This past week, GamerGate finally got its most complete resource in combating unethical journalism: DeepFreeze. DeepFreeze is a website created by Redditor Bonegolem, featuring a comprehensive directory of websites and journalists who are currently boycotted by GamerGate. Despite its relative newness, the site has gotten a lot of positive attention from GamerGate and dismissive eye-rolling from SJWs.
Putting The Freeze On Media Corruption
First-time visitors to DeepFreeze will note the website’s utilitarian design. There are no ads on the website, no pop-ups and no distractions from the content. The lack of ads and simple design shows that DeepFreeze is not focused on profiteering, making the site less susceptible to corruption. DeepFreeze is divided into multiple sections: an About tab which explains the website’s mission statement and what GamerGate is all about, a directory of corrupt journalists, a list of corrupt outlets, and more.
The Journalists and Outlets sections document questionable behavior from writers and gaming news websites. In particular, the Journalists section features dossiers of reporters who have engaged in questionable and unethical behavior. The entries under each journalist include categories such as Corruption, Collusion, and Sensationalism. For example, take a look at the entry for Kotaku editor Luke Plunkett. He has entries under the categories of Collusion, Sensationalism, and Censorship, with links to evidence of his wrongdoings.
The Outlets section is a list of game websites and shows the number of employees—both currently and previously employed—who have engaged in unethical behavior. Each entry also indicates whether the outlet in question is being boycotted by GamerGate, supported by GamerGate, neutral or defunct. DeepFreeze’s dossiers can help gamers find websites that feature ethical content and help them steer clear of unethical ones.
DeepFreeze has already grabbed the attention of anti-GamerGate. Level 90 social justice fanatics such as Sarah Nyberg and Katherine Cross have been on the warpath against the site on Twitter. Despite their bleating, SJWs really don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to attacking DeepFreeze, since every claim the site makes is sourced and backed up with third-party sources. It’s particularly ironic that SJWs accuse DeepFreeze of engaging in public shaming considering that public shaming is all SJWs do.
Some GamerGate figures have also been critiquing DeepFreeze. For example, one common criticism is the inclusion of anti-GamerGate non-journalists figures such as Arthur Chu. While Chu isn’t a journalist, given the massive influence he’s exerted on GamerGate’s opponents, it makes sense to include him. Given that the site is still new, Bonegolem will no doubt iron out these kinks and expand DeepFreeze’s content.
While writing this article, I reached out to DeepFreeze and Bonegolem with a couple of questions, but he hasn’t gotten back to me, probably because he’s busy building up the site. Currently, Bonegolem has been active on Twitter and Reddit addressing concerns and feedback from readers. We here at Reaxxion are wishing him the best of luck with DeepFreeze.