I’ve been tied up all day with a personal situation (I hate to “pull a Wu,” but my dog is ill), but I’ve still been following all the happenings. A big one happened today, so I had to do a post on it. If you’ll recall, we talked about PG Gamer recently, and the scandal they had brewing over their complete lack of proper disclosure. Their writer, Tyler Wilde, was knee-deep in Ubisoft cunny, and failed to tell his readers about that while writing about Ubisoft products. This is what you call an undisclosed conflict of interest. Whereas before this type of thing would have slipped by unnoticed, now we have GamerGate there to serve as the watchmen. We caught it, bitched about it, and you know what? PC Gamer actually listened. 

They join a long list of outlets and companies (not to mention the FTC) who have followed GamerGate’s lead on ethics reform. Before we get to more, here’s a snippet from PC Gamer’s announcement today (click pic for full story) (good work FartToContinue):Selection_665

That’s pretty much exactly what we’ve been asking for since August! Too bad Stephen Totino Totilo didn’t do this. Of course heads should have rolled there, starting with #AndN Nathan Grayson (I might have more on that later, btw). Instead, Totilo buried his head, just like Gamasutra and Polygon did. He could have been a hero like the editors at IGN, but he chose a different path. We tried to warn him, but he didn’t listen.

Plenty of companies listened, even though you don’t hear about that anymore. Sure, a couple came back, but we still did some damage. The corrupt media never mentions the advertisers who have kept their pullout going. That would fuck up their anti-GamerGate narrative. Think about that narrative for a second, by the way. If any other group had achieved what we have, there would be all kinds of profiles about our accomplishments. Even movements that are hated by the media usually don’t get blackballed this badly. The way we’ve been treated is beyond the pale. Westboro Baptist Church gets better press than we do, for fuck’s sake.

We’ve done so much with zero support from the media. We’ve had to build our own institutions from the ground-up. It’s been hard work, and it can get discouraging at times because of the constant drumbeat against us coming from the corrupt Fourth Estate. But thanks to our dedication and commitment, wins continue to pile up, even in the face of this unprecedented negative barrage. Keep pushing forward, and the companies who truly care about the consumer, will be separated from those who don’t. That’s what GamerGate is all about.

10 comments
  1. >SJWs super mad about this
    Actual quote ”oh now they really think they’re about ethics”
    Uh,okay?So?

    1. Simply by being against what PC Gamer did there:

      YOU ARE FUCKING PRO CORRUPTION YOU IDIOT. FOR ONE GOD DAMN SECOND, PLEASE THINK BEYOND YOUR LIGHTLY SALTED, BUTTHURT FEELS AND LOOK UPON THE HIDEOUSLY GROTESQUE BEASTS YOU HAVE BECOME.

      ETHICS MOFO, YA BETTER GET USED TO ‘EM, BECAUSE GUESS WHAT? ACTUALLY IT IS ABOUT ETHICS IN GAMING “JOURNALISM”.

      Ok rant over. Y’all have a goodin =P

  2. Now PC gamer needs to do a code of ethics (Unless they have one already). As for Tyler, maybe he should be fired for not disclosing the relationship which they have been together for years, BUT at least PC gamer are fixing the problem rather than making it worse.

      1. Lets not be SJW-lite.
        He wrote one piece with a shitty opinion that he’s entitled to, and is almost certainly informed by the echo chamber he occupies.
        A lot of these people are simply NEVER exposed to a dissident opinion.

        They’re not bad people, they’re likely very good people trying to be good.
        They’re just being fooled by snake oil salesmen.
        They’ve quite literally been told by the media they are a part of which side they should be on. Is it surprising for them to conform?

        I think he’s probably got the message that essentially inferring that a meme is actually offensive and racist because reasons did not go down well with the culture he’s *supposed* to be writing for.

        For now he likely feels victimised, but I’m sure he’ll get over it.
        Lets hope he learns from his mistakes and matures as a professional.
        His statement appeared to be quite sincere and reasonable.
        I certainly don’t want him fired, I don’t even think he should be prevented from covering Ubisoft if he has a compelling article to write.
        He should just be mindful of his conflict of interest and disclose. Hell, I’d probably enjoy an article referencing his relationship in a funny way when criticising her company (or praising it)

        Ethics doesn’t mean demanding our media be joyless, “serious” and “objective” (in their strawman idea of objectivity)

    1. I don’t think he needs to be fired. I am ok with what they did. They took him off all future Ubisoft coverage when a mere disclosure at the front of an article would have sufficed. He was punished enough. I’m not in this to ruin the careers of random journalists, even ones that have had lapses with ethics. It’s the ones that wont admit they’re wrong and wont reform that need to be pushed out of the industry but that’s not all of them.

      1. I know what you mean. To me if their relationship started last year, no big deal, but 3/4 years is a long time. Plus ruin the careers of random journalists, is depending. If they broke the law, they should be in jail or/and lose their job.

        Plus this also damages his trust with the consumer. Should we believe what he writes after this? It’s not easy especially since he’s a professional too.

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