Archon Convention Cancels #GamerGate Panel Following SJW Complaints
Archon 41 GamerGate
(Last Updated On: May 26, 2017)

The Archon convention set to take place later this year at the end of September in St. Louis, Missouri was approached by a supporter of #GamerGate in hopes of getting a panel discussion going that would feature both pro and anti individuals to discuss topics surrounding the event. However, the Archon committee took the topic to a vote amongst the community, and various anti-#GamerGate individuals chimed in to say that it was about misogyny and harassment and a discussion should not be allowed to take place.

Archon posted up their final decision on the matter, writing on their Facebook page on May 24th, 2017…

“ Although the panel was presented as an opportunity for open dialogue from multiple viewpoints on the issue, it is clear that any sort of discussion regarding this topic does not align with the values that Archon maintains. The Archon 41 Programming Team, along with the Archon 41 Con Committee, will not allow a GamerGate panel to take place at Archon 41.”

They reached this conclusion after numerous individuals posted Facebook comments to Archon’s Facebook page when they asked their community if they should allow a #GamerGate panel to be present at their event.

Some of the responses mostly related to anti-#GamerGate individuals not wanting Archon to allow discussion because it would simply enable the “trolls”.

Michael G., wrote…

“ Gamer gate is simply men who feel they can harass, stalk threaten, endanger women under cover of so called ethics on journalism. Frankly, no one cared until a woman became successful and out spoken. Gamer gate is about silencing women in gaming, developer or journalist or regular gamer. It has no place at archon, archon should be a safe place for all, including women and lgbt. Gamer gate and their violent, women hating ideology has no place at this con.”

Tim H., exercised a bit of prescience by keeping up date with #GamerGate outside of the Archon happenings, writing…

“ Archon can’t win with this. Even allowing the beginning of a discussion was a loss because these are trolls who are excellent at manipulating everything around them. By even going this far they’ve doomed themselves and made Gamergate look like a victim. Already the pro-gamer gate guy has framed it as “sjws try to censor reasonable discussion.”

Unsurprisingly, SJWs did censor the discussion.

Other comments claimed that even allowing for discussion would create an atmosphere of harassment and misogyny. Cass B., wrote…

“No. This creates an atmosphere of exclusion, harassment, and bullying (all of which have already been seen and repeatedly reported, mostly to be ignored). If Archon wants a con that all of fandom will attend, this cannot be allowed.”

Many more of the comments play out in a similar fashion, none of which address the fact that the FBI report indicated that they couldn’t gather enough evidence to make any arrests or classify #GamerGate as a harassment campaign, nor could a report funded by the European Commission.

The one who wanted to organize the panel, going by the handle of Netscape, put together a half hour video explaining his intentions, the process of trying to discuss the panel with organizers, and the fallout that followed thereafter.

In the statement by Archon, they mentioned in the second half that they don’t condone prejudice, discrimination or bullying, and that they want to provide a “safe” space for attendees. Additionally they mentioned that after researching #GamerGate they felt they made a mistake in considering it for a panel, writing…

“Although the Archon Programming Team strives to incorporate suggestions and requests for panels from Archon’s attendees, we absolutely do not condone or support any sort of discrimination, prejudice, violence, or bullying. Consideration of this panel was a mistake and the Archon 41 Programming Team deeply apologizes for any distress that this has caused. At the time the panel suggestion was submitted, the Programming Team researched the issue but did not understand the full scope and severity of the GamerGate controversy. We regret and apologize that we were not as informed as we should have been before considering this panel request. The Archon 41 Programming Team and the Archon 41 Con Committee will strive, as always, to provide a safe, accepting, supportive, and fun environment at Archon 41.”

Unfortunately they probably took a look at #GamerGate’s Wikipedia page, which is filled with falsehoods and misinformation, and decided to make their decision based on that.

Sadly, this is another case of those on the Social Justice Warrior side shutting down discussion and stamping out free speech at every turn.


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  • Alistair

    I think in a court of law there will be discussions, because they keep banging the harrasment and misogyny drum.

    Far too long, if is harrasment and misogyny are illegal stop the whinning and take action. But wait they know dam well the court would laugh it out of court.

    They are bigots and sexual preds it is they who should go to court.

  • StolenEyes

    Once again, SJWs move to crush any opposition to their one-sided, false narrative. Free speech is fine, as long as they’re the ones making it. I have stated more than once that if the GG Wikipedia page is not edited to show a fairer and more balanced viewpoint on the situation, then it should be deleted and any article on the subject forbidden. Yeah, and I have a pet pig with wings.

