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Gamergate was the term given to the 2012 Internet-fueled harassment campaign against women gamers, game makers, feminist media critics, and journalists. The term originated when death and rape threats were leveled against Zoë Quinn, an Australia-based game developer, who was attacked even further after her former partner published a polemic against her accusing her of cheating. The vitriol targeted against critics like Anita Sarkeesian, Zoë Quinn, Brianna Wu, and many others came in the form of death threats and rape threats from communities originating in websites like 4chan, 8chan, reddit, and Twitter. 



The campaign against what was viewed as a "feminist attack on gaming" was named #Gamergate, with members of the community lamenting the fact that gaming had been lost to a culture of political correctness. Particularly, the members of forums like reddit's KotakuInAction rallied against what they viewed as an "SJW attack" on "their" culture and communities. There were a number of doxxing campaigns, where the targets' personal information like home addresses and phone numbers were posted to enact even more severe harassment campaigns, putting their physical and mental safety at risk. 


Many Gamergate celebrities like Mike Cernovich, Milo Yinnaopoulos, Sargon of Akkad, and others migrated from the harassment campaigns and hate speech of the GamerGate movement to alt-right, alt-lite, and manosphere circles to continue spreading their message. 


Gamergate, then, laid the way for other groups to mimic their tactics and build their communities. Not surprisingly, the misogynistic rhetoric that came out of Gamergate from supporters of it carried over into the newer extremist movements that have emerged, particularly in the years leading up to the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump, a darling of the alt-right and other hate groups.


GamerGate communities are still active, and frequently continue their campaign against what they view as a feminist attack on gaming culture. Further, no arrests were ever made despite the number of death threats, rape threats, and doxxing campaigns that these communities enacted.


Sources: Gawkerc|net

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