#GamerGate: Ben Kuchera And The Life And Nepotism Of Game Journo Pros


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[Update: More ethical breaches involving Ben Kuchera have been added to the article here]

One of the biggest issues that a lot of gamers have with the current landscape of the video game journalism ring (though, some would prefer we call it the “video game advertorialism” ring) is the lack of transparency, disclosure and honesty. In fact, #GamerGate exists explicitly because of the unprofessional impropriety by select journalists who opted to run damage control instead of taking accountability for their nepotistic behavior and industry-defaming antics.

Before getting to Polygon editor Ben Kuchera, it’s important to first consider that the two biggest issues that kicked off #GamerGate involved Kotaku journalists Patricia Hernandez and Nathan Grayson. Hernandez has been noted for covering live-in roommate and personal acquaintance Anna Anthropy on several occasions, as highlighted in a very detailed and thorough account on Talking Ship.

Grayson’s indiscretions are far more serious, as he’s been tied to undisclosed promotion of his intimate friend Robin Arnott, and also found to have ties to Zoe Quinn since before their relationship allegedly became romantic in early April, 2014. In fact, Grayson was mentioned as far back as February of 2013 in the special thanks section of Depression Quest. Personal comments were also spotted between Grayson and the developer dating back to June, 2012. He also mentioned on January 10th, 2014 that he would be willing to “burn down” the gaming industry if Zoe Quinn quit the gaming scene. In the two articles he wrote for Rock, Paper, Shotgun and Kotaku, this relationship was never disclosed.

Grayson was also on the infamous Game Journo Pros secret e-mail list and was never reprimanded or told about the appearance of the conflict of interest that he created by being in a relationship with Quinn whilst failing to disclose that relationship. But reproach never came from the group because some of the prominent members of the Game Journo Pros were also either very close friends with or paying money into Zoe Quinn’s Patreon… but more on that later.

In any other respectable industry a reputable editor-in-chief would have suspended a journalist or fired them as soon as the public firestorm started when that Games Nosh article kicked off community rage back in August, followed closely by the subsequent measures by the powers that be to censor the whole thing.

In fact, one journalist was fired from the L.A. Times following the public fallout of a misreported piece that also involved the reporter  being involved in a sexual relationship with a source. He used a similar excuse as Nathan Grayson, in order to cover his tracks, with the article stating…

“Felch also revealed that he had had an "inappropriate relationship" with one of his sources for the piece. He told the New York Times that the article in question came out before that relationship developed and that he didn't use that person as a source after it.”

Many have claimed that game journalism isn’t important because it’s attached to the games industry. However, keep in mind that according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ estimates the industry will be worth $86 billion by the end of this year. And just for a bit of extra perspective – even if you think the games industry or the media attached to it isn’t important, keep in mind that, according to Quantcast, Kotaku generates 9.9 million monthly uniques, nationally. The CBC, the mainstream broadcasting corporation in Canada, is only estimated to reach 7.0 million uniques between 2014 and 2015, according to their annual financial report. So even though the CBC ran a series of ethically inappropriate hit-pieces on #GamerGate, they actually have smaller national reach than Kotaku. Let me rephrase that: Kotaku has a higher national reach than the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Let that sink in.

Of course, Grayson being on the infamous Game Journo Pros meant, in some way, that he was protected, and protect him they did. Grayson has not yet once made reparations for the damage and publicly slanderous effects that the gaming industry has undertaken as he avoids taking accountability for his indiscretions.

But the same also applies to other former members of the Game Journo Pros. Conflicts of interest seem to be a recurring theme with many of them, some who were at the forefront of the attack on the gaming audience in the early goings of #GamerGate. This includes the editor-at-large of Gamasutra, Leigh Alexander, who was a previous member of the Game Journo Pros.

Alexander was found to show an air of nepotism to select developers within an inner circle, including those such as Porpentine, Christine Love and Naomi Clark. The last of which has recently appeared in an article on Gamasutra as recent as November 3rd, 2014 without any disclosure about the personal relationship shared with the individual. This kind of tendency was evident as far back as 2010, when a Babycastles afterparty was hosted by Alexander (which included the mention of familiar faces throughout this fiasco, such as Phil Fish and IGF Chairman and former Game Journo Pros member Brandon Boyer) that ended up being an article on the L.A. Times… no disclosure, of course. On September 17th, 2012, another article appeared about Babycastles, this time on Gamasutra; but as noted in a KiA thread, no mention of disclosure.

