Brianna Wu

Indie developer.

 

False claim of being driven out of her home

In the Gamergate controversy, Brianna Wu had been one of many ordinary people voicing their opinions, which in her case are firmly against it.

On 10 October 2014, she claimed that she had been driven out of her home by threats from Gamergate supporters, specifically pointing to a series of tweets by @chatterwhiteman [1]https://archive.today/SuPZX [2]https://archive.today/io7b0, an account seemingly created just for that reason [3]https://archive.today/h67k2.

The fact that it’s an easily made troll, the lack of any visible connection with Gamergate, the fact that Wu had already made a sockpuppet account before by the name of @BROLOLZ [4]https://archive.today/iIbOd [5]https://archive.today/SJH5M and the posterior proof that her claims of being driven out of her home led to suspicions of @chatterwhiteman being a false flag or even made by Wu herself [6]https://archive.today/K4njN [7]https://archive.today/4aL3J, but that remains purely conjectural. Of note however is that from the start, Gamergate supporters on twitter have criticized @chatterwhiteman and reported him.

This was followed by an outpouring of support and massive coverage by both the gaming and mainstream presses. The result was an immensely raised profile for someone who had until then being a minor mobile game developer, and now made headlines in local, national and international media, from specialist sites about videogames to global news outlets. See below for a noninclusive list.

In 11 December 2014, a Kotaku in Action thread [8]https://archive.today/ycbSP and the results of digging by anonymous people [9]http://pastebin.com/kcGqq7eY pointed to two important facts that demonstrate she seems to have never left her house to begin with.

Proof of lying about being driven away from home

1) Her own photos and videos always show the same house

Redditors noticed a pattern that the video interviews featuring Wu. The ones shot immediately after the weekend she claimed she left her house showed the same furniture and mansonry details as the ones shoot before or long after that weekend [10]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSBMx9gfykE [11]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1U1cT72JBc [12]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETVcInunAss [13]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4He6rNp1gUY [14]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtRFbsnUX4k [15]http://archive.is/L3hIZ [16]http://archive.is/OoruB [17]https://archive.today/mEm8C [18]https://archive.today/0rphQ#selection-93.203-96.1. In other words, in the days following her supposed expulsion, she was back on her home, even as news outlets claimed she was still away [19]http://archive.is/88JHF#selection-1087.0-1087.112 [20]https://archive.today/3DD5E#selection-503.0-503.191.

2) She had long planned to be away in the weekend she was “driven out”

Wu had divulged her claim to have been forced out of her house on 10 October , just in time to attend the New York Comic Con as a guest in a panel titled The Mary Sue Presents – All on the Table [21]https://archive.today/SytE8 on the same weekend, at 12 October. Her presence there was further confirmed [22]https://archive.today/NjxbB [23]https://archive.today/PRHu2. In her own Twitter, she stated that she had agree to attend back as far back as 16 September [24]https://archive.today/0sySH.

Wu’s retort

In her defense, Wu made a series of tweets claiming that the accusations of her lying about the incident were false [25]https://archive.today/FcOIR#selection-8389.0-9464.1. According to her, she went back to her house in order to shoot interviews because that’s where her computer still was, stating that the presence of journalists made her feel secure enough. Made explicitly is the claim that this was in accordance with what police had advised her.

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However, these claims contradict what she stated eaelier to Gameindustry.biz [26]https://archive.today/3DD5E#selection-503.0-503.191:

Wu did confirm that she briefly returned home to “make sure nothing had been vandalized and to pick up some computer equipment,” but added that she’s “not planning on being home for a while.”

More importantly, she made a false claimregarding the police’s advice. Standard police procedure in the USA is to advise victims of death threats to never return to their home soon after the threats were made unless in the presence of law enforcement. Thus, her claims of acting on police advice and thinking a “camera crew” would ensure safety are in direct contradiction.

Actual harassment

In these same series of tweets where she defends herself of the charge of lying about leaving her home, she mentions pictures of her house circulating. This referred especifically to the work of Youtube e-celeb PressFartToContinue, who, in the days following the discovery of Wu’s deceit, made a post on Medium showing various shots of her adress [27]https://archive.today/QKnE7.

Although the information is all available to the public, PressFartToContinue’s Medium post was censored and he had several Twitter accounts deleted. The post proved to be ultimately pointless as well, as the information he had drawn contributed nothing to the matter of whether or not Wu lied about leaving her home.

List of news regarding the incident

A noninclusive list of articles reporting Wu’s claim of expulsion from home follows, roughly in order of publication according to Google News. It’s worth noting that they don’t include follow-up articles that use her claim in order to build diatribes against Gamergate or “nerd culture” or any other ancillary topics. To this day these accusations are still made despite the proof that she never left her home, and the sheer amount of articles that repeat her disproven claim of victimhood are far too numerous to list.

Among these various articles, various other factoids and fabrications surface, such as Wu having being hacked and doxxed (her address, posted by @chatterwitheman, is publicly available), Eron Gjoni having claimed his ex-girlfriend Zoe Quinn slept with gaming journalists in order to get good press (a claim he didn’t make, even in The Zoe Post) etc.


Supporting censorship

Following the effective ban of indie game Hotline Miami 2 in Australia [28]https://archive.today/U9pRP, Wu joined the ranks of anti-gamer personalities who justify or excuse censorship of videogames she dislikes [29]https://archive.today/6I8ZB.

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Lack of disclosure in coverage and award

iMore

Macintosh-focused gaming site iMore has promoted Revolution 60, a game made by Brianna Wu’s studio, Giant Spacekat, on several occasions without ever displaying any disclosure, despite the fact that Wu is friends with several members of the site’s staff, including the editor.

