What are your thoughts on the views that GamerGate achieved its goals and now appears to be a self-appointed industry watchdog?
GamerGate has been going for a long time now; ten months plus of Internet time is akin to a millennium. This is entirely the fault of the gaming media. They could have ended it at any time with thorough investigation and examination of their ethical conduct and even a small display of contrite behaviour rather than outright attacking their audience. Too much time has passed now for GamerGate to just pack up the hashtag and go home and it is clear that the gaming media is in need of regular scrutiny. A void was there and GamerGate has stepped in to fill that void, ensuring that gaming journalism outlets do not immediately begin to regress back into their old ways. With that, though, comes a feeling of wistful regret. It should never have had to be this way. The gaming media should first and foremost exist to protect the interests of gamers as its consumers. Gamers should not be having to police their own media to ensure it behaves properly. It's like having to sit in the kitchen in a restaurant and watch the chef prepare your food to ensure that they don't spit in it. Public trust in gaming media has been massively damaged and only time will tell whether they can win that trust back. In the meantime GamerGate is there, keeping a watchful eye. We have supported this endeavour for a long time now and many of us -- also having the common interest of gaming -- have formed relationships with each other that go far beyond people posting on the same hashtag. Friendships have been made, meet-ups are occurring, and people are eager to establish connections with those they have met through GamerGate within their real lives. GamerGate in itself has become something of a community. It is clear, for the moment at least, that GamerGate is here to stay."
Do you have any regrets about supporting it?
No. I have met some wonderful and fantastic people through the #GamerGate hashtag. GamerGate inspired me to begin blogging about issues in gaming and feminism for myself, discovering a love for writing that I never even knew was there. I have become a creator through GamerGate. I have built an audience through GamerGate. I have made friends through GamerGate. I have seen the #GamerGate hashtag bring a hugely diverse group of gamers of all ages and backgrounds together in pursuit of a common goal in a way that I never thought was even possible. If GamerGate does cease to exist it is likely that it is something that I will remember being a part of for the rest of my life. Yes, to some, ethics in video game journalism is a silly thing to strive for, and not worthy of so much attention, but I have seen it do great things, make careers, inspire creativity and build community. I am proud to say that I have supported GamerGate."
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