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Scandal in the Gaming Community: Elite Gaming Journalists Collude to Censor Stories

By | Sep 19, 2014 06:30 AM EDT
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A recently revealed mailing list allegedly shows several gaming journalists across America discussing what to cover, what to ignore and their approach to breaking news.

This scandal is being called "Gamergate."

It seems to show a number of editors, reporters and even gaming sites have banded together to shape the industry's attitude towards certain events. Those involved fix all their plans using the private mailing list.

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High-profile editors, reporters, and reviewers from famous gaming sites like Polygon, Ars Technica, and Kotaku have been revealed as part of this gaming list.

Apart from letting fellow journalists know what to write about, these people also discourage other reporters from covering stories that go against their own agendas.

The news website, Breitbart, has been privy to private emails of the sort and has gained access to the private mailing list, ensuring the phenomenon is real.

Gamergate began with a game developer named Zoe Quinn.

The whole storm began when an ex-boyfriend of Quinn revealed she had been having sex with influential people in the gaming industry to get her indie game, Depression Quest, greenlit on Steam. These people were also included in the list.

From the email in the private mailing list, Breitbart read about several journalists coming to Quinn's aid and chiding other journalists for not doing the same.

Emails from Ben Kuchera, a writer for Ars Technica and The Penny Arcade Report, show how he repeatedly pressures other journalists and editors to take down material against Quinn.

Breitbart says the emails confirms "the widely-held suspicion that video game journalists operate with one voice and collude on major issues to distort coverage of ethics violations and to support figures to whom they are politically sympathetic."

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