They quickly pivoted to focus on They started with Kotaku writer Nathan Grayson, one of the alleged "five guys," who stood accused of writing positively about Quinn while engaged in a sexual relationship with her.
But Grayson never reviewed continue to trot it out as an example of journalistic corruption months later.(Kotaku and Gawker are sister sites, both owned by Gawker Media LLC.)Surely the gaming community is not entirely made up of misogynists and angry idiots? It would be absurd if it hadn't forced people out of their homes for fear of their personal safety," wrote actor Adam Baldwin—in response to this widespread repudiation of the term "gamer" and the scummy layer of misogyny it had picked up.
Near the end of August, a significant chunk of the gaming press feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian."There has been so much hate. You said #Gamergate participants believe they're fighting for video game journalism ethics. #Gamergate participants believe that game journalism has been corrupted—there are too many writers who maintain friendships or other close relationships with game developers.
So many angry words, so many accusations, over...what? Never mind for now that the game developers who are most often complained about are people like Zoe Quinn—independent, crowd-funded, and frequently from underrepresented identity groups—#Gamergate's mission (publicly, anyway) is to convince games writers to adopt the same ethical standards as "real journalists."What does that mean?
It's ironic, then, that #Gamergate is also spamming advertisers with links to Leigh Alexander's piece arguing that the stereotypical gamer is no longer the only audience available to the industry.
Hayden looked happy and confident as she posed for pictures to promote the fifth series of Nashville, which is currently airing on ABC.But to an outside observer, it's bizarre that they identify the greatest threat as the small, independent, crowdfunded developers, and not the huge profitable game companies that advertise on game sites. Ethics aren't the only thing #Gamergate is concerned with.As the movement made the shift from ad hominem attacks to insisting that its only interest in Quinn was as an example of nepotism and corruption in the gaming industry, it also began co-opting the language of social justice movements and of journalism to legitimize its complaints. Gamergaters demand to be seen simultaneously as a 70-million-strong market force, too big for the industry to ignore, and as a persecuted minority.And then there's the most recent kerfuffle with Intel.Doesn't Intel see that it's throwing in its lot with some pretty gross misogyny and ignorance?