Play it straight and they're still irate: reporting on a hostile controversy

August 27, 2015 - Brad Glasgow

"I'm very much an old school journalist," Owen S. Good declares in our half-hour interview on the phone. Indeed, his background indicates he knows about old school journalism. His father was a newspaper editor for 10 years and then a publisher for another 30 years. Good received his Master's from the prestigious Columbia University School of Journalism and, after devoting ten years of his own career to newspapers, he entered the tech industry. Now he serves as Senior Reporter for Polygon where he supervises the weekend news cycle.

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PSA: HuffPost Live hosting segment on 'ethics in games journalism' today

August 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: If you missed the show, you can watch a replay here.

Original Story: At 2:05 pm ET Huffington Post Live will host a segment called "#GamerGate & The Ethics In Gaming Journalism." It will feature Gamesided staff writer and TechRaptor editor Georgina Young, Reason contributing editor Cathy Young, and Jesse Singal - editor of Science of Us, NY Magazine contributor and a Boston Globe video game columnist.

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Unanswered: all the questions we had for Michael Koretzky

August 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On Saturday, Society of Professional Journalists region 3 director Michael Koretzky spent two hours on the Super Podcast Action Committee podcast (episode 155) talking about the SPJ AirPlay event that took place in Miami, Florida on August 15. In addition to giving us his take on how the event went, he answered some of the questions submitted to us from the community. There were a lot we didn't get to due to time constraints.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 155

August 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show (episode 155) hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight are joined by Brad Glasgow, GamePolitics managing editor James Fudge, and Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) region 3 director Michael Koretzky. This week's show is all about the SPJ AirPlay event that took place in Miami, Florida last week. After revealing the results of the latest GamePolitics poll, the gang talks with Koretzky about how the event went and poses questions gathered from the community.  

Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 154: SPJ AirPlay Edition

August 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show (episode 154) hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight, are joined by Brad Glasgow and GamePolitics managing editor James Fudge.

SPJ AirPlay: ethics with a side-order of bomb threats

August 16, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday in Miami, Florida, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) region 3 director Michael Koretzky made good on his promise to give GamerGate a chance to speak - or at least the people of the movement chosen by the hashtag to send to the one-day event.

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Watch the SPJ AirPlay live steam right here

August 15, 2015 - James Fudge

We're going to have a recap later today but you can watch the live stream right here on GamePolitics and join in the conversation. The first panel focusing on "ethics in games journalism" will start at around 10:15 am ET (after a brief description of what GamerGate is), followed by a break for lunch and then a second panel at around 1:00 pm ET.

The full schedule can be found below:

10:00 - 10:15 am – What  is GamerGate?

10:15 am - Noon – Five examples of gaming journalism


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PSA: SPJ AirPlay takes place August 15

August 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A friendly reminder that tomorrow SPJ AirPlay takes place in Miami, Florida and it will be  streamed live throughout the day. The day-long event will discuss "ethics in games journalism" and how to cover online movements, with a keen focus on GamerGate.  

The SPJ Florida chapter revealed details about the event today, but the live feed link won't be announced until tomorrow in the interest of security (read: they don't want to give attackers an extended amount of time to DDoS it, etc.).

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Challenge accepted: interviewing an Internet #hashtag

August 12, 2015 - Brad Glasgow

"I believe that mainstream media is partly responsible for GamerGate. We are partly responsible for all the paranoia, the hyper-sensitivity on both sides, because I've always believed this: if you are in the media and you don't cover somebody adequately, you're doing a disservice to society. If you ignore a subculture they don't go away, they just get pissed off.

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Poll: Will mainstream media attitudes towards GamerGate be any different after SPJ AirPlay?

August 10, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

This weekend at the SPJ AirPlay event in Miami, Florida, several GamerGaters will discuss the online movement's biggest issues and concerns in front of a crowd of journalists (and anyone else who feels like attending; it's open to the general public).

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 151: Q&A with SPJ AirPlay organizer Michael Koretzky

July 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 151), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below.

SPJ's Michael Koretzky will answer your AirPlay questions live on Super Podcast Action Committee

July 25, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Next month, several GamerGate supporters, two journalists and a game developer will gather at the SPJ AirPlay event in Florida to discuss GamerGate itself, ethics in games journalism, and how reporters should tackle social media-based movements.

Naturally, such contentious subjects are bound to get people asking questions:

How did this happen?  Why now?  Where the hell are the anti-GamerGaters?  Who's responsible for this?

