The social media campaign known as #GamerGate had its reputation further damaged Saturday by damning new evidence revealing its cause was not to restore journalistic integrity in video games, but to silence those who speak up about social justice issues.
In the most fitting example of irony, the female designer who inspired #GamerGate for allegedly sleeping with a gaming journalist for positive coverage, a claim that has already been disproven by the one who originated it, has revealed the social media campaign for the sham it really is. That's right, it's Zoe Quinn from "Depression Quest" and she has shed light on the situation on her Twitter feed. Quinn revealed she has observed and recorded the chat discussions of #GamerGate at its home base, 4chan, and all the ugliness that comes with. The series of tweets is long and contains Not Safe For Work language, but has been made easy to view in chronological order on Storify. For anyone that ever used or thought about using #GamerGate, you need to read Quinn's tweets.
The general gist of Quinn tweets shows discussions from 4chan's Internet Relay Chat channels and how the majority of posts there are about targeting Quinn, her friends, and anyone known for being or defending a "Social Justice Warrior." No real discussion on how to improve the video games news media there at all; only how to threaten women an independent game developers online. It even goes on about trying to hack into Quinn's e-mail and website; looking for any little thing that could damage her reputation. That should put those claims of Quinn lying about being hacked to bed.
There's also the revelation of the #NotYourShield, the hashtag used by #GamerGate advocates to show the movement wasn't racist or misogynist, was just 4chan pretending to be women and people of different color. Another revelation that the canceled Indigogo crowdfund campaign, "Lawyers Against Gaming Corruption," was orchestrated by a 4channer trying to get his wife hired. According to Quinn, the 4chan IRC logs have been submitted to the FBI for criminal investigation.
The sad truth of the matter is that there are people who were genuinely concerned about video game journalism being corrupted and used #GamerGate to voice their concerns. Unfortunately, #GamerGate has failed those people, because the movement was never about improving the video game industry to begin with. The only thing #GamerGate has done is hurt the reputation of the gaming community.