I did contact Alexander about one of the individuals covered on Gamsutra that could have posed as a conflict of interest, but there was a lot of evasion regarding the matter. In the end Alexander stated…

“I'd suggest leaving this one alone unless you know exactly what's going on and people are coming to you with facts.”

But what are the facts? The fact is that the Game Journo Pros allegedly partook in blacklisting Allistair Pinsof in 2013 (with Kyle Orland and Ben Kuchera playing pivotal roles in that scenario). The fact is that the members on that list either had direct influence or relation to blowing up #GamerGate into a global phenomenon by misappropriating their platforms to spread misinformation and narrative spins throughout August and September.

Kyle Orland started the group four years ago back on August 31st, 2010. The group was mirrored after Ezra Klein’s JournoList. Klein also happens to be Vox’s current editor-in-chief. Orland stated

“JournoList, the inspiration for this group, was actually brought down when someone decided to reveal its private messages in a way that made it seem like a vast left-wing conspiracy.


“I'm proud that this list has existed for over four years now without anyone of our members violating the shared trust by spreading group messages to the outside world, as far as I'm aware.”

After Breitbart exposed the list to the public during the #GamerGate scandal as it moved through September, Orland made a public apology on Ars Technica, but failed to completely own up to the group’s role in the controversy, stating…

“Ars Technica management did not know of the list's existence, and while a few other writers at Ars were nominally members of the list, they rarely participated in discussions—and as far as I know, none participated in group discussions of Zoe Quinn or 'GamerGate.'”

It is true, the Ars Technica members did not participate in the group discussions surrounding Zoe Quinn, but did act on what Orland had mentioned in the group regarding the 4chan IRC chatlogs and the conspiracy theory surrounding them. This included one article in particular by Ars Technica culture editor Casey Johnston (who was also a Game Journos Pro member) that was steeped in factual misinformation and, in some cases, outright lies; much of it based on what Orland had propagated in the GJP. The article had to be amended following reader complaints to Ars Technica’s editor-in-chief, Ken Fisher.

Orland, despite knowing the facts of the situation, opted to have a one-sided hit-piece published on Ars Technica. This is the same thing that happened with Paste Magazine’s game editor Garrett Martin, who also opted not to run an editorial a year before that was pitched, for free, by Jordan Owen to work as a counter-argument to all the pro-Anita Sarkeesian articles that popped up during that time.  Unsurprisingly, this was also an identical situation to what the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Monique Schafter admitted to when confronted about the one-sided hit-piece on #GamerGate that blatantly ignored the censorship, collusion and corruption angle.

However, Orland wasn’t quite the big dog of the Game Journo Pros that you might have assumed. He may have had sway over the blatantly biased pieces about #GamerGate that appeared on Ars Technica, but it was Ben Kuchera who oftentimes took the role of the alpha dog in the group.

Kuchera had originally joined the Game Journo Pros on September 16th, 2010, barely a month after Orland started the group.  He was one of the early, founding members. This played a pivotal role in Kuchera’s jockeying within the group.

In one conversation Orland admits that he only managed to acquire a job at Ars Technica as the senior gaming editor because of Kuchera. On December 7th, 2013 Orland posted the following message in the Game Journo Pros thread…

“Ben's move to PAR and his recommendation at Ars are pretty much the reason I have my current position,”

You see, this explains why Kuchera had such pull in the Game Journo Pros, why fellow member Ryan Smith was nearly kicked out of the group for snidely putting Kuchera in check on one occasion, and why Kuchera was allowed to bully Greg Tito in an attempt to close down the The Escapist’s #GamerGate discussion thread – a thread, I might add, that only stayed open thanks to a lot of intervention from The Escapist co-founder Alexander Macris, the same man who completely reorganized all of Defy Media’s ethics policies following the early days of #GamerGate.

Moreover, Orland joined Ars Technica back on January 23rd, 2012. He wrote, with great ebullience…

“Ben has left some incredibly big shoes to fill, and I hope I'll live up to his legacy of providing exemplary gaming coverage of the kind you can't find elsewhere.”

