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So Pakman asked Zoe Quinn and Stephen Tortilo to be guests on his show, for an interview.Tortilo turned it down the way you'd expect, but Zoe started throwing a big bitchfest with her boyfriend, over Pakman apparently "harrassing" her in public - by asking her if she'd like to be on it...... Yes.
And then this:
Sargon was interviewed by the BBC about #GamerGate
Poor Zoe Quinn trying to demonize and twisting facts, woo. Who would have thought.
And here's the full interview with Sargon, because he curbstomped the BBC by keeping shit on topic despite their best efforts. They used less than a minute of the over 14 minute interview, and only addressed the harrassment point, leaving out all the rest.
Somebody emailed them about their ethics policies and the likes:
First of all, I want to say thank you to Steve Butts for his wonderful article addressing the nature of harassment, particularly internet based harassment. It has been one of the most level headed takes on this entire thing I've seen out of any media outlet, gaming or main stream. He said some things I've been saying for awhile now, and these are things that have needed to be said and heard. I can't thank you enough for saying them.
I'm curious if maybe we can start a dialogue about ethics at some point in the future. I want to point to The Escapists Magazine, who weeks ago continued to allow discussion about GamerGate, albeit under heavy moderation, and after reading and engaging with the community agreed they've failed on some ethical points, apologized, and then reformed their Code of Ethics. Not only did this effect The Escapist, but all sites under Defy Media's umbrella. This is all really GamerGate wants. I'm sure, as you're in the actual industry, you're aware of what they did, but I will provide a link anyways:
I've tried to look all over the IGN site to see if you guys have a Code of Ethics posted, and I'm not seeing one, even going to the Site Map. Maybe I'm missing it, so if I am could you please point me towards it? If you guys don't have one posted, what are your honest thoughts about that? Would you consider formulating one and making it visible? I mean, I'm sure you guys actually HAVE a Code of Ethics, but do you think it's something that doesn't need to be on display? Would it hurt to do so?
When asked what I'm personally looking for when it comes to ethical journalism, I point them towards the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics:
Now, I understand not every point can be directly translated into Game Journalism, but I feel this is a fantastic foundation to work from.
I would love to hear what you have to say, and hope you'll email me a response. I know there's people taking advantage of the situation to harass people, and that's tragic. People I know have gotten threats, and even things in the mail for simply supporting GamerGate, so it's worth mentioning it isn't focused on just women in the industry. There's clearly sinister people doing things to get reactions out of people, which frustrates me that something I'm so passionate about is being ruined by sick individuals getting their way. I hope we can look past the actions of these trolls and can have a constructive conversation.
I look forward to your response, and I thank you for your time.
And IGN's publisher replied with this very nice, reasonable and positive email:
First off, let me thank you for your very level-headed and rational inquiry. We're always happy to talk about our editorial policies and procedures. Peer (General Manager), Steve (Editor-in-Chief) and I (Publisher) have all been at IGN since the late '90s and we all came up through the content ranks as editors, so we love talking about how we procure, produce and publish content.
Like you surmised, we do have and follow an internal ethics policy, but it is not currently public. We do list items such as our re-review policy, IGN Deals standards and practices, an explanation of how we review games, etc., but we don't have a centralized place for our overall standards and practices at the moment.
However, this is good timing on your part as this is a subject we've been talking about internally for a bit and we're already in the process of updating IGN with a permanent, public outline of our standards and practices, so look for that soon.
I also want to let you know about our First Friday program where we invite IGN readers to tour our offices, talk with the editors and ask us anything they want. You can learn more about it here:
Thanks again for checking in and know that ethics and professionalism is something that we take very seriously at IGN. We all have a passion for the subjects we cover -- from movies to television, comics to games -- but we also understand the significance of our responsibility to IGN's readers, so we hope that comes across in our coverage.
This is how you have discourse on the subject, and look and behold, results.
And yes, it is indeed fuckin' hilarious to see IGN being a good example when it comes to video game journalism. The crap they've pulled in the past, and the backlash they got, might actually helped them a little here, teaching them to not be insulting to their audience, and act more professionally.
Nothing new, nothing unexpected. Still peddling the same junk. Irrelevant, but it is boosting the numbers again.
So on one hand we have Ben Kuchera, the dirtbag who's been very pushy over GameJournoPros for ages, who is currently the editor guru at Polygon, refusing dialogue and endlessly rambling/taunting on Twitter, and being surprised he gets negative feedback:
On the other, we have Stephen Totilo, editor guru from Kotaku coming to the table to discuss shit with TotalBiscuit:
I don't agree with a lot of Totilo's answers, but at least he has the balls to come and discuss. He dodged questions a lot, yes, but that's how dialogue comes into play, and I believe it reflects positively on Kotaku, if not Gawker media as a whole.
That's gotta be pretty abstract art, then...
So David Pakman is going to interview Christina Hoff Sommers, TotalBiscuit, Greg Lisby (the ethics professor Super Bunnyhop had an interview with on the Quinn scandal situation) and Milo and Erik Kain....
When a openly religious site does better than you do at disclosing their faith and giving games two scores, one for quality and one for how it gels with their "morality", and tells you how to disclose shit, you've fucked up.
Oh, and the Greg Lisby interview:
(George Weidman, aka Super Bunnyhop, has studied journalism (yes, unlike the Gawkers, he's an actual journalist), and Lisby was his professor once, so there was a contact to reach out to about those questions)
Interview a few posts above