Inside GamerGate Interview: Media Lies, Gamedropping And Culture Wars
Inside GamerGate
(Last Updated On: August 13, 2017)

Inside GamerGate: A Social History of the Gamer Revolt is currently available right now on Amazon for $4.99. The 202-page, non-fiction book recounts specific events that occurred during the height of the #GamerGate saga, told through the lens of author James Desborough.

The “gonzo” style approach that Desborough took with covering #GamerGate was written to offer an alternative view of the events that unfolded around the explosive hashtag. It also attempts to give readers insight and details on the consumer revolt that the mainstream media and most enthusiast press have refused to cover in an evenhanded or honest fashion.

Desborough recently offered to answer some questions about the recently released e-book and his experiences with #GamerGate that eventually led him to writing about it. He also covers what sort of information both casual readers and hardcore gamers might glean from picking up a copy of the book. You can check out the interview below.


One Angry Gamer: So first of all… how involved were you in #GamerGate and how much of it did you participate in?

James Desborough: I was involved since before it was ‘Gamergate’. Having previously been a bit of a booster on Depression Quest – as a sufferer myself – and even a defender of Quinn I was worried about what I was hearing. The only real sources of information were the early IRC channels and there’s logs of me visiting one to ask what the hell was going on, and then leaving. That mere presence, by the way, was taken as damning enough to pull an interview on the issue I did for The Escapist, later on down the line.

I was mostly involved on Twitter, then on Youtube, and in discussions, debates and arguments around the issues in the tabletop gaming community. It got quite nasty. I got burned out in 2016 but kept a weather eye on what was going on, even as it died down.

So I was really rather involved, attended a meet up in the UK, battled constantly for what I thought was right, wrote a lot of emails – but not for boycotts – and took a lot of personal and professional hits on Gamergate’s behalf.

OAG: When did you decide to start working on the book? How long was it after #GamerGate got underway did you decide to put pen to paper?

James: I was umming and ahhing and discussing the idea with people for some time, going way back to 2016 after I’d ‘left’, but it was the announcement of Quinn’s book – and my awareness of it – that kicked it into high gear and ultimately led me to take the plunge. Well, that and ‘gamedropping’ (mentioning Gamergate) in all sorts of stupid media articles and trying to link it to the Alt-Right or Trump. It became clear that the other versions of the stories needed to be out there, and from a personal ‘gonzo’ perspective, not as dry text. We needed something counter to what will inevitably be the lies and misrepresentations in ‘Crash Override’, but with a personal touch. I normally prefer to be more dry, measured and academic, but that’s not what this needed.

OAG: And on the subject of length… how did you decide what events to cover from #GamerGate in order to give it a start and end? Some people still feel as if the event is going on while others feel it’s concluded. What did you feel was a good “end point”, so to speak, for covering the event(s)?

James: For me it really did end – petering out – in 2016 and giving birth to legacy movements such as the ongoing fights over regionalisation and censorship relating to Japanese games. So I planned to historically contextualise it and then cover it from before it was Gamergate, right back to establishing events and contemporaneous context, through to what I considered the end. Then of course The Last Night happened and even since I finished the book we now have relevant things like the GoogleMemo or the reporting on Charlottesville – which has included gamedropping – which I would have included if I were still working on the book now. At some point you have to type your final full-stop though.

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OAG: Three years after #GamerGate started a lot of people still don’t know what it is. For people completely out of the loop, will a book like Inside GamerGate be able to catch them up on all the necessary information to get a grasp on what the event was about? Or is it something that more-so outlines the media narratives and ideological slants that helped push the subject into mainstream ever-so-briefly?

James: I hope so. I think the main thing that a lot of people don’t understand is how this fits into a much broader historical narrative around fear and loathing of new media that can be traced all the way back to the advent of the printing press, and no, I’m not being hyperbolic. For slightly older nerds the shadows of the PMRC, Satanic Panic and Jack Thompson are supremely important in understanding Gamergate but unless you’re immersed in nerd history it’s hard to ‘grok’ the how and why of the whole thing. The nerd media willfully misrepresented and the mainstream media was criminally lazy. The book, if it can do anything, can at least contextualise that and – hopefully – humanise Gamergate participants. I don’t know how many anti-gamergate people will even bother to read it, but at least it’s now part of the historical record.

OAG: Some people might be quick to dismiss the book because it doesn’t take a “listen and believe” approach to the subject matter, or because it counteracts the mainstream narrative. For those people who have already read the Wikipedia entry for #GamerGate or decided to get their info from a Gawker/Gizmodo site, how does the book deal with convincing these people that they may be approaching the topic from the wrong perspective?

