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'About 20' police officers sent to Gamergate critic's former home after fake hostage threat

After starting in mid-August and continuing full-force through October, the Gamergate controversy started slowing down late last year. Under the radar, though, there's still a seething war over the ethics of news companies (primarily, at this point, <i>Gawker</i> and our own Vox Media), the policies of …

Internet

Sony Pulls Controversial 'Sexist' PS Vita Ad

Modern online culture is really, really good at one thing: Moral outrage.<p>Folks on the left and folks on the right do this, sometimes over the same issues without realizing it, and often in equal measure. There’s always going to be some celebrity or some company or some politician who did or said …

GamerGate, criticism, ideology and 'They Live'

There are two levels to pop culture.<p>There is the surface layer, which is where most of us live, and the deeper layer which often changes the way we think about the world around us.<p>Call of Duty is, at the surface layer, a well-made, extremely fun game about shooting people in the face. On a deeper …

Brianna Wu is confident a death threat harasser will be caught and jailed

Since she announced a plan to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of any of the people sending her death threats, including tweeting a picture of a jail cell (above), one thing has changed in Brianna Wu's life.<p>The death threats have stopped. At least for now.<p>Wu is the founder of …

The DeanBeat: Like it or hate it, #GamerGate isn't losing steam

You may be sick of it, but #GamerGate is gathering momentum as a topic of conversation on social media. It’s been brewing since August, and I weighed in on it a couple of weeks ago. Depending on who you ask, it’s either about death and rape threats made against female critics of the male-dominated …

Femme Doms of Videogames: Bayonetta Doesn’t Care If She’s Not Your Kink

I hereby call for an end to the phrase “male gaze” in all future videogame criticism.<p>It’s not only that most people use the phrase incorrectly, …

Op-Ed: A Different Take on the Women-in-Gaming Controversy

The Gamergate insanity. Tropes vs. Women in Video Games and Anita Sarkeesian. The issue of female representation in gaming has become a central topic …

How Nintendo inspired Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian is one of gaming's most prominent commentators, critiquing its propensity for misogynistic and exclusionary portrayals of women, through her series of video documentaries, Tropes Versus Women in Video Games.<p>In the New York Times today, she writes an opinion piece on her own …

Adobe distances itself from GamerGate gaffe

Last week, Adobe reacted to coordinated online complaints about a journalist and found itself embroiled in the GamerGate internet campaign. This week, the software giant is backing away from GamerGate.<p>When a writer with Gawker, responding to GamerGate, made a flippant joke on Twitter that "nerds …

Stephen Colbert takes on Gamergate with Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist critic appears on 'The Colbert Report' to explain Gamergate harassment<p>Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of feminist video game critique Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, appeared tonight on <i>The Colbert Report</i> to discuss the Gamergate movement. Ostensibly a "consumer revolt" focused on ethics in …

#Gamergate Shows Tech Needs Far Better Algorithms

If #Gamergate teaches us anything — beyond, of course, vastly obvious observations about the toxicity of certain Internet demographics (which is hardly new news) — it’s that algorithms and formulaic behaviour can and are being gamed.<p>This is especially obvious in this sorry saga (for a detailed …

So Long #Gamergate. What Did You Teach Us?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog</i> <i>What Games Are</i><i>. You can follow him on Twitter</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>The hashtag is still going, as are the fervent speculations and plans for operations on 8chan and Reddit, but the movement that is …

UK stiffens maximum sentence for online harassment to 2 years

The maximum sentence for a conviction of online harassment in the United Kingdom has been quadrupled to two years, reports The Daily Mail, a change made in light of a case involving abuse directed toward a professional model whose mother gave an opinion on a notorious sexual assault …

WikiLeaks is winning over Gamergate with a confusing Twitter campaign

Gaming's culture wars are getting even more surreal<p>It's far from an organized protest movement, but Gamergate — which ostensibly opposes unethical journalism and "social justice warriors" in video games — has managed to launch an undeniably political internet culture war. Its most outspoken …

Adobe's symbolic pro-Gamergate gesture frustrates victims

Software company Adobe has implicitly voiced support for vitriolic "consumer revolt" Gamergate. After being asked by Gamergate supporters to drop sponsorship for Gawker Media, the company said that it was not actually an advertiser, but would ask Gawker to remove an Adobe logo from its site. …

Major Players In The Video Game Industry Are Telling GamerGate Supporters To Cut It Out

You can read more about the intricacies of GamerGate over at Gawker, but here's a brief rundown:<p>Some video game fans say that journalists and game developers are too close, and are calling into question the ethics of video game journalists. But it quickly devolved into harassment of women in the …

Feminism

GamerGate is McCarthyism. Don't let it silence you (opinion)

“I will write my manifesto in [Anita Sarkeesian’s] spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”<p>On Oct. 14, Anita Sarkeesian, the maker of the feminist “Tropes vs. Video Games” series and target of the recent GamerGate Internet …

DeanBeat: With GamerGate, enough is enough

I’ve been silent about this #GamerGate scandal that has sent waves through the circles of game journalists, indie developers, gamers, and feminists. It was born from an ugly public fight between two lovers, game developer Zoe Quinn and her ex-boyfriend Eron Gjoni, after Gjoni posted a 9,000-word …

The Man Who Sparked GamerGate Regrets The Harassment, Says He'd Do It Again

Eron Gjoni reflects on the "internet warfare" he accidentally created.<p>Eron Gjoni, the 24-year-old whose incendiary blog post precipitated GamerGate, the explosive and controversial movement that has come to dominate internet culture over the last six weeks, says he doesn't really care about the …

On GamerGate: A letter from the editor

Over the last few months, we've seen many people — some of them friends, some of them colleagues, some of them professional acquaintances — harassed, threatened, bullied for daring to suggest that video games can and should do better.<p>It's no coincidence that many of these people — award-winning …