No, Virginia, Gamergate isn’t Going To Destroy Christmas
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 October 2014, 6:11 pm
I like Oliver Campbell.  As far as #GamerGaters go, he’s a moderate, reasonable guy, and he comes at the topic of ethics in games journalism with relative experience and logic


The Things We Lost In The Catastrofuck
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 October 2014, 3:34 pm
Sometime last week, someone asked me in a comment here why I’ve been devoting so much time and energy to #Gamergate here on a blog that should be talking about


This Week Was All About Ethics in Games Journalism
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 October 2014, 11:06 pm
Actually, none of it really was, because it never really actually is.  But it does highlight that ActuallyEthics is my new favorite Tumblr. This developer tells GamerGate that “You are Not My


In Which I Acknowledge and Apologize
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 5:14 pm
About a month ago, I wrote a post about Milo that, by happenstance, discussed a lawsuit in Brad Wardell’s past.  At the time, it didn’t catch fire.  Simply put, no one cared.  I


The Gamer Press Woke Up, Decried Gamergate, Then Went Back To Sleep
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2014, 8:10 pm
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article shaming the press for basically ignoring GamerGate.  I was not alone, with Frank Cifaldi being one notable example who made literally


Three quick GG reads
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2014, 3:21 pm
Chris Kluwe, who continues to be one of my favorite people in the universe, has a very vitriol-laced take on the situation: Thus, when I see an article titled “Gamers


The Midweek #Gatesplaining of the Perpetual Outrage Machine
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2014, 11:01 pm
Someone used the term #Gatesplaining in twitter today.  This is a term that really needs to catch on.  But now, onto other links! Want to read a timeline of the


On Being Doxxed and Third Party Shitheads
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2014, 10:00 am
Yes, I was doxxed -kinda sorta (we’ll get to that). I’m safe.  Wife is rattled but fine.  It was clearly the act of a third party shithead.  Other targets by


Polygon’s Bayonetta 2 Review is Fine
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 October 2014, 11:47 pm
So, in between the Brianna Wu media tour and the emergence of #StopGamerGate2014, #GamerGate for the first time in weeks actually attempted to bring up something that was almost something something kinda


What GamerGate Can Learn From the NFL and Ray Rice
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 October 2014, 1:51 am
GamerGate should be in PR crisis mode.  It’s not.  It can’t be.  And it doesn’t know how. Gamergate is, right now, a hashtag that is ABOUT harassment.  That’s not what


Why I Only Told the Womens’ Stories
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 October 2014, 1:47 pm
Last week, I put up a very long article about the stories of harassment I could find.  I’ve made some minor corrections based on additional details I’ve gotten.  I have


GamerGate: 6 Weeks Later
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 October 2014, 2:45 am
There are three excellent must-reads related to GamerGate this last week, plus one oldie but goodie.  All of them look at gamergate skeptically, not from a position of extremism or reactionary


Listening and Believing: What Vicious Harassment Really Looks Like
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 October 2014, 10:47 pm
Writer’s Note: if more harassed women have stories they want to share – on both sides or outside of Gamergate altogether – and can provide links that are well-sourced and


The Games Press isn’t Attacking #Gamergate. It’s Ignoring Them
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 October 2014, 6:12 pm
There’s been a lot of press coverage of Gamergate in the past few weeks.  Of particular note: The Verge (one, two and three) Breitbart (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight,


An Interview with Me in the Escapist
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 October 2014, 1:22 pm
As part of a larger series of developer interviews, I gave my two cents to the Escapist.  They claim I asked for an alias.  I don’t recall doing that – I certainly


This Week in the Perpetual Outrage Machine
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 October 2014, 6:41 pm
Quick thought of the day: if you’re complaining about how feminists are destroying your games, and the best you can give me as proof is Kali losing a little underboob


What Games Journalism Integrity Actually Is and What It Isn’t
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 October 2014, 2:23 am
One of the questions that I’ve seen over and over is simple: “Why doesn’t Gamasutra apologize?”  I admit, I probably would have buckled by now, and apologized.  But they’ve resisted.


Radio Nero and other Quick Hits
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 October 2014, 7:14 pm
Just a few random snippets. Radio Nero I will be appearing on Episode 3 of Radio Nero tonight.  The topic of discussion will be on the idea that #gamergate members


Who, Exactly, is Silencing Feminism?
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 October 2014, 2:26 am
My post about whether or not the #gamergate crusade is anti-feminism has gotten some attention.  It should be noted that my point was not that #gamergate is misogynist or anti-women


GAMR: You Have Statements, I Have Mild Responses
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 October 2014, 2:40 am
Last night, I basically did a thought experiment. Basically, I was saying “I am not a #gamergater, but if I were, this is what I would do.” It did not


Little Green Footballs Has Something To Say About GamerGate
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 October 2014, 6:01 pm
I think Little Green Footballs was exploring what Milo is up to nowadays. So, this #GamerGate craziness – these are actual adults engaged in this? — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October


Dear GamerGate – Please form a Consumer Organization Kthxbye
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 October 2014, 1:47 am
Warning: A heavy dose of Nyquil on an already flu-weakened immune system fueled this post. As such, I’m being sloppier today about linking stuff. Sorry. The core of GamerGate came


Is GamerGate Anti-Feminism? Well, Duh
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 October 2014, 6:51 pm
In the wake of Intel’s unfortunate and (I believe) misguided decision to withdraw their advertising from Gamasutra, I’ve seen some amount of bile aimed at The Verge for their headline:


Response to a Response on Anita, Turtles All The Way Down
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 October 2014, 12:20 am
@FringeNerd asked me to respond to his response to my article generally praising Anita Sarkeesian’s work.  As mentioned previously, I agree with a lot, but not all, of what Anita has


The SJW Press Didn’t Kill Divinity’s Boobplate. Capitalism Did.
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 September 2014, 3:36 pm
I’m generally pro-boobplate.  I mean, I’m not going to go and slap a pair of DD knockers on a Pokemon or anything, but as my friend Scott once pointed out,


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