Occupation Video game journalist
Patricia Hernandez is a writer for Kotaku who is infamous for her consistently low quality clickbait articles, which are usually only tangentially related to video games and are often used as a vehicle to discuss and promote her political beliefs. She is also known to have engaged in corruption, giving favorable and disproportionate coverage to her roommate, Anna Anthropy and her friend, Christine Love without disclosing their relationship in any of the articles she wrote. However, she holds anti-censorship views.
Conflicts of Interest
In the summer of June 2012 Hernandez wrote a blog post detailing her plans to move in with Anna Antrophy. It is assumed she was financially beholden to Anna Antrophy for a few months at the very least. During the span of a year, Hernandez wrote about her landlord and friend Anna Antrophy and her games. These went undisclosed as of 25 August 2014, as evidenced by the archive links that date back to then. Needless to say the then, and current editor and chief at Kotaku Stephen Totilo has always held that reporters "who are in any way close to people they might report on should recuse themselves" unless it is absolutely a necessity to report on them, in which case full disclosure is required. The necessity of reporting on Anna Anthropy is never touched up on, nor is the relationship fully disclosed until nearly a full two years after the fact.
On 22 August 2013, Patricia Hernandez wrote a favourable article about Hate Plus, a game created by Christine Love. She gave positive coverage and even providing links directed to the steam store page of both the game and the prequel. A number of tweets show Patricia Hernandez being in a romantic relationship with Christine Love, which was not disclosed in the article.
On 6 September 2014, a disclosure about her relationship with Christine love was added to the article. Neither Patricia Hernandez nor Stephen Totilo (editor in chief of Kotaku) have talked about this discreet update while addressing the conflict of interests found at Kotaku.
David S Gallant
Patricia's coverage of the game I Get This Call Every Day also appears to be ethically questionable. Hernandez and David S. Gallant, the game's creator, started tweeting at each other on 15 December 2012; already from their first twitter conversation they appear to have been somewhat friendly with each other. On 21 December 2012 Patricia published a positive article on him and his game without disclosing what appears to have been a friendship between the two. Further twitter conversation from December 2012 also indicate a friendship between Gallant and Hernandez, and yet this was not disclosed in Patricia's second article on Gallant from 29 January 2013.
On 19 February 2012, Hernandez published an article on Kotaku about GaymerX's Kickstarter funding for its second convention.  Numerous tweets show Hernandez to have a close personal relationship with the President of GaymerX, Toni Rocca. No disclosure was included about this conflict of interest until late August, well after the convention was funded.
Read Only Memories
On 3 December 2013, Hernandez wrote a favourable article about a GaymerX Kickstarter project for the game Read Only Memories. Around this time, she can be seen having several friendly conversations on Twitter with JJ Signal, the animator for the project and Matt Conn, the creator of GaymerX. She did not include a disclosure until late March 2015.
The project had only gained about $2,300 in the previous three days from roughly 73 new backers at the time this piece was published. Within a day it had gained an additional $1,300 from 81 new backers and another $1,500 from 38 backers in the following day, when her piece was republished by Kotaku Australia. By the end of the week the project had 155 more new backers, contributing another $2,500. In those five days from the first piece in Kotaku to the end of the week, the Kickstarter project gained over 270 new backers contributing roughly $5,400. By the time the Kickstarter concluded, even with a last-minute push and last-minute coverage, it only got $2,300 over its funding goal. It seems reasonable to suggest that Hernandez's piece may have been a decisive factor in getting the project funded.
Patricia Hernandez appears to have been friends with Zoe Quinn since August 2012, as tweets from that month reveal that they were planning to meet up with each other. Despite this, Patricia gave Zoe positive coverage in two articles from December 2013 and May 2014, without initially disclosing her friendship with Zoe in said articles.
On 30 May 2012, Hernandez wrote an article in which she raised huge controversy over the use of the word "rape" as a euphemism for a "one-sided victory" in online gaming.
Hernandez published a Kotaku article on 9 July 2013, in which she claimed that "Fake Geek Girl" stickers were being used to sexually harass women. However, she offered no proof besides an anecdotal report of one incident.
On 16 July 2014, Patricia Hernandez wrote an article about Max Temkin and his response to a fake rape accusation, using the click-bait title, "A Different Way To Respond To A Rape Accusation". In the article, she didn't talk about the false accusations Temkin was subject to, but rather how his response "focused too much into defending himself instead of discussing the importance of taking about rape culture and consent." She also mentioned how he didn't "completely apologize".
On 17 July 2014 she had to update her article, to say she didn't think Temkin shouldn't have defended himself, but that he should have focused more on rape culture and the definitions of consent.
Views on censorship
Hernandez stated on 25 June 2015 that a mode in Fire Emblem Fates where the player can romantically touch lightly-dressed versions of the game's characters should not be censored in the game's Western release, despite some non-consensual dialogue during certain interactions.
According to Stephen Totilo's tweet, Patricia Hernandez got promoted to Kotaku's Deputy Editor.
- Ash-Panic (Patricia's Blog) Update
- Talking Ship - Patricia Hernandez Covered Her Friend’s Games, And Didn’t Disclose It.
- Kotaku - This Is One Way To Go About Making A Game Where You Slap Butts
- Kotaku - Wandering Through The 'Burning Man' Of Video Games
- Kotaku - Triad...
- Kotaku - I Played A Drinking Game Against A Computer
- Kotaku - In This Game, You Search For The 'Gay Planet.' No, Not That One. A Different Gay Planet.
- Stephen Totilo Tweet
- Stephen Totilo Tweet
- 'Video Game Asks Players To Bake Real Cakes For Virtual Girlfriends' - Kotaku
- Twitter evidence of Hernandez dating Love #1
- Twitter evidence of Hernandez dating Love #2
- A Different Way To Respond To A Rape Accusation (Update)
- Hernandez, Patricia (2015-06-25). "STARTING THE 'NINTENDO BETTER KEEP FIRE EMBLEM SEXY FOR NORTH AMERICA' PETITION RIGHT THE FUCK NOW". Twitter post. Archived from the original on 2015-06-26.
- Hernandez, Patricia (2015-06-26). "hard to convey the nitty gritty in tweets, but yeah. i wouldn't defend the problematic aspects, but it is also not wholly 'rapey' interactions either, so why would i treat it in black and white terms?". Twitter posts. Archived (1, 2) from the originals on 2015-06-26.
- Hernandez, Patricia (2015-06-26). "i would like the mini game to make its way to the states in the way that it did in japan because that's the way the original game existed in, so i would like to see it like that. that would of course mean experiencing the good and bad of it." Twitter posts. Archived (1, 2) from the originals on 2015-06-26.
- Kotaku's new Deputy Editor -