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GamerGate Target Zoë Quinn Pushes Back Against Online Trolls

GamerGate Target Zoë Quinn Pushes Back Against Online Trolls


Zoë Quinn, author, "Crash Override"


Photo caption: The book cover for "Crash Override" by Zoe Quinn.

Photo credit: PublicAffairs Books

The book cover for "Crash Override" by Zoe Quinn.

Video game designer Zoe Quinn was the target of an online harassment campaign in 2014. She received rape and death threats, people hacked her accounts, stalked her in person and threatened her family.

It was the beginning of GamerGate. Quinn’s ex-boyfriend had accused her of sleeping with a video game journalist for a favorable review. Quinn and the journalist denied those claims, but GamerGate soon became a rallying cry for people to attack prominent women in the game industry.

Quinn was an online harasser herself when she was a teen. She wrote about her experiences in a new memoir, "Crash Override: How GamerGate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, And How We Can Fight Back Against Online Hate." Quinn said her attacks against women online were driven in part because she was depressed and a closeted queer person.

"I knew from the start what this was," Quinn said. "It's not really about what happened, so much as finding out you're a convenient stand-in for someone else's anxiety and hurt and they're just lashing out at you because it's the closest they can get to dealing with anything."

Quinn joined KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss her efforts since GamerGate to tamp down on abuse.

Zoe Quinn Book Signing

When: Sunday 2 p.m.

Where: Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, 5943 Balboa Ave.

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