While I don’t generally like these “let’s all change our avatars to support X” kind of things, I do like this one. I appreciate it because amidst the confusing shit-storm that is “hashtag rhymes with shmamer shmate” this message is clear:

  • We want games to be a space where everyone feels welcome.
  • We think critical thinking in games should be applauded.
  • We want to play all kinds of games, made by all kinds of people.
  • We think games are for everyone.

When someone says “I support #shmamaershmate” or “I’m against #shmamershmate”, I want to say: “I don’t know what the f*%k you think you’re talking about.” We Heart makes a clear statement. It’s not about choosing a side, it’s about making a positive declaration outside of the maelstrom.

I’d like to amend that last one to read We think games are for and by everyone.

If you want to be a part of the love-in, check it out here: http://weheart.github.io/ Here’s a link to the avatar generator if you don’t feel like doing it manually.

Many thanks to Andreas Zecher for (apparently) starting this. I definitely choose to stand with you.

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