Angry Video Game Nerd James Rolfe Still Under Attack Months After ‘Ghostbusters’ Controversy

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By William Hicks | 1:32 pm, October 25, 2016
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Hasn’t James Rolfe suffered enough?

The Angry Video Game Nerd became the focal point of the Ghostbusters controversy after he calmly stated he would not be reviewing the remake. He was branded a misogynist by dozens of press outlets for simply stating non-gender specific reasons he was not looking forward to the all-female version of his beloved childhood movie.

Since then, Rolfe has continued making YouTube videos in peace, essentially ignoring the controversy and letting it blow over.

That is until some dork at The Portland Mercury decided to make a stink about Rolfe attending a gaming convention in the city in the paper’s “Things to Do” section. He urged readers to boycott events at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, which included Rolfe, and accused him of misogyny.

…because 2016 is a never-ending nightmare that will allow nothing good and pure to exist, all this comes with a condition: Avoid the events featuring one of the Expo’s special guests, James Rolfe—better known to gamers as the obnoxious YouTuber “The Angry Video Game Nerd,” and better known to everyone else as one of the jackasses behind last spring’s misogynist anti-Ghostbusters campaign. Make no mistake: The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is still totally worth going to. But Rolfe typifies the kind of outdated, exclusionary thinking that gives gamers a bad name. The otherwise excellent Portland Retro Gaming Expo—not to mention Portland’s gamers—deserve better.

Since when was the “Things to Do” section a soapbox for writers to go on politically motivated tirades? Rolfe has suffered for months at the hands of sloppy journalists who twisted his banal, even-toned critique of Ghostbusters into foaming-at-the-mouth sexist rhetoric.

Fortunately, Rolfe’s weekend panel went smoothly. The writer’s half-assed boycott didn’t work and Rolfe’s “misogynistic” event was well attended.

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