When #GamerGate kicked in, I strongly advocated for the people who actually cared about ethics in games journalism to use the energy to create a consumer organization (Initial proposal here, answers to criticisms here). The central, and perhaps most important part of the idea, was the website, something I called “GamesOmbudsman.com”, which would focus on basically reporting on games industry press – basically watching the watchmen. What I envisioned was something similar to Politifact, but centered on the games industry.
So it’s not a surprise that I am intrigued and cautiously optimistic about the website GamerGateFacts. GGF’s mission statement is in their sidebar.
GGF does not have an agenda against journalists, feminism, leftist politics or even the gaming press as a whole.
The only agenda GGF espouses is one that stands against lies, corruption, censorship and cronyism and any who choose to defend or further them.
And, well, these guys are trying, and are not that far off the mark. I do have some criticisms for them (see below), but what I see here is a very promising skeleton of an idea that could serve the game community well for years in the future. Here’s what I like (i.e. this is good, don’t change it).