The articles published include a glowing review [30]https://archive.today/Uokrj, a blatant ad in the form of an article (“Revolution 60 is delightful kickassary you need to download right now!”) [31]https://archive.today/fBbyc, her participation in several podcasts [32]https://archive.today/W7rQY [33]https://archive.today/v3T0M [34]https://archive.today/iRGcv, and naming Revolution 60 the iOS Action Game of the Year 2014 [35]https://archive.today/4ND4P. Following her false claim of being driven out of her home, she was again the subject of a friendly article [36]https://archive.today/JL6Os.

Wu is friends with Rene Ritchie [37]https://archive.today/dAQcQ [38]https://archive.today/6ic7Z, Peter Cohen [39]https://archive.today/hLufC [40]https://archive.today/Q5uPz and Serenity Caldwell [41]https://archive.today/FUBer [42]https://archive.today/UOAsv, respectively the editor-in-chief, managing editor for Mac and managing editor for iOS at iMore [43]https://archive.today/TEouY.

In her gloating tweets about the award Revolution 60 received, her prior connection to iMore is glossed over [44]https://archive.today/v1Svq [45]https://archive.today/9n3kw [46]https://archive.today/KDp3m.

Macworld

Brianna Wu contributed an article to Macworld [47]https://archive.today/bv7uo, and weeks later, her game was publicized as “the most ambitious iOS game you’ll play this year” [48]https://archive.today/pnrHL. The author of the article, Serenity Caldwell [49]https://archive.today/FUBer [50]https://archive.today/UOAsv, does mention being in a podcast with Wu, but fails to mention their friendship and Wu’s contribution to Macworld.


Cancelled interview with Milo Yiannopoulos and attempting to crowdfund a trip

In the immediate days following her claim of being driven away from her house, she was in talks with journalist Milo Yiannopoulos in order to have an interview and hopefully bridge the gap caused by the controversy. As the arranged interview was cancelled to to Wu being unresponsive, Yiannopoulos aired his grievance and released made public some details of the planned interview [51]https://archive.today/5Hi3P [52]https://soundcloud.com/radio_nero/series-1-episode-4-threats-and-harassment [53]https://archive.today/8u86j.

According to Yiannopoulos, he gave signs of good faith by allowing her to discuss the questions to be asked beforehand and to pre-record the interview so it could be edited if she requested. Wu initially was receptive, but as the marked date approached, she did not respond, and the interview had to be cancelled. Yiannopoulos claims that initially he thought it wasn’t her fault, seeing as she was under duress (as this was long before anyone had doubts about the false nature of her claims of persectuion) and was busy with various media appointments. However, as he saw her multiple media appearances, he became convinced that she was deliberately fanning the flames of controversy and had no intention of debating.

Two items Yiannopoulos revealed of his correspondence with Wu are particularly telling.

The first one is, she claimed that she originally made the same request of an interview to Adam baldwin, a game voice actor and voval Gamergate supporter, but that he had declined. According to Yiannopoulos, that turned out to be false, as Baldwin had proposed to talk when she was at Los Angeles.

The second one detail of their correspondence is that Wu spoke privately of crowdfunding an event where people both against and pro Gamergate could meet. In other words, people would pay for Wu, Yiannopoulos and potentially other people to travel to a chosen place (Wu suggested San Francisco, a notably expensive city), stay lodged at an hotel and have dinner in order to discuss the controversy. When Yiannopoulos wrote back that he was uncomfortable with the idea of crowdfunding it ad would rather they pay for it themselves, she didn’t write further.


Admitting to and underplaying privilege

As with many other social justice advocates, privilege is a common target of her criticism [54]https://archive.today/WTI1Y. But having openly admitted to have come from an extremely privileged family [55]https://archive.today/Ax2Hh[56]https://archive.today/sfi3Z before the Gamergate controversy.

However, since then, Wu has become dismissive of her privilege, going as far as saying that receiving the hand out from her parents as “[her] initiative” [57]https://archive.today/05Dqu. In a common theme among Gamergate’s detractors, she attributed the criticisms against her as misogyny rather than acknowledge any hypocrisy on her part on the matter of privilege [58]https://archive.today/rxQDC.

Wu later tried to downplay it when talking to a GG supporter [59]http://archive.is/6pC9r[60]http://archive.is/vSIh4[61]http://archive.is/Ed0nC. Other Twitter users followed her comments by pointing out her hypocrisy [62]https://archive.today/ZrvKE[63]https://archive.today/0uaLl.


Gamerfruit

On 15 October 2014, still caught in the furor of the publicity stunt of her false claim of expulsion from home, Brianna Wu tweeted frequently to admonish people and organizations as not being diverse enough. Intending to accuse the Swedish developer DICE, she tweeted such an accusation against @diceeurope [64]https://archive.today/UtOAD, which actually belongs to a small British produce import company [65]http://companycheck.co.uk/company/05468331.

This gave origin to the Gamerfruit meme [66]https://twitter.com/search?q=%23gamerfruit, which led to one of Gamergate’s charity campaigns. It collected US$2,095.00 for the benefit of Action Against hunger USA [67]https://www.crowdrise.com/gamerfruit/fundraiser.


 

Interview with David Pakman

For more information regarding reactions to Wu’s interview with Pakman, please see David Pakman’s page.

On 27 October 2014, Brianna Wu became the first person interviewed by journalist David Pakman in a series of talks with Gamergate-related personalities.

Wu considered Pakman, who had so far not made any pronunciations on Gamergate, of being biased against her. During the interview itself, at about the 20:52 mark, she accuses Pakman of running a hit piece on her [68]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETVcInunAss.

