i originally didnt want to include that infographic because it glosses over the beginnings and how/why the mainstream media is playing this off as sexism/misogyny but if itll cut down on people cluttering up the thread with bitching about links then fine.
here is a link that best explains the first couple of weeks and how it all got started. its like 8000 words long and includes a bunch of screen grabs so its just easier to click
http://robsimple.wordpress.com/2014/08/ ... pocalypse/
here is a much up to date but not as in depth recap
here is the actual blog post that sparked it all off
http://thezoepost.wordpress.com/2014/08 ... -accurate/
TLDR for TLDR:
A game developer fucked some dudes to advance her career, and when people started asking questions, the gaming press refused to investigate, and instead attacked anyone calling for investigation. Now it's increasing clear that the gaming press is totally corrupt.
Here's the expanded TLDR for anyone that is still scratching their heads:
A short while back, the ex boyfriend of an indie game developer decided to air some of their dirty laundry publicly, this included details of 5 alleged affairs. Gamers started connecting the dots, and realized that the game developer in question had apparently had a sexual relationship with multiple people that were in a position to help her career.
When gamers began asking questions, the gaming press dismissed the very notion of there being anything improper, and immediately labeled anyone who even dared to ask questions as trolls. Gamers, often having more than a little of the 'tism in them (said with love, and credit goes to Internet Aristocrat), were undeterred, and started uncovering more evidence of corruption in the gaming press and indie games scene. The gaming press responded in a coordinated campaign of articles released almost exactly at the same time, declaring the "death of gamers" - meaning that anybody who still identified as a gamer was a white male basement dwelling misogynist.
A bunch of non male/white/cis/hetero/etc. gamers got really offended at being characterized as white male basement dwelling misogynists by people claiming to be defending "everyone else" so they started a whole new movement to examine the corruption in the video game press and beyond.
The two movements are #GamerGate (the original call for investigation) and #NotYourShield (the backlash of the non male/white/cis/hetero/etc.) gamers.
The gaming press ignores the legitimate calls for investigation, and instead focuses on trolling and shit flinging, claiming that everyone calling for investigation is just as bad as the trolls and shit flingers.
Breitbart drops a nuclear bomb on the issue, by releasing details of a secret mailing list that the members of the gaming press have, in fact, been using to collude on the issue the whole time.
Hope that helps!