling with for quite a while. I, like probably a lot of people, started following Waypoint since it started because two of the founders, Austin and Patrick, were Giant Bomb alumni. I loved their opinions and viewpoints and wanted to see more of their content. But even when they were on Giant Bomb, there was a population of people that didn’t appreciate or care for their points of view (which are unashamedly and vocally left of center and it’s great).
I don’t want to disparage the site or start a “they vs. us” type of debate, but there’s a certain population over on Giant Bomb that’s pretty garbage. They don’t care for any politics outside of videogames, hate confronting it when it inevitably rears its head in videogames (like with Palmer Lucky and that one cyberpunk game with the GG-apologist that disappeared from everybody’s minds), and actively hate on members of the crew. I noticed it little by little over the years, from people calling Austin or Patrick SJWs (like, big fucking woop dude), the usual “this is the state of gaming journalism folks”, and the worst example being “Ryan Davis would be ashamed.” I saw these kinds of posts infrequently and felt disgusted but tried to ignore it. It seemed like a small population.
Seeing Abby Russel’s #MeToo twitter post, and Danika’s as well, got me so fucking mad that my community, and premium members at that, had such awful people in it. Those finally tipped the fucking scale on my mad-meter that I don’t know if I even want to participate on Giant Bomb anymore. Giant Bomb already has a problem with being or at the very least projecting an aura of neutrality and centrism - that politics don’t matter or shouldn’t be included in the conversation because some people might be uncomfortable. I saw at least one person get mad at the site for their front page twitter feed because Ben tweeted something political, even though the feed is buried under tons of content you have to scroll down to see. And if you ever followed the GB crew on twitter, they make almost no effort to hide their political opinions anyways, it’s only ever it being on the site that’s apparently a problem.
So, what do you do in this situation? The Giant Bomb stuff is only a part of the problem, since I also have a friend crew that I’ve seen troubling signs in as well. I’m just so upset that I don’t know where to channel this anger.