Totalbiscuit commented on this on the Youtube, stating that she seemed to expect the interview to be a platform for her to uncritically expose her side and was surprised when Pakman contested her claims and put her on the spotlight:

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Soon after the interview, Wu took to Twitter to further her criticism of Pakman, whom she claimed was putting her “on trial” for being a victim [69]https://archive.today/T4cqM, fitting with the anti-GG narrative that casts Gamergate as a harassment campaign:

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She ends her diatribe by announcing she will “answer all these tough question [sic]” soon in an interview with journalist Glenn Fleishman [70]https://archive.today/FLFlq, with whom she was friends, and both donate to each other’s Patreons. See the appropriate section for more information.

Milo Yiannopoulos gets involved

Yiannopoulos took umbrage at supposed lies about him that Wu said in Pakman’s interview [71]https://archive.today/8Q7Ms [72]https://archive.today/yusbO [73]https://archive.today/9TMM9. This eventually led to more misunderstangs, explained on their respective pages.

Wu speaks out again

Following the drama after Pakman’s conversation with Zoe Quinn on 31 December, Wu again voiced criticism towards Pakman’s neutrality, accusing him of egocentrism and making this “about him”, which Pakman refuted [74]https://archive.today/zJFEW.

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Interview with Glenn Fleishmann and lack of disclosure

In the same day of her interview with Pakman, Wu accused of running a hit piece on her and announced she would “answer all these tough question [sic]” in an interview with Glenn Fleishman [75]https://archive.today/T4cqM.

A few facts not mentioned in that Twitter conversation are that Fleishman is a friend of Wu’s since before Gamergate or the “Quinnspiracy” controversy that preceded it [76]https://archive.today/3izMF [77]https://twitter.com/search?q=from%3Aglennf%20to%3ASpacekatgal and donated to the Kickstarter of her game Revolution 60 [78]https://archive.today/3qEvW#selection-463.0-463.15, whereas Wu has collaborated twice to Fleishman’s publication, The Magazine [79]https://archive.today/CQ6Yp [80]https://archive.today/3w6os and donated to two of his Kickstarters [81]https://archive.today/EXQU2. Thus Fleishman’s bias in the interview is a foregone conclusion [82]https://archive.today/wEkiA, as was his open stance against Gamergate as whole [83]https://archive.today/FLFlq.


 

Kickstarter and Patreon misuse

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The expected release date given was August 2014, but the PC and Mac ports remain unreleased, and there was no clarification on the status of their development, until December 2014, when Wu launched a Patreon campaign.

According to her Patreon page [85]http://www.patreon.com/user?u=439829, one of the reasons of the Patreon is to help her shipping the PC port of Revolution 60 by “[hiring] someone to work at GSX to help deal with harassment, and assist GSX in shipping Revolution 60 PC, Cupcake Crisis and further the work of women in tech.” An important and undisclosed detail is that the new employee’s goal is to collect evidence of internet harassment, seeing as she is under no physical threat, as her lie about being expelled from her home on 10 October 2014 shows.

Attempting to crowdfunding a trip to discuss Gamergate

This is explained more in the appropriate section in this page.


 

Assorted

Virulently dismissing a professional’s criticism

One of Brianna Wu’s main topics of conversation is how women are underrepresented in videogames. When confronted with facts that contradicted her alarmist notions by veteran developer David Galiel, she proceeded to get extremely defensive and dismissed the criticism as “mansplaining”, not knowing about his experience in the field [86]https://archive.today/L0NCL, and told him to “shut your mouth” [87]http://archive.is/CFoYM. Galiel has later made his point in a Storify, showing Wu further trying to silence criticism by evoking identity politics and ad hominem fallacies [88]https://archive.today/OwWwz.

According to his company’s site [89]https://archive.today/ikUYH, David Galiel worked pro bono “as Advisor to the Founder/Executive Director and the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Chicktech from 2012 to 2014″. Chicktech is a Portland-based organization that fosters the participation of women in technology careers.

Videogame can cause rape

Source [90]https://archive.today/tmboH.

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Self-victimizing over videogame violence

Source [91]https://archive.today/rr6bO [92]https://archive.today/fE5L4.

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“[I am] now one of the best known devs in the world”

Source [93]https://archive.today/zSZwz.

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Spurious accusations and self-victimization

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David Pakman

Host of the syndicated political talk show that ebars his name, broadcast for radio, television and online.

 

Involvement with Gamergate

Pakman joined the discussion when he started doing interviews with several key figures from Gamergate starting late October 2014:

Others were invited on the show but their interviews didn’t come to pass for various reasons:

  • Stephen Totilo, who on 31 October was invitated via Twitter and politely declined [1]https://archive.today/v1exp
  • Zoe Quinn, who on 31 October was invited via Twitter, accused him of “public pressure” and enabling a “hate group”, among other claims from her and her peers, especially Alex Lifschitz. Please see the sections below for more details
  • Oliver Campbell, scheduled to be interviewed on 3 November, cancelled it [2]https://archive.today/QPKfW

Public reception of Gamergate interviews

Pakman’s very first piece on Gamergate, Brianna Wu’s interview, immediately drew criticism from the anti-GG side.

Brianna Wu’s criticism

Wu considered Pakman, who had so far not made any pronunciations on Gamergate, of being biased against her. During the interview itself, at about the 20:52 mark, she accuses Pakman of running a hit piece on her [3]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETVcInunAss.

Totalbiscuit commented on this on the Youtube, stating that she seemed to expect the interview to be a platform for her to uncritically expose her side and was surprised when Pakman contested her claims and put her on the spotlight:

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Soon after the interview, Wu took to Twitter to further her criticism of Pakman, whom she claimed was putting her “on trial” for being a victim [4]https://archive.today/T4cqM, fitting with the anti-GG narrative that casts Gamergate as a harassment campaign:

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She ends her diatribe by announcing she will “answer all these tough question [sic]” soon in an interview with journalist Glenn Fleishman. A few facts not mentioned in that Twitter conversation are that Fleishman is a friend of Wu’s since before Gamergate or the “Quinnspiracy” controversy that preceded it [5]https://archive.today/3izMF [6]https://twitter.com/search?q=from%3Aglennf%20to%3ASpacekatgal and donated to the Kickstarter of her game Revolution 60 [7]https://archive.today/3qEvW#selection-463.0-463.15, whereas Wu has collaborated twice to Fleishman’s publication, The Magazine [8]https://archive.today/CQ6Yp [9]https://archive.today/3w6os and donated to two of his Kickstarters [10]https://archive.today/EXQU2. Thus Fleishman’s bias in the interview is a foregone conclusion [11]https://archive.today/wEkiA, as was his open stance against Gamergate as whole [12]https://archive.today/FLFlq.