    If Archon hadn’t cancelled the panel, you can bet it would have been picketed, possibly have anonymous threats made against it, or SJWs would have attended posing as #Gamergate supporters in order to undermine it. So in that sense, I don’t blame them, but in particular after watching Netscape’s video on the discussions he had with Archon, their statement comes across as very disingenuous.

  • MLGBob26

    Gamergate have your conventions in a red state and maybe this wouldn’t happen.

  • MusouTensei

    1st time I heard of Archon, hopefully the last time too.

  • anopolis

    SJWs spread hate like warm peanut butter..like crabs on a navy ship….like the flu on a cruise liner…like an STD at woodstock…man..those guys never quit…i like that about them..who’d want an enemy that laid down and died…good on em..gives us fuel to keep on fighting.

  • anopolis

    SJWs spread hate like warm peanut butter..like crabs on a navy ship….like the flu on a cruise liner…like an STD at woodstock…man..those guys never quit…i like that about them..who’d want an enemy that laid down and died…good on em..gives us fuel to keep on fighting.

  • AlecJ

    RULE #8

    Blocking speech on the grounds of its “morality” shows a fear of truth.

    If Gamergate was so evil– allowing the panel would solidify that as fact and make for easy evidence of its nature.

    The fact that the left has nothing to offer except quashing of open discussion is ample evidence of their complete lack of faith in their arguments.

    Ive spent my entire life watching these useful idiots scream “HATER!” while censoring all other views.

    Those involved should move the Gamergate panel off site and have it anyway. #Resistance!

    If there is one thing ive learned fighting the cancer that is marxist critical theory and its offshoots, its that the more we put our ideas up against theres, we prevail…..they only win when they can shut down debate.

  • AlecJ

    RULE #8

    Blocking speech on the grounds of its “morality” shows a fear of truth.

    If Gamergate was so evil– allowing the panel would solidify that as fact and make for easy evidence of its nature.

    The fact that the left has nothing to offer except quashing of open discussion is ample evidence of their complete lack of faith in their arguments.

    Ive spent my entire life watching these useful idiots scream “HATER!” while censoring all other views.

    Those involved should move the Gamergate panel off site and have it anyway. #Resistance!

    If there is one thing ive learned fighting the cancer that is marxist critical theory and its offshoots, its that the more we put our ideas up against theres, we prevail…..they only win when they can shut down debate.

  • durka durka

    1. Who even cares about gamergate at this point?
    2. “stalk threaten, endanger women under cover”

    Wtf they think gamergate is? Cheetahs?

    3. Still ignoring women and minorities
    4. To be fair guys the endless shitlording and edgy posting isnt gonna make you someone that the public wants to talk to or even about. Thundef00t quited the sceptic community…sorry i meant skeptic, because the shitposting and edgy jokes never end.

    At some point you have to be approachable by normies in order to talk to you. Think about that for a second before you reply to me with a edgy shitpost.

    5. The sjws litteraly have no life, litteraly they wont stop with the propaganda, if you ignore them then they establish their ideological hegemony.

    .-..wut?

    -THEY PEE EVERYWHERE TO MARK THEIR TERRITORY!!

    -Ah ok, i get it.

    6.If i hear the word “safe space” one more time ill pray for a islamic terrorist attack to “unsafe” that space, holy fucking shit, the west has become too weak and pathetic, Clint Eastwood was right, this generation is too sensitive.

    /Rant.

    • Mr.Towel

      Thunderfoot is throwing a tantrum but your point is very important and one usually forgotten. I would like to reiterate it as well.

      While mocking is a very powerful tool at removing power from SJW by showing their ridiculousness, being edgy to just be edgy will push normies away, it’s a rhetorical drawback. You have to stay with facts and data if you want trust from people on the long run. That’s why Billy is one of the best from this camp even though he gets flaked for it, he always attains himself to facts, data and presentable discourse.

    • Mr.Towel

      Thunderfoot is throwing a tantrum but your point is very important and one usually forgotten. I would like to reiterate it as well.

      While mocking is a very powerful tool at removing power from SJW by showing their ridiculousness, being edgy to just be edgy will push normies away, it’s a rhetorical drawback. You have to stay with facts and data if you want trust from people on the long run. That’s why Billy is one of the best from this camp even though he gets flaked for it, he always attains himself to facts, data and presentable discourse.

    • While GG may not be relevant these days, the history of it is tainted beyond all recognition and this is a very important thing to consider.

      Otherwise, everything else you say is spot on.

    • While GG may not be relevant these days, the history of it is tainted beyond all recognition and this is a very important thing to consider.

      Otherwise, everything else you say is spot on.

  • Nanya

    Well, that one got it right.

