GamerGate Exposes Leigh Alexander, The Worst Critic in Gaming

Although GamerGate has been burning brightly since at least August 20th, I didn’t really get into the fray until August 28th. Why the 28th, you ask? Well, that was the day I read the infamous “Gamers are Dead” article on Gamasutra. I had read a few pieces from the author in the past, but had never paid her much attention. That was my mistake, but it’s one that I won’t be repeating again.

If you look back into Ms. Alexander’s writing, you can see clearly that this theory about the death of gamers is something that she has been kicking around for awhile. The thing is, it’s not actually true. She’s evangelizing and propagandizing a theory that she wants to be true, but all the evidence says it isn’t. She pushes the feminist indie scene as “the most important thing happening right now,” even though the games barely sell, and the populace ignores them. But if spreading bullshit was her #1 offense, she wouldn’t be the Worst Critic in Gaming.

She also likes to spew offensive shit on Twitter. As you can see, Leigh has a nasty propensity to threaten young up-and-comers’ careers when they disagree with her. She does it quite explicitly and without fear of repercussions. This is a woman who thinks she’s fucking bulletproof. I’m actually ashamed of myself for not knowing more about her before GamerGate, because she’s a huge threat to creative freedom and the right to dissent.

And that’s not all. Alexander seems to have some deep-seated hatred towards gamers, especially if they’re male. Look at this tweet she posted last fall, which was also included in that Huffington Post article where she’s giving a preview of her “gamers are dead” nonsense.

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She’s apparently made it her life’s work to destroy gamers because of some perceived slight when she was twelve years old. If that’s not bizarre, I really don’t know what is. Some of you may be shaking your heads now in disbelief, but read her manifesto on her site for yourself (she’s taken out the “we have an army” part, but we have screenshots). Of course, if you read the manifesto and juxtapose it with the HuffPost interview, you can see that the rules she sets for others only apply to them. The great Leigh Alexander lives outside the rules us mere mortals have to follow.

GAMERSCUM

GamerGate has done much good, and opened many eyes. Without a doubt, one of the main accomplishments of this movement was exposing this hypocritical bully, Leigh Alexander. She’s definitely not the only journalist with something to answer for, but she’s the most rotten of a rotten bunch. The sooner she’s gone from Gamasutra and mainstream gaming criticism, the better.

TheRalph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • Andrew ‘Wolfie’ Woolford

    Some typos in this, “their mail” should be “they’re male” but other than that, very solid summation of the disgusting attitude and arrogance Leigh Alexander exudes.

    • Thanks man. I rushed this out without proofreading (like an idiot). I just wanted to get this posted quick, and I jumped the gun. Thanks to everyone who helped me edit after the fact! haha

      • Andrew ‘Wolfie’ Woolford

        No worries, much love!

    • Jay

      If you think that’s bad, you should see Samantha Allen…

  • disqus_lPCKHChcBn

    The reason Gamastra looks past all of this is because she’s the Ultimate Clickbait. People get riled up from her, and because of that, people automatically read what she writes, then shares their disgust with other people who then go out to read the articles themselves. Rinse and repeat. She’s extremely similar to Devin Faraci who does nothing but clickbait and pisses people off saying shit.

    http://archive.today/

    This is one way to combat it that we’ve been trying to share with others. Using this, we only share articles through that link and by doing so, eliminating any clicks and views those articles get.

    Please share this to others so we can finally put a stop to people like Leigh Alexander, The Ultimate Clickbait.

  • Themyscir Knight

    A strong piece

  • Thank you for this, keep it up.

    • Will do. I have an idea for a piece tomorrow exploring how other journalists (Hamilton and Hernandez at Kotaku, for example) have been spreading Leigh’s flimsy theories around like they were gospel.

  • The one good thing about Leigh, and people like her, is that her astounding arrogance makes it extremely easy to gather evidence of the unashamedly biased and hateful horseshit she spews under the banner of journalism.

    Her, Faraci, Quinn, Kramer and the rest of their hateful clique have left enough paper trails of their abhorrent behaviour that, if this were a real-world job and not the internet, their arses would have been out the door years ago, and they’d be lucky to get jobs flipping burgers at McDonald’s.

    Hell, when I worked at Asda many years ago, a girl nearly got sacked for joking that she was gonna give everyone the flu on purpose because they were making her come into work when she was sick. They gave her a disciplinary and honest-to-God said she had physically threatened staff.

    Meanwhile, these fucking animals are allowed to run slander pieces, labeling innocent men as rapists, and publicly insult their readership and they think it’s never going to come back to haunt them?

    The reckoning is gonna be biblical.

  • Miglet32

    Thank you for this. Seeing some of her Tweets actually make me beside myself angry, not for who she is but for what she says. The cognitive dissonance in most of her posts, where she goes from bully to victim at the drop of a hat, is sociopathic.

    To call herself a “megaphone” and be proud of undermining others just because they aren’t like her… I literally can’t even.

    http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/754/387/a46.jpg

    • Exactly. The hypocritical nature of her existence is what gets me. She clearly feels that there’s one set of rules that others have to follow that she doesn’t. She portrays herself as something she’s not. She’s mean, spiteful, and takes pleasure in ruining careers.

      • Miglet32

        It’s mind-boggling that she’s now so entrenched in her lines of work that she wasn’t fired five minutes into this entire mess for all of her bullying.