So where did Kuchera end up after helping give Orland a leg up at Ars Technica (a move that also helped Orland orchestrate biased and misleading coverage of #GamerGate)? Why, he ended up at the Penny Arcade, and following his exit from Penny Arcade he landed a gig at Polygon barely a month later, as noted on Game Politics (where the managing editor was also on the Game Journo Pros list).

Coincidence? Not at all. Why? Because Polygon’s editor-in-chief was also on the Game Journo Pros list, having joined on January 18th, 2012 . Also, Ben Kuchera was offered a place to stay from Chris Grant when he was in town, just earlier in the previous year.

Having a future employer on a private list of major employers from different tech and gaming websites also helps a ton.

Instantly people are probably wondering, “Was Ben even qualified for the job?” Possibly. “Did he land the job simply because he was on a private list, and happened to be friends with the editor-in-chief?” Possibly.

Being friends in the industry can certainly help in many different avenues, especially across the developer and journalist front, which is what Gearbox Software’s Anthony Burch admitted to, in regards to his friends from Destructoid helping out and reviewing his Borderlands 2 DLC. One of the people who reviewed Burch’s DLC was Destructoid writer Joseph Leray, who – yes, you guessed it – was on the Game Journo Pros list since October 8th, 2010. Let’s also not forget that one of his other friends who used to write at Destructoid, Nick Chester (now a Harmonix press representative), was also on the Game Journo Pros list.

Getting back on track… Ben Kuchera used his platform at Polygon to discuss subject matter from people he had personal financial ties with. Before Kuchera bullied Greg Tito to close down The Escapist forum thread about #GamerGate in an attempt to protect Zoe Quinn, Kuchera had written about Quinn earlier in the year on March 19th, 2014; specifically highlighting her game on Polygon in an article titled “Developer Zoe Quinn offers real-world advice, support for dealing with online harassment.”

At the time of the original posting, Kuchera made no mention that he had personal financial ties to Quinn. Yes, Kuchera pays into the Patreon accounts of various individuals, including Zoe Quinn and IGF judge Mattie Brice, amongst others. Following the rise of #GamerGate, Kuchera was forced to make the financial ties known; this looks especially bad considering that before #GamerGate was a thing, he could have continually used Polygon as a platform to enable nepotism.

[Update:] Anons from the /v/ imageboard also dug up some new information and ethical breaches by Kuchera. Back in 2012 Ben Kuchera contributed to a Sportsfriends Kickstarter. Kuchera’s name shows up on the backer’s list on this page here, under the “Sportsfriends Forever” category. Before the Kickstarter went live and before he contributed to the project, Kuchera previously wrote about one of the Sportsfriends’ mini-games called Johann Sebastian Joust, back during his run on the Penny Arcade Report in an article dated February 27th, 2012. Later on when Kuchera wrote about Sportsfriends at PAR, he revealed he was a $100 tier donator to the project. However, after PAR shutdown Kuchera did not disclose his financial ties to the Kickstarter of Sportsfriends when he wrote his piece on Polygon on February 24th, 2014. A common case of a lack of disclosure.

It was because of #GamerGate that Kuchera was forced to take accountability for his lack of ethics; it was certainly something that had gone unenforced and unchecked by the professionals in the Game Journo Pros. Is this really someone you want gate-keeping information and dictating industry trends? Someone who can’t even disclose the most basic conflicts of interest?

However, if you recall the comments from Chris Dahlen, a Game Journo Pros member, he was convinced that crossing the line and breaching the threshold of ethics was something to be determined by individual writers, even when an action that should require disclosure had the appearance of a conflict of interest.

But it’s not just about disclosure… sometimes it’s about what’s laid public and bare for all the world to see. Kuchera’s prominence in the Game Journo Pros could be owed to helping Orland land a cushy job at Ars Technica. However, outside of the GJP his attitude and impetuous behavior became infamous.

Kuchera tried utilizing his position at one point to get Eric Kain, from Forbes, pushed out of the industry. In a series of tweets – captured with commentary by Something Awful – Kuchera makes it known that he wants Erik Kain driven from the industry. Kuchera angrily wrote…

“When you post bad information it should hurt you. Your one job is to not do that. Fail, and it's bad news.”