    This is censorship and #GamerGate is the victim of the bullying tactics.

  • mikebrand83

    The Archon 41 Programming Team and the Archon 41 Con Committee will strive, as always, to provide a safe, accepting, supportive, and fun environment at Archon 41.

    Yeah, I heard that padded rooms are great at providing those.

    Just don’t forget to give the attendants colouring books and crayons to keep them entertained, or they might piss in the ball pit.

  • But yet, I keep getting told by the Moderates and Ethics-Only brigade that GamerGate has “won”. Netscape said this to me as well.

    Maybe they have “won” in making mainstream games journalists write a line or two of disclosure in their articles, but this has made absolutely zero difference to the way the mainstream games media operates. They are STILL the same corrupt, deceitful liars pushing their SJW feminist propaganda garbage into everything.

    Not to mention that despite factual FBI evidence and reports that point to the contrary, GamerGate is still generally labeled as a “misogynist” “harassment” “hate group”. That’s what the general view of GG is and what most of the normies see GG as. And it’s all because of the constant slandering and smearing from the SJW media over the years. That’s what happens when you “just ignore them”, sit on the fence and be the “moral good guys”.

    GamerGate has NOT won. Not even close.

    • Until that Wikipedia page changes (which is how most normies get their view of it) it’ll always go down in history as a harassment campaign. And until corrupt media gets evicted from the crackhouse of regressivism like the large slimy roaches that they are, GamerGate will always be reported on as a harassment campaign.

      • This is precisely it. The only way to stop this is to completely kick the SJWs out of the video games industry and mainstream games media.

        I simply see no other option because SJWs/feminists do not even want to have a debate or reason with the opposing sides. They are 100% authoritarians and totalitarians.

        I am also against a “middle-ground” as well, because a middle-ground means accepting their ideology and censorship. Middle-grounds are how ideologues infest and gain control of a medium, slowly and silently like cancer cells before eventually killing it.

        The only middle-ground I am willing to accept with them is something that caters to both sides without any censorship whatsoever and allow for opposing opinions to be heard. For example a “Safe Mode” in video games, and tolerance for people who have legit criticisms on why feminism and Social Justice is cancer.

      • This is precisely it. The only way to stop this is to completely kick the SJWs out of the video games industry and mainstream games media.

        I simply see no other option because SJWs/feminists do not even want to have a debate or reason with the opposing sides. They are 100% authoritarians and totalitarians.

        I am also against a “middle-ground” as well, because a middle-ground means accepting their ideology and censorship. Middle-grounds are how ideologues infest and gain control of a medium, slowly and silently like cancer cells before eventually killing it.

        The only middle-ground I am willing to accept with them is something that caters to both sides without any censorship whatsoever and allow for opposing opinions to be heard. For example a “Safe Mode” in video games, and tolerance for people who have legit criticisms on why feminism and Social Justice is cancer.

    • Until that Wikipedia page changes (which is how most normies get their view of it) it’ll always go down in history as a harassment campaign. And until corrupt media gets evicted from the crackhouse of regressivism like the large slimy roaches that they are, GamerGate will always be reported on as a harassment campaign.

    • AlecJ

      Amen!

      The brain washed children of the social justice left control just about every lever of games journalism. When every outlet is pushing the same destructive agenda, it becomes an herculean effort to get the facts on record.

      Gamergate being the most relevant example.

      We need to lift places like this website up to higher prominence….and create more places like it. I know there is a huge group of gamers who tolerate the garbage from high profile gaming websites because they dont know they have alternatives…..

      • RichardGristle

        Really good point. The vast majority of gamers just go to sites like IGN and Gamespot out of a matter of course, not because they think they’re particularly good places to hang out at.

        Boycotting the shill sites and advertising the smaller but objective sites are where the rest of the community comes in.

    • AlecJ

      Amen!

      The brain washed children of the social justice left control just about every lever of games journalism. When every outlet is pushing the same destructive agenda, it becomes an herculean effort to get the facts on record.

      Gamergate being the most relevant example.

      We need to lift places like this website up to higher prominence….and create more places like it. I know there is a huge group of gamers who tolerate the garbage from high profile gaming websites because they dont know they have alternatives…..

  • I can’t access the page on Facebook. :-/

  • GodBowser

    Isn’t there suppose to be some FBI report saying that Gamer Gate is not a harassment group?

    • Grey

      Yep. Not to mention how every actual study displayed evidence that it wasn’t, sometimes in spite of the studies own conclusions.

