Monday, September 08, 2014

Integrity Question For Gaming Journalism

Well. This Zoe Quinn/Chelsea Van Valkenburg debate has really riled up the internet. I still don't know who she is, nor have I really taken an interest in it until now...because gamers are telling me to be interested. We still don't know the facts, if what her ex-boyfriend is saying is true, that she used herself to gain favor with magazine writers to help promote her game. But it has prompted responses from around the web. A lot of lengthy responses at that, but important none-the-less. Why? Because it's prompting us to talk about video games on an intellectual level.

That's a good thing. We need it in order for gaming to be taken seriously and not as a passive activity where guns are involved (only sometimes, general public. Only sometimes.)

Kotaku has even updated their disclosure requirements by not allowing reporting where there are personal connections to be uploaded. I have a feeling that will be retracted soon, because who doesn't have a personal connection when your a journalist? When one of the accusations is against your own, you kind of have to take action.

But I do encourage you faithful readers to do your own research and come to your own conclusion. I don't know what to make of all of this. I really don't. There are so many conflicting arguments and points that we don't know who is telling the truth anymore. And with a vicious campaign against Chelsea Van Valkenburg in the form of Twitter harassment and pseudo revenge porn with her likeness attached to the images, it is difficult to decipher where the truth starts and the lies end. If everyone could take a step back, a deep breath, and let the original parties, Valkenburg and her ex-boyfriend, talk with honesty, we'll get somewhere. But I'm doubtful that will happen. So many people have come to their own conclusion in an instant without taking in all of the information. I keep repeating it, but it needs to be said. Read more. Absorb yourself in the multiple points of view being present. Only then, should you come to your conclusion.

Two articles I want to point everyone to this morning to help out. Leigh Alexander via Time Magazine about the culture war that gaming is not winning. And Vox about #GamerGate and what is happening to journalism.


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