Milo Yiannopoulos gets involved

Yiannopoulos took umbrage at supposed lies about him that Wu said in Pakman’s interview [13]https://archive.today/8Q7Ms [14]https://archive.today/yusbO [15]https://archive.today/9TMM9. This eventually led to more misunderstangs, explained on their respective pages.

Ben Kuchera’s preventive refusal

On 31 October, after receiving Totilo’s recusal for an interview, David Pakman lamented that they were having trouble finding anti-GG people to be on the show [16]https://archive.today/4oHHz. After a random commenter suggested he ask Ben Kuchera, the latter preventively recused himself with a peculiar message that compared Gamergate to creationists [17]https://archive.today/7N7dU. This reinforced the anti-GG narrative that GG, as a harassment campaign, has no merit whatsoever and doesn’t even deserve to be debated.

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Zoe Quinn’s invitation

Still on 31 October, as Pakman sought for more anti-GG voices to be interviewed, he tweeted at Zoe Quinn asking if she would like to be interviewed. She immediately responded by accusing him of applying “public pressure” against people [18]https://archive.today/U4oSF especially with GG’s “interference” involved [19]https://archive.today/hurQE, and of legitimizing a “hate group” via a golden mean fallacy [20]https://archive.today/LnIH4, before refusing the offer and requesting further conversations to be in private [21]https://archive.today/5IrEF.

The implication of her accusations, in keeping with the standard anti-GG narrative, is that Gamergate has no valid points and isn’t even worthy of being discussed. As Pakman defended himself from these accusations, she further berated him for not asking in private [22]https://archive.today/b3H77 [23]https://archive.today/qXHmb. He apologized, claiming her replies were appearing out of order because of the software he was using, Hootsuite.

Still later on 31 October, Alex Lifschitz went on a rant because of Pakman’s requests for an interview. It’s pretty much impossible to highlight the most egregious tweets because it was effectively a day-long tantrum [24]https://archive.today/L57Ze.

Regardless, on 1 November Quinn mentioned responded to David Pakman to talk about a possible interview deal in private [25]https://archive.today/39CUy [26]https://archive.today/h0W7V. As of yet, she wasn’t interviewed by Pakman.

Source: 8chan

Source: 8chan

The same day, Pakman mentioned on Twitter how he had received many accusations of “leading a hate mob against women” simply for stating his neutrality regarding GG during the previous day’s fracas with Zoe Quinn [27]https://archive.today/SinMV.

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Wu piles on again

Following the multiple attacks on Pakman that followed the fracas with Zoe Quinn on 31 October, Wu again weighed in against Pakman, accusing him of egocentrism and making this “about him”, which Pakman refuted [28]https://archive.today/zJFEW.

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Arthur Chu’s criticism

The interview with Arthur Chu happened on November 4.

The second and so far last anti-GG figure to be interviewed by Pakman, Arthur Chu already had demonstrated animosity towards Pakman due to perceived victim harassment when offering her an interview [29]https://archive.today/iAFxm [30]https://archive.today/gvlvY.

Chu started openly criticizing Pakman soon after the interview was done [31]https://archive.today/4HzQT, to Pakman’s apparent surprise as he claims they agreed more often than not on the topics discussed. Later Chu claimed that his contention was that “the shows were set up as ‘Gotcha!’ zingers and whaddya know we did a half-hour on zinging me” [32]https://archive.today/6HBsZ, which Pakman denied [33]https://archive.today/qdrBO, without any proof presented by Chu.

Throughtout these Twitter conversations, Chu tries to smear Pakman’s reputation by claiming he is an unethical journalist who owes his career to a 2010 interview with Glenn Miller [34]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNrKqjYfv74 [35]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH93qfvnxls, a white supremacist who came to national attention on 13 April 2014 after a shooting rampage in a Jewish retirement community [36]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overland_Park_Jewish_Community_Center_shooting. Pakman and other Twitter users point out that the interview happened literally years before Miller’s crimes, which makes Chu’s accusations of sensationalism patently false, and moreover the interview tapes were handed as evidence to the FBI. However Chu still insisted that Miller’s 2010 interview and 2014 rampage where the springboard of Pakman’s career, while claiming his feud with Pakman wasn’t due to Gamergate but due to Pakman being only interested in “dirt” on his interviewees.

Days later, Arthur Chu put his contention in more simple, honest terms.

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Yet a few days later, Chu wrote an article for The Daily Beast against Gamergate. Beside the usual narrative of misogyny and self-denefnse from personal accusations, he took the time to write Pakman “seems to enjoy doing sensationalistic clickbait interviews for the attention and the fireworks, without considering whether they make any positive impact” [37]https://archive.today/u511N. Pakman responded in a tweet that Chu had shown no objections to their research process at the time of the interview but now rants about how it’s “evil” [38]https://archive.today/W8H0j.


Further defamation and David Pakman’s defense

Besides rebuttals on Twitter seen in the section above, David Pakman has saw fit to follow the series of interviews with a few video “editorials” of sorts.

