Boycott List

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The Boycott List is an informal list of websites and publications that have made factually inaccurate reports on #GamerGate due to poor research, yellow journalism, or other unprofessional reasons. The list also includes sites with serious ethical problems not necessarily related to #GamerGate and social media websites that have censored discussion about #GamerGate for reasons having to do with the above. #GamerGate supporters often choose to completely boycott the most serious and repeat offenders.

Archiving tools can be used to view and preserve the content of boycotted sites without contributing to their clicks and page views.

For an informal list of websites that follow the SPJ Code of Ethics, please view the Support List.

Gaming Websites

Website Reason
AusGamers Lacking in journalistic integrity[1]
Destructoid Participant in Gamers are Dead, fired employees under questionable circumstances[2]
Eurogamer Inaccurate GamerGate articles[3][4]
Gamasutra Double participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles
GameFocus Writing anti-gamergate articles with poor research and poor arguments. Adhering to the 'listen and believe' mentality of our opposition [5]
GameInformer Claims that Gamergate has furthered stereotypes of violence and misogyny, and it's a non-issue [6][7]
Gameplanet Misrepresentation of Gamergate, no research and lazy journalism from editor Matt Maguire on Radio New Zealand National.[8]
Games.on.net Attributes harassment to GamerGate, "happily admit[s] to push[ing] an agenda" [9]
Joystiq One sided, poorly researched editorial on Gamergate. Claims to have never gotten any tweets or emails about their ethics policy, therefore gamergate isn't about ethics, but harassment.[10]
Kotaku
  • Kotaku AU
  • Kotaku BR
  • Kotaku JP
  • Kotaku UK
Participant in Gamers are Dead, lacking in journalistic integrity, owned by Gawker Media
MVCUK.com (Market for Video and Computer games) Multiple inaccurate articles including:
  • Incorrectly claiming Mike Morhaime spoke against GamerGate at BlizzCon [11]
  • Misleading article implying GamerGate was responsible for DDoS attack against the website of AbleGamers [12]
Motherboard @ Vice One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles,[13] owned by Vice
PC Gamer Misrepresentation of GamerGate [14]
PCGamesN Writer Steve Hogarty belligerently attacks GamerGate on Twitter[15]
Polygon Participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles[16]
Rock Paper Shotgun Participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles[17]

Technology Websites

Website Reason
Ars Technica Participated in Gamers are Dead, Senior Gaming Editor founded GameJournoPros email group
GitHub Removed repository related to GamerGate under guise that it was organized harassment [18][19]
GitLab Removed repository related to GamerGate under guise that it was organized harassment [20][21]
OSNews Ran articles equating Gamergate to misogyny, organized harassment, and terrorism [22][23]
The Verge Censorship in articles comments and community forums, ran articles equating GamerGate to organized harassment
Wired Ran articles equating Gamergate to misogyny and terrorism [24][25]
Heise (german) Misrepresenting and poorly researched articles plus one sided comments about GamerGate. Censorship in comment sections.[26][27][28][29][30]
golem.de (german) Misrepresenting and poorly researched articles about GamerGate. Censorship in comment sections.[31][32]

Mainstream Media

Publication Reason
The Financial Post Participated in Gamers are Dead
The Guardian One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles, also hosts articles and weekly podcasts featuring Leigh Alexander [33]
MSNBC One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate news segments[cn]
PBS One-sided, poorly researched information about GamerGate, also funds programs that slander the GamerGate movement and other similar controversies[cn]
NPR One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles[34], also featured Arthur Chu as a guest to discuss GamerGate[35]
The New Yorker One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles[cn]
The Washington Post One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles[cn]
BBC One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles and news segments[36]
Al Jazeera One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles and news segments[37]
ABC One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate news segments, focused more on Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu's side of the controversy
Metro One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles[cn]
SVT (Sveriges Television) One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles, TV coverage did all but touch on there being two sides[cn]
SR (Svergies radio) One-sided, poorly resarched GamerGate articles, Coverage belittled and slandered GamerGate and its message[cn]
CBC One sided, poorly-researched articles. Links to other misleading #Gamergate resources.[38] Refused to acknowledge any breach of ethics by only covering one side of the story.[39]

