I am going to prove a contention now – that GamerGate is about more than women interjecting their politics into gaming. There have been some really interesting news stories that have come out that prove this contention, including one that came out last night. I am finally going to be able to show the people at MSNBC who didn’t even do the most basic research that they are idiots. There has been a lot that has happened that is worth discussing in the more seedy and corporate world of corruption, which shows just how broken gaming journalism actually is.
By now, I don’t have to tell you about what went down with Shadow of Mordor. Those who wanted early press copies were given a contract. On that contract, it said that reviewers would have to give it positive rankings, with a LONG list of stuff they wanted them to talk about and stuff they were to avoid. For YouTube reviewers, they were told not to show any bugs, which all open-world games have. That’s a fact. They were trying to control what was being said about their game. And the most surprising thing with that was how few people took Warner Bros. Interactive to task for it. I would have thought that that would be something that people would have jumped on. Especially now that YouTube reviewers are more trusted than the people at Kotaku and their ilk.
Then there was the hacking of accounts at EA. This wouldn’t have even see the light of day, were it not for a dedicated whistleblower who felt that EA keeping quiet about over 40,000 people having their accounts hacked and their personal information stolen was wrong. Again, the gaming press seemed VERY reluctant to talk about this story. This one more than the previous one, actually. For real, the number of sites like Kotaku and their kind talking about this was miniscule. But that’s not the important part.
The important part is that EA covered this up for a year! That’s right, nobody would have ever known about this, were it not for that whistleblower. This is a company who had users get their information stolen, and didn’t feel the need to inform the rest of their consumers of a potential risk. With all the poor victims potentially being financially damaged by the event.
The thing to keep in mind there is this – it was a former journalist at Kotaku Australia who came forward about this. This was someone that they had fired, after they brought up a lot of other instances of collusion between the gaming industry and gaming journalism. They had already fired the poor sod, and now they use a story that this person gave them to out EA for their transgression. Class act.
Most recently, however, another story has come to light. The Indie Game Festival has come under intense scrutiny for some corruption they’ve seen in the judging process. There were already little pieces of this puzzle coming out over the last couple of months, but it all kind of blew up recently. A judge by the name of Mattie Brice decides to make an off-hand Tweet about how they are going to be judging any game that has men in it harsher than others. It was a joke, and IGF took action against it, by having Brice recuse himself (there are rumors that they removed him). After the negative reaction, IGF issued an apology, stating that they were open to Brice returning.
But that’s not why we’re talking about this. Remember that group “Game Journo Pros?” The cabal of gaming groups, who have been exposed for being in collusion with one-another. The whole “gamers are dead” articles, all of which seemed to come out within hours or days of one-another were coordinated by the sites, via this group. Same with the original negative response to Christina Sommers. But that’s not all. The group has also been responsible for the firing and blacklisting of the gaming journalist Allistair Pinsof. And they have also been integral in the agenda-driven narrative surrounding GamerGate to the media at large.
Through some emails that were grabbed from Game Journo Pros, it has been revealed that the IGF has been complicit in unethical practices. Like when Silverstring Media tried to have the games they represented take center stage, one of which being Fez 2. That is a problem, considering that the current chairman of the IGF was in a relationship with the press representative of Silverstring Media. The chairman was also supporting the Patreon of another game developer, which is a blatant conflict of interest. The fact that the current chairman of the IGF is on the Game Journo Pros list damning enough, but then there is also his silence about his actions on that list, along with his involvement in what that group did.
Naturally, other members of the list have decided not to comment about this, either. It’s like they believe that if they ignore it long enough, we’re just going to go away. Did they learn nothing from how the Streisand Effect brought Zoe Quinn and her part in the corruption of gaming media to the surface?
This is the real truth that people who are against GamerGate don’t seem to want to accept – it’s not about sexism! It’s not about misogyny! It’s not about women in gaming! It’s not about Anita Sarkeesian or Brianna Wu! They are just a small part of a much bigger issue. Their gender politics are coming into play in a larger picture of a broken industry that has financial and sexual favors going around, people being bribed, blacklisted or ignored, so that companies don’t have to pay for their sins, and companies injecting themselves into gaming journalism. This is what GamerGate really is. Anyone who doesn’t see that either doesn’t care enough to look, or is too ignorant to want to look.
And advertisers on these sites are taking notice of the corruption too.
Until next time, a quote,
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” -1 Timothy 6:10