An analysis of those who would wage an unwarranted cultural war on the gaming community.
The last couple of months have been witness to some very dark times within the gaming community. Shots have been fired from both sides of what appears to be a culture war, and sadly, at times the line is getting blurred between who is in the right and wrong. Sadly it is also made worse by some familiar faces in and out of the gaming media. The events of the Alison Rapp scenario are well known at this point and there is no need to go over the whole thing for those who do not know. The problem with writing about such story is that at this point that finding the absolute truth has become increasingly hard due to what "evidence" is out there but that hasn't stopped some from writing about it. What is known at this point is that Rapp was fired from Nintendo because she had violated an internal policy by holding a second job in conflict with their corporate structure, and after various tweets directed the company to an essay linked on her LinkedIn profile which argued for the potential decriminalization of child pornography.
While it seemed odd, or simply wrong, that any employee of any company to argue for such, the timeline of events lead to Rapp being fired, and that should have been that, but people kept digging and further claims about her past were brought to light... sort of. The problem with writing about such claims is that they were not 100% provable and should really have not been written about in the first place, but that didn't stop the likes of Patrick Klepek of Kotaku in particular. His first article on the topic was long and poorly handled, especially when quoting an email response to him by Jamie Walton of the Wayne Foundation, something which Walton herself had thought was off the record until she saw the article and attacked Klepek for it. His response was that her response was "fair game," when in reality it was lazy reporting on his part. Cynthia Tan wrote a piece on the whole thing for Inc.com but later stated that "editors removed large sections of text and added commentary, changing my entire thesis" she said on Twitter, later tweeting a link to the archived original version.