Community Forums

Website Reason
4chan Thought- and tone-policing mods, censorship of GamerGate discussion
Neogaf Censors all but anti-GamerGate discussion
Mighty No. 9 Total censorship of GamerGate discussion [40]
RPG.NET Total censorship of Gamergate discussions.[41]
Something Awful Suspected origin of many of the worst trolls in the conflict
TvTropes A moderator removed the mention of the scandal from their "Streisand Effect" page and threatened to ban the person who submitted it[42] and has locked threads on the subject.[43]
/r/gaming During the Zoe Quinn incident, the moderators removed almost all discussion regarding it. In fact, one of the moderators were found tweeting Zoe Quinn prior to the deletion of Quinn-related threads.
Bitforums Massive amount of feminist and anti-gamergate users, debate forum cherry picks gamergate stories[44]
AlternateHistory.com Total censorship of Gamergate discussions as well as bannings of pro-gamergate users.[45][46][47][48]

Companies

Event Reason
Intel Openly opposes GamerGate, also supports Feminist Frequency as one of their partners to help "improve diversity" in the tech industry

Public Events

Event Reason
Critical Proximity Event created and hosted by Critical Distance, a project of Silverstring Media
GaymerX Spread lies about GamerGate being homophobic and against diversity in gaming[cn]
Independent Games Festival Corrupt award show connected to Silverstring Media
Indie Cade Award show implicated in conspiracy to artificially award Fez
Rebel Jam Game Jam started by Zoe Quinn after demonizing The Fine Young Capitalists

Other Websites

Website Reason
Badass Digest Writer Devin Faraci belligerently attacks GamerGate on Twitter[49]
BoingBoing Hosts articles by Leigh Alexander, routinely smears and mocks GamerGate
Businessweek Anti-Gamerate and promoter of the blocklist[50]
BuzzFeed Participant in Gamers are Dead
Chez Apocalypse Strongly anti-GamerGate, also censors any negative criticism.[cn]
Comics Alliance Framing GamerGate as a movement about harassment and misogyny [51]
Cracked Ran articles equating GamerGate to organized harassment
The Daily Beast Participant in Gamers are Dead
The Daily Dot Framing GamerGate as a movement about harassment and misogyny [52]
Deadspin Owned by Gawker Media
Gawker Owned by Gawker Media
io9 Owned by Gawker Media
Jezebel Owned by Gawker Media
The Mary Sue Complete and repeated misrepresentation of GamerGate [53]
Newsweek Promoting the blocklist[54]
Raw Story Complete and repeated misrepresentation of GamerGate [55]
Time Put Anita Sarkeesian in the 100 Most Influential People of 2015[56], even though over 80 percent of readers voted against her in the poll.[57] Also removed the word "feminist" from its "Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?" poll, despite (or likely because) it won by a large margin.[58][59]
The United Federation Of Charles Publicly condemned Gamergate and stated he hoped the movement "goes away." [60]
ValleyWag Owned by Gawker Media
Vice Misrepresentation of GamerGate to the point of fear mongering [61]
Vox One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles [62]
We Hunted The Mammoth Complete and repeated misrepresentation of GamerGate [63]
Wikipedia The pages on Anita Sarkeesian[64], the "GamerGate controversy"[65], The Fine Young Capitalists[66], and various other people involved with GamerGate all contain slander against the movement. Has banned more GamerGate supporters and neutrals from editing the GamerGate page than opposers

Steam Curators

Group Reason
PC Gamer Openly anti-GG and misrepresents Gamergate.
The Jim Sterling Collection Jim Sterling, alongside Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz, attempted to get interviews with pro-gamergate developers removed from The Escapist. One of the developers, James Desborough, assumed it was taken down because of a friendship he had, but it was noted the interview was removed due to claims of harassment[67]. He has also shown he has a large bias by implying GamerGate is a crazy conspiracy, and referencing 3 anti-GG articles in his video "Oh What A Lovely Conspiracy".
Rock Paper Shotgun Participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles.
Kotaku Participant in Gamers are Dead, lacking in journalistic integrity, owned by Gawker Media. Anti-Gamergate.
Extra Credits Daniel Floyd host of Extra Credits, condemns GG despite his own narrated video about Anonymous speaking about fallacy of composition and anyone claiming belonging to a group
Giant Bomb Staff Another one of big games sites whose employees condemn GG as purely harassment campaign
Double Fine Productions Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, is openly Anti-GG, claims GamerGate is proof of rape culture.[68]
NeoGAF Anti-GG, censors most if not all GamerGate discussion, banning GamerGate supporters.[69][70]
Steve's Essentials Creator of Gone Home and rabid SJW.
Rami Ismail Heretic of Cool Indie Imperiumm. Takes active stance against GG.
Cuties Curating Games Organized by Maya Kramer of Silverstring Media. Complicit in many industry scandals and the continued misrepresentation of GamerGate.
Destructoid Participant in Gamers are Dead, fired employees under questionable circumstances. Anti-GG.
PCGamesN Writer Steve Hogarty belligerently attacks GamerGate on Twitter. Anti-GG.
Polygon Favorites Anti-GG. Participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles.


