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Website http://nichegamer.net/
Parent Company None
Owner Brandon Orselli
Editor-in-Chief Dimi Gronnings
Ethics Policy View on site
Boycotted? No

NicheGamer, founded in June of 2013, is a website dedicated to reporting upon gaming and the gaming industry. They have a unique focus on obscure, or niche, games that may get less attention from more mainstream-oriented sites.

They are one of the few gaming media outlets who have outlined their journalistic ethics policy,[1] and have also outlined their own review policy.[2]

Pre-Gamergate

On August 21, 2014 Nichegamer's Owner, Brandon Orselli, wrote about the Zoe Quinn controversy and how it highlighted what he called: "poisonous, incestuous, nepotism-filled gaming industry, and more specifically, the games journalism industry." [3]

Gamergate Coverage

GamerGate related Articles

On August 31, Nichegamer started their coverage of Gamergate and Gamergate related incidents.[4]

Title Publication Date Summary
The Schism of Gaming - Zoe Quinn, Neopotism, and White Knight Journalism [5] 8/21/14 Nichegamer's article is about how the game journalism industry (and to a degree the game industry itself) became poisonous, incestuous, and nepotism-filled.
So, Why Shouldn’t Gaming Be Fun?[6] 08/31/14 Carl Batchelor argues why games should be fun, why they are good, and should not be censored. He even critiques the "Sarkeesian Gamer(s)."
Sega and Gearbox Sued and How Even This Fits into #GamerGate[7] 09/04/14 This article explains how SEGA dislikes Gearbox and how it ties into Gamergate. Because of Anthony Burch.
#GamerGate, Lies, corruption and a new beginning.[8] 09/06/14 Hydro Ninja's editorial piece explains why there will be several problems with creating a solution to Gamergate, though one of the solutions is simple but difficult, and that is for game journalists to follow a code of ethics.
Big Gaming Journism is Dying, and Here's Why[9] 09/08/14 Brandon Orselli explains in this editorial piece of why big gaming journalism is dying, it's because the latter does not care about games or the gamers' best interests at heart.
Niche Gamer-cast Episode 16 - #GamerGate Part Deux[10] 09/09/14 In the September 9 podcast, NicheGamer stated that they will still cover GamerGate, the repercussions of the big gaming news media dying out, and/ or blacklisted by the mainstream gaming community entirely.
Unfrozen Caveman Journalist: Victim Complex Edition [11] 9/16/2014 The uncanny comparison on how Gamergate's opponents in the mainstream gaming news media and their allies are similar to Saturday Night Live's Kirok, the unfrozen caveman lawyer.
Game Developer Brianna Wu is Doxxed, Blames Gamergate [12] 10/11/2014 -pending-
How Gamergate Gained My Sympathy [13] 10/12/2014 -pending-
The Gamergate Harassment Patrol is a Success [14] 11/4/14 -pending-
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In construction

Developer's interview about Gamergate

On September 4, 2014 NicheGamer starts looking for gamedevs to speak about GamerGate.[15] Since then they have been interviewing many developers that accepted the invitations to give their opinion about it.

