Since it coalesced in in August, supporters of the Gamergate movement have argued that they are furthering a consumer revolt designed to question ethics in video game journalism, turning a microscope on relationships between critics and the people who make games. But in reality, the movement has another purpose: harassing, threatening, and attacking women involved in the games industry. Instead of acting as a watchdog for press ethics, Gamergate has driven its supporters to call in bomb threats where feminist critics are scheduled to speak, force developers from their homes with graphic descriptions of planned sexual violence, and warn of potential massacres if prominent women in the industry are allowed to critique video games.
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