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Brianna Wu: "Our Tactics for Gamergate are Outdated"

Game developer Biranna Wu writes "I’ve been thinking a lot about Gamergate and where we’re going from here. A lot of you may have seen the Patreon I started this week. I’d like to talk to you about my reasoning in starting that, why the Patreon helps everyone, and what I think should happen next.

I want people to know, this nightmare is not over for the women targeted. It’s worse than it’s ever been. I woke up yesterday to Gamergate writing rape fiction about Zoe and publishing it on Kindle. I had a stalker post pictures of my house, its layout, my neighborhood, my husband and my pets this week. Gamergaters have been threatening to knock on my door and intimidate me in person.

The truth is, guns have come to paradise. Videogames now have their own Tea Party, and it is Gamergate. We cannot reason with them. Just like the Obama birthers demanding proof that he’s an American citizen, nothing will reach these people. "

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mopground1090d ago

some pretty hefty accusations there

uth111090d ago

She's been busted for lying about being driven out of her house by harassment.

And of course when David Pakman asked why she publicized her "threats" instead of going to law enforcement and NOT publicizing them as they would recommend, she accused him of doing a hit piece on her.

She keeps inserting herself into the GG debate. People need to just ignore her.

Anon19741090d ago (Edited 1090d ago )

I'm not sure I know why I'm bothering commenting as with any article regarding Brianna Wu you can almost hear the impending mob chants of "burn the witch" starting up before the comments are flooded with attacks against her person...but here goes...

She's been busted for lying about being driven out of her house by harassment? You mean because she returned home with multiple people from time to time? How is that "lying" about being driven out exactly? Does being "driven out" mean never to return under any circumstance, otherwise it's a lie?

And accused him of doing a hit piece? According to Pakman, maybe. She felt a bit ambushed and apparently contacted him afterwards to discuss the interview and give her feedback, and Pakman ran to Twitter to sensationalize the whole thing. Wu said she just wanted to have an after interview talk and there were no hard feelings. Pakman asked the question and she was very clear that she refused to be silenced in the face of this harassment.

I'm not defending her but you're dismissing her claims based on these two points. Wouldn't it just be easier to consider what she has to say and comment on that rather then just going straight into personal attack mode?

Based on her experiences as she's outlined them, can you blame her for holding the opinion she does about Gamergate? I mean, if it's about ethics in journalism, why would a single Gamergate supporter even engage her in conversation, let alone send thousands of #GamerGate tagged messages her way?

Her message is simple. Stop online harassment. Report harassment. Is that such a controversial idea?

uth111090d ago

I'm against harassment too, however that's not where Brianna stops. She maintains that GG as a group endorses and engages in harassment and wants to drive women out of the industry.

There's bad actors in every group, and no doubt there's bad actors in GG, but to say that they represent the entire group is nothing but deception.

Why would GG supporters keep engaging her you ask? Because she keeps attacking them! It's a back and forth process. She makes it sound like she is just sitting and she gets streams of invective out of the blue just for being a woman or whatever, but you are never supposed to look at what she writes to provoke it. For one, she is constantly blaming all of gamergate for everything.. not the individuals involved that upsets people. Gross generalization, guilt by association. Or when she calls another girl a "gross fucking aspie" (Which she did) it INFLAMES people!

Of course people are just supposed to ignore that. It's only harassment when it comes her way apparently.

A lot of people in GG keep telling everyone to stop engaging her and ignore her, because she's a distraction. She would do well to follow that advice too.. IMO

CaptainObvious8781090d ago (Edited 1090d ago )

"I woke up yesterday to Gamergate writing rape fiction about Zoe and publishing it on Kindle."

And she completely jumped the gun. The author of that piece has come out publicly to dismiss any claims it has anything to do with gamergate, yet once again, Briana is running her mouth and spreading lies.

"I had a stalker post pictures of my house, its layout, my neighborhood, my husband and my pets this week. Gamergaters have been threatening to knock on my door and intimidate me in person."

If that's true that is very scary and I absolutely condemn the actions of whoever was behind it. That being said, where's the proof it came from GG? Once again Briana blaming GG and further pushing the false narrative that the whole movement is a hate group.

"I want people to know, this nightmare is not over for the women targeted."

Men have been targeted too, why completely dismiss their trauma? Why must she focus of women when men are affected too? Is their pain somehow less important because they have male reproductive organs? Her message might be to stop harassment, but all she's doing it promoting sexism be ignoring an entire one half of the victims.

I don't understand how anyone can defend her.

Anon19741090d ago

Ok, but look at it from her perspective. If she's seeing constant harassment, and they're all waving the GamerGate flag, what the hell is she supposed to think?

As for Gamergate, what the hell should they care what one developer thinks about them? If they're truly focused on ethics in gamer journalism, they wouldn't give her a second thought. But clearly, that's not the case.

So your solution is "well, damn lady. Why don't you just do what the bullies want and shut up?"