  • Check back tomorrow, I have another article in the works on Leigh. Someone sent me some information. Good stuff…doxxing someone, takig glee in destroying careers (again), etc.

    • A Real Libertarian

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      • Floyd

        I just did the same.

  • Jon Curry

    Terrific article. Leigh Alexander is nasty piece of work.

    One point though – not all Indie games are badly designed or some thinly disguised ideological crusade. Painting all of them with the same brush is unfair.

    • Good point, and sorry if what I wrote comes off like that. There’s plenty of quality on the indie scene.

  • Gavin Fawley

    It’s really gross how some of these gaming “journalists” actually are just out there to bully and manipulate others into advancing their cult campaign. We are the gaming public and the people who have elected themselves to inform us about video games neither advocate our interests nor even our existence. They just want us all to disappear so they can continue shilling to corporations for easy clickbaits and paychecks while advancing their personal political agendas.

    These people don’t love video games. They simply want to sacrifice video games onto the alter of social justice. No one should stand for it.

  • Guest

    I don’t agree with this article. You’re entitled to your opinion of course.

    • AwesomeDave

      Someone might give a fuck if you weren’t posting as a guest.

      • srcarruth

        no, I doubt these fanboys would care either way to hear any criticism of their insular and divided world

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    BLOWN THE FUCK OUT
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  • Lars Anderson

    People like Leigh are poison and shouldn’t be doing ‘journalism’ at all. She’s spiteful, biased and angry at men. Why does she still have a fucking job??

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  • SiliconNooB

    Your fandom is not your identity. Your fandom is not a race.

    If you think it is, then you’re in our way, and the work I do specifically exists to dispossess you of your sense of relevance.” ~ Leigh Alexander

    Wait… did Leigh Alexander just imply that it is more acceptable for me to base my identity on the celebration of my own whiteness than it is for me to base my identity on the hobby [and thriving culture thereof] that I adore?

    Way to think that one through…

    • MukaLegurine

      She meant more: you weren’t born a nerd. If you don’t like getting made fun of for being a nerd, stop being a nerd. However, if you don’t like getting made fun of for being white, well, there’s not much you can do about that, is there?

      • SiliconNooB

        If she means that, then she should have said it with actual words. Because she doesn’t. Anywhere.

        I don’t know where you are getting your interpretation from, but it certainly isn’t from the text quoted.

      • A Real Libertarian

        She meant more: you weren’t born a nerd. If you don’t like getting made fun of for being a nerd, stop being a nerd. However, if you don’t like getting made fun of for being white, well, there’s not much you can do about that, is there?

        You weren’t born a Jew. If you don’t like being pogromed for being a Jew, stop being a Jew. However, if you don’t like being pogromed for being white, well, there’s not much you can do about that, is there?

    • srcarruth

      those are your only two options?

  • Thanatos2k

    Leigh Alexander and Ben Kuchera are the two most corrupt bullies in gaming journalism today. Neither should have a job in gaming in any form.

  • MukaLegurine

    Y’know, I hate to admit it, but in that last article, she has a point. Hating someone because they made a certain choice (i.e. becoming a gaming nerd) is completely different than hating someone because they were born a certain way. Leigh Alexander can’t stop being a woman(well, sort of, but you know what I mean). You can stop being a nerd. It’s a really difficult thing to explain, but trust me, once you get it, you’ll get it.

    However, I’ve seen some of the shit she posts, and it’s terrible. She’s a huge hypocrite. She talks about equality, yet is unabashedly racist and classist. It doesn’t work that way. You can’t preach about equality for women, yet talk poorly about “ghetto” (aka black) people, as well as minimum wage workers. She’s the epitome of white privilege.

    • SiliconNooB

      “Y’know, I hate to admit it, but in that last article, she has a point.
      Hating someone because they made a certain choice (i.e. becoming a
      gaming nerd) is completely different than hating someone because they
      were born a certain way.”

      “Y’know, I hate to admit it, but in that last article, she has a point.
      Hating someone because they made a certain choice (i.e. becoming a Jew) is completely different than hating someone because they
      were born a certain way.”

      “Y’know, I hate to admit it, but in that last article, she has a point.
      Hating someone because they made a certain choice (i.e. becoming American) is completely different than hating someone because they
      were born a certain way.”

      “Y’know, I hate to admit it, but in that last article, she has a point.
      Hating someone because they made a certain choice (i.e. becoming a Atheist) is completely different than hating someone because they
      were born a certain way.”

      “Y’know, I hate to admit it, but in that last article, she has a point.
      Hating someone because they made a certain choice (i.e. becoming a fire fighter ) is completely different than hating someone because they
      were born a certain way.”

      By your logic you should agree with each of these sentences equally.

  • 127wexfordroad

    Magical thing about trolls: ignore them, and they go away.

  • Good article, I appreciate you collecting these tweets in one place so I didn’t have to. I’ve linked to this article in my own essay. http://powerup.tv/community/index.php?threads/why-gamergate-is-not-an-anti-feminism-movement-and-is-necessary.79/

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  • Thatguy6

    I’m Aware she has a degree in acting, not journalism.

  • Steve Jackson

    She’s been drinking since the age of 12? That explains a lot.

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  • Chicago_Joe_GG

    As pointed out by 8bitjerk on Twitter, this article now appears before Leigh’s Wikipedia article and even Gamasutra’s bio page of her on Google search.

    Top kek, as they say.

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