Pakman’s position on Gamergate itself

In the first non-interview video about Gamergate [39]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9fiz35EP2I published on November 10, Pakman clarifies his position on GG itself. Claiming to be accused of bias for both sides and that he accepts neither label, he explains he clearly sees harassment and trolling coming from both sides, states that issues of sexism misogyny clearly exists but has not be presented with evidence that such issues are worse in the gaming industry than elsewhere, and that it’s clear that there’s no doubt about collusion in gaming journalism even tho obviously the field is obviously not a serious matter in the grand scheme of things. In the next video, he clarified that tho neutral in the issue, he sympathized more with the anti-GG side.

CBC misidentification

In the second “editorial” video about GG [40]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kC7s7tfaEc, Pakman shares past instances where he was misidentified in the press (once as a former neo-Nazi, once as a dead gay suicidal teenager), and now it has happened again, thanks to CBC’s piece on Gamergate [41]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELZXPvdH9AY from 13 November.

During the segment, as the voiceover says that Gamergate began as a hashtag for the discussion of ethics in gaming journalism but has degenerated into a harassment campaign, the camera shows tweets and videos of several different people on the pro-GG side. Due to this lack of clarity, it can be implied that these specific people were labeled as either common gamers discussing ethics or harassers, and among the visible people is Greg Pakman. Worse still, the footage of Pakman that they used was precisely his previous video, where he states his neutrality. So the CBC article not only spuriously implies several people might be harassers, but it demonstrates they didn’t do any research at all in showing David Pakman as pro-GG at all.

The third “editorial” video is about CBC’s clarification e-mail to Pakman regarding the use of his image on the segment [42]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_782j_Cev8. It states that they didn’t imply he was a harasser, as his footage appears right as the voiceover mentions “initially a hashtag for the dicussion of ethics…”. However, it also states that his footage was chosen because he was an “early adopter” of GG discussion, which Pakman himself denies, claiming himself a latecomer to the debate. Thus the charge that CBC’s segment was badly researched remained.

ggautoblocker misidentification

During the fiasco of IGDA’s endorsement of the ggautoblocker program, it turned out that David Pakman’s personal twitter, @dpakman, was listed as one of the 10,000+ “harassers” within Gamergate [43]https://archive.today/d7WUG#selection-4902.1-4951.7, despite the fact that his maain account, @davidpakmanshow, had been whitelisted long before [44]https://github.com/freebsdgirl/ggautoblocker/commit/9fe7878983450b33f9fd716ae3799a2bd14b6e68

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36. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overland_Park_Jewish_Community_Center_shooting
37. https://archive.today/u511N
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39. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9fiz35EP2I
40. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kC7s7tfaEc
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42. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_782j_Cev8
43. https://archive.today/d7WUG#selection-4902.1-4951.7
44. https://github.com/freebsdgirl/ggautoblocker/commit/9fe7878983450b33f9fd716ae3799a2bd14b6e68
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IGDA

International Game Developers Association. A non-profit organization that represents the interests of developers with over 90 chapters spread accross all continents. Mostly staffed by volunteers with very few actual employees, IGDA works more as a structure for its individual chapters to organize events than to actually work as a trade association.

 

Threat of blacklisting by founder

Ernest Adams, founder of IGDA [1]https://archive.today/pel4K altho not holding an official position, made a tweet on 24 October 2014 threatening supporters of Gamergate [2]https://archive.today/OM5aw. He argued that he was not threatening anyone by itself but merely saying that other professionals in the industry would remember who supported Gamergate. However, his support of the narrative that paints GG as a harassment campaign implies that GG supporters are by definition harassers and thus all of them warrant discrimination. This led to charges of blacklisting [3]https://archive.today/BhZiE.

This was considered particularly damning considering IGDA claims to “serv[e] all invididuals creating games” and states in itself: “Mission: To advance the careers and enhance the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community.” [4]https://archive.today/4F4bJ

He has since deleted the controversial tweet.


 

ggautoblocker fiasco

Preamble: what is ggautoblocker

The ggautoblocker tool was developed by Randi Harper a.k.a. freebsdgirl to crawl Twitter, its goal being generating a list of Twitter accounts which followed more than one of the “ringleaders” of Gamergate. According to the initial readme [5]https://github.com/freebsdgirl/ggautoblocker/commit/f970f83dcef698bbbf95a1b9180616a44b5e6af3:

Takes a list of the 4 major idiots of GG, looks at their follower lists. Generatees a list of sheeple following more than one account.

This “idiot” blacklist (not the same as the “sheeple” list the algorithm generated based on the “idiot” blacklist) initially was composed of @CHSommers, @AdamBaldwin, @FartToContinue and @PlayDangerously [6]https://github.com/freebsdgirl/ggautoblocker/commit/0985008332c81d23e131862a496d41940ea52303. Also included was a whitelist, which initially consisted solely of @gamergatetxt. The “idiot” blacklist was constantly updated to add or remove the Twitter handles major supporters of Gamergate. The various alterations to the blacklist and whitelist can be seen here, here and here.

Based on these initial blacklist and whitelist, the algorithm generates a much bigger list of people to be blocked by anti-GG people in their Twitter accounts. However, the very design of the algorithm is severely flawed as it takes guilt by association to an extreme degree. See the next section for examples on the many shortcomings of the list generated by ggautoblocker.

IGDA recommends ggautoblocker

In 19 November 2014, IGDA posted an “Online Harassment Resource” aimed at game developers [7]https://archive.today/hEXWi. Among the various valuable tips and guides for helping game developers cope with harassers, it included a link to ggautoblocker, described as “[a] Twitter tool to block some of the worst offenders in the recent wave of harassment” [8]https://archive.today/yEhbK#selection-2317.0-2317.84. The description was changed to “[a] third-party Twitter tool developed to quickly mass block some of the worst offenders in the recent wave of harassment and also accounts that follow those offenders” [9]https://archive.today/hdmqF#selection-2333.0-2339.1 to clarify that ggautoblocker’s author was not affiliated with IGDA itself.

