#GamerGate Mostly Left-Leaning Liberals, According To Survey


The hashtag #GamerGate represents the scandal of corruption within the media circuit – it started with games media but escalated and leveled-up into mainstream media. Those who often use the tag are consumers revolting against the corruption within the media, oftentimes using e-mail campaigns and grassroots community outlets to scrounge and spread information to educate others about what’s really going on behind the scenes. Well, the media – the ones on trial by consumers – painted the consumer revolt as a right-wing, conservative group. In reality, the group mostly identifies as left-leaning liberals… according to a recent survey.

Over on Game Politics, political consultant and writer Allum Bokhari rolled out a comprehensive political analysis of more than 1,500 consumers who make frequent use of the GamerGate hashtag and Kotaku in Action sub-reddit.

For those that don’t know, any figure containing 1,000 participants or more is a moderate enough sample size, according to most data sampling methods, as mentioned in the University of Texas at Dallas statistics and data sample collecting paper.

As pointed out in the graphs and survey results, more than 54% of those consumers fighting for better ethics and the cleanup of corruption in the media ring identify with left-leaning politics, as detailed in the image graph below.

This graph is similar to a previous graph that floated around showing most of the gamers and consumers supporting the reform in media ethics were left-leaning libertarians.

What does this mean? It means that disingenuous articles like the one on Gawker or The Guardian, which become misrepresentative and factually incorrect when the data itself clearly shows that #GamerGate is not being propped up by right-wing consumers. It also retroactively makes former BioWare developer, Damion Schubert, look ill-informed and out socially execrate gamers when looking back on his inflammatory blog post about #GamerGate’s “right-wing nutjobs”.

In fact, before the survey data was even made public, how could the media pundits and journalists have surmised that #GamerGate was a right-wing movement without any sound statistical or sampling data? Begging the question based on false claims is the lowest form of yellow propaganda imaginable.

Despite being biased, poorly sourced and editorialized to purposefully misinform readers, the #GamerGate Wikipedia page actually manages to at least cite the political standings correctly.

As noted in the article on Game Politics…

“GamerGate supporters are considerably more likely to identify with the left or the centre than they are with the right. On the other hand, the results also show a strong identification with libertarianism, which may give us a clue as to the source of the divide between GamerGate and its critics.“

The article notes that trust in left-wing politics has declined greatly, with 67% now seeing the left as more authoritarian than libertarian. They also noted a deep decline in trusting publicly funded outlets like NPR, CBC and the BBC. It should be noted that some members of the Game Journo Pros were/are affiliated with NPR, such as Kyle Orland – who used to intern there – Harold Goldberg and Dennis Scimeca. Also, it was found out that the CBC had been purposefully withholding information and opted not to cover the whole #GamerGate story (or any of the related corruption or ethical breaches from the media). The executive producer of CBC’s The National, Mark Harrison, has stated that they will rectify the slanted coverage in any future stories. They have yet to do so.

What’s interesting, though, is that some people have tried waving away the consumer revolt as pointless and meaningless, despite the fact that both games media and mainstream media have been found to have created serious breaches in ethics. One commenter on the Game Politics article, going by the handle of Jon Kole, stated…

“So frankly, I don't care about 'corruption' in video game journalism. If someone at IGN is getting paid or getting gifts or is having sex with someone at Blizzard, my opinion of WoW will not be changed in the slightest. I don't care if they give the game a good or bad review, or why they give a game a good or bad review. Game reviews mean NOTHING! Heck, the actual journalism industry is filled with FAR worse corruption, and that stuff actually kind of matters.”

One thing Kole seems to forget is that it’s not just about the “review”. The review is the end-game of coverage for most titles. There are a series of articles that lead up to the review that inform or give gamers information about the title before they decide to engage with the review or purchase the game. If an outlet can’t be trusted in their review coverage what makes you think they can be trusted in any other news coverage of the game prior to the review?

In fact, #GamerGate is the perfect example of the media not engaged in producing review content but still purposefully ignoring facts and misinforming the public. Why is this okay?

The Game Politics article points out that this isn’t a left versus right issue, it’s a left versus left issue – given that most of the sites that have come out as anti-consumer and anti-gamer identify as left-leaning.

At this point, the media is starting to look awfully silly, especially when outlets that used to be reputable like The Guardian would allow for misinformation to spread in the way that they have. Attempting to create a revisionist history is a scary practice by media outlets peddling a specific agenda.

You can check out the rest of the survey data via the Google Docs. For the full article feel free to visit Game Politics.


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24 thoughts on “#GamerGate Mostly Left-Leaning Liberals, According To Survey

  1. I always though of myself as ‘ a bit from column A and a bit from column B’ kind of guy when it came to politics. I hope this puts those SJW fucks in their place.

    1. it wont. go to the gamepolitics articles and read the comments. “Gaters support progress as long as they don’t have to actually do anything and it doesn’t affect them.”
      I’m slowly coming to realize that SJWs are the living embodiment of the “Death Camp of Tolerance” from South Park

      1. The funny thing is, I said the same thing about SJWs the other day. They will bitch, they will cry, they will moan on Twitter or their blogs or websites, but if they actually have to go out and change the world…they’d rather bitch on Twitter.

    2. Interesting choice of words, if most of your group was truly left leaning liberals, they don’t use sjw as an insult, its a compliment.