So what about Orland approving Johnston to write a story based on lies? By that measure, they should all be out of jobs.

Kuchera also made it known that if he couldn’t get rid of Kain he would at least hurt his career…

“At the very least it's going to hurt his career, which is a step in the right direction.”

All because Erik Kain, mistakenly advocated the use of emulators. I asked Kain if he had ever managed to bury the hatchet with Kuchera, to which he stated  “it’s buried enough.”

But that wasn’t all.

Breitbart recently did a piece on how Kuchera’s ill-informed report on allegations regarding Stardock’s CEO, Brad Wardell, contributed to the CEO’s harassment and public shaming, especially when it turned out that the allegations weren’t true.  Some of the writers who covered the event apologized for writing articles without having the full facts, such as Game Politics. Kuchera, however, has yet to issue a formal, public apology.

Kuchera also attempted to get people to stop helping a fellow games reporter… Ben Paddon. Kyle Orland had made a comment in the Game Journo Pros about Paddon – someone who had become famous for railing on video game journalists – and posted something positive about him, writing…

“They’re” quite good? Yes, they are. Orland and Mitchell were the only two in that thread; Orland the only one praising Paddon. Why? Well, because Kuchera had a serious alt with Paddon over his blog posts railing on the incompetency of video game journalists.

At one point Paddon had fallen on hard times and was in a financial rut. He mentioned on Twitter that…

“I lost my job in 2010 and ran out of savings, so for most of 2011 I was surviving on donations from fans...I'd asked fans for help paying my rent. Promised 100% of the donations would go to paying rent. But my girlfriend at the time was sick, she needed medicine and we had no insurance. I ended up using part of the donated funds to pay for the prescription. I made a blog post about it, was very transparent about it. People understood.

"Kuchera's response, though, was that I was using the donated money to buy "luxuries" for my girlfriend. He also said if I couldn't afford meds or rent that I should go back where I came from. Classy guy.

“That's basically it. Before that, he was annoying. But that actively pissed me off.”

Well, what exactly was Kuchera’s response? Because most decent people would understand the value of human life; most people would  understand such a predicament, no matter what someone may have said about them in the past.

Nevertheless, here is what Kuchera had originally said about Paddon when he found out that the money was used for laundry and to help a very sick individual…








I reached out to Ben Kuchera regarding his contemptuous relationship with Ben Paddon, as well as tweeted to him multiple times about his involvement with the Game Journo Pros. However, at the time of the publishing of this article, Ben Kuchera has not responded regarding any of the above matters.

Reputable journalists have been fired for far less, as noted on Knight Center. So what does that say about the people engaged in this level of cronyism who currently work as the gatekeepers of video game news, opinions and information in an estimated $86 billion dollar industry?

[Disclosure: I was a former member of the Game Journo Pros e-mail group]

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  • NeoTechni

    Wow, Ben is a monster.

  • BeholdMyPower

    And this is but part of the reason why #GamerGate is still here three months later. Signal boost, folks.

    • MosquitoControl

      Well, I mean, it’s “here,” as in when you’re in your own home you’re “here,” but it isn’t anywhere else.

      • Nowhere but…in the mainstream media, on TV in the form of a really ill-considered SVU episode, in the public conscience, and pretty much…well, everywhere.

        Granted, none of that is particularly good news, at least in the sense that the mainstream media’s favoritism of sensationalism over the facts helped perpetuate a false narrative so transparently such that even a mentally handicapped chimpanzee would push the bullshit button on it, and the public’s “knowledge” of GamerGate, such as it is, is based on that irresponsible mainstream coverage, but it’s out there, and was even some three months ago.

  • JackDandy

    What a piece of shit.

  • Black Magic

    k just a small thing, you’re comparing a broadcasting company for a country of roughly 35mil people to a tabloid in a country with over 450mil ppl… Proportionally, the CBC has WAYYYYYYY more reach than kotaku

    • Based on the relativity of proportion yeah… but that doesn’t strike from the fact that Kotaku still reaches more people.

      The argument about the insignificance of the content rings hollow when you consider how many people are being affected. That was kind of the point.

  • Jess

    He’s so aggressive in his projection!