      This is the sad downside of the internet though. People aren’t going to go out and find those studies or read FBI reports. They’re going to Google the name, hit the first web page they find (likely wikipedia), and draw all their conclusions from that. Information at our fingertips has made a lot of people intellectually lazy, which leaves them easy marks for the dishonest.

      • GodBowser

        If someone tried to edit the Gamer Gate article and cited those reports as a source it would just be a waste of time since it would be reverted and the person trying to make the edit would be banned

        • The FBI report is cited in the Wikipedia page but they disregard it as the FBI being incompetent.

        • The FBI report is cited in the Wikipedia page but they disregard it as the FBI being incompetent.

      • GodBowser

        If someone tried to edit the Gamer Gate article and cited those reports as a source it would just be a waste of time since it would be reverted and the person trying to make the edit would be banned

      • I guess this is a prod for me to link to the FBI and other studies in the article?

        EDIT: They’re added.

        • Grey

          Didn’t intend it to be a suggestion, but I can’t say I object.

        • Grey

          Didn’t intend it to be a suggestion, but I can’t say I object.

      • I guess this is a prod for me to link to the FBI and other studies in the article?

        EDIT: They’re added.

  • Disqusted

    Again? Idiots never learn. Catering to every single tiny insane group that complains about non-issues is the worst way to go about doing anything. As in, you won’t be able to do anything. It is not productive. At all.

  • Disqusted

    Again? Idiots never learn. Catering to every single tiny insane group that complains about non-issues is the worst way to go about doing anything. As in, you won’t be able to do anything. It is not productive. At all.

  • Krimhelm

    I’ve been told time and time again that if we ignore the SJWs, they can’t do anything. This is what happens when you ignore them. They reach into every nook and cranny to find someone that won’t ignore them, someone that will give them attention, and someone that will cater to their needs.

    Shame on you, Archon. It seems that the value and morals they want to maintain is the silencing of dissenting facts and opinions.

  • Krimhelm

    I’ve been told time and time again that if we ignore the SJWs, they can’t do anything. This is what happens when you ignore them. They reach into every nook and cranny to find someone that won’t ignore them, someone that will give them attention, and someone that will cater to their needs.

    Shame on you, Archon. It seems that the value and morals they want to maintain is the silencing of dissenting facts and opinions.

    • Disqusted

      I grew up with people stealing my shit, pushing me around, making up shit about me, bullying me, etc. Any time I reacted or begged parents/teachers for help, they just told me it was my fault and I should ignore them and never react, and it would magically solve the galaxy.

      Spoiler: it didn’t solve shit. Same thing with SJW bullshit. May as well hold a loaded gun to someone’s forehead and say “ignore this bullet and it can’t harm you” while pulling the trigger. Imagine if medical professions did this same bullshit. “You got a fatal disease? Just ignore it, it’ll go away by itself.” “Your arm was chopped off? Ignore it, it’ll grow back.”

      Oh shit, I described a gun in a mocking reference. Now I will get arrested for threatening rape and violence against women somehow. Because that’s how government logic works nowadays.

      • Spoiler: it didn’t solve shit. Same thing with SJW bullshit.

        Exactly. If there’s one thing I have zero tolerance for these days is bullcrap. I know I’m a bona fide, 200% a-hole and a lot of people hate me, but I genuinely don’t care… especially when I have facts on my side. I think more people just need to stand up for themselves when they know they’re right.

        Letting SJWs step over everyone is how we’ve ended up in the mess, so it’ll be nice to see more stepping up to them (but certainly this does not mean going around punching people in the face that disagree with you… of course, lol)

        • RichardGristle

          Persistence and facts are key, but you also need to know how to utilize them in a crafty manner. You can have sources, facts, and stats pulled up all day but these postmodernist retards will mental-gymnastics their way into convincing themselves their viewpoint is correct.

          Just like when dealing with a child or a rambunctious woman, you also gotta know how and when to assert yourself over them. Much easier to do in person than over social media, unfortunately.

          • Oh yeah, you’re definitely right. The mental gymnastics thing will even make you go insane if you’re not careful, they can be dishonest pricks right down to the marrow.

          • Gush Gosh

            Look at this, I hate trump, he’s the same populism of Obama, a lot of promises and no delivery, but here’s the reality.
            Here comes google recommending articles saying he’s in collusion with russia because some anonymous third party said they heard someone who’s not on his side (much to the contrary) say that he’s in collusion with russia. No evidence what so ever.
            Same shit with this article implying that gamergate is a misogynistic harassing fest when the FBI said it wasn’t and that harassment came from both sides and by isolated individuals.