  2. The quote about gaming journalism not being important, I’ve seen references to mainstream media like that but in a different context, which I think I’ve commented about on here before. People will say the mainstream non-gaming media does the same thing (being biased), therefore what’s the problem with gaming media doing it? Or like the quote, why bother with gaming journalism when the mainstream media is corrupt?

    My answers, first, just because the mainstream media does it, doesn’t mean it’s right. And gaming media is small and relatively new in the journalist industry, so fix it before it gets too bad, and start with the small not with the big. I think corruption in mainstream media is a problem too, but that’s not what gamergate is for, there are other hashtags and forums for that discussion. Gaming media connects with me at a more personal level, it’s been something I’ve been reading since childhood, mainstream media I’ve been following for a shorter period of time, because I’ve never really cared what they have to say, and as my political views have changed over times, so have the sites I go to for my news. The sites I go to for my gaming reviews and news isn’t something that should change based on my political views, but it seems to be going that way now.

      1. Most of the people on my Twitter feed (it seems) I discover later tend to favor Libertarian views even though I’m a progressive and prefer liberalism (to Libertarianism). I don’t think this indicates I’ve got some closet Libertarianism in me, but I do have some libertarian views (especially when it comes to art and expression), so maybe when it comes to gaming (which is based on writing, art, and expression) I’m more of a libertarian and the liberals just look crazy that way.

        The SJWs are definitely off the rails, just as some factions of Libertarianism or conservatism are.

        Here’s an example:

        Best of the Left podcast is one of my favorites, but the person who was running the Twitter feed at the time I made the post (Katie) seems to be a hysterical toxic feminist who the founder (Jay) defends. He’s a mostly reasonable guy, but I haven’t gotten him to agree that she was off the rails with her comment.

        There’s plenty of fanaticism on the left, and it’s why I moved more to the center away from liberalism years ago; but my move to progressivism seems more like a z-access movement (as a 3rd-dimensional metaphor). Nowadays I’m seeing so much feminist fanaticism (which I’ve seen from both poles, but moreso from the left) that I’m reacting against it because it seems to be negatively affecting art, creativity, and speech.

  3. This just confirms what most people involved in GamerGate have deduced anecdotally: the majority of people involved in GamerGate are moderately left-leaning with a strong anti-authoritarian/libertarian streak. I know I am and many people I’ve come to know in GamerGate are as well. The Polygons and Gawkers of this world will keep insisting that GamerGate is “right wing” (as if that necessarily negates anything, but I digress), but it clearly is not. It’s nice to have a well-researched, lucid article like this to point to when that happens.
    Anti-GamerGate just can’t process that many people who oppose their worldview are not reactionaries, but liberal in the best sense of the word. I don’t want to play Hatred. But I don’t want to stop others from playing it. I personally don’t like some games with over-sexualized female protagonists, but to say this kind of harmless titillation is damaging to society in any meaningful sense is nothing more than a ginned-up moral panic. I like the idea of games with protagonists from various races, genders and backgrounds because it can be an interesting creative choice. But it is not a “choice” if game designers feel pressured to this. Then it just becomes uninteresting and sterile pandering to ideologues. I could go on and on.
    GamerGate is not reactionary, it is anti-authoritarian. Arguing otherwise is nothing more than willful ignorance.

    1. If this is your idea of a well researched article, you should consider getting out more.

      What this graph shows is that gg is overwhelmingly libertarian and authoritarian with a left leaning liberal streak.

      The image has purposefully skewed the categories to appear more left leaning. This is statistics 101 and also unethical as a writer to put out something so clearly skewed.

      1. “What this graph shows is that gg is overwhelmingly libertarian and authoritarian with a left leaning liberal streak.”

        Amazing. I’ve never seen anyone contradict themselves three times in the very same sentence. You should win some kind of award for this:

        “gg is overwhelming libertarian and authoritarian”

        How in the world can you both libertarian and authoritarian? They are polar opposites on the political spectrum. Do you know what those terms mean?

        “with a left leaning”

        Got it. So GG is both an (impossible) mix of anti-authoritarianism (libertarian) and authoritarian (you don’t say left or right, I’ll assume you mean right) and also left leaning at the same time.

        “liberal streak”

        Do you mean liberal in the classic sense which is more akin to being a libertarian or liberal in the current American political sense? If it’s the former, you’ve contradicted yourself again. If it’s the latter, it’s a tautology.

      2. I was talking about the group as a whole. A group can consist of many things. Nice kneejerk response neanderthal.

  4. Your graph is obviously set up to be intentionally misleading. That graph has two categories for liberals, with the rest being conservative and groups farther and farther right leaning.

    Why isn’t there multiple categories for left leaning liberal, right, centrist, as well as environmental? You split up libertarian and authoritarian into 3 categories. Tell me, are the nuances of libertarian vary so much more widely than liberals that they need 3 separate categories and liberals don’t?

    Its a very basic attempt to yell at liberals, hey you guys hate us and what we stand for? We are liberals just like you. Immature and desperate.

    So actually, while the biggest single category is liberals, the other almost 75% of the movement is libertarian, authoritarian and other right wing identifications.

    So let’s talk about bullshit in the media, this graph is completely and totally misleading on purpose. If any ggers saw this type of BS graph and article on polygon they would immediately be denounced, called a shrill, etc etc..

    This writer is clearly a big fan and part of gg pretending to be a blogger. More people will care about your hash tag war if you can actually be professional.

  5. I’m genuinely surprised by this, I identify myself more as being right wing libertarian rather than left. What is interesting though is that it attracts people from all spectrums not because of right and left, but because of right and wrong, and that’s great.

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