Initial complaints from pro-GG people about “authoritarianism” and “censorship” were rightfully dismissed as pointless, seeing as any person is entitled to talk only to whomever they want. The controversy begins, however, with the endorsement of ggautoblocker by the IGDA. The move was seen as extremely unprofessional for several reasons: the extremely flawed algorithm itself; its users’ conflation that presence on the list was tantamount to harassment or enablement thereof; and the IGDA’s claims of impartiality towards all game developers. These three factors added together made it implied but clear that IGDA itself was condemning a massive amount of people, some of which completely unrelated to the GG debacle, as harassers.

IGDA’s Online Harassment Resource was later ammended again to remove the link to ggautoblocker altogether [10]https://archive.today/GdAbv.

Non-comprehensive list of blocked accounts

Randi Harper keeps a Twitter account called @randi_ebooks which has itself blocked the entire list generated by her algorithm [11]https://archive.today/OKfoO, which can be easily transferred between Twitter accounts thanks to the Blocktogether site [12]https://archive.today/2amKc. As of the time of writing, the list blocks 10425 Twitter accounts of “harassers” [13]https://archive.today/d7WUG, with a few search-friendly Pastebin of all account names  [14]http://pastebin.com/2TmDLdJZ [15]http://pastebin.com/YjUk8yQn [16]http://pastebin.com/DyphBBLt [17]http://pastebin.com/0QMyMhXY. The people in this latest list of “harassers” include but it’s definitely not limited to:


Reactions to the ggautoblocker fiasco

Media blackout

As of the time of writing, not a single one of the main videogame news sites has reported on IGDA’s endorsement of ggautoblocker.

“Blacklist.txt” changed to “sourcelist.txt”

Following the controversy of IDGA’s endorsement of ggautoblocker, Randi Harper, in spite of not making any concessions for the lack of quality of her program, changed the name of the included file “blacklist.txt” to “sourcelist.txt” in a suitably inflammatory and unapologetic note [18]https://archive.today/bKpNJ. The change was seen as disingenuous at best [19]https://archive.today/qHANZ.

Response from blacklisted individuals

Robert Rosario

One of the most notable inclusions in the massive blocklist was that of Robert Rosario, chairman of the Puerto Rican chapter of IGDA itself and who had pointed out his neutrality towards the Gamergate debacle before [20]https://archive.today/Jbgtd [21]https://archive.today/UtmDQ. He has expressed his displeasure at being labelled a harasser on several tweets starting on November 21, indignant at being labelled a harasser without any evidence [22]https://archive.today/qitc8, to the point of threatening resignation of his position within IGDA.

When some anti-GG claimed he was guilty by association of being misogynist [23]https://archive.today/L9FAs [24]https://archive.today/YYkM8 [25]https://archive.today/jtmt6 [26]https://archive.today/F2gxo, he pointed out his contributions to anti-SOPA measures and pro-feminist activism. He also disparaged Randi harper’s ability as a programmer, as shown by the flawed results of her algorithm.

Randi Harper herself still laid the blame squarely at Rosario himself for “follow[ing] known harassers of women” and said he should apply to be whitelisted [27]https://archive.today/4N80J, to which Rosario responded that he shouldn’t have to defend himself against completely proof-less accusations in the first place, claiming it to be “pre-crime” and harassment.

Sdoctmd

A feminist, social justice advocate and early supporter of Gamergate who decided to distance himself from the it because of what they saw as toxic personalities intruding in on it. They have argued in the past that their awareness and support of Gamergate came from reading Eron Gjoni’s initial testimony. It led them to make the series of videos Understanding the Zoepost [28]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_UKErD0uGQ, wherein they explained how they saw in it a pattern of abusive behavior on Quinn’s part towards Gjoni, and thus argued that the widespread support that Quinn received was in effect enabling an abuser.

Even tho now distanced from GG, Sdoctmd saw themself in IGDA’s endorsed blocklist and thus cut off from their intended debating audience of gaming feminists. As they explained in a post in the subreddit Kotaku In Action [29]https://archive.today/Rukio:

But, the GG AutoBlocker, ironically enough, is hurting my ability to share my feminist views. I cannot discuss gender roles if I’m #1990 on the GG AutoBlocker. Why? Many of the people using the AutoBlocker are part of my demographic base. They are intersectional feminists interested in gender discourse within gaming. They are people who would view my project, and see what I have to say about harassment, emotional abuse, and gender representation in video gaming.

[…]But now we can no longer engage with our role models and base, because the AutoBlocker has rudely and inappropriately labeled us as “harassers.” And, choice or not, this kind of block list is seriously hurtful for a lot of us. We’re effectively blocked out from communicating with other feminists. Why? Because we (and thousands others) were curious enough to follow two people in an algorithm.

Several developers via Tech Raptor

Openly pro-GG website Tech Raptor has published an article compiling the opinions of several game developers on IGDA’s ggautoblocker endorsement [30]https://archive.today/obAzo.

Mothership Team

As a development studio who has stood neutral in regards to GG, Mothership Team has been tweeting their disagreement with IGDA’s use of the ggautoblocker list since 22 November [31]https://archive.today/wizNf. As IGDA removed their endorsement of the tool, Mothership reiterated their membership and support of IGDA’s mission [32]https://archive.today/4woqj [33]https://archive.today/J6m4q. Despite their continued neutrality, they cited a pro-GG interview [34]https://archive.today/R0ehG to reiterate that such lists have a malignant effect on developers’ employability.

GravTech Games

IGDA’s endorsement of ggautoblocker has driven the small game studio GravTech Games from a neutral stance to being openly pro-GG since 22 November [35]https://archive.today/lUNwN, and proceeded to do an AMA on the Kotaku In Action subreddit [36]https://archive.today/g1Y0M.

