@sweeneytodd: I'm disappointed with Patrick to be honest. He's one of the only people who have a voice in all of this, and he's been completely silent. It appears to me that he's a part of it all. I don't care about the "SJW" shit we see every day; this isn't about that. It's about journalistic integrity, of which there is none it seems. I quite frankly think the way everyone has handled this has been pathetic, Giant Bomb included. I love this site and find endless amount of entertainment here, but this is big and you can't just sweep it under the rug, especially not when the most prominent writer/journalist on staff appears to be connected to everyone involved.
It's disgusting. I can't really explain it in any other way. No one appears to have the integrity to stand up to anyone - this is exactly how the main-stream media works now; they're afraid of losing access, so that just stay silent on real issues.
...[W]e should hire based on merit, and not gender.
Friend, I'll be honest: Every time I hear this phrase uttered anew, my brain explodes. The unfortunate — and unintended, I know! — insinuation being made here is that "merit" and "gender" (or "race," or "sexual orientation" or whatever) are somehow mutually exclusive. Yikes! Instead of letting people owntheir personal achievements, we perhaps suspect them of being hired according to some mysterious "quota." Yikes again!
No one is saying "hire a woman instead of a competent, qualified person." Yikes, yikes, yikes!
As a indie minority game designer I can say that they lack of diversity in the gaming community is disheartening especially since minorities are the highest consumers of video games. I had my first interview yesterday with a potential publisher and the racism I experienced was quite unbelievable. Still glad to see the new guys join the Giantbomb team.