#GamerGate: Destructoid Updates Disclosure Policies Due To Controversy, Thank You

One Angry Gamer "Thank you, Destructoid. You’ve at least taken notice and taken a step in the right direction. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, the company recently released a statement about disclosure and maintaining some form of transparency in the industry relating to the ties their writers have with the game developers."

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PeaSFor1534d ago

good blog, two thumbs up!

(oh and THREE thumbs up for Dale North!)

Chapter111533d ago

"Destructoid has so far not been entrenched in the bull-crap of crapping on people like all those other uppity hipster sites who probably consider themselves writing and critiquing “interactive emotional entertainment thought experiences”.

Screw that crap, I would rather play video games."

Who is this writing claiming is the biased one exactly?

Deadpool6161533d ago

Now we're getting somewhere. The only thing that's still unsettling to me is...

5. *Powers that be attempt to censor the entire freaking internet [N4G, Reddit, NeoGAF, forums, etc.]

Whoever had the reach to do that is still a mystery. When that happened, it really showed us how deeply insidious this situation was. That person or those people are still hiding in the shadows watching.

mixelon1533d ago

Surely that was just individual people in positions of moderator power doing their jobs and not some conspiracy spanning multiple sites. Nobody has the reach to do that. XD

Deadpool6161533d ago

We will see. It's not over yet.

mixelon1533d ago

So.. Many publications have addressed this now. Although I laugh at Destructoid's indignant "we don't do clickbait" .. ooook.

The transparency thing is clearly being considered and most publications are going out of their way to mention gg and where they stand on it. Even ones who's opinions don't aline with the hard-liners. Nobody should be expecting their full agreement with some of the stuff being posted lately.

So.. Mechanically, what more is there left to do other than boycott publications you don't like? Are we reaching an impasse?

WilliamUsher1533d ago

I think we'll see a real narrative shift if the movement just gets mainstream.

Right now press is suppressing everything with their own spin. This needs to change.

Also, Phil Fish just got outed in a racketeering scam, so he's probably going to jail.

Also, IndieCade and IGF apparently were involved in some fraud, so there might be an FBI investigation into that.

We're far from done. There's still much work to do, but don't worry about it. Everyone on the outside just gets to sit and watch the fireworks happen.

mixelon1532d ago

Except all the racketeering & IGF stuff is completely soaked in conspiracy and wishful thinking by people who want to discredit everyone on the opposing side. - IGF have addressed this.

John Blow has also spoken out about how the timeline of some of these theories makes *absolutely* no sense.

At this point people are going to extreme lengths to support the beliefs they've already bought into and are building a whole narrative around it. (much like many accused the "progressives" of doing)

Personally I think this whole thing is going to peter out soon. Like everything controversial ultimately does.

rainslacker1533d ago

Transparency policies only mean something if a company abides by them. Heck, head of Kotaku made a statement which I guess can be considered a transparency policy, but they obviously aren't following it.

Anyhow, i think since Gamergate is getting so much attention, some of the bigger sites may be willing to offer up both sides of the issues. A factually researched article that can be unbiased on a major site that has up to now been silent on the issue could do wonders to help with more positive discourse on the actual issues. It would also help send some of these sites which have been really terrible these past couple weeks to an early grave.

So, yes we can boycott, and I think that's starting to happen. But it'd be nice to see a major site actually start giving equal coverage to both sides and stop trying to paint a narrative that doesn't actually exist. Social media has turned the tide somewhat on this whole situation, it wasn't the "official" gaming press that did anything, so there is still some concern on why some of these sites decided to stay out of it.

mixelon1532d ago

In Kotaku's case they clearly can't go back and make themselves more transparent retroactively. XD They'll probably do okay with it now.

They probably don't think both sides deserve equal coverage. If they aired ALL of the tin foil hat shenanigans I've seen around here of late - where do you stop? If they do a big post refuting things on a point by point basis they'd be getting into a debate they have no interest in. (I'm just trying to get into their shoes here)

Some of it's akin to having a debate with creationists. There's no point legitimising some of this stuff with a response, it just elevates it to a level of perceived merit. It doesn't take a very stringent investigation to prove a lot of the accusations shaky - and if you take out all those troublesome bits, people are going to complain when you post a "half-arsed" version with their favourite parts of the story missing.

I still think people should keep at it if they're passionate about it and make well supported points. Then it WILL get picked up if and when the aggressive types have quietened down. It'd be good to report on after the fact too, as a social thing.

rainslacker1532d ago

Don't get me wrong. I would give Kotaku the ability to redeem itself, but some of their stories as of late are terribly offensive to the gaming community. A lot of that comes from not showing both sides of the story, and certainly taking an extreme stance on the other side. I'm not saying that they should go and start reporting "facts" that some conspiracy theorist like to put out there, but do some actual work and follow up on if these facts are true.

What's going on now is journalistic gold. There's corruption, sex, grass-roots movements, shady deals, and cover-ups. Not all the info out there about it is true, but some of it is, and as a gamer, some of it has me concerned.

Kotaku, being a news outlet, is obliged to give both sides of the story. That's what reporting the news is. It is possible to offer both sides of the story in an unbiased manner. I've seen amateur bloggers do it. The opinions should be reserved for editorial after the factual articles are written, whether through opinion pieces(which should always remain professions), or through comment sections and follow up stories that talk about new information on the story. Instead, editorial is being passed off as news, and it's completely unethical, sensational, and a disservice to the reader.

As far as the debate with, I'll say an extreme viewpoint, that's not what most people are asking for. They're asking for their side to be represented and not vilified because of it's own sides extremes. I don't think that's too much to ask for. They're asking for transparency, and they're asking for the corruption that festers within the gaming press to stop(it's been going on long before this and it's not all about sex).

I agree with your last paragraph. The tide is changing, and while it may not be a mainstream thing, it's become too big for some of the major publications to keep ignoring, and they will have to address it, if only to state what their own policies are on transparency and journalistic ethics.

OverlordMao1533d ago

destructoid editors are well known to be sjw...

mixelon1532d ago

What a load of hogwash. Some of those guys are great, regardless of whether you agree with their opinions on social issues.

How does disagreeing with you make them any less fit to cover games?

Also SJW is a completely meaningless term. Totally. Means nothing.