Ahsley Ross

Altho not included in ggautoblocker’s list, indie developer Ashley Ross has voiced criticism of IGDA’s endorsement of what amounts to a blacklist on the subreddit Kotaku In Action [37]https://archive.today/k689u. He had made his point before that he agreed with Gamergate’s stated goals but wasn’t a supporter, but still he had this to add to the initial post:

UPDATE Since posting this just a few hours ago, I’ve lost several friends including some that I was working on a game with. No words, just blocked, unfollowed, unfriended, removed on all social media.
I try to remain an open mind on this stuff. I really really try. As I stated, I don’t support gamergate, but agree with the stated goals. I try not to let my social media be an echo chamber, I have friends with differing views.
I’ll tell you what though, the ‘other side’ is making it increasingly harder to sympathize with. Not only in shooting down any attempt at discussion, but also going as far as to remove themselves from a friends life? That’s just crazy to me.
[…]
This is a fair warning to devs out there, if you even appear to support GamerGate, even agree with one thing in it, then prepare to have your career destroyed. I know I have. I don’t know if it’s 100% because of GamerGate, or if it’s because of some other factor, but in the past 3 months I’ve made less than 10% in contract work, and my game sales dropped to 0 except in one instance where I shamefully ‘ebegged’. I don’t want to call my career over, but it’s certainly had a huge hit these past few months.

APG Nation

Pro-GG videogame website APG Nation left implied a threat of legal action [38]https://archive.today/kp7dg.

Brennan Williams

Reacted with a lesson in good humor [39]https://archive.today/NsofX.

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5. https://github.com/freebsdgirl/ggautoblocker/commit/f970f83dcef698bbbf95a1b9180616a44b5e6af3
6. https://github.com/freebsdgirl/ggautoblocker/commit/0985008332c81d23e131862a496d41940ea52303
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27. https://archive.today/4N80J
28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_UKErD0uGQ
29. https://archive.today/Rukio
30. https://archive.today/obAzo
31. https://archive.today/wizNf
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33. https://archive.today/J6m4q
34. https://archive.today/R0ehG
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36. https://archive.today/g1Y0M
37. https://archive.today/k689u
38. https://archive.today/kp7dg
39. https://archive.today/NsofX
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GameJournoPros

A mailing list for several gaming journalism professionals. It’s membership and some conversations were leaked by member William Usher.

 

Reveal

On 17 September, Milo Yiannopoulos published an article about a mailing list of several gaming journalists called Game Journalist Professionals a.k.a GameJournoPros [1]https://archive.today/5iLCl, followed by another one the next day [2]https://archive.today/ypaNu and a dump of the e-mails corcerning Zoe Quinn [3]https://archive.today/u397Q

Yiannopoulos published two more articles in the following weeks [4]https://archive.today/TuCns [5]https://archive.today/EV7kl.

Accidental reveal of leaker

On 20 September, Yiannopoulos posted screenshots showing the membership list of GameJournoPros [6]https://archive.today/vXylK, accidentally revealing his source in the process [7]https://archive.today/4gDOM. He deleted the tweet about an hour later. On 22 September, the leaker, William Usher, claimed there was no harm done [8]https://archive.today/gTvlJ.

Former members

On 6 November, Usher revealed in his Twitter the names of four former users of GameJournoPros [9]https://archive.today/i6gNp. Among them were Leigh Alexander, who is on record as stating she wasn’t a member [10]https://archive.today/utUDS, altho she quit a few months before the “gamers are adead” controversy [11]https://archive.today/eGYk5.


Creation

All of the information in this section comes from a single article by William Usher, the leaker of GameJournoPros [12]https://archive.today/aIteI.

Started on 31 August 2010 by Kyle Orland, senior gaming editor at Ars Technica, and was ostensibly modelled after JournoList, the controversial Google Group which had been closed down a few months prior due to evidence of collusion between its members, American liberal reporters, to push specific narratives.

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A little less than a month after the list’s creation, Ben Kuchera, then senior editor at Penny Arcade Report, joined it. Orland spcifically mentioned that Kuchera’s recommendationis what caused him to land his job at Ars Technica, which goes a long way towards explaining the influence Kuchera had on GameJournoPros.

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According to Usher, Kuchera utilized this influence unduly on several occasions in the list’s discussions:

You see, this explains why Kuchera had such pull in the Game Journo Pros, why fellow member Ryan Smith was nearly kicked out of the group for snidely putting Kuchera in check on one occasion, and why Kuchera was allowed to bully Greg Tito in an attempt to close down the The Escapist’s #GamerGate discussion thread – a thread, I might add, that only stayed open thanks to a lot of intervention from The Escapist co-founder Alexander Macris, the same man who completely reorganized all of Defy Media’s ethics policies following the early days of #GamerGate.

The attempt to get Greg Tito to censor discussion of Gamergate on The Escapist is mentioned in more detail below.


 

“Quinnspiracy” narrative collusion

Yiannopoulos’ articles claimed that several members of the list used it to practice collusion, by planning concerted narrative efforts between supposed rival publications. The focus of Yiannopoulos exposé was a thread about the “Quinnspiracy” controversy, where some of the journalists, most notably Ben Kuchera, argued about penning “signal boosting” articles on Zoe Quinn’s support or if they should just ignore the issue. Kuchera himself had financial ties to Quinn in the form of Patreon support [13]https://archive.today/48pVJ. In that thread there was an attempt to pressure Greg Tito, editor-in-chief of The Escapist, into closing down discussion of Gamergate on its forums [14]https://archive.today/u397Q. It should be noted that The Escapist was one of the very few of the big gaming sites that did not ban discussion of the topic.

Other members voiced their worry at the ethics of this and chose to stay away.

