Yes, this is a little late, but I've been reflecting on the last two and a quarter years.
Against all odds, a group of dweebs, nerds, geeks, fanatics, and dorks beat the everloving shit out of the entirety of the mainstream media, despite it and countless celebrities doing their absolute damnedest to stop us.
It's been said before, I've even said it myself, a few times, on Twitter, but it deserves repeating. We are gamers. That title may not seem like much, and it may be frowned upon by a large part of society, but 'gamer' as a title holds a hell of a lot of power.
We are trained, some of us from a very young age, to take on all challenges, no matter how much bigger than us that challenge is, and no matter how hard it is, and we're trained to win.
Think of the hardest trophy or achievement you've suffered through just to have. You didn't give up. You may have quit, you may have raged, you may have vowed never to bother with it again, but in the end, you came back to it, and you unlocked it.
Very Hard on Stage 13, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Puyo Pop, Kirby's Avalanche, etc) It's really hard.
Surviving 20/20/20/20 mode on Five Nights At Freddy's, a mode that's so hard, Scott Cawthon himself thought it was impossible.
4x20 mode in FNAF 2 which is even harder than the first.
I've seen a guy play without suffering a single point of damage on Boss Battles on Intense in Super Smash Bros Brawl (Basically the hardest difficulty for that game's Boss Rush)
I Want To Be The Guy
I Want To Be The Guy Gaiden
I Want To Be The Boshy
Demon Souls and Dark Souls 1, 2, and 3. Ridiculously hard and unforgiving games.
Battletoads on NES. Infamously hard.
Megaman on the NES.
Ninja Gaiden on Xbox. So hard, many players couldn't even get past the first boss.
Contra. If I need to justify this one, we will never be friends.
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels. Admittedly, I had to use save-states like a bitch to beat that game.
Doom (pick a game, it doesn't matter) There's even a popular one called Brutal Doom.
Super Meatboy. Harder than it first appears.
Ghosts n' Goblins on NES. Notoriously difficult game, and in order to beat it, you have to do the entire thing twice.
Zelda 2, Death Mountain and Dark Link specifically.
It doesn't matter how hard the challenge or how unforgiving the game, some gamer somewhere will overcome it. And GamerGate was no different. We're trained to look at the unbeatable and say "Let's take this thing down." So take pride in the hard achievements you have, and the difficult games you've beaten, because any non-gamer probably would have given up long before getting there.