Gamergate has been in the news a lot lately, most recently for the harassment Felicia Day received after she dared create a Tumblr post on the subject. Most people have heard the word “Gamergate” and other related terms being thrown around but may not actually know what they mean or why they’re being used. Consider this glossary a resource to help you understand some of the more important details related to Gamergate.
A: Anita Sarkeesian - Cultural critic and creator of Feministfrequency. She was driven from her home on August 27th.
B: Brianna Wu - Developer and founder of Giant Spacekat. Driven from her home after being doxxed on October 10th.
C: Collusion - Transgression alleged by GamerGate of games journalists and game developers.
D: Doxxing - Term for making one’s private documents and information public. Latest tactic in the culture wars.
E: The Escapist - Published an interview with members of #GamerGate to illuminate their side of the story.
F: Felicia Day - Popular YouTuber doxxed after posting an opinion about Gamergate on Tumblr.
G: Gamergate - Hashtag started by Adam Baldwin on August 27, created the name for the leaderless online movement ostensibly devoted to eradicating corruption from game journalism.
H: Harassment - Allegedly used by Gamergate to silence females and social justice warriors.
I: Internet Aristocrat - YouTube Channel that published The Quinnspiracy Theory videos tweeted by Adam Baldwin
J: Journalism - Gamergate believes that games journalism has been corrupted by a cozy relationship between journalists, large gaming corporations, and game developers.
K: Kotaku - Website for which Nathan Grayson writes. One of GamerGate’s biggest targets.
L: Leigh Alexander - Her article about the end of Gamer Culture led to a successful campaign by Operation Disrespectful Nod to get Intel to remove its ads from the website, Gamasutra.
M: Mundane Matt - YouTube Creator whose video about Zoe Quinn was removed due to a copyright claim. The removal of his video led directly to the creation of Internet Aristocrat’s The Quinnspiracy Theory videos.
N: Nathan Grayson - Kotaku writer believed to have had his reporting influenced by a sexual relationship with Zoe Quinn. Disproven.
O: Operation Disrespectful Nod - concerted effort by Gamergate to convince advertisers to remove ads from sites not deemed friendly to Gamergate.
P: Patreon - Crowdfunding site used by many freelancers and indie developers. Often used to allege collusion between games journalists and game developers.
Q: Quinnspiracy - Hashtag predecessor to Gamergate, used to discuss Zoe Quinn’s alleged indiscretions and alleged attempts to influence public perception of her game, Depression Quest.
R: Reddit - Redditors removing comments related to Zoe Quinn helped spur Quinnspiracy
S: Social Justice Warriors - Pejorative used by Gamergate to demean games journalists who care about social equity and progressive ideals in gaming.
T: Threats - Tactic alleged to be used by Gamergate against critics, especially women.
U: Utah State University - The university at which Anita Sarkeesian was slated to speak until threats derailed her talk
V: Valleywag - Valleywag editor Sam Biddle’s tweets led to Gawker’s losing ads from Mercedes Benz
W: Wikileaks - Wikileaks’ Julian Assange tweeted
X: X-Boyfriend - Eron Gjoni published The Zoe Post on Wordpress, a chronicle of his relationship with Zoe Quinn, which was the spark that blew this powder keg
Y: YouTube - YouTube videos by Mundane Matt and Internet Aristocrat are the link between Quinnspiracy and GamerGate
Z: Zoe Quinn. Developer of Depression Quest. Details of her personal relationship with Eron Gjoni led to the beginning of Quinnspiracy and Gamergate
Earnest Pettie, YouTube Nation Sr. Curator and one voice of many against saying #StopGamerGate. Follow me on Twitter @earnestp!