Developer Publication Date Summary
Adrian Chmielarz Interview—#GamerGate, Vitriol, and Saying Enough is Enough[16] 12/11/14 In Niche Gamer's interview with Adrian Chmielarz, it got into what gotten Adrian into games, what made him decide to go into the game industry, and even asking what his opinion of Gamergate.
David Jaffe Interview—Ethics, Censorship, and #GamerGate[17] 12/10/14 In the interview, David Jaffe stated that he does not believe that Gamergate is a real movement, some of his criticism is that the revolt does not have any leader or real leadership.
#GamerGate Interview – Christian Allen Edition[18] 12/04/14 Brandon Orselli interviews Christian Allen, a game developer, his thoughts on game development, Gamergate, and so forth.
Real #GameDev’s Sound off Regarding the #GamerGate Controversy[19] 09/18/14 Brandon Orselli published an article interviewing various indie developers and their take on Gamergate.
Xbro Responds to Accusations of Xbox and #GamerGate[20] 12/05/14 -Pending-
Xbro Interview—IGDA #GamerGate Blacklist Edition[21] 12/01/14 Xbro decided to do another interview, just to clarify some things, and to talk about IGDA adopting the use of a block list.
Xbro Interview—#GamerGate Numero Dos[22] 11/17/14 -Pending-
#GamerGate Interview – Anonymous Xbox Edition[23] 09/17/14 -Pending-
Christian Allen Interview - The State of GG and the Video Games Industry [24] 1/10/15 -Pending-
Brad Wardell Interview Parallel Computing, Social Media, and the Comeback of RTS Games [25] 3/17/15 -Pending-
Denis Dyack Interview Part 1 -Yellow Journalism and What Really Happened With X-Men Destiny [26] 5/23/15 -Pending-
Denis Dyack Interview Part 2 - Gamergate, The IGDA, and Censorship [27] 5/25/2015 -Pending-

In construction

Trivia

Niche Gamer has a Steam Curator store (link): http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6888061-Niche-Gamer/

References

  1. NicheGamer.net - Ethics policy
  2. NicheGamer.net - Review Policy
  3. Brandon Orselli, The Schism of Gaming, Zoe Quinn, Nepotism and White Knight Journalism, 21th August 2014.
  4. NicheGamer.net - Gamergate articles
  5. Brandon Orselli, [1], 8th 21 2014
  6. Carl Batchelor, So, Why Shouldn’t Gaming Be Fun?, 31st August 2014.
  7. Myles Vitagliano, Sega and Gearbox Sued and How Even This Fits into #GamerGate 4th September 2014.
  8. Satya Pasupuleti, #GamerGate: Lies, Corruption, and a New Beginning. 6th September 2014.
  9. Brandol Orselli, Big Gaming Journism is Dying, and Here's Why
  10. NicheGamer.net - Niche Gamer-cast Episode 16 - #GamerGate Part Deux. 9th September 2014.
  11. Carl Batchelor, Unfrozen Caveman Journalist: Victim Complex Edition
  12. Hydro Ninja, Game Developer Brianna Wu is Doxxed, Blames GG 11 October 2014
  13. Niche Gamer Staff, [2] How Gamergate Gained My Sympathy. 12 October 2014
  14. Brandon Orselli, The Gamergate Harassment Patrol is a Success The Gamergate Harassment Patrol is a Success. 4 November 2014
  15. Brandon Orselli, NicheGamer.net - We're Polling for Gamedevs to speak about #Gamergate 4th September 2014.
  16. Brandon Orselli, Adrian Chmielarz Interview—#GamerGate, Vitriol, and Saying Enough is Enough, 11 December 2014 10:22 PM
  17. Brandon Orselli, David Jaffe Interview—Ethics, Censorship, and #GamerGate, 10 December 2014 10:51 PM
  18. Brandon Orselli, #GamerGate Interview – Christian Allen Edition, 4 December 2014 9:36 PM
  19. Brandon Orselli, Real #GameDev’s Sound off Regarding the #GamerGate Controversy, 18 September 2014 10:33 PM
  20. Brandon Orselli, Xbro Responds to Accusations of Xbox and #GamerGate, 5 December 2014 11:06 PM
  21. Brandon Orselli, Xbro Interview—IGDA #GamerGate Blacklist Edition, 1 December 2014 10:46 PM
  22. Brandon Orselli, Xbro Interview—#GamerGate Numero Dos, 17 November 2014 12:00 AM
  23. Brandon Orselli, #GamerGate Interview – Anonymous Xbox Edition, 17 September 2014 11:59 PM
  24. Christian Allen Interview - The State of GG and the Video Games Industry 10 Janurary, 2015 10:59
  25. Brandon Orselli, Brad Wardell Interview - Parallel Computing, Social Media, and the Comeback of RTS Games 17 March, 2015
  26. Brandon Orselli, [3] 23 May, 2015
  27. brandonorselli,[4], 25 May 2015 11:57 AM