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Why Being a Gamer Makes You a Good Person

Goodness. It has been quite the week! In case you are unaware, I am part of a large consumer movement in defense of gamer culture and identity. The movement is called ‘GamerGate’ and it has been more than two months since it started.

On Wednesday, I was featured on HuffPostLive to speak out about the movement. I, along with my colleagues Jemma Morgan and Georgina Young, were fueled with a fiery desire to get our word out there. It was a wild ride, and we are overwhelmed with all the positive responses we’ve been getting!

Please do check it out. The video is here.

As a gamer, I know how important it is to be heard. For so long, and I’m sure you can agree, gamers have been dismissed or ignored for their identity – simply because mainstream media portrays gamers as childish or a menace to society.

This brings me to this week’s video. A video I wanted to share ever since GamerGate became a cultural phenomenon.

I’d like to remind you why you are amazing.

Cheers and keep on gaming.

Jennie Bharaj

References:

Anderson, Craig A., “Violent Video Games: Myths, Facts, and Unanswered Questions”, http://www.apa.org/science/psa/sb-andersonprt.html (accessed on October 16, 2014), 2006.

Cruz, Amanda M. , Christopher J. Ferguson, Diana E. Ferguson, Stacey Fritz, Stephanie M. Rueda, Shawn M. Smith. (March 2008)Criminal Justice and Behavior March 2008 vol. 35 no. 3 311-332, doi: 10.1177/0093854807311719

Fournis, Gael, and Nidal Nabhan Abou. “Violence, crime, and violent video games: is there a correlation?” Psychiatric Times Sept. 2014: 13. Health Reference Center Academic. Web. 17 Oct. 2014.

John C. Beck , Mitchell Wade, The Kids are Alright: How the Gamer Generation is Changing the Workplace, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 2006

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