Last year’s Gamergate was madness, to say the least. Initially focused around Depression Quest game developer Zoë Quinn, due to her ex-boyfriend writing a furious manifesto-like blog post that accused her of sleeping her way to the top, the controversey evolved—or devolved, really—into a chaotic debate about misogyny in gamer culture, ethical practices in journalism practices, and then, ultimately, a whole splattering of topics. Now they’re making a movie about it, according to Deadline, and there’s talk of Scarlett Johansson showing interest in the lead role.
The film would be based on Quinn’s upcoming memoir Crash Override: How to Save the Internet From Itself, which isn’t set to be released until next year. Rights to the memoir were just bought up by Amy Pascal, who was coincidentally also the center of a media circus when she was co-chairwoman of Sony during its massive hack, later stepping down because of it (though her leaked emails’ content, specifically).
Quinn herself actually has the best quote about the controversy, its fallout, and where things currently stand.
“Gaming and internet message boards used to be niche interests, mostly for young men. In the past few years, however, they’ve gone mainstream. Millions of people — including women and other marginalized people — have taken an interest in the platforms, image boards, and discussion forums that once belonged by default to a much smaller population. Most gamers give zero fu•ks about this. Like the rest of us, they’re just here to play games. But a vocal minority are clinging onto the brand of Cheetos-and-Mountain-Dew exclusionary identity ‘hardcore gamer,’ muttering ‘fu•kin casuals’ under their breath.”
It’ll be interesting to see if the movie’s production and release reignites the controversial flames, because keeping up with Gamergate was a time. For a good dive into the online wildifre of last year, read Sara Benincasa’s Playboy.com article “Gamergate: One Woman’s Journey Into Fear and Loathing in Video Games.”