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#GamerGate: ‘Nowhere On My Site Does It Say We Are Journalists’ Says Destructoid Owner

Yanier Gonzalez

There’s an explosive situation taking place right now in the video game journalism ring. Gamers are angry about many of the practices employed by the current media empire (or should I say, fading media empire?) as well as the negative spin and culturally damaging narrative that some sites have put into place regarding the depiction of the video game community. Caught up in all of this are accusations of ethical breaches, claims of misogyny and a lot of vitriol to spread around. There’s no such thing as saying none of it is true, just the same as there’s no such thing as saying all of it is true. However, in light of recent events gamers came to learn that some of their suspicions have held more weight than they might have thought. Continue reading



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#GamerGate: Destructoid, Corruption And Ruined Careers

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[Update: Additional e-mails have been added regarding the date of the firing.]

[Update #2: Yanier "Niero" Gonzalez has responded following the publication of this article.]

Allistar Pinsof, a former writer for Destructoid, has come forward after dealing with a year of turmoil and frustration for not having received proper justice, following an unusual situation that spawned from Pinsof warning consumers about an IndieGoGo campaign. Combined with certain e-mails from the Game Journo Pros mailing list, his information corroborates a lot of what gamers suspected but didn’t know how to deal with or expose. For the purpose of this story, some names may be redacted as requested by some people involved with the situation.
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Females, Minorities Of #GamerGate Raise Their Voices With #NotYourShield Project

One of the most disheartening things about #GamerGate isn’t the harassment and abuse being tossed around by one person or another from one side or another; it’s not even the misrepresentation of facts and the misappropriation of platforms by games media and mainstream media alike. The one thing that’s most disheartening about #GamerGate is that the people who oppose it have worked tirelessly to strip away the voices, identity and agency of women, minorities, those in the LGBT community and every other person around the world that doesn’t fit into the stereotypical narrative being shopped around by people who call themselves “Social Justice Warriors”. Continue reading

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#GamerGate: ‘This Has The Appearance Of A Conflict Of Interest’ Says Game Informer Editor

Battlefield Hardline

Conflict of interests is where a lot of people have issues with the current landscape of video game journalism. There are several people involved with the gaming industry that span a leap across one field to another. One of the discussions in the Game Journo Pros private e-mail list centered around a conflict of interests regarding those who write about the gaming industry and work in the field without disclosing the fact that they are writing about games and sometimes working on them. Continue reading

#GamerGate Dev Interview: My Dreams Are In The Hands Of Media That I Largely Disagree With

The Gatekeeper

Being a game designer doesn’t mean that your title will get a fair shake for exposure. A lot of titles largely go unnoticed and even more fall flat right out of the gate even after receiving a bit of promotional loving. In today’s climate, gaming journalists only want to report on games that drive clicks, and games that obviously fall within the clique’s circle of promotional amicability. One of the independent developers who isn’t part of the clique and can’t find a bit of coverage from the larger outlets is Cleril Calamity Studios. Continue reading

Celebrating The Women Of #GamerGate

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The legs of #GamerGate  have been built by a lot of unique individuals supporting the movement, many of which include strong women such as Ariel Connor, Jayd3Fox  or Dr. Christina H. Sommers. But there are more unsung heroines supporting #GamerGate that have helped the movement make serious headway than we sometimes give them credit for, especially when it comes to getting voices heard and reinforcing facts that expose the deep-running corruption that has plagued the gaming industry. I think it’s about nigh-time that some of the women of #GamerGate are given a bit of recognition for their contributions and efforts to the movement. Continue reading

#GamerGate: ‘If You Said Something You Regret, Be Prepared’ Says Game Journo Pro Creator

The Whistleblower

If you haven’t heard, Breitbart published another article about the Game Journo Pros. An ongoing saga involving the secret mailing list of gaming and tech media’s “elite” journalists that came out during the #GamerGate consumer revolt. Well, there were still some interesting moments taking place in the thread that didn’t go public… particularly involving Kyle Orland’s intentions to presumably clear his name in all of this. Continue reading