If you’re trying to catch up on Gamergate, Jay Hathaway provides a great summary.
Gamergaters demand to be seen simultaneously as a 70-million-strong market force, too big for the industry to ignore, and as a persecuted minority. They warn advertisers it’s “racist” and “sexist” when a gaming site dares to point out that most angry gamers are young, white, and male. At the same time, they argue that angry, young, white males are those sites’ “target audience,” and writers offend them at their own risk.
Jay and I have had beers on several occasions in case you want to add this to the web of conspiracy behind the failure of ethics in game journalism.