    A DISCLOSURE about himself and his ill girlfriend living in poverty is not fraud, Ben. Fraud is what Sagal did, let’s get real for a fucking second. He is a nasty piece of work. GTFO Ben, nobody wants you here.

    • realgamer07

      Fucking Ben should get a steel bar up his ass

  • Teutates

    he has disabled mentions from everyone that he doesn’t follow :3 because he loves his echo chambers. so better to try to send polygon a mail. or just tweet but he will never see it xD

    • ArsenicSundae

      Fuckface is just an editor. The place must have an owner. Perhaps they could be reached.

  • yves

    Bullies and liars channel that rage gg

  • DukeMagus

    The sources seems to match… This is disturbing to say the least

  • Jesus Christ

    How can we expect Kuchera to have journalistic ethics if he doesn’t even have basic human decency?

    • Paul Abruzzo

      If Jesus says Ben has no human decency then Ben is beyond redemption. Better get used to the heat, Ben…

  • Ceara

    Wow. Ben Kuchera is an absolute piece of shit.

  • Cody Kiser

    Fuck Ben. He’s A GODDAMN monster. Vilifying a man for making the difficult choice between breaking a promise to fans about how he would use their donations just to buy the woman he cares about medicine. Fucking christ. If I give you a $100 to help pay your rent and your significant other needs medicine, I’d kick your ass if you didn’t use some of that money to buy it for them. And Ben supposedly cares about women. Pathetic. I hope he gets his ass handed to him and has to spend a couple of months on the fucking streets. Maybe then he’ll develop some damn empathy and learn a little about respect and common decency.

    • Boston John

      well said

  • Zyr

    Best article on GG in a while.

  • David Reynolds

    The fuck, ben?

  • The Chief Lunatic

    I don’t understand what Ben has against washing clothes and buying prescription medicine. How are either of these things not necessary? Why does it warrant such vitriol on the part of Ben?

    Also, I defy anyone to look at Nathan Grayson’s tweets and say the relationship between he and ZQ was merely that of a journalist and a source prior to early April. In one of the Tweets (dated in January) he tells ZQ that would figuratively burn down the gaming industry if she ever became embittered like Phil Fish. Amazing foreshadowing aside, this is not the kind of thing to you say to someone you are merely engaging with as a source.

  • Condorito Jones

    A lot of people see Alexander and Grayson as the big targets but for me, this is the guy to take down.

    • Livnthedream

      One of many. It isn’t that much of a joke that the games media in general needs to be burned to the ground. What I would prefer is to force them to go indy like Judas Stirling.

    • FuryOfFirestorm

      Exactly. Ms. Megaphone and LW’S fuckboy are just symptoms of the sickness infecting games journalism. Kuchera is one of the viruses causing this sickness.

    • ArsenicSundae

      Alexander runs a close second to this prick in terms of raw venom and unabashed hate. She deserves to be run out of the industry right along side Kuchera. They’re both utterly despicable human refuse. Grayson to me, is just an idiot, but he’s never gone to the lengths Alexander and Kuchera have in their drive to hurt others. He can slink off to an obscure little corner of the industry to do whatever his thing is. I’m OK with that.

  • Ken Buchera

    Too bad Kuchera doesn’t hold what his friends do with digital begging to the same standards.

    • Ken Buchera

      I mean, if he blew all the money getting a sex change I’m sure Kuchera wouldn’t have had a problem with it

  • Paul Abruzzo

    What a piece of garbage Ben is. Wow – I’d like to say I’m surprised but Ben has never proven himself to ever remotely resemble a human.

  • Goetten

    I knew that he was an idiot person, just look at the post over polygon that he does sometimes and deletes because the over-react crowd of people raging about his stupid articles. The most important fact is : why he is still alive on the journal business? Someone is financing him! And we should investigate this further! I am pretty sure that more shit will come up.

  • pgtl_10

    Orland, despite knowing the facts of the situation, opted to have a one-sided hit-pieced published on Ars Technica, much in the same way that Paste Magazine’s game editor Garrett Martin opted not to run an editorial a year before that was pitched, for free, by Jordan Owen to work as a counter-argument to all the pro-Anita Sarkeesian articles that popped up during that time.
    ______________________________________________________________________

    That is one big incoherent run on sentence.