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SPJ AirPlay organizers remind everyone that its August 15 event is 'free'

July 22, 2015 - James Fudge

In the latest update to SPJ Airplay's blog, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky emphasizes that the event is free and open to the public. If you haven't been paying attention, SPJ AirPlay will take place August 15 in Miami, Florida and will feature multiple panels discussing the social media-based movement GamerGate, "ethics in games journalism," and - generally - how to cover online movements.

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GameSpot Senior Editor joining Trion Worlds

July 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GameSpot Senior Editor Kevin VanOrd announced today that he will be leaving the popular gaming publication to work for MMO maker Trion Worlds.

VanOrd has been working for GameSpot in various roles since 2002. In his new role at Trion Worlds he will help the company with important writing duties.

In a lengthy farewell to the community posted today on GameSpot, VanOrd broke the news:

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Poll: Should game journalists be part of the GamerGate discussion at the SPJ AirPlay event?

July 14, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Yesterday, Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky laid out the schedule for next month's GamerGate discussion at the AirPlay event in Florida.

Discussion participants currently include three GamerGate advocates, two journalism experts and a game developer.

Notably, there are currently no game journalists attending.

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SPJ AirPlay August event plans detailed

July 13, 2015 - James Fudge

Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky today laid out the tentative plans for SPJ AirPlay taking place in August. The topic of discussion will be GamerGate, the social media movement that supporters claim is about ethics in games journalism and that critics call a not-so-subtle campaign to harass high profile female targets in or related to the video game industry and community.

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Outside Xbox hits one million subscribers

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamer Network’s Outside Xbox has surpassed one million subscribers. The Xbox-based video outlet was launched in August 2012 by Andy Farrant, Mike Channell and Jane Douglas, and is focused solely on Microsoft and Xbox content. The group has also managed to see year-on-year growth of over 200 percent and has surpassed 25 million monthly views, according to MCV.

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Poll: Which group is more ethically challenged?

July 9, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

New week, same poll as last week.

Which group is more ethically challenged: game journalists or game publishers?  Put another way: which group has committed the most or most heinous ethical violations?

That's it!  Vote in the poll and opine away in the comments below.  And make sure you provide lots of examples!

EZK and I will discuss this topic and reveal the poll results on this weekend's Super Podcast Action Committee which streams live at 7p PST right here on GamePolitics.  Hope to see you there!

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SPJ makes 'Code of Ethics' more interactive

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ, for short) passed along word this morning that its web site for its "Code of Ethics" is a little more interactive and informative, providing additional cues and links so that visitors can get a an expanded understanding of ethical issues related to journalism.

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Mirada Studios demands Destructoid take down its 'Fallout 4' story

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After reporting on a story about an employee of Mirada Studios who unwittingly put his work on a 'Fallout 4 trailer' in his LinkedIn profile, popular gaming site Destructoid reports that it has received a demand letter from the company. According to an update to its story, a representative from the firm demanded that it pulls its stories because it was a violation of a non-disclosure agreement and was full of inaccuracies:

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GameCrate: one year later

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It's been almost one year since electronics retailer Newegg launched GameCrate, an editorial site that serves as a compliment to its online retail site The good news is that's experiment was successful enough to stick around for an entire year and the company announced that its first major update to what the site delivers has been rolled out this week.

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Kinda Funny Games Joins GameSpot for E3 2015

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kinda Funny Games is teaming up with GameSpot to help provide Electronic Entertainment Expo coverage. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino, Tim Gettys, and Greg Miller quit their jobs at last September and launched Kinda Funny Games - along with a Patreon campaign. That Patreon currently sits as $25,001.47 per month - backed by 4,569 people.

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April 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff is shuffling its deck of editors today, moving writers Brendan Sinclair, Rachel Weber, and Matthew Handrahan into new positions. Matthew Handrahan, who joined the publication in 2011, has been promoted to Deputy Editor, Europe. Rachel Weber, who also joined GamesIndustry in 2011, has been promoted to a Senior Editor, along with Brendan Sinclair, who joined in 2012.

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Leland Yee and the Legislative Open Records Act court case

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Sacramento County, California judge has ruled that California’s open-records statute in the constitution does not exclude the California legislature, potentially opening up a Pandora's Box of new information about embattled law makers such as Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), according to the Sacremento Bee.

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March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff has shut down, with the once popular gaming destination redirecting to Japanese retail specialist Rakuten's UK website (, according to MCV. Rakuten bought the website back in 2011 for around £25 million. After that purchase, the website no longer sold products directly and became a marketplace for third-party retailers to hawk their wares.

