This week on VGS….
A special episode dedicated to the ongoing phenomenon known as “Gamergate.” It’s evolved from an important need for transparency in the coverage of gaming news to legitimate attacks against outspoken female game developers.
The hashtag is a very familiar, if not unwelcome sight to those who monitor the industry as an indicator that vitriol and controversy will ensue. Organizers of the movement were able to affect advertising, news coverage and victimize those who are trying to make a difference.
One of those people is Brianna Wu, game developer at Giant Spacekat and creator of Revolution 60.
Wu was forced from her home because of GamerGaters and is speaking out about an organization that is ‘ruining her life.’
We also speak to Jennifer Allaway, a social researcher whose data was sullied by the group and she fought back by examining the formation of different hate groups and it’s relation to Gamergate.
Both of these individuals have spoken out in the past but in this interview you get to hear a side of the argument that hasn’t been presented.
Although Brianna has been attacked, she still believes Gamergaters at its core did have a point, “I would like to see game journalism as a whole, look at their very very close relations between the people that make the games and the people that cover the games.”
“They are not going after the IGN’s that are doing this…they are going after me, they’re going after Zoe Quinn and to a certain extent Ben Kuchera simply because he takes of representation in gaming.”
Please listen to the content of the interview before passing judgement. Actions like that victimize people who are only trying to provide prospective and commentary on a world we love so much.