On the Feb. 11, 2015 edition of “Law and Order Special Victims Unit” (LOSVU) entitled “Intimidation Game” the writers tried to take on the issue of #GamerGate which is an internet based war pitting Social Justice Warriors vs Gamers. There hasn’t been an episode of any of the Law and Order shows based upon the internet war over Boxxy which was more vicious than GamerGate because of equally matched sides with similar abilities.
GamerGate got started when an ex-boyfriend falsely confirmed what was suspected all along and claimed his ex-girlfriend got special treatment for her game because of her relationship with a journalist. It escalated when it was discovered that some video game writers had a mailing list in which they coordinated a writing campaign to create stories that the videogame industry has branched out and this was the end of gamers and the types of games that gamers like.
Strangely “Intimidation Game” has a classic damsel in distress plot which Social Justice Warriors hate and are trying to censor. Gamers on the other hand have not tried to mobilize against Kim Kardashian and largely only shook their head in shame when it was revealed that Kim Kardashian had one of the biggest games of 2014. It was Social Justice Warriors who went after Kim Kardashian and her superficiality.
The episode (spoiler alert) starts off with SVU Captain Olivia Benson discussing with a therapist the actions of her son at a tea party in which he breaks things and gets hurt. The therapist essentially says boys will be boys. It then moves to a videogame convention attended by several of the SVU team. It brings in a character Leslie Connolly, from a previous episode, Glasgowman’s Wrath, who inspired a character based on Slender Man which influenced two girls to kill. He is shown being rewarded by the videogame industry with a virtual reality game based on his character Glasgow Man. It later shows how he cooperates with the police after being threatened with the Son of Sam Law which restricts capitalizing on the proceeds of a crime. No word on whether LOSVU producer Dick Wolf will return the money in the case that this episode influences a gamer to attack a female developer.
The damsel in distress theme starts with the molestation in the convention bathroom of a female employee, Sarah Keller, by a “slope headed man” and another male gamer because she worked for a company headed by a female, Raina Punjabi, who was dating a venture capitalist, Steven Kaplan. It degenerates into screens of the crowd watching a Kill Or Be Slaughtered (KOBS) videogame match on the screen shouting “kill them” interlaced with shots of the girl being attacked. While the noisy convention could not be heard when she first entered the bathroom, it resonates with “kill them” throughout the attack. The guys are caught with the help of Connolly and the episode quickly switches to the other damsel in distress, the developer of the videogame.
The damsel in distress is shown being interviewed live from her home when police move and force her to her knees. She has been SWATted. In one of the most egregious mistakes is when SVU Detective Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) tries to explain the concept of SWATting. He explains that SWATting occurs when a third party brings the police to your house. He then fails and mentions a pay phone. Police have for decades been skeptical of 911 calls from pay phones. The whole point of SWATting is that fairly new technology allows the SWATter to make it appear to the 911 operator that the 911 call originated from the target’s house/office. Tutuola then mentions the possible use of an internet phone which is possibly a reference to VOIP.
Raina Punjabi is then kidnapped during the launch of her new videogame. Her shirt is ripped off completing level one. She is later thrown down to be raped completing level two. The police find the rape video has been as it turns out intentionally geotagged which leads them to the site of the rape. They then get to the location of the third level which is a trap for the police. Raina Punjabi is taped to a shotgun in an attempt to get the police to shoot her. The episode turns into a first person shooter and the police shoot two of the police labeled cyber terrorists.