You're simply saying stop resisting and the beatings will stop, but then what's the point of her standing up to the bullies at all? They win. If you were being continually harassed by a group that wanted to silence you, you can give in and hope that stops are you can take a stand. Brianna is taking a stand, and good on her!

If they left her alone, which they should be doing anyway if they're really focused on ethics in journalism and not petty squabbles, do you honestly think we'd hear another word from Brianna Wu?

The ball is in Gamergate's court.

CaptainObvious8781090d ago

I'm not denying she's getting harassed and that definitely needs to stop, but she's the one claiming it's coming from GG. Based on the evidence I've seen it's just a bunch of immature, inconsiderate trolls.

Maybe if GG wasn't constantly getting attacked as a hate group they could focus more on the actual corruption. Unfortuntely, thanks to the established media pushing this narrative, GG has to stop and waste time addressing the allegations.

"So your solution is "well, damn lady. Why don't you just do what the bullies want and shut up?" "

I have no idea how you came to that conclusion that that's what I meant. If you read my comment again you can clearly see I'm calling her out on her sexism and that she should be taking a stand against all forms of harassment, including those targeting men. I don't know why you skipped over that.

Klerbdoop1089d ago

"Accused him of doing a hit piece? According to Pakman, maybe."

Uhh, no, according to Brianna Wu in the interview she did with Pakman, she outright, VERBATIM, accused him of conducting a "hit piece," for daring to even question her narrative.

"I have to tell you, I feel like this is kind of a hit piece that you're doing on me right now, to be honest.. I feel like you're really putting me on trial here." -Brianna Wu, 20:52 mark in their interview.

She also characterized herself as having been "forced to flee" her house, and was "on the run," but was shown, repeatedly, doing Skype interviews from the same location in her home during the time period she claimed she was "on the run."

Pakman didn't "run to Twitter to sensationalize it." You are *100%* full of it.

Typical, intellectually dishonest historical revisionism.

Anon19741089d ago

Ok, but was she wrong? You don't think Pakman ended up turning more than a little aggressive in his questioning leasing up to that point?

As for her returning home, of course she'd eventually return home. That doesn't for a second excuse the fact that harassers made her feel unsafe in her own home in the first place.

You want to talk about intellectual dishonesty? How about ignoring the fact that she's clearly a victim here. I don't care what her stated opinion is, harassment and stalking of the kind she's suffered is illegal and I hope ultimately the people behind terrorizing this women are charged.

No one, and I mean no one, should everror have to suffer this type of abuse. I don't care if every word out of her mouh is a lie. It doesn't matter.

Anon19741089d ago

"Pakman didn't "run to Twitter to sensationalize it." You are *100%* full of it."

On on this note, yes he did. After the interview and to hype it up his twitter feed was all "Wu accused me of doing a hit piece!" over and over before he released the interview. Then after, he tweeted multiple times about the accusations of a hit piece. His site temporarily went down even before the interview aired and he took to twitter to imply it might be an outage due to hackers attacking him based on his interview with Wu.

Prior to Brianna Wu's response, he asked her a question, then cut her off in mid response with an accusation. She bristled a bit (understandably), then let it go. Pakman says he thinks that's unfair, she says ok and they move on with the interview. But it's Pakman that then came back to it with "Oh, let's talk more about this being a hit piece!" and she clarifies that his line of questioning became a bit aggressive with regards to her own credibility but she's happy to answer his questions.

Then off to twitter he runs to talk about how he's been accused of running a hit piece. Tweets about the "hit piece" multiple times. Tries to link Brianna Wu hackers to his site outage. Tweets more about the "hit piece" after the interview...

Again...you want to talk intellectual dishonesty...look no further than the way Pakman promotes his own work and the way he conducts himself.

Droppedez1089d ago

Brianna Wu is at fault here. She admits the only reason she is involved in this anti gamergate because she instigated the whole thing. She can't expect to go trolling people without any kind of backlash.

Do I think hateful death threats, and actually bothering with her at all was stupid and uncalled for? Yes, but there is still no evidence that link gamergate and those threats together.

And if they were, so what? You can't blame those who have good intentions in gamergate for the extremes that have attached themselves to the group. There was a guy named Geordie Tait who wished he could send all the people involved in gamergate to concentration camps. Do I believe everyone in the anti side of things are that hateful? No, because there are bound to be people who are extreme and do stupid things in all groups.

Link for Brianna Wu video debunking
https://www.youtube.com/wat...

Link for Geordie Tait's concentration camp tweet
https://twitter.com/Geordie...

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annoyedgamer1090d ago (Edited 1090d ago )

"The truth is, guns have come to paradise. Videogames now have their own Tea Party, and it is Gamergate. We cannot reason with them. Just like the Obama birthers demanding proof that he’s an American citizen, nothing will reach these people. "

Like I said, liberals on disguise.

CaptainObvious8781090d ago

Everyone is free to join the "tea party", but when you start harassing and spreading lies of an entire group based of a few individuals actions then you're not welcome.

I don't know why Briana is so surprised at her criticism.

annoyedgamer1090d ago

Well my point is this has nothing to do with gamers. Its just another liberal rant.