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#1 Edited by Rorie (5781 posts) -


This is the thread where you can discuss the recent Letter from the Editor. Keep your comments civil.

As noted in the community rules, we reserve the right to lock this thread at any time, for any reason. We will likely exercise that ability at some point after UPF concludes. If you're new to the community, you may wish to review the rules before posting.

We’ve seen many thousands of comments regarding the events alluded to in the Letter from the Editor this week. We have been locking comments at night to let the moderators rest and do clean-up on what’s already been posted. When and if we do so we’ll also lock any other threads that pop up regarding these topics. This is the official spot to discuss this stuff, and if it’s locked, you’ll need to wait until we unlock it tomorrow to get your statements in.

Sorry, I’m sure that it's frustrating if you miss the window, but it’s been a long week for everyone and it’s Friday night to boot. Go have some fun and play a game and we’ll unlock this at some point tomorrow for any further comments you wish to make.

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#2 Edited by patrickklepek (6833 posts) -

Hi everyone! Myself and the rest of the staff will be hanging out, too.

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#3 Posted by vinny (6845 posts) -

It's true. I'm hanging out.

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#4 Posted by Mento (4263 posts) -

Usual rules, guys. Keep it civil.

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#5 Posted by KarlPilkington (2824 posts) -

Nice write-up Jeff, it will be interesting to see how GG people will respond now that they have heard your side.

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#6 Edited by ShowNun (56 posts) -

[Oh shit we're hanging out. I'm grabbing a good seat and will edit my question later.]

So I haven't really been following this gamer gate stuff. How much of this is just the internet being the internet? Has it spread out to real life behavior? I know the Feminist Frequency woman canceled a talk because she didn't think there was enough security for death threats she was receiving on twitter. I don't want anyone to be murder so I agree with how seriously she took it, but so far I only see it as some internet bullshit.

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#7 Edited by Klager (234 posts) -

Glad to see an official message about this.

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#8 Posted by Tabain (11 posts) -

I'm exceedingly proud to support this site. This only enhances that sentiment.

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#9 Edited by Brad (6184 posts) -

Hello! I'm J Allard, here to take your questions. Ask Me Anything!

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#10 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12631 posts) -

What Mento said. Let's be civil, and keep this orderly.

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#11 Edited by conmulligan (1919 posts) -

Thanks, guys. I'm sure the pressure you've been under to respond has been a bit shitty to deal with, but I think weighing in is the right thing to do.

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#12 Posted by hassun (9961 posts) -

At least I hope this will stop people from constantly messaging you guys on twitter to make some sort of "official statement" on the matter.

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#13 Posted by battykissinger (29 posts) -

thank you so much for writing this.

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#14 Posted by Depth (363 posts) -

I like video-games

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#15 Posted by flufflogic (321 posts) -

Good to see you've taken an official stance, guys. Hopefully, more follow suit.

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#16 Posted by alex (3742 posts) -

Hey! I'm here too. Let's talk some shop.

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#17 Posted by kaptainkobe (17 posts) -

When Wu says she "calls on" you guys to make a statement, do you find that it comes off as more of a plea, or a demand? I don't really know how to read it, and I'd be interested to see how you guys interpret it, being the ones "called" into action.

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#18 Posted by BatmanBatman (563 posts) -

@brad said:

Hello! I'm J Allard, here to take your questions. Ask Me Anything!

Hi Mister Allard. Glad you're on our side.

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#19 Edited by ejc93 (210 posts) -

Really nice write-up. Thanks for putting it together.

The Courier tablet thing looked pretty good. J Allard should bring that back.

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#20 Posted by AMyggen (7738 posts) -

Great stuff. That is all.

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#21 Edited by Yohosie (45 posts) -

Hey. Thanks for the write-up. I was hoping that Giantbomb would speak out. As someone who has been harassed, obviously not to as high of a level as others, it's really nice to see my favorite game website take a stand.

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#22 Edited by forkboy (1650 posts) -

I have little to really add, I agree with what Jeff wrote, am glad it was said though sad that it needed to be said, and just really want to see the Gamersgate thing go away & let people go back to living their lives without threat. That'd sure be nice if we could just be decent &, I dunno, not threaten people. Maybe I ask too much. Also, maybe if people who are harassing could step back, look at what they are saying & maybe try to be somewhat empathetic to another human being & perhaps realise it could be harassing, that'd be swell.

