What does this "GamerGate" have to do with OverGrowth Development / the Kickstarter Video / David? What exactly is GamerGate?
Gamergate 101 (sorry, there's no short version):
Thete was a Quinnspiracy on 4chan. Basically, people reacting to a bad ex girlfriend story. It was spun like this:
'she cheated, she makes games, she cheated with game journalists, her game was reviewed/covered by journalists, KOTAKU IS A FEMINIST CONSPIRACY?!1!……'
Btw, her game was not reviewed by the one guy who was a journalist, but it was mentioned. More so in the article months before the alleged cheating.
IT GOT PRETTY BAD. By bad, I mean 4chan and Reddit started censoring related discussion. Tens or hundreds of thousands of views on several Youtube videos about this bad woman. The people involved had been calling for game media to publish their accusations. The accused had left her home in fear, and tweeted about it, which was proof that she had leaked her home address herself. When Kotaku et all wrote about it, they condemned it. Ten or so articles were released during a day, referencing each other.
Especially Gamasutra's article was harsh. Angry words. I remember thinking 'Finally! Can people go home already?'
Adam Baldwin, Firefly actor, had tweeted the quinnspiracy vids a day or so before with twitter tag #gamergate.
The articles were spun as a coordinated bullying campaign against all gamers. Gamergate gathered more steam.
At some point, gamergate has become about lots of people complaining about ethics in game journalism and being very loudly against harassment they for sure aren't doing. A GameJournoList was released where game journalists talk to each other, but I don't read Breitpart so I don't know what gamergaters found out about the details. There were also bomb threats to a university where Anita Sarkeesian, who critizes video games, was about to talk. Death and rape threats. Home info released. Hacked Skype, dropbox etc. stuff of people who spoke against Gamergate. New York Times, Washington Post, some Finnish magazines, BBC news, TIME, The Guardian etc. have published articles about GG equating it with harassment. 4chan has kicked them out rather early on... I still find that hilarious, in a sad way.
Here's a GG blacklist of some of the game media, companies & people who have spoken against (the harassment associated with?) Gamergate:
https://gitgud.net/gamergate/gamergateo ... tt-List.md
Blizzard recently spoke against harassment that happened these past months.
(Some Gamergaters think Blizzard is actually supporting Gamergate, because feminists and main stream media bully gamers by saying mean things.)
Also it's spun way out of control. Some people who oppose Gamergate are not nice, some harass Gamergate, up to and including doxxing and threats. That's obviously wrong and shouldn't happen to anyone. There's probably third party trolls agitating everyone. However, there's no meeting board if anti-gg, or leaders, or goals besides 'omg go away!'
Oh, and GG has no organization either. No leaders, no member list, nothing. 'He's not a real gamergator, but a feminist shill faking threats to make us look bad, you @%#&?!' The closest they have to a member list is an automated block list of twitter accounts who follow prominent gamergaters, who are not leaders, especially when they hire private investigators to go after the ex-girlfriend developer who is a professional victim and got favourable coverage, or release screenshots of information gotten from hacked dropbox accounts, or, hmm, seems like today they posted proof that a Kotaku article from a few years back presented a lawsuit in a bad way and gave a male developer bad rep.
Whoa, ethics in game journalism! Would love to see more of that!
But I'm biased. I saw the harassment this started with. I don't think having friends who make games is collusion. You could check sites by Gamergaters, which talk about their side. Personally, I am against Gamergate but for better game journalism.
http://www.historyofgamergate.com/a-peo ... story.html