    • The whole Paste part was surgically tacked on after the fact in a rush, and it came out reading the way Mickey Rourke’s face looks. But after some time away, I can see the ugly. Thanks for catching that.

      *Fixed.

  • Kain Yusanagi

    Only issue, Billy: Destructoid reviews of Burch’s DLC were for the most part actually balanced.

    • Hmm… I was struggling with whether to use Burch’s side of the story or Destructoid’s recount of it. According to Destructoid (and some readers) they were balanced reviews, but according to Burch they were “good” reviews. But I decided to make a small edit so it’s more generic… this way people could decide for themselves.

      • Kain Yusanagi

        Good idea. BTW, I wasn’t using a ‘side” of the story; when this first came up I looked at the reviews, saw them address both problems & good points, and then not seem to give any unfair scorings. Having played most of the DLCs, honestly felt that they were pretty on par. Only issue was the lack of disclosure which they since said they’d be fixing, though dunno if they stuck to their word or not.

      • David Gray

        The silly thing is Burch was trying to declare Gamergate evil by suggesting we overlook misdemeanors, despite the fact that most of GG is FINE with most of the “dodgy” business practices if they’re just fucking honest about it.

        As a nerd, I dont want a fellow nerd not to accept some cool swag just because he’s jot a job that gives him access to said swag.
        He just needs to be honest.

        If they hadn’t continually flouted any kind of ethical standards and immediately acted to censor criticism, this would have blown over quick because really, we’d all rather be playing vidya unmolested.
        The fact morons like Burch (who I actually liked from HAWP) think gamer apathy means NO bisbehaviour should EVER be punished is so retarded I cant even begin to explain my contempt.

        face it, these people are so corrupt and so morally bankrupt that they couldn’t even be happy with an audience willing to forgive 95% of their bullshit.

  • David

    I know there is probably a reasonable explanation, but can you explain why you couldn’t get the full message by clicking …more? Does it not just show the full message when you do it like on youtube or disqus? Seems an inefficient way of communicating if you can’t see the full messages.

    • The “more” leads to the GJP Google group. Alternatively, the full e-mail is in standard e-mail format and it’s tough to read (or condense) in that way. The digests make it easier to read.

      Of course, Ben Kuchera or Kyle Orland are always welcome to release the full logs in a comprehensive and visually digestive way.

      • David

        Weren’t you in the group and had access to the full emails or am I getting that detail wrong? I thought you and someone else were in the group. The other person started the leak and it was never revealed who it was, and you were in the group logging everything for a big reveal later. But when that other person made his leak, it ended up screwing up your plans and you had to use what you had gathered.

      • Yeah I had read through a lot of the GJP but I didn’t save the entire group (it’s like more than 2,000 total threads I think).

        So after the first leak happened shortly thereafter I was locked out.

      • David

        I see. So I’m guessing you figured you had time to log everything and then found yourself locked out.

        Thanks for the info.

  • Wolfe

    Ben Kuchera is a disgusting example of a human being, and a pale imitation of a man.

  • Ørjan Kristoffersen

    Yeah, anyone who can muster any form of respect for Ben Kuchera at this point, has some serious deficiencies. I’m not a fan of calling people stuff like Monster or Human Garbage, but Ben is getting pretty damn close. He keeps doing shit like this, smearing and ruining other people, while completely disregarding, or even actively silencing any criticism leveled at him.

  • Leader
    • Ørjan Kristoffersen

      Oh wow…

      That’s just hilarious.

  • Meittimies

    I guess it has already been said a million times before but I’ll say it anyway:

    Kuchera is a fucking hack. The quicker we remove him from the gaming industry, the better. This poisonous tumor of a man should not be allowed to poison our gaming community. Spread the awareness for everyone involved with him. Ask any of his affiliates what they think of this behaviour. I think it would be the right time to shame him out of his job, he certainly doesn’t care enough to do it properly.

  • Livnthedream

    Hey Usher, you missed this gem on Grayson too: https://archive.today/MDt0u That illustrates far better the strength of the relationship between him and Quinn.

    • Thank you, I’ll add the link in there.

  • Red Lagoon

    This blog had been doing an amazing job! If GamerGate would need a sentinel to keep exposing corruption in the vg media (hell if I’m going to call them “journalists” anymore), this is it! Keep up the good writing (some spelling now and than but the context is still very good :)!

