Last week, a mentally disturbed young man, Dylann Roof, shot up a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people. Per usual, the chattering classes have attempted to pin this attack on video games, but in a shocking turn of events, SJWs are now trying to blame GamerGate.
Last Saturday, Mark Bernstein Tweeted a link to an article about Dylamn Roof’s manifesto. He jumped to the conclusion that GamerGate was somehow responsible for the killings because Dylann Roof had stated in his manifesto that he had done research on Wikipedia and white nationalist websites. Bernstein’s ignorance could be forgiven considering he subscribes to the outlandish claim that GamerGate is a hate movement, but this is still astounding.
Mark Bernstein is one of several SJWs who is still butthurt that GamerGate successfully got several corrupt editors, including Ryulong, banned from Wikipedia. You can read an archived version of his grievances here.
If Mark Bernstein’s idiotic accusation wasn’t enough, blogger Matthew Hopkins has exposed a number of his conflicts of interest. Hopkins revealed the fact that Mark Bernstein had made significant edits to the Eastgate Systems and Tinderbox pages. Bernstein is the owner and Chief Scientist of Eastgate Systems and Tinderbox is an Eastgate product. If Bernstein wanted to avoid conflicts of interest, he could have suggested edits to those pages and let other editors come along and do so.
Wikipedia needs to take action against editors who have no regard for the rules. Given Bernstein’s track record for accusing others of breaking the rules, he needs to be held accountable for his own actions. It’s no wonder SJWs are so keen on accusing GamerGate of being about nothing but harassment: they would much rather much rather change the subject than own up to their corruption. In Bernstein’s case, being topic banned is not good enough: if he can’t disclose his own conflicts of interests, then he has no business working for Wikipedia.
If anything, this is a case of a has-been trying to extend his 15 minutes of fame. To be honest, I had no idea who Mark Bernstein was until I wrote this article, and I am thoroughly convinced that he is nothing more than a dishonest troublemaker like Randi Harper and Leigh Alexander. In riling up GamerGate supporters, Bernstein got exactly what he wanted. There’s a term for that: game-baiting. Typically, game-baiting applies to specific types of clickbait that tries to link GamerGate to a completely unrelated topic, but I think it’s also a fitting term for trying to provoke GamerGate through social media.
As for Wikipedia’s own credibility being at stake, its reliability has been questionable well before GamerGate. For many people who have at least attended high school in the past ten or so years, it should be drilled into your head by now that Wikipedia is an unreliable source. You never want to use it as a source in research for the specific reason that just about anyone can edit a Wikipedia page. If that wasn’t clear before, it certainly should be by now. Wikipedia is fine for quick references and personal information, but it should be used with caution and healthy skepticism.
As for Dylann Roof, we have another incident were violent video games have been at least partially blamed for the actions of a socially stunted individual. We can sit here and come up with a hundred explanations for why Dylan Roof did what he did, but GamerGate had nothing to do with it.