So I essentially never post in the forums even though I've been visiting this site since it was still a blog called "Arrow Pointing Down," but I had been hoping for some new perspectives/some diversity in the hiring so I figure I'll leave my $0.02 here since it seems to be the place to do so. I'll say upfront that I haven't read all the threads/twitter stuff and I know absolutely nothing about the two new arrivals to the crew - I'm sure they are great people, and I have no gripes with them.
I am also sure that there was no intentional racism/sexism involved in the hiring process, but that is what is so insidious about racism and sexism - there will be always be some terrible people with awful views but these forces act on an unintentional, systemic level as well (which is why the "good old boys" still dominate executive positions/board positions/etc in the corporate world even though OF COURSE there is no discrimination in hiring!). For a long time the video game industry catered almost exclusively to adolescent males (much like most mainstream action films) so it's no surprise that publications would choose personalities that cater to this demographic. And there's nothing wrong with catering to adolescent males. However, as the gaming audience has matured and grown more diverse, it is not unreasonable to expect publications to diversify their personalities as well.
I think the timing of the hiring hasn't worked towards GB's favor, for diversity at both the E3 press conferences and the GB after show were rather awful. I don't doubt Patrick's sincerity in his Tumblr post and his commitment to expanding "his rolodex" in the future. It would be a bit hypocritical for him and the rest of the GB staff to criticize diversity in the industry at large while ignoring the lack of diversity at their own company. Hopefully this discussion will help GB avoid issues like this in the future, for the only way to combat entrenched sexism/racism is to actively encourage diverse perspectives.