Former gaming journalist.
False accusations of drug abuse
During Rev3Games’ coverage of E3 2013 which ran from 11 to 13 June, in several videos Sessler is seen behaving very erratically, presenting nervous tics, slurred speech and other symptoms often associated with drug abuse https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWnpHOQXsPDvkhaVsuEydVguE37dVzYnN https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWnpHOQXsPDvK2UFvRCUll5ja7Z81Af3k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6P2synObts.
Soon the internet had plenty of rumors regarding the use of cocaine https://archive.today/Q3Z5F https://archive.today/4Vki2 https://archive.today/vBjI5 https://archive.today/XjX9P. Although they were for the most part in mockery, nevertheless mean-spirited assumptions took some hold. There is no evidence whatsoever about drug abuse beyond conjecture based on the videos in question, which has been attributed to stress and overwork during E3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo8QPyf24FA.
During the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention 2013, which lasted from 11 to 13 July, Adam Sessler and Jim Sterling shared a panel to talk about the state of online gaming communities.
On the topic of hate speech and the trolls that use it, Sessler makes a perfectly valid point that just as its their right to free speech to behave in such a manner, he has the freedom of speech to call them out and offend them too. However, he follows this up by immediately justifying doxxing, namely by finding their address and publicizing it, to cheers from the audience and enthusiastic agreement from Sterling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOxRxyv6TFs#t=26m.
Accusing 4chan of “live hacking attempts”
On 21 August 2014, two days after Zoe Quinn faked her own doxxing, Sessler tweeted about being in a bar with her and “watching these hack attempts going down live”, with screenshot showing Zoe Quinn and her boyfriend Alex Lifschitz browsing what seems like a 4chan board (at the time, 4chan hadn’t banned Gamergate discussion), and soon afterwards he advertises her Patreon https://archive.today/nFMLG https://archive.today/H5N7z https://archive.today/vg8UT https://archive.today/E1nQh.
Suspicions of favoritism arose from the event, considering the facts that:
- journalists associating too much with devs and publishers being one of Gamergate’s contentions (although Sessler has left gaming journalism since April 2014, he remains a personality in the gaming press)
- he flat-out encouraged people to donate money to one such dev
- Quinn unsuccessfully attempt to fake her own doxxing only two days prior
- she indeed hasn’t been hacked then, or at all
However, hours after Sessler’s tweets, the site of Phil Fish’s Polytron site was hacked and with it his doxxes were leaked. The perpetrator is unknown as the message left on Polytron’s defaced site is purposefully sarcastic and obfuscating, which led pro-GG people to argue it was a “false flag” like Quinn herself had attemtped two days previously. However, Polytron’s hacking proved to be genuine. More details in Phil Fish’s page in this site.
Excusing conflict of interest
In a video uploaded to Youtube by Rev3Games in February 2013, Sessler essentially calls gamers “paranoid” for being distrusting of one of their reviews of an EA-published game which featured ads for EA itself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-22uspc2VrQ.
Supports real-life harassment of pro-GG people
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