I think it’s worth accepting that diversity and feminism are a big part of RPS, and that has basically always been the case and is likely to continue to be the case.
Although it’s a bit jarring to me that it seems to often be the same people who are complaining about RPS recently becoming too bland and corporate that are also throwing in comments about too much feminism.
It seems to me that the main reason RPS was free to express possibly audience-unpopular opinions was that they were an independent blog run by 4-5 people, and the only thing that’s really likely to change them feeling free to express their opinions on topics like diversity is becoming so corporate that the writers have to maintain the party line and not offend any potential audience members.
I imagine the confirmation bias goes both ways, but it might also be worth pointing out that for me, and i suspect others, it’s gotten to the point where any mention of:
is like drawing fingernails across a blackboard. Oh god, not this again! and any other points that might have been agreed with in the comment pretty much get ignored. It really turns me off, and probably hence the vilification.
Unfortunately, thus is the nature of the internet / social media these days. Much as the political debate has degraded to filter bubbles and partisan groups shouting at each other while not listening, Gamergate basically did the same to the gaming community, including RPS.
You can’t really pretend all that shit didn’t happen, and it’s made both sides much more easily offended and touchy about all kinds of trigger words.
Not meant as an attack, just an observation, but I was reading a news article just before this about how trump voters don’t care if he lied or paid porn stars hush money, but this just reminded me of the part of the article where several supporters said something to the effect of "I don’t watch much TV news anymore, I just get all my news from * insert favorite right wing radio host / tweeter here *.
I don’t really know where I’m going with this, except that I feel somewhat sad/worried/depressed about this trend.
And it also occurs to me that a lot of the interesting gaming journalism disappeared after Gamergate, when everyone complained about writers trying to bring ‘issues’ into writing about games and a lot of the more interesting voices either quit the industry, or started writing safer/blander articles that were less likely to get them flamed, or started writing pro-active defense paragraphs every time they touched on something that might get attacked.