  • Gyr0Man

    Ben is fucking animal, a rabid animal that needs to be put down.

  • FuryOfFirestorm

    Jesus, Kuchera is a complete dickwad. The dude completely disclosed that some of the donations were being used for laundry and medication his sick girlfriend needed, and Kuchera acts like to used all the donations to buy hookers and cocaine on the sly.

    I’m not sure what is worse – the way Ben reacted to him, or the hypocrisy of him bitching about ethics when he practically makes a living off of nepotism, coverups, lies, backstabbing, and collusion.

  • ArsenicSundae

    Kuchera (noun): 1. material scraped from the sole of a boot with a stick, after stepping in a steaming pile of dogshit. 2. A steaming pile of dogshit. 3. Felchmonkey.

    I know it’s wrong to advocate violence and all that, but this epic douchebag NEEDS a world class asskicking.

  • Jon

    Be warned, Ben. When GamerGate’s said and done, you won’t find work in this industry ever again.

  • thatguyEZ

    Fuck Ben, when all is said in done he’ll be the first fuck out on his ass. We’re coming for you been. ;3

  • He is a monster

  • Ms_Fortune

    That guy is such a gigantic piece of shit, where the hell does he get off anyway, how is he so arrogant.

  • Anon

    We need an OP to severely discredit Kuchera.
    I propose signal boosting all of his derogatory tweets and his GJP emails and make it public information. Make it so that every gaming event, every press release, every convention has Kuchera’s name known as the monster he is.

    As it is, we can’t kill this this sort of vile cancer, but we can hurt his credibility by exposing it to public scrutiny.

    If we’re lucky, this dude will trip and show more evidence of collusion for us.

  • ThePete

    I will never visit any site than Ben is a part of now, that’s for sure.

  • Good ol’ Kuchie, always smelling like some fishy bad news.

  • I P

    The Kooch is one of the worst people in their little clique. only topped by the likes of Leigh “unchecked privilege” Alexander.

  • TeLin特林

    Wish people would stop going to Kotaku, Polygon, and Gamasutra…or I mean I hope many people continue to stop going to those sites.

    Lots of toxic people there…

  • Syltique

    It’s always shocking to read how much of a fucking asshole he is when you see how little he can take it himself. Any mildly critical tweet or comment gets deleted by this guy.

  • This needs to be what is on the GamerGate Wikepedia not claims about harrasing women with mysteriously no evidence showing the lack of journalistic ethics even though many screencaps and even videos exist that make it undeniable.

  • JustTheFax

    “The fact is that allegedly…” Someone doesn’t know the definition of a fact.

  • David Gray

    What amuses me is I could never stand the PA report, and I am a MASSIVE Penny Arcade fanboi.
    Truly sad that the PA crew has been bullied for years by these “good people” and cant help us make a stand. PA is too important to risk on politics, a truly sad indictment of the opponents of gamergate, because they would get crucified in a literal second if they made a peep.

    • The PA was always borderline about to be blacklisted by the GJP… it came up several times in the thread, I think Leigh Alexander may have been involved or made some mention of it.

      But as you mentioned, PA can’t take the GG side because the Mecha-GJP 2.0 will blacklist the crap out of them.

      • David Gray

        Indeed.
        The truly horrifying part is that they enforce silence through intimidation and claim that silence is actually the support of the “majority”

        It’s not that PA wouldn’t CRUSH them, I have no doubt that a fight between the PA brand and ALL of gaming media would be a pretty one sided spanking (I’m fairly sure their audience and fanbase dwarfs TB) it’s that even in absolute victory they lose.
        They gain nothing from the confrontation, risk everything and would DEFINITELY be damaged, especially as they have PLENTY of risque material to tap and exploit for sensationalism and GJP already showed willing to bring in mainstream friends to dogpile.

        That’s why it’s so sad seeing angry twits attack the company repeatedly. Like typical bullies they attack those unable or unwilling to defend themselves.

  • Brian Hall

    Kuchera really is a cockroach.

  • Cwbintennessee Michael Winton

    How does he still have a job ?

  • Boston John

    Wow, well im kind of speechless. While I have seen mention of this surface in recent months well to read the play by play is very disturbing to say the least. Laundry huh,lol well the spin cycle still exists

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