While not typical GameDev.net news material, we felt GamerGate has had enough of an impact on the games industry and on indie developers that it's worth sharing.
Zoe Quinn is the indie game developer at the center of GamerGate, and now her story is coming out in her own words through her book Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate. The book was published last week and is now a #1 Best Seller.
Crash Override tells the story of GamerGate, which started as a hate campaign directed at her but ended up turning into an attack on women and race.
Polygon has posted a review of the book, which we recommend viewing if you're interested in learning more. You can get to the review here.
From the Polygon review:
The campaign against her was sparked by a malicious ex-boyfriend, who used what he knew about social media to hurt her, by writing and sharing a poisoned pen letter. It was copied and shared by cynical misogynists and reactionaries who understood how to mobilize impressionable, uninformed men against a woman who might threaten the status quo.
Quinn's book is not the story of a victim. It's the story of a fighter. GamerGaters did their best to ruin Quinn's life, to attack her friends and family. She details how she was traumatized by their outrages, how she was forced into hiding. Defending herself from GamerGate consumed her life.
You can also purchase the book from Amazon by clicking here.