GamerGate Interviews
"Glaive" GamerGate Interview

The Escapist Staff | 10 Oct 2014 16:30
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Glaive has worked in the game industry for 12 years, with a career that spans publishers, AAA development studios, and game consulting houses. The Escapist was privately provided with evidence that confirms Glaive's biography. We interviewed Glaive through a series of emails. At his request, his emails have been partly redacted to protect his identity.

I have heard that game developers who are coming out in favor of #GamerGate are being blacklisted, harassed, and/or stonewalled by game journalists. Have you encountered this, or do you know anyone who has? Do you have any examples of someone doing this?

I used to be in semi-constant contact with various people at major gaming publications. They were friendly and mostly asked me for info on a variety of subjects, mainly because I am a massively knowledgeable nerd.

But I didn't toe the party line. All the articles coming out saying that the term "gamer" was dead, I thought that they were obviously total bullshit. When I came out in support of GamerGate I was greeted with with some odd comments-I would "regret" turning my back on them, stuff like that-and a long ominous silence since then. These were guys that had been chatting with me for years and I have not heard a peep from almost any of them since.

They will treat any game I work on like shit in their future coverage as payback.

It's not like I am on a list that they showed me - but they "let me know".

What do you expect the consequences of this to be?

They will treat any game I work on like shit in their future coverage as payback.

Do you know of other developers who have been silenced or self-silenced by concerns of game journalists will react to their opinions of GamerGate?

I think all the studios I know of have people in support of GamerGate, as all the studios I know of have lots of gamers on their staff.

Are there particular articles, journalists, sites, or communities that are considered particularly egregious in their criticism by the developers you know?

Kotaku is widely regarded to be THE worst. I've had back end dealings with them that are pretty unfortunate too.

However, the gaming press is generally thought by most devs to be something that no longer covers what games are anymore. It's all too high concept and pretentious, trying to be taken seriously. No actual investigation as to how games are made either.

The gaming press is generally thought by most devs to be something that no longer covers what games are anymore. It's all too high concept and pretentious, trying to be taken seriously.

Some developers have reported that #GamerGate is a situation that has been brewing for years. Do you agree?

Yeah, this is to do with the press becoming more narrative and less expertise focused, resulting in closer relationships with publishers. From what I have seen, all this really began to start around 2005-2006. [On condition that we not publish it, Glaive recounted firsthand evidence that narrative journalism had been systematically encouraged by two major publishers as it was easier to control with PR than expertise-based journalism.]

What are the primary concerns that developers have, vis a vis the game press?

That devs will be demonized as the sole cause of a game's faults, ignoring the very obvious fact that publishers are involved (after all they are the ones with the money paying for the game to be made).

Are developers changing their interactions with the game press or gamers as a result of GamerGate?

Yes, most I know (especially indie) keep their distance. Developer relations with the press in bigger studios are also openly silenced in favor of more controlled interaction.

What could the press do to restore developers' confidence that they will treat them fairly? What could gamers do to restore relations with developers?

Be more investigative with budgets and the impact publisher management has on games. There is a huge amount of extremely dodgy shit that has been ignored by the press in the last decade!

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