Leigh Alexander

Gaming journalist.

 

“Gamers are dead”

The accusations of corruption surrounding Quinn and her affairs grew to encapsulate other problems with the videogame press, often accused of lack of professionalism. The term Gamergate was coined by actor and videogame vocie actor Adam Baldwin [1]https://archive.today/OyJrl on 27 August 2014, who had taken an interest in the “Quinnspiracy” in the weeks prior. In the same day, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian left her home due to anonymous threats [2]https://archive.today/kbGbQ, as she had become a target of criticism as part of the gaming press and this inevitably attracted undue harassment.

The following day, there was a rash of articles in gaming websites and blogs, some of which were posted within minutes of each other, decrying the growing debacle which they characterized as purely a misogynistic harassment campaign while largely ignoring any accusations of malfeasance by certain journalists and developers, a narrative which was pushed by these same sites since then and has been used against Gamergate proper ever since. This narrative is the main excuse used by various sites in order to ban all discussion surrounding Gamergate, whether they involved Quinn or not.

The following list is sourced from a public pastebin [3]http://pastebin.com/dWzF8Eqd:

The number and similar tone of so many of these articles raised even more suspicions of collusion, fanning the flames of debate and kicking Gamergate off in earnest.


Bullying and gatekeeping

Before kicking off Gamergate proper, Alexander was known for openly bullying people out of gaming journalism and bragging about it. In a common theme within anti-gamers, these actions were supposedly excused by being made against “bad people” as it was termed by those actually doing the bullying.

“I am a megaphone and I won’t mind making an example out of you”

In a Twitter diatribe involving developer Russ Roegner [4]https://archive.today/ftaqd, who stated that there’s “no issue with gender equality in the game industry” and argued that opportunity are open to everyone. In between more sane voices arguing against him, Alexander made threats [5]http://archive.is/OQduY.

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“Sorry. This is not gonna be a career for her.”

The context for this has been lost, and Alexander has since deleted the tweet [6]http://archive.is/2tKxj.

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“Leigh Alexander just killed another career, it’s a mild day”

The context for this has been lost, and Alexander has since deleted the tweet [7]https://archive.today/sUQE7.

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“As if I cannot instantly kill all their dreams”

Source [8]http://archive.is/O0zqR#selection-5603.0-5637.125. The original has been deleted.

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“I am game journalism”

Source [9]https://archive.today/X2n9P.

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Promoting harassment

Despite the anti-gamer narrative dominating the media that casts various female gaming journalists and critics as victims of harassment, Leigh Alexander is one of many who not only engaged in it herself as the sections on Lack of professionalism and Assorted attest, but made public calls for it [10]https://archive.today/1VAJh [11]https://archive.today/yTLUy [12]https://archive.today/DWIl9 [13]https://archive.today/IrUwI.


 

Undisclosed conflicts of interest

Christine Love

On September 2012, leigh Alexander promoted games by Christine Love in an article in Vice Media’s blog The Creators Project [14]http://archive.is/gYTqa. There is no disclaimer regarding their previous friendship [15]https://archive.today/1KkGs (the tweets from Alexander’s account from those dates are missing).

Source: Kotaku in Action

Source: Kotaku in Action

Babycastles

Leigh Alexander was a supporter and occasional contributor to Babycastles, a New york arcade and gaming space dating back to at least 5 August 2010 [16]Deleted tweets from Leigh Alexander dating from 2010. They had since been saved by Alexander herself to a public PDF, which she has since deleted as well. The PDF is avalable here: http://www.4shared.com/office/SESn-BdYce/Buzz-0014.html. Its autheticity is offhandedly confirmed by her here: https://archive.today/14b2y.

On 15 August 2010, she promotes Babycastles in an article for the LA Times without any disclosure [17]https://archive.today/zuxM5.

On 15 July 2011 she hosts an event in the arcade [18]https://archive.today/YIMlp, which continues to enjoys her patronage [19]https://archive.today/pG9hX.

On 17 September 2012, she publicizes Babycastles in an article about indie games as spectator sports at Gamasutra, without disclosure [20]https://archive.today/bKMdY. What is intriguing by this is that months prior, on 24 February, she had written a piece wholly about Babycastles at the same site but had actually written a disclosure [21]https://archive.today/CN76M.

Ramiro Corbetta

On 17 September 2012, Leigh Alexande rpublished an article in Gamasutra showcasing the work of developer Ramiro Corbetta [22]https://archive.today/bKMdY. There is no disclosure in the article, despite the two of them having been friends for years [23]Deleted tweets from Leigh Alexander dating from 2010. They had since been saved by Alexander herself to a public PDF, which she has since deleted as well. The PDF is avalable here: http://www.4shared.com/office/SESn-BdYce/Buzz-0014.html. Its autheticity is offhandedly confirmed by her here: https://archive.today/14b2y [24]https://archive.today/PQSZp [25]https://archive.today/pG9hX.

Naomi Clark

The information on this section comes mainly from the Gamergate.me wiki.

