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The Quinnspiracy (also known as the Zoë Quinn Scandal and "Five Guys Burgers and Fries" incident) refers to Zoë Quinn, an indie game developer known for her game, Depression Quest. Despite Depression Quest getting favorable reviews by game journalists and critics, gamers found the game to be incredibly boring and when Zoë Quinn sought to get her game greenlit on Steam, she claimed her more negative critics were harassing her and were part of the chan board, Wizardchan. This eventually got the game put on Steam and caused many game journalists and the rest of the news media to come to her defense. Zoë Quinn also removed several threads in forums that negatively critiqued her game and her actions even seemingly caused 4Chan to fear her. Phil Fish also came to her defense, calling her "attackers" cowards and said he was canceling projects and eventually left the game industry. Anita Sarkeesian would eventually request that Depression Quest be voted into Steam.

Eventually her ex-boyfriend released a wordpress chronicling her behavior and how she cheated on him with several people. Though meant to be a warning about how unfaithful Zoë Quinn was, gamers noticed that one of the names was Nathan Grayson, a writer for the gaming news site, Kotaku. It soon dawned on gamers that Zoë Quinn traded sexual favors to game journalists for positive reviews for her game. This was said to have essentially "destroyed what little integrity game journalism had left", and exposed its corruption wide open. Zoë Quinn went even further by doxxing and sabotaging an event for female game developers by claiming the event was oppressive. Many articles about the scandal that provided evidence of her wrongdoings and the corruption in game journalism were removed from many websites and many threads discussing her were removed from for almost no reason whatsoever. Zoë Quinn's actions were even harmful to other women that were interested in becoming game developers and set them back because of this scandal.

This caused many gamers and consumers to revolt against this corruption and was coined #GamerGate by Adam Baldwin. Gamergate soon began calling out on the corruption of Zoë Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, and other corrupt game journalists. However, the corrupted game journalists, Anita Sarkeesian, and her supporters as well as social justice warriors, wound up twisting the image of GamerGate and lead many to believe that GamerGate was about oppressing women in the game industry.




4 months ago
Score 6
This incident has a reason to exist: To teach us a lesson that not even gaming is immune to corruption, thus teaching us that nothing is immune to corruption at all.

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