See Also

Support List

References

  1. r/Games: Of Corruption in the Australian Games Industry
  2. https://archive.today/wOV6e
  3. https://archive.today/U0opo
  4. https://archive.today/lLY6y
  5. Blog post written by Staff Writer Brenden Mernagh at Game-focus.net aka Gamefocus.ca
  6. Game Informer’s Stance on GamerGate
  7. GamerGate's silver lining
  8. RNZN Interview
  9. Announcement: Readers who feel threatened by equality no longer welcome
  10. We are always fighting
  11. Morhaime uses Blizzcon speech to rally against GamerGate
  12. Charity that refused GamerGate associated donation receives death threats, suffers DDoS attack
  13. Will Trolls Always Have a Home?
  14. Anita Sarkeesian cancels talk after school shooting threat
  15. Steve Hogarty Twitter feed
  16. https://archive.today/rkvO8
  17. https://archive.today/RXjWz
  18. Github repo page
  19. Message from Github support
  20. Gitlab tweet about the removal of the repo
  21. Gitlab discussion on their forums
  22. GamerGate terrorists threaten mass school shooting in Utah
  23. Intel opposes Gamergate as part of $300 million effort
  24. Gamergate Goons Can Scream All They Want, But They Can’t Stop Progress
  25. How 4chan manufactured the #GamerGate controversy
  26. "Gamergate": Spieleentwicklerin flüchtet vor Online-Drohungen
  27. "Sexismus in der Spieleszene: Streit über Gamergate in der Wikipedia
  28. "Gamergate": Intel beendet Werbekampagne
  29. Choose your side! – Kommentar zur Debatte um Sexismus in Videospielen
  30. Ich gehe nicht in Deckung – Kommentar zur Debatte um Sexismus in Videospielen
  31. Erneut Morddrohungen gegen Spielentwicklerin
  32. Entwickler geht nach Morddrohungen gegen Gabe Newell
  33. Archive of contributor page
  34. NPR: All Tech Considered - #GamerGate Controversy Fuels Debate On Women And Video Games
  35. NPR: On Point - #GamerGate And A Culture Clash In The Making
  36. BBC News - GamerGate: 'Press must tackle misogyny,' says developer
  37. Al Jazeera America - GamerGate: How the video game industry's culture war began
  38. CBC News - #StopGamerGate2014 hashtag suggests internet is growing tired of GamerGate
  39. CBC News Ombudsman - Playing Fair, Take Two: The challenges of talking about #GamerGate
  40. Mighty No. 9 – A lesson in how not to manage a community
  41. Gamergate on RPGnet READ THIS
  42. TvTropes Streisand Effect Discussion
  43. Video Games Journalism TvTropes Discussion
  44. [1]
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  46. [3]
  47. [4]
  48. [5]
  49. Devin Faraci Twitter feed
  50. Businessweek freebsd article
  51. Fear As A Way Of Life: Why Women In Comics Don’t ‘Just Report’ Sexual Harassment
  52. Only a culture of shame can finally put a stop to Gamergate
  53. Joss Whedon, Boston Globe Journalist Smack Down “But GamerGate Is About Journalistic Ethics!” Argument
  54. Newsweek Blocklist Article
  55. Gamergate’s anti-woman agenda made clear: Actor Felicia Day threatened for speaking up
  56. Time 100 Most Influential People of 2015 - Anita Sarkeeskian
  57. Anita Sarkeesian Included in Time 100, Even Though She Lost Big in the Vote
  58. Time: Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?
  59. DailyDot tries to rationalize poll results
  60. Our stance on Gamergate
  61. Does Someone Have to Actually Die Before GamerGate Calms Down?
  62. Angry misogyny is now the primary face of #GamerGate
  63. Today in #GamerGate: Entitled manchildren use manic pixel dream girl as their shield (again)
  64. Anita Sarkeesian's Wikipedia page
  65. GamerGate Wikipedia page
  66. TFYCapitalists' Wikipedia page
  67. Escapist/Desborough Interview Disclosure
  68. Tim Schafer Twitter Feed
  69. TFYCapitalists Twitter Feed
  70. KiA NeoGAF Reddit Post