You all know what i am talking about: #GamerGate. It's been an issue that has lingered in gamers minds for a long time. I am going to do a quick history so that some people might understand the movement. I think it started in 2007, when Jeff Gerstmann got fired from this site for having an opinion. The opinion did not go well with people upstairs and they fired him for it. He admitted this in 2012 when he was asked by Gamespot in an interview.
There have also been other instances like Robert Florence. He wrote about the growing corruption in the gaming industry like DoritoGate and publishers gifting consoles and games to journalists. The DoritoGate scandal involved Geoff Keighley where he did an interview shamelessly sponsering Mountain Dew and Doritos with Halo in 2012. Nobody saw anything wrong with this except for this journalist.
Now we are here in 2014 after accusations of sexism and misogyni, even it has nothing to do with the movement. The industry still has a hard time admitting that they're doing something shady. Giving sites more than one review copy. Sending them gifts combined with limited and exclusive editions of games is unecessary. Total Biscuit revealed that he was offered a brand new gaming pc with the game just to review that single game. That is suspicious.
Now we're here, #GamerGate is a thing because the industry has been ignoring it for too long. Even though Gamespot did fire Jeff Gerstmann, they have done a great job being transparant after. They've even been one of the sites that have not completely condemned GamerGate, and for that i praise them for. The reason this is a thing is because gamers were raising concerns after there were proof of evidence of collusion and shady ethics with Kotaku. The response we got instead of saying sorry or being more transparant was attack on gamers and that we were dead. With there being more evidence in Polygon, Kotaku and Gawker showing shady ethics and corruption. Where there are clear examples like Patricia Hernandez, Ben Kuchera and Nathan Grayson.
What do you guys think of the situation so far?