Members of GameJournoPros defended the list as simple networking between colleagues [15]https://archive.today/LhhIT which might have been true for most of the list’s discussions.

The charges of collusion were further reinforced with another scandal, this one surrounding Allistar Pinsof.


Involvement in Allistair Pinsof’s dismissal

Please see the appropriate section in the Allistair Pinsof page.


 

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Brad Wardell

Game and software developer with 20 years of experience, CEO and founder of Stardock.

 

Stardock lawsuits and Kotaku’s coverage

In August 2012, Brad Wardell’s company Stardock filed a lawsuit against a former employee over her supposed participation in damaging the production of the 2010 game Elemental [1]https://archive.today/Jshoz. On its article about this, Kotaku’s Kate Cox brought up a past lawsuit from 2010 when the same employee accused Wardell of sexual harassment [2]https://archive.today/JTUza. The article went on to draw conclusions about Stardock’s lawsuit having an ulterior, retaliatory nature.

When Kotaku published its one-sided article accusing Stardock’s Brad Wardell of sexual harassment, Ben Kuchera, then at Penny Arcade Report, “signal-boosted” Kotaku’s article [3]https://web.archive.org/web/20130827020524/http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/brad-wardell-of-stardock-sued-for-sexual-harassment-with-some-pretty-damnin. As the URL shows, the original name of Kuchera’s link was called “Stardock CEO Brad Wardell sued for sexual harassment, with some pretty damning evidence”. The latter part was soon edited to “some heavy allegations” as it became clear that Kotaku’s article was heavily flawed, drawing all its accusations from one side of the litigation, namely that of Wardell accuser, and had never sought Wardell to hear his side of the story.

Both lawsuits were later dismissed with prejudice upon a settlement that involved the former employee issueing a public apology [4]https://archive.today/STvyf, and Kotaku updated the original article to add this fact [5]https://archive.today/jIiw8.

harassment

Wardell has since then claimed on his personal blog and Twitter that Kotaku’s article was badly researched and one-sided to the point where it caused distress to his family. During Gamergate, as part of a series of interviews with developers, The Escapist talked to Wardell [6]Page 1, page 2, page 3, who provided further information on the results of the lawsuits and Kotaku’s article, among other topics concerning GG, claiming that his immediate family was harassed and to this day his and his company’s reputations are undeservedly tarnished because of Kotaku’s article.

He further delved into the matter on more in-depth posts on his blog [7]https://archive.today/soMBN.


 

Apologies from the media

So far, there have been only two apologies directed at Wardell regarding his slandering by the media.

One was by James Fudge, member of the now-closed GameJournoPros list and editor of GamePolitics [8]https://archive.today/ejbOU. It was among of the sites that echoed the initial one-sided allegations against Wardell in 2012 [9]https://archive.today/9POHM.

The other apology came from Damion Schubert, developer and vocal anti-GG blogger [10]https://archive.today/1NLM0. Although having never a member of the press himself, he apologized for not being critical of Kotaku’s claims, which he condemned.


 

Smear campaign

On 2 December 2014, Wardell was accused by Zoe Quinn of offering a job to the artist of Shredded Moose, who drew a pornographic strip involving her, clearly implying that said job offer was because of said cartoon and a shared bias as both of them have pro-GG views [11]https://archive.today/YHBhU [12]https://archive.today/tNjVB. The fact that the supposed offer happened on 1 November, over a month before she complained on Twitter, later compounded claims of ill will, discussed at teh end of the article.

Wardell refuted both accusations, stating that he didn’t offer a job but merely stated to the artist in question that his company was accepting applications, and pointed out that he extended the same invitation to Quinn herself a year before. He further stated that he routinely tells people who express interest in games in Twitter that they can apply to Stardock.

Later in the day, Wardell said he wasn’t aware that the pornographic strip existed [13]https://archive.today/AExhJ [14]https://archive.today/Q7lfU [15]https://archive.today/lDubh [16]https://archive.today/DkXTY [17]https://archive.today/srnrX, as the artist deleted it from his site soon after publishing it months ago, and the remaining strips aren’t graphical [18]https://archive.today/aZrph.

 

As the argument escalated, Quinn referenced back to the sexual harassment case discussed in the sections above, and some of Quinn’s friends and journalists weighed in, including John Walker from Rock Paper Shotgun [19]https://archive.today/jzcNs [20]https://archive.today/QcMLa [21]https://archive.today/OfWxp, Jim Sterling [22]https://archive.today/SMu2S, Ian Miles Cheong [23]https://archive.today/VR1v9, Brianna Wu [24]https://archive.today/udYoZ, Chris Kluwe [25]https://archive.today/hsBxW [26]https://archive.today/G5VXi, Arthur Chu [27]https://archive.today/V5ASk and Alex Lifschitz [28]https://archive.today/EfYTR [29]https://archive.today/twDIz.

As mentioned before, Wardell wasn’t even aware of the offending stip until after this blew up [30]https://archive.today/AExhJ [31]https://archive.today/Q7lfU [32]https://archive.today/lDubh [33]https://archive.today/DkXTY [34]https://archive.today/srnrX [35]https://archive.today/SKuZd [36]https://archive.today/4JVQg [37]https://archive.today/98T5H [38]https://archive.today/1V5NM [39]https://archive.today/1aool:

Wardell claims ill will from Quinn

Wardell claims that Quinn hasn’t displayed any good will, as demonstrated by a conversation from 2013, altho it took place before the suits Wardell was involved in were dismissed [40]https://archive.today/y9dJZ. However, Quinn brought these claims up again in her 2 December accusations. Compounded by the fact that the supposed “job offer” had happened a month before on 1 November, and that Wardell wasn’t even aware f the offending strip until this blew up, it seems this was a wholly false accusation created to garner attention and smear Brad Wardell’s reputation further.


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