            You see, they think they can buy people’s opinion’s of truth just by buying adds and media space with lies supported by no evidence. This is the internet in 2017, not the NYP in 1900s.We can double check, period.
            The gaming industry is corrupt as fuck, with collusion and cronyism up even deep into gabe’s ass, and as long as there’s this much corruption there will be SJWs fucking stuff up because they thrive on corruption and tribalism, no wonder they are on the muhamadim jihadism side.
            They helped hide and supported pedophile rings, they helped dictatorial murderous muhamadim regimes, they helped violent criminals get away from justice and worship those same criminals in the name of “ethnic diversity” but throw the law abiding peaceful members of those ethnicities under the bus.

          • AlecJ

            This phrase made me lol.

            “…. rambunctious woman….”

          • AlecJ

            This phrase made me lol.

            “…. rambunctious woman….”

        • ChaosBahamut

          “(but certainly this does not mean going around punching people in the face that disagree with you… of course, lol)”
          Indeed.

          As such, whenever I see a SJW I kick them in the face.
          ;3

    • Disqusted

      I grew up with people stealing my shit, pushing me around, making up shit about me, bullying me, etc. Any time I reacted or begged parents/teachers for help, they just told me it was my fault and I should ignore them and never react, and it would magically solve the galaxy.

      Spoiler: it didn’t solve shit. Same thing with SJW bullshit. May as well hold a loaded gun to someone’s forehead and say “ignore this bullet and it can’t harm you” while pulling the trigger. Imagine if medical professions did this same bullshit. “You got a fatal disease? Just ignore it, it’ll go away by itself.” “Your arm was chopped off? Ignore it, it’ll grow back.”

      Oh shit, I described a gun in a mocking reference. Now I will get arrested for threatening rape and violence against women somehow. Because that’s how government logic works nowadays.

    • durka durka

      Mate trust me, if you ignore them then all their bitching and whinning that they constantly organize and do in collectives, becomes validated in their minds because no one opposes them. MOCK THEM TILL THE SUN STOPS SHINING!! Make it mainstream to mock them, make them seem like pathetic idiotic losers. That is the ONLY way to get rid of them.

    • durka durka

      Mate trust me, if you ignore them then all their bitching and whinning that they constantly organize and do in collectives, becomes validated in their minds because no one opposes them. MOCK THEM TILL THE SUN STOPS SHINING!! Make it mainstream to mock them, make them seem like pathetic idiotic losers. That is the ONLY way to get rid of them.

    • MusouTensei

      Ignoring them was the worst decision (one I never supported), we should have shut them down at 1st sight.

      • That should have been the plan but too many censor-heavy outlets were all in on the SJW hivemind (as evident with the GJP). It was made worse because anyone who said there was a problem was shouted down as conspiracy theorists. I used to get into arguments ALL the time with fellow editors and management about this stuff and of course, since at the time one of the EIC’s was friends with those on the GJP, it was a losing battle.

        This sort of mentality is something I saw echoing throughout the gaming community; various people who saw what was happening but were censored by the mods or told to stay in line and stay quiet by those who didn’t want to be censored.

        Well now it’s all hit the fan and it’s a little too late to turn back the clock. It’s going to be an uphill struggle from here on until alternative media grows to the size of the larger enthusiast media outlets.

        • Alistair

          We should bang the drum too, keep buying uncensored games that SJWs cant do jack shit, keep praising DEVs that doesn’t censored games.

          Keep calling out regressions bullshit, keep doing articles about social identity politics.

          Because it is having a effect, we are for the long haul.

          Gawker is gone it was GG that took a bit part that took down Gawker.

          It never done till evey SJWs sites are shutdown.

          The Tv figures suggest that it took a major dive.

          • We should bang the drum too, keep buying uncensored games that SJWs cant do jack shit, keep praising DEVs that doesn’t censored games.

            Yep. Totally agreed. Chipaway damage.

  • tajlund

    That’s the way of things for the SJW crowd. You cannot allow discussion or debate, otherwise their entire worldview starts to look defective. That’s also behind the whole changing of the language that the SJW’s constantly do. I have yet to find any totalitarian who will engage in rational debate. They will only allow people to speak that agree with them. I had the same problem when running a college conservatives group. They would not debate no matter how much I asked. But, they would then turn around and attack without allowing any dissenting opinion.

  • tajlund

    That’s the way of things for the SJW crowd. You cannot allow discussion or debate, otherwise their entire worldview starts to look defective. That’s also behind the whole changing of the language that the SJW’s constantly do. I have yet to find any totalitarian who will engage in rational debate. They will only allow people to speak that agree with them. I had the same problem when running a college conservatives group. They would not debate no matter how much I asked. But, they would then turn around and attack without allowing any dissenting opinion.