Reddit user sir_roflcopter has created a very good illustrative example of just what we are so pissed off about regarding #gamergate. A timeline of bullshit going back to 2001, that serves as a wonderful example to what we have been saying for a while now. This shit has been going on for a long time and it has to stop.
This timeline purposely avoids mentioning direct #gamergate issues so it can stand alone as a record that this type of shady behaviour has been going on for a very long time, not just since the Quinn/Sarkessian/GG debacle first reared it’s head.
Here’s the timeline. It shows interesting things that many of us in the gaming community already knew but might have forgotten about. For instance, when I was just getting started in the industry I remember being stoked for Driv3r, only to be disappointed with the game that was released. I had completely forgotten about the review controversy that surrounded this decidedly mediocre title 10 years ago. It’s no different from the Gamespot Kane & Lynch scandal from a few years ago (an event which caused the inception of Giant Bomb), it shows how publishers and their favoured journalists are too cozy with each other and too eager to scratch each other’s backs with gifts and generous reviews.
#gamergate has brought this problem to the surface, but the core has been rotten for some time now.