Law & Order is Doing GamerGate (and Ice-T is on the Case)

By Leon Hurley on at

Oh I can't see this ending well at all, but that hasn't stopped an upcoming episode of Law & Order spin off Special Victims Unit focusing on a female developer releasing a game "amid a stream of online insults, intimidation and death threats from the male-dominated gaming community". After an assault at a "gamer convention" Ice-T is assigned the case.

Here's the scheduling description for the episode, airing on Monday 9th of February in the US. The line about the police having to "level up" to protect the developer is quite possibly the most painful joke I've ever read:

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"

"INTIMIDATION GAME"

02/11/2015 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : THE VIRTUAL WORLD BECOMES REALITY WHEN A VIDEO GAME CONVENTION TURNS INTO A CRIME SCENE

Video game developer Raina Punjabi (guest star Mouzam Makkar) solidifies the launch of her first game amid a stream of online insults, intimidation and death threats from the male-dominated gaming community. When a female employee is assaulted at a gamer convention, Detective Tutuola (Ice-T) investigates the crime but Raina refuses to delay the launch, and the cops must "level up" to protect her. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Sgt. Olivia Benson), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Dominick Carisi Jr.). Guest starring Peter Mark Kendall (Steven Kaplan), Susannah Flood (Sarah Keller) and Griffin Matthews (Leslie Connolly).

[UPDATES-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Monday February 9, 2015 - Wednesday February 11, 2015]

Via Law & Order is sending Ice-T to investigate Gamergate-style harassment - The Verge