The best known example of corruption in games journalism is pretty much the origin story of this very site. In 2007, Jeff Gerstmann, then working for GameSpot, gave a mediocre review to some AAA game, upsetting its AAA publisher and GameSpot. Jeff was then fired/resigned from GameSpot and he went on to create this site, Giant Bomb.
I go to school at Utah State. On campus today there were feminist protesters, many of which seemed to be directing complaints at the state's concealed carry laws that dissuaded her from speaking. You can't take away a person's right to defend themselves, so I don't think the law should be targeted. However, while I don't really agree with most of what Sarkeesian says, she should be free to give her talk without death threats.
As a non-American, this whole "right to defend with guns" law has always seemed weird and bizarre to me. I just don't see any benefit in having such a law, especially in a school/college/university where people go to study. I don't see any reason why anyone would need a gun in a classroom or lecture hall.
I just happened to see it, But whats the big deal about jenn frank leaving? *which she didn't* she has been proven to have financial connections with Zoe and quite a few others...yeah People like her need to leave the business they are the problem, producing, taking, and giving money to push social justice agenda as the top priority instead of fun games.
The writers of Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, The Last of Us, The Walking Dead, Spec Ops: The Line, etc. have openly declared to be "pushing" what you'd call a "social justice agenda" (The Last of Us writer even went as far as crediting Anita Sarkeesian as a positive influence on his script)... Should these writers "leave the business" too, just because they're "pushing" an "agenda" you disagree with? Even though these are some of the best-written scripts to come out of the game industry in recent years?
And if you care so much about "the top priority" being just "fun games", then does that mean you don't play any plot-oriented games at all? Because if you do, then I'm afraid you'll have to deal with almost every plot "pushing" an "agenda" of some kind or another.
I think some of the posters above might want to read TruthTellah's post again. The problem with "gamergate" is that it originally began as a libel/defamation/bullying/harassment campaign against an individual indie developer. As soon as this small group of terrible people got called out for bullying and harassment, they began trying to cover-up their inexcusable behaviour with fake excuses about "corruption" and "ethics", terms they never used when they first began harassing the indie developer in question. And even those "corruption" and "ethics" excuses were immediately debunked by Kotaku, the very website they accused of impropriety. And this was all before the "gamergate" hashtag existed. But then many naive gamers were drawn to the hashtag, ignorant of the ugly roots of the campaign they are supporting. This is why, for as long as gamergate exists, there will never be any real progress in games journalism. If you honestly care about corruption in games journalism, then you would be mainly focusing on corrupt relationships with AAA publishers, rather than indie developers most people had never heard of before.
I mostly agree with the OP. This whole gamergate mess doesn't seem to have any relevance with actual corruption in games journalism. What happened with this site's founder Jeff Gerstman seven years ago at GameSpot was indeed actual journalism corruption, involving a major AAA corporation. On the other hand, gamergate began over something very petty, the sex life of an indie developer most people had never heard of before, who never had any financial power to "corrupt" games journalism in the first place. Many gamergate supporters seem to live in an upside-down fantasy world where indie developers are corrupting games journalism rather than the AAA corporations behind much of the funding and ad revenues for those sites. Gamergate's real target is obviously "social justice warriors", not actual corruption in games journalism.