He wrote a book about his experiences in games journalism a few years ago, and didn't represent himself very well in there. Seems this is a part of himself with which he often struggles. Hopefully he'll take this opportunity to do some introspection. For all his flaws, he has been involved in some things I've respected and supported over the years.
This is genuinely surprising to me as I'd assumed he'd do what he always does and gladhand his critics while not actually addressing the root of their criticism and just fade into the background for a bit.
In his big "Ethics in games journalism"-article he makes the point that, once trust is lost, it can't be regained.
He makes that point in an article he posted on The Escapist, which he bought after it turned into one of the central havens for Gamergate.
I don't think it's that. I believe him when he says that he abhors what Gamergate stands for. He's a Boogie, a classic "centrist" who thinks that you can never really take sides and, if you criticize Gamergate, you also have to criticize Zoe Quinn because, hey, surely she kinda deserved at least some of this, right? He thinks he can, at the same time, denounce Gamergate for what it "turned out to be", but also commend it for "what it was trying to be". Ignoring, of course, that it never tried to be anything but what it turned out to be. He is one of the people that will bend reality just to make it fit his fence sitting, his total dedication to being the centrist who knows better than all those silly people who end up on one of two sides.
"Thou art a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver’d, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch; one whom I will beat into clamorous whining if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition."
I hope he means it and really reflects on this. Since he is friends with moviebob (one of the most anti-GG advocates out there) I lean more towards the "he is a complete and utter moron and shockingly uninformed for a person in his position" than the "he is a dyed in the wool gamergater" side of things, but we will see if he will be able to change this around by his future actions.
He definitely should not be leading any publication when being this fucking dense.
People can improve themselves and admitting fault, apologizing and expressing an interest in working on your failings would be the first steps in the process.
How far he'll get or whether he'll fall down the rest of the steps and into a tub of lard is TBD.
For now I'm just relieved, thinking that this could've gone worse. Could've just been continued and instant lardsuckling. Kind of what I've grown to expect.
How do you "take a leave of absence" from your own company?
Be better or shut down, dude. This is a whole lotta apologizing from a guy who seems determined to never actually follow through. If he did, I'd be the first to welcome him back. But from all I've seen I can't possibly believe this is sincere...