James: Listen and believe cuts both ways. Listen and believe to me. You don’t have to agree with me, but you can at least read it and, as a result, understand my point of view, why I involved myself, why I was outraged and fought so hard and – through me – maybe you can understand some of the revolt as a whole. The personal touch and the, somewhat controversial, shock opener is intended to try and hit them over the head with that side from the get go. We’ll see if it works.

OAG: Ultimately, what do you hope to achieve with Inside GamerGate now that it’s out on the market and available for the general public to consume? Is it about reaching people who may have been misled? Informing people who didn’t know #GamerGate existed? Perhaps convincing the media that they really managed to get #GamerGate wrong? Or is it about achieving something else entirely?

James: All of that would be great but I am content that there is, at the very least, now a record from our perspective. I think Brad Glasgow’s Gamergate book, when it comes out, and mine would make a good complimentary set of books on things. Mine more personal, his more objective.

OAG: If the book manages to really take off, would you consider doing a follow-up or is the one book on #GamerGate enough?

James: I’ve been surprised how well it has done. Maybe non-fiction is what I should be writing… I wouldn’t do another Gamergate book but I could, perhaps, be tempted to write something about the Culture War of the 2010s and how it relates to history. I’ve been shocked and appalled at how politically and historically illiterate so many actors in this drama are, both AntiFa and the Alt-Right people especially. It’s a fascinating and disappointing point in history. I don’t think there’d be enough interest in that though, especially written by a somewhat amateur commentator without a pre-existing media platform, and who would publish it? I’m too left wing for one set of publishers and too politically incorrect for the other set. Self publishing is exhausting and I prefer to save that for my game design, which is a lot more fun!

One isn’t enough, but it’s enough for me to write.


Huge thanks to James for answering the questions. You can either check out the book on Amazon to learn more, or you can follow James Desborough’s content on YouTube through his Grim Jim channel.

(Artwork courtesy of Kukuruyo)


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  • The book will help, but I think the damage has already been done by the mainstream media and mainstream games media.

    Normies and society are complete and utter gullible cucks these days, it’s going to take a lot of work and time to convince them that Social Justice is cancer. I would even go as far as to say that most of them probably cannot even be convinced at all.

    It’s time for the Anti-SJWs, Conservatives, GamerGate, Men’s Rights, Classical Libertarians, etc. to get loud and aggressive. 30+ years of being the moral good guys has been an utter failure.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8HJrr4-7B8

  • chaoguy

    Couldn’t recommend the book enough.
    I’d also recommend The Redpill movie. If you know anyone that is “neutral” on the matter, or doesn’t understand what SJWs are- showing them the book or the film will show them the light. They probably won’t become right-wing and “fighting” for anyone overnight, but they won’t listen to the nonsense SJW spew.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Recently, Google had to cancel a staff meeting after a “GamerGate style attack”. When the riot in Charlottesville happened in the past couple of days, many bitches took to Twitter to cry “i guess its about ethics in journalism”. Even old Nathan “and n” Grayson implored people to punch Nazis.

    Plenty of grown ass goony beard men have made GG into their boogey man and it’s fucking great. It has reached levels of mass hysteria. If that’s not a legendary achievement for a bunch of spergs, I don’t know what is.

    • durka durka

      No man its not, this is what they do, once you are in their crosshairs, they pin everything on you, because if they do, maybe, just fucking maybe someone will “take you out” thats why the love doxing so much. Thats what they do, they create targets by painting a bullseye on people they dont like. These people really want some crazy leftie to assasinate trump, there were 2 attempts already. This is what they want, they want to pin everything on someone to make them go away.

      What i worry though is that at some point people will have enough and sjws are gonna be the ones who get punched, which is fitting since they are the nazis, but nothing good will come out of that.

      • Hawk Hopper

        What’s all this pussy bullshit? If you don’t want to get doxxed, remain anon and don’t link anything about yourself online. I’m not concerned with any SJWs trying to kill me because they’re too busy raping and killing womyn. I’m going to keep fucking with SJWs because it’s fun.

        • I’m not concerned with any SJWs trying to kill me because they’re too busy raping and killing womyn. I’m going to keep fucking with SJWs because it’s fun.

          I think he’s referring to people like that kid who made one of those Trump memes and got accidentally put in the cross-hairs of CNN and basically doxed just for sh!tposting on Reddit. Not everybody using the internet is some anon warrior hiding behind seven proxies.

