The biggest tech controversy you've never heard of has actually driven people from their homes in fear for their lives. It involves people from the darkest corners of the Internet, those desperately seeking attention, and others who are trying to make the Internet a better community.
This isn't a PC versus Mac debate, or even which Internet Service Provider has aired more dirty laundry. This is about an industry that has been raking in more than $5.9 billion annually since 2012.
I'm talking about #GamerGate. Hold on to your hats, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
First, what is #GamerGate? Let me break it down for you.
#GamerGate is a hashtag that's been attached to attacks on people online, mostly women, who have either been making strides for females in the gaming industry or have been pointing out the massive problem of misogyny, objectification and domination of women in the geek and gaming culture.
Try saying that three times fast!
But seriously, this is a real problem. Have you ever looked at the games your kids and grandkids play? Many of them feature scantily-clad women, or women being harassed and treated as objects. The "Grand Theft Auto" (GTA) games, "Red Dead" games, "Saints Row" games, "Watch Dogs," and other "Teen and up" rated games come to mind.
The gaming industry has evolved to this narrow portrayal of women, power and money to the point where it basically dominates nearly every top-selling game today. But it's not just the digital women that are being disparaged.