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Breitbart Leaks & the Terrorism of GamerGate

Joseph Bernstein’s article at Buzzfeed News—”Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream“—includes larger implications for the video game community. Bernstein creates a narrative from a series of leaked emails from Breitbart which show Steve Bannon giving directions to Milo Yiannopoulis regarding their white nationalist agenda. They also “out” several male members of the press who were secretly giving Breitbart ideas for articles.

A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article that showed how Bannon had been grooming supporters from World of Warcraft forums way back in 2005. Bernstein’s article includes a bit where Breitbart editor Alex Marlow is editing one of Yiannopoulos’ speeches and approves a joke about “shekels” but asked to remove a joke about gas chambers. The article shows how Yiannopoulos would push the limits and the higher-ups would reign him in. At any point that he hinted at their racist, misogynist, or nationalist agenda, they would have him reword and rephrase certain excerpts.

The article is extremely long and detailed, and includes several examples of this sort of careful planning and manipulation. But the most interesting part for video game communities is how seemingly “good” guys were actually feeding the hate machine. Continue reading Breitbart Leaks & the Terrorism of GamerGate

How Hate Speech & Video Games Created the Alt-Right

In 2005, Steve Bannon got Goldman Sachs to invest $60 million in a World of Warcraft Chinese gold farming company. 1 Bannon eventually took control of the gold farming company, Internet Gaming Entertainment. Even though IGE flopped, Bannon said that these gamers were the pre-cursor to the alt-right. “These guys, these rootless white males, had monster power… It was the pre-Reddit.”

In our previous two essays, we’ve looked at how video game communities develop hate speech as an intimidation tool and how online communities normalize hate speech so that it’s “no big deal”. This week, we’re looking at how those two ideas, when combined, created the Alt-Right. Continue reading How Hate Speech & Video Games Created the Alt-Right

  1. Snider, Mike. “Steve Bannon learned to harness troll army from ‘World of Warcraft’”. (18 Jul 2017). USA Today. Retrieved on 9 Sep 2017

Waypoint’s New Website

Waypoint (formerly VICE Gaming), has launched their new website at waypoint.vice.com. As mentioned in a previous article, this will allow them more versatility in how they categorize and portion their content.

Structure

Their “above the fold” is relegated to a screen-width featured image for the latest (or possibly a stickied) post. Under that lies a full banner ad, “Latest” articles in reverse chronological order, an email subscription form, “Videos”, another banner ad, “Features”, and a third banner ad. This structure allows them to group types of articles (such as “Videos” or “Features”) regardless of content. Theoretically, this could allow them to have more vertically-oriented sections with different “types” of content, such as “Confessionals”, and that section would have the latest few articles of that type in their own section. Continue reading Waypoint’s New Website

“VICE Gaming” Becomes “Waypoint”

Austin Walker announced on October 18th via Twitter that VICE Gaming will officially be Waypoint as of October 28th, 2016.

The Waypoint Twitter account also revealed the full editorial staff, which includes Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker, Managing Editor Danielle Riendeau, Senior Editor Mike Diver, Senior Reporter Patrick Klepek, and Social Editor Danika Harrod.

Waypoint will launch at 12pm EST on Friday, October 28th.

featured image from VICE Gaming by Stephen Graham and believed to be used in accordance with fair use

The Backlog 03 – In Review

This month’s issue of The Backlog takes a look at the mixed critical reception for A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (1989). The main essay also takes a look at the subjectivity of reviews and how varying criticism for the same game can be so drastically different.

The Backlog is a zine where we pick a single game that deserves your attention, and we craft a focused essay around it.

The following zine is available for free online, or you may visit our online store to purchase for $2 (plus 50 cents shipping).

Continue reading The Backlog 03 – In Review

“Vice Gaming” Potentially Changing Infrastructure

Vice Gaming's current header image is "On the importance of well designed, intuitive User Interfaces" by Stephen Maurice Graham
Vice Gaming’s current header image is “On the importance of well designed, intuitive User Interfaces” by Stephen Maurice Graham

VICE Media has had a “Gaming” section for over three years. But thanks to the recent hiring of Austin Walker from Giant Bomb as the Editor-in-Chief and Patrick Klepek from Kotaku as the Senior Reporter, rumors have been speculating about potential changes. One of the more interesting possibilities comes from a statement by Austin Walker on August 12th’s The Giant Beastcast saying that Vice will be launching a ‘whatever dot vice dot com’ later this year.” This could mean that Vice Gaming will be getting a separate subdomain, and hopefully a new Content Management System. Continue reading “Vice Gaming” Potentially Changing Infrastructure