Rakuten didn't disclose why it decided to shut down in a statement to MCV today:

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After Acquisition Candy Banana Is On The Hunt For More Properties

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sweden-based IBIB announced earlier this month that it had acquired and launched a network called Candy Banana to house all its game-related properties including The Sims Resource, Planet Destiny, Sportra and more. Today the company revealed that it is on a hunt to acquire more video game related sites.

“Candy Banana will be investing in and improving the existing sites and, for the coming few months, we are looking to acquire additional high-quality sites to grow the network,” said Candy Banana director Adam McCann.

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Future Publishing Hires Former Joystiq Management For GamesRadar+

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Future Publishing has made a number of new hires this week and shuffled some of its staff around at its revamped GamesRadar+ website. First the company has strengthened its UK-based news staff by hiring former Kotaku UK news editor Leon Hurley as its new executive news editor and former Official PlayStation Magazine writer Louise Blain has been hired as its news lead.

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Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson Announce 'Offworld'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday during the bittersweet #1ReasonToBe panel, Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander and entertainment and culture writer (for publications such as Boing Boing, Wired, and more) Laura Hudson announced the launch of a new site dedicated to gaming with a focus on giving a voice to women and minority voices. The site, which you can find a placeholder for at, is called Offworld.

A brief message on this placeholder site explains what it is all about and why it is so important that it exists.

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Story Bundle Serves Up Eight Issues of Kill Screen Magazine

March 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Story Bundle is offering a fantastic deal on eight issues of Kill Screen Magazine, the video game art and culture publication that explores the "intersection between games, play, and other seats of culture, from art to music to design." The Story Bundle offers eight issues including Kill Screen Issue 1: No Fun by Kill Screen Magazine, Kill Screen Issue 2: Back To School, Kill Screen Issue 3: Intimacy, Kill Screen Issue 4: Public Play, Kill Screen Issue 5: Sound, Kill Screen Issue 6: Change, and Kill Screen Issue 7: The Great Outdoors.

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Polygon Hires 'The Mary Sue' Founder

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Vox Media's video game focused site Polygon has hired The Mary Sue founder Susana Polo. The appointment shows that Polygon wants to ramp up its coverage of all things non-gaming, and perhaps bring a bit more focus to topics that women are interested in.

"We've been covering entertainment for a little bit," Polygon's Editor in Chief Chris Grant told FishbowlNY. "We've dabbled. There's a lot of adjacency. Batman isn't just a game, it's also movies and comic books."

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MattsworknameOk, finally got a chance to look at the R mika trailer for SF 5, and I Heart her so bloody much. She just looks like pure fun to play as and is SO colorful. All the YES!08/28/2015 - 3:23am
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Andrew EisenNope.08/27/2015 - 4:17pm
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Andrew EisenMatthew - Of course they do. I wasn't suggesting otherwise. Hell, Quiet's already been cosplayed quite a bit.08/27/2015 - 1:25pm
Big PermThere's been some pretty good Kill La Kill cosplay08/27/2015 - 12:56pm
Matthew WilsonI saw someone cosplay as the main charector from kill la kill last year at pax, so people do it.....08/27/2015 - 12:55pm
Andrew EisenPerm - Well yeah, Kojima himself said something along the lines of "Cosplay this, I dare you! No, seriously. Please cosplay this!" I was just wondering if there was an in-universe explanation.08/27/2015 - 12:45pm
Andrew EisenCheck out last week's story on The State of Play book for an updated cover and a list of all the authors and their essay titles! - 12:44pm
Big PermI figured it was because titties are awesome08/27/2015 - 12:37pm
Andrew EisenI'm still waiting to see if any reviews spill the beans on the story reasons behind Quiet's goofy getup in Metal Gear Solid 508/27/2015 - 12:33pm
ZippyDSMleeHave you seen what the Deva wrestlers wear? Now lets get all that Japan only DLC for DOA over here, and DOA Volly ball,ect let the whining commence!08/27/2015 - 12:18pm
Matthew Wilsonsuprisingly, there has not been the negative reaction I was expecting.08/27/2015 - 12:13pm
Andrew EisenWe should devote a segment to R. Mika's costume on the podcast. It'll be great!08/27/2015 - 11:40am
Andrew EisenMatt - So... who is the producer of the video you linked?08/27/2015 - 11:15am
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