Zoe Quinn, the Quinnspiracy, and the Media Blackout That Never Actually Happened

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The dust has settled enough on this Zoe Quinn situation that I can point out something without being skewered and roasted alive for it, right?

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To My Friends in Games Journalism, Let’s Talk About #GamerGate

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Note: This is one side of a two-sided argument. I have criticisms for both sides. Please don’t consider this to be evidence of me choosing a side, and please read my other argument here before leaving a comment.

I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time chatting with people on Twitter and Skype about #GamerGate. It’s a thing I’ve been trying to keep up with as much as I can given the time I’m allotted by my other responsibilities.

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To My Friends in #GamerGate, Let’s Talk About Games Journalism

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Note: This is one side of a two-sided argument. I have criticisms for both sides. Please don’t consider this to be evidence of me choosing a side, and please read my other argument here before leaving a comment.

As I’ve pointed out elsewhere, I’ve been having conversations with people on Twitter who have been using the #GamerGate hashtag, and I’m meeting some really cool people.

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Retrovolve Reviews Test Drive 4

Test Drive 4In the second episode of a new retro game review series over at Retrovolve, Andy Reierson digs into the PlayStation classic Test Drive 4. During said digging, he uncovers a mine of metaphors that will make you ponder the meaning of life. Or maybe just how much you love toast.

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Games Journalism Is Boring: Go Out and Explore!

Terraria Explore!In his famous book Walden, there is a section where Henry David Thoreau writes about coming upon a massive battle between two tribes of ants. Being the sort of guy who liked to wander around in the woods until he stumbled upon something that sparked some philosophical truth in his brain, he stopped and watched this battle for a bit.

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Happy 15th Anniversary, Sega Dreamcast

Sega Dreamcast Today, September 9, 2014, marks the 15th anniversary of the Dreamcast’s United States launch

To celebrate, I figured I’d send you on over to our sister site, Retrovolve, where Andy Reierson has posted a fairly detailed history of Sega’s final home console.

Get your party hats.

The Last #GamerGate Article You’ll Ever Need

Nes controllerI talked with several people involved in this whole #GamerGate movement the other day.

I was originally planning to write a response, but this piece on Liana’s Tumblr of Wurdz says everything I wanted to say, only better than I would have ever said it.

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Proposal: Can We Separate “Games Journalism” and “Games Criticism” as Two Different Things?

ICOI spent a bit of Sunday afternoon chatting with some folks on Twitter about the #GamerGate hashtag. Contrary to what I was told to expect, the people I interacted with were polite and amicable. I’ll point out that I only interacted with maybe 10 people in total, and that it would be foolish to assume those people represent the #GamerGate movement as a whole. But those people were really nice.

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This Is What a Video Game Press Release Looks Like

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I used to write “gaming news” for a living, and one of my main sources was the press release. I sometimes get dozens of these in my inbox a day, and they’re almost unanimously horrible to read.

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Zoe Quinn Allegedly Blows the Whistle on #GamerGate and Recent Hacking Attempts

Phil Fish BatmanIf you haven’t been following the crusade against Zoe Quinn, Phil Fish, “Games Journalism,” and the like, then congratulations, you have endured less headaches than I have over the past three weeks.

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