Controversial video game journalist Leigh Alexander recently announced she’s leaving Gamasutra in order to create a new website for women and minorities called ‘Offworld’. Offworld was a video game blog that was ran by Boingboing and has been dormant in recent years. The website is relaunching Monday March 9, 2015 and is being co-founded with Laura Hudson (Wired Magazine). Currently a placeholder website is up with announcement, stating the websites purpose and goals.
Ever thought games might not be for you? Join us. Here, games are for you.
Offworld is a place for curious and playful grown-ups, where we can enjoy the endless possibilities of the 21st century’s greatest art form. We’re here to express our love of exploring new worlds, to talk to their creators, to share our discoveries, and imagine new frontiers to play in together.
This will be an unequivocal home for women and minorities, whose voices will form most of the work published here. We’re central to the growth and development of this warm, brilliant, expressive medium.
Our doors officially open next Monday, March 9. The journey was long, but we made it, and this is our space. Welcome Offworld.
Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson
For those of you who haven’t been keeping up, Leigh Alexander is one of the infamous Game Journos who proclaimed that “gamers are over”. Of course that is only the tip of the iceberg as Ms. Alexander has made a reputation of pissing in people’s beer (figuratively speaking). She has a history of making presumably racist remarks and talking down to people like service workers. Ms. Alexander has also had a history of drunk and unprofessional behavior.
At this point the question is why would an alcoholic racist who clearly hates video games bother to start a website about video games, let alone one that is suppose to appeal minorities? And why would anyone who isn’t interested games visit a website about games?
Whatever Ms. Alexander’s ‘agenda’ is, it would appear that she is trying to profit from gamergate and the SJW narrative. While I certainly won’t dismiss the creation of niche sites, I do however strongly question the motives and viability of Leigh Alexander’s new website. Perhaps the women and minorities of gamergate will create their own alternative to Offworld.