It’s been too long. The last time we properly spoke, the #GamerGate movement had only been underway for a short time. We came out against the harassment the movement was enabling and challenged proponents of the movement there for ethical discussions to abandon the mantle and re-start discussions. We made these statements early and these have stood as our only commentary on the matter.
Now, we’re more than two months in, and the environment feels increasingly toxic. That’s not what we’re about.
Starting this Saturday, November 8th, we’ll launch our Orange Dot campaign. The Orange Dot Campaign has one mission: Take back this space we hold so dearly. Through the next 30 days, we’re going to hit you with positivity in various forms, each and every day.
Orange is the New Black
We’re kicking things off by encouraging you to change your Twitter and other social media icons to an orange dot or similar for the duration of the event, or to add one to your current avatar. This is our show of solidarity; our banner for those out to leave a positive impact in the gaming space.
Why an orange dot? Orange is about as opposite the negativity you can get. We think of the orange dot in different terms though – it’s like that welcoming indicator on Skype informing you that someone is there to talk and listen. It’s an invitation for a good conversation.
Some have already done it and with various effect. Check out @fazor3D, @thirdkoopa, and our own account @GoodWritingVG to see various orange dots. We’re not necessarily asking you to change your avatar — you can change your background, tweet an image out, do whatever. Raise awareness. You’ll be seeing us promote various orange dots as we go.
Here’s a dot in Wikimedia Commons for you to use if you desire. [Click]
Here’s some of what we’ve got coming to go along with it all…
Our Lucas Guimaraes will officially be kicking off our video series Pick 3, where we compare three budget friendly games and tell you which will be worth your time. Our Nick Kummert will begin his time as Development Officer, and we’ve booked a couple of interesting chats to be had for aspiring games writers.
We’ll be having Mario Kart Mondays, inviting all of you to come out and play Mario Kart 8 online with us. We promise we won’t win every match. On the 22nd, we’ll be celebrating all things Super Smash Bros. with online play, and, if we can manage, a tournament of epic proportions.
On Saturday the 22nd, our friend Jose Cardoso is launching Team GGW’s Extra Life campaign. He’ll be gaming starting Saturday morning for a good cause. He’s famous for showing off great Nintendo games, and we hope you’ll join his stream. Stay tuned to our Twitter for more news on the specifics.
Also joining Jose, our Evan McIntosh will be streaming The Long Dark on Saturday. He’ll be talking Canadian literary tradition and The Long Dark’s place in that tradition. If you’ve ever wanted insights into the Great Arctic Beyond, this stream will be informative. Also, there will be many, many, deaths.
So far so good, right?
Orange you glad we didn’t say banana?
We’re going wild on Twitter, too! You’re always welcome to join the conversation with us @GoodWritingVG, but we’ll be hosting two Twitter chats we believe are important. The first will take place on November 15th, and will be about mental health and gaming. We hope to make a show of support for mental health awareness in a big way. On November 25th, we’re hosting a Twitter chat on the Games of the Year. We want you to share your favourite gaming moments of the year with us. Both chats will take place on the hashtag #GGWTalk.
Mark Filipowich will be highlighting women creators in our space too. Critics, developers, comic creators, Let’s Players, and more will be featured. Our hope is to present their work, largely in their voice, for you to find new and interesting creators to follow. These features will become a cornerstone of our Orange Dot Campaign – you’ll be seeing a lot of these as we go on. He put out a call for submissions here.
There’s a bunch of other stuff happening, too. We have a book review. We have a couple of original features. We’ll have a handful of giveaways. We’re well underway in our Games Writing of the Year awards. We have something for every day of our Orange Dot Campaign.
Our goal, as it always has been, is to change the discourse. We hope you’ll join us in a month of festivities: Gaming, writing development, sharing great works, and meaningful conversations. These are the things we’re about and we can’t wait to share it all with you.