          • Hawk Hopper

            No. I think he’s being a pussy and a sperg.

            He’s hiding behind what happened to wrestling gif guy and the attempts on Trump as an excuse for being a coward. Don’t be like the gif guy and leave information leading to your personal Facebook, especially if CNN gives you sleepless nights.

            Fuck CNN, especially for that and how they glorified at least one of the guys who went at Trump. Giving these assholes a pass because you’re afraid of them is exactly how we got into this mess and it’s not going to get us out of this mess.

          • durka durka

            ” Giving these assholes a pass because you’re afraid of them is exactly
            how we got into this mess and it’s not going to get us out of this mess.”

            This is what i am saying, but if you get outhere they gonna snipe you any way possible and at some point some one is gonna get hurt physically.

            I mean, man i dont know what the answer is at this problem, if you go outhere they will use their master skills of “victimization” claiming that you are some neo nazi and call bomb threats on you while also claiming you gave them PTSD, if you dont get outhere they will keep doing the same things that they doing and then someone gets hurt.

            If you do get out there however you might scare them and they will reallize that they better in their safe space and they are not as powerfull as they think. Just like that trans person in the alt right rally freaking out there were like 20 of them and hundrends of alt right.

        • durka durka

          I dont get your response, i am not being pussy i am telling you that unless you get outhere and make your voice heard, they will write you off as a troll. If you do then they will pin everything on you. So, have they tried to claim that the guy who drove over those antifa is a gamergater yet? No? they will.

          They paint everyone as the bad guy. Peterson uploaded a video about a article on a newspaper calling him and stefan molyneux a right winger. They automaticly assume everyone is right wing and if they dont like you, they pin everything on you to silence you.

          We have to fight them head on, if they keep this up someone is gonna get hurt and nothing good will come out of that.

          • Hawk Hopper

            unless you get outhere and make your voice heard, they will write you off as a troll.

            Worrying about what names they’re going to call you is pure cowardice.

            We have to fight them head on, if they keep this up someone is gonna get hurt and nothing good will come out of that.

            Keep saying “you gotta fight them, oh, but if you do, someone is going to get hurt” it totally doesn’t make you sound like controlled opposition.

    • Plenty of grown ass goony beard men have made GG into their boogey man and it’s fucking great.

      It has been great, but making GG into their boogeyman on the Internet is as far as it goes at the moment.

      When you’re talking the most important areas – government, politics, law, academia, society, mainstream media, news media, etc., SJWs and feminists reign supreme and still have complete control in those sectors.

      I guess this is all subjective on one’s definition of “legendary achievement”.

      Personally for me, if we can get to the point where SJWs/feminists are completely ostracized and kicked out of society where NO people/companies/businesses/organizations/politics/etc. pander to them anymore, then that would be a legendary achievement.

      • Hawk Hopper

        Personally for me, if we can get to the point where SJWs/feminists are completely ostracized and kicked out of society where NO people/companies/businesses/organizations/politics/etc. pander to them anymore, then that would be a legendary achievement.

        It seems like a lot of businesses have been infected by very SJWs, much to the harm of the business. Companies like Intel that pandered to SJWs with a huge $300 million dollar diversity virtue signal ended up having to fire employees and losing $300 million worth of business. Colleges like Mizzou also took a hit when it let SJWs run amok on their campuses. Several SJWs have been tossed in jail for being pedos, rapists, or making hate crime hoaxes. Several gaming sites started by SJW websites were dead on arrival and had to be closed.

        The list of SJWs failing hard in every sector they infiltrated continues. It’s happening slowly but surely, and none of it would be happening without the boogeyman know as GamerGate.

  • durka durka

    You know whats the sad thing? No one cares anymore, they got other targets. The world is a worse place than it was 3 years ago and everyong is fucking REDPILLED. I still like to think that we somehow caused all of this, we just wanted to play games, they wouldnt let us, they attacked us and silenced us, mocked us and then we became freedom of speech activists and got trump elected….ALL WE WANTED TO DO IS PLAY GAMES IN PEACE.

    I highly doubt anyone will care once Glasgow book is out. I dont know where this ride is going but it never fucking ends i hope something big happens and blows the sjw out of the water.

    • Der

      >i hope something big happens and blows the sjw out of the water.
      Like that car of peace in Virginia wasn’t the big happening?

      • durka durka

        I dont get how someone running over people is hurting sjws. After all they just looking for ways to become victims and claim the right are nazis.

      • AR7777

        that actually plays right into their victim card