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#23 Posted by LassieME (261 posts) -

Glad you guys did this write-up, good job.

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#24 Posted by deactivated-594be97fd5af7 (102 posts) -

Thank you so much for this guys. Thank you.

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#25 Posted by SamFo (1676 posts) -

Why can't everyone just get along! It's friggen video games

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#26 Edited by rusalkagirl (112 posts) -

Love you guys. Thank you.

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#27 Posted by ChubbyBanana (2 posts) -

Nice write up!

Thanks Jeff!

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#28 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1712 posts) -

The real problem with the site is the wrestling bias and lack of proper energy drink video reviews.

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#29 Edited by FajitaBoss (129 posts) -

Nice writing! I have no much to say other than I support this letter, and videogames are pretty cool.

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#30 Edited by thristhart (4 posts) -

Thanks for speaking out, guys. It means a lot to see my favorite duders taking a stand against the shitbags.

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#31 Edited by Abendlaender (3076 posts) -

It's a good read, thanks Jeff & the crew.

@brad said:

Hello! I'm J Allard, here to take your questions. Ask Me Anything!

Where.....where are you? Are...are you in the internet?

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#32 Posted by julius_mchup (14 posts) -

Excellent header image on the front page for this. Well done. That's how I imagine gg to be.

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#33 Posted by Gerald (6 posts) -

Agreed, and hope we can all get past this sooner rather than later.

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#34 Posted by 2kings (156 posts) -

Jeff is just the best at putting shit in perspective.

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#35 Posted by JohnDagger17 (3 posts) -

Glad to hear some reasonable discourse about the topic. I have a friend who is way too into this issue and Jeff basically summed up how I feel about it all and put it in better words than I could how dumb this hot mess is.

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#36 Posted by IaN_RM (20 posts) -

This is why I love you guys.

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#37 Edited by alex (3742 posts) -

@kaptainkobe: I took it as more of a plea, myself. I understand the heated emotions going on right now and I don't blame anyone for wanting the people whose job it is to cover the world of video games to make a strong statement about what's been taking place.

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#38 Edited by theoreticallyme (4 posts) -

Its sad that this needs to be said but thanks for saying it.

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#39 Posted by me3639 (2006 posts) -

My only disappointment, years ago i sent a couple of emails to mods and such, since this was such a community driven site it would have been great for more interaction in the forums from the GB staff. And this is the subject they feel vested to communicate and take the time. {shakes head}

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#40 Posted by Apruncelle (18 posts) -

I come and go from online connectivity, and get my news in bursts. This was so immediately upsetting that I nearly stopped interacting with anyone online. Thank you for your write up. I felt helpless in this situation, stopping any train, especially one online, is a near insurmountable task, combated only with time and optimistic approaches. In the end, keep playing games, with everyone, since we're all equals, even those yet to understand that.

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#41 Edited by ravalyassa (6 posts) -

Great piece. Thanks guys.

Video Games, huh?

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#42 Edited by SmarmyJerkface (17 posts) -

A very nice write up looking at several angles of all this unpleasantness. Well said.

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#43 Posted by PokySharpy (69 posts) -

As always, Giant Bomb represents the sane, level-headed, silent majority's feelings on this shitshow. Thanks to Jeff for writing this, thanks to the staff for standing behind it, and a big "shaking my head" at the sorry situation that caused it to be written at all.

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#44 Posted by battousai01 (37 posts) -

Well said Jeff! This is the best write-up I've read on this topic.

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#45 Edited by mortal_sb (667 posts) -

good job! video games!

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#46 Edited by plethomacademia (20 posts) -

Thank you for saying what shouldn't have to be said.

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#47 Posted by MeierTheRed (5940 posts) -

Very well written, thanks for doing this.

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#48 Posted by Dartastic (18 posts) -

Just stopping in to say thank you for putting out a statement on this. :)

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#49 Posted by citizencoffeecake (1543 posts) -

Well written Jeff, hopefully it gives some people pause enough to re-think some things.

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#50 Posted by hojufixter (139 posts) -

Great work Jeff, as always.

The real problem with the site is the wrestling bias and lack of proper energy drink video reviews.

This guy gets it! Now we are talking about real issues.