Alexander’s friendship to indie game designer Naomi Clark extends as far back as early 2012 [26]https://archive.today/JW7UM [27]https://archive.today/ckpSz [28]https://archive.today/TLWk9 [29]https://archive.today/CbaWZ. Despite this, Alexander has written two articles praising her games. Once on 3 May 2013 for Sissyfight 2000 [30]https://archive.today/L85q5 and on 3 November 2014 for Consentacle [31]https://archive.today/LvWET.


GameJournoPros membership

Leigh Alexander was a member of the GameJournoPros mailing list[32]https://archive.today/i6gNp. The group connected to collusion and blacklisting in gaming journalism, although she hasn’t participated in those known cases. She is on record as stating she wasn’t a member [33]https://archive.today/utUDS, altho she quit a few months before the “gamers are adead” controversy [34]https://archive.today/eGYk5.

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Casual racism

Under a common excuse of not being racist because she lives in the ghetto, Leigh Alexander used racist euphemisms to attack black people [35]https://archive.today/vRIvY [36]https://archive.today/hXsWw. Both tweets have since been deleted. Later she claimed to be decrying harassment, ignoring what a “violent cultural backlash” against black people entails [37]http://archive.is/ti01k.

In a separate instance, Alexander mistook pro-Gamergate blogger Lee Williams (@demisaysstuff) for a different black man, @electrolemon, whose name Demi was part of Williams’ handle [38]https://archive.today/1BWP5. Williams reacted to it with a satirical poem of sorts [39]https://archive.today/LSmaa and mentioned she blocked him on Twitter.


Lack of professionalism

Contempt for her audience

Her articles have long included petty attacks on her own readerships and gamers [40]https://archive.today/a6WuE#selection-225.0-273.78 [41]https://archive.today/n5LES [42]https://archive.today/z9Csm [43]https://archive.today/xwfeh even before Gamergate broke out, despite self-describing as a “games & tech culture writer” [44]https://archive.today/aMcgT#selection-941.0-941.27.

Hypocrisy

Despite her aforementioned jabs at gamers using stereotypes, she claims she and her peers tried to “dispell stereotypes about people who like games” [45]https://archive.today/yPiar.

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“I have no pretense of being unbiased, sorry I have an agenda”

At the XOXO Festival 2014 in Portland, Oregon, Alexander states the bias and agenda-driven nature of her reporting [46]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEOUSoRBsvQ&t=10m.

“Let’s send Jack Thompson poison candy”

Jack Thompson is the natural comparison to be made with the current anti-gamers, yet despite Alexander’s support for the latter, she was staunchly against the former. To the point where she celebrated the fact that Thomson had heart issues and jonkingly told people to send him poison candy [47]https://archive.today/77wqO.

Excusing cronyism

Sources [48]https://archive.today/ZeLT7 [49]https://archive.today/dtOPZ#selection-4862.2-5544.11

 


Assorted


Further reading

Gaming Journalists Are Incompetent Fuckwits wrote of Leigh Alexander’s lack of professionalism in 1 july 2010 [50]https://archive.today/ydCAJ.

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1. https://archive.today/OyJrl
2. https://archive.today/kbGbQ
3. http://pastebin.com/dWzF8Eqd
4. https://archive.today/ftaqd
5. http://archive.is/OQduY
6. http://archive.is/2tKxj
7. https://archive.today/sUQE7
8. http://archive.is/O0zqR#selection-5603.0-5637.125
9. https://archive.today/X2n9P
10. https://archive.today/1VAJh
11. https://archive.today/yTLUy
12. https://archive.today/DWIl9
13. https://archive.today/IrUwI
14. http://archive.is/gYTqa
15. https://archive.today/1KkGs (the tweets from Alexander’s account from those dates are missing
16, 23. Deleted tweets from Leigh Alexander dating from 2010. They had since been saved by Alexander herself to a public PDF, which she has since deleted as well. The PDF is avalable here: http://www.4shared.com/office/SESn-BdYce/Buzz-0014.html. Its autheticity is offhandedly confirmed by her here: https://archive.today/14b2y
17. https://archive.today/zuxM5
18. https://archive.today/YIMlp
19, 25. https://archive.today/pG9hX
20, 22. https://archive.today/bKMdY
21. https://archive.today/CN76M
24. https://archive.today/PQSZp
26. https://archive.today/JW7UM
27. https://archive.today/ckpSz
28. https://archive.today/TLWk9
29. https://archive.today/CbaWZ
30. https://archive.today/L85q5
31. https://archive.today/LvWET
32. https://archive.today/i6gNp
33. https://archive.today/utUDS
34. https://archive.today/eGYk5
35. https://archive.today/vRIvY
36. https://archive.today/hXsWw
37. http://archive.is/ti01k
38. https://archive.today/1BWP5
39. https://archive.today/LSmaa
40. https://archive.today/a6WuE#selection-225.0-273.78
41. https://archive.today/n5LES
42. https://archive.today/z9Csm
43. https://archive.today/xwfeh
44. https://archive.today/aMcgT#selection-941.0-941.27
45. https://archive.today/yPiar
46. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEOUSoRBsvQ&t=10m
47. https://archive.today/77wqO
48. https://archive.today/ZeLT7
49. https://archive.today/dtOPZ#selection-4862.2-5544.11
50. https://archive.today/ydCAJ
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