Throwdown Ep. 01 – “Sex, Lies, and Video Games”

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Welcome one and all to the revamped version of Throwdown.

This show has been a part of STFUandPLAY since its inception and has now made a new home here at The Koalition. This is a podcast where we discuss video games, pop culture and tech in an honest and uncompromising way. You won’t get any bullshit here.

This being our inaugural show on this site, we decided to introduce ourselves to you, our new audience, and state what our mission objective is. We pride ourselves on keeping an open and honest dialogue with our followers and we feel that connecting with you by giving you our brief origin stories is the best way to do that. Our returning fans know how we do things so none of this will be new to them.

Even though this is our first show and we would’ve liked to have kept things light, it would be wrong of us if we ignored the biggest news story that’s been unfolding in the games industry over the last three weeks. Our main and only topic on this episode is the ongoing situation surrounding Zoe Quinn, Kotaku, journalistic ethics, and the war between journalists and gamers. We pull no punches here but we present the topic in the clearest way possible to educate people on what’s really going on. The major news outlets aren’t doing their job of covering this story (unless they’re shaming gamers) so we’ll do it for them.

This week I was joined by the usual panel: Emilio LopezBrian MunjomaRachael MurdockBrett Murdock and Chris Sealy. Thanks to our special guests: Richard Bailey Jr. and JakeJames Lugo.

Note to followers: As you used to do before, leave your questions in the comments section of this episode. This way we’ll have material for this Sunday night’s premiere episode of Throwdown your Questions. We go live at 9:00pm EST so have your questions submitted before then.

Here is this week’s question for you to answer. We’ll read the replies on the first episode of Throwdown your Questions:

Has “GamerGate” changed anything about how you view gaming “journalism” or gaming in general? Are there any sites or sources you won’t visit now that you did before?

Don’t forget to check out the latest episode of The Co-op podcast, “Should We Label Ourselves as Gamers?“, which also discusses GamerGate.

Thanks as always to Shawn Daley for our awesome intro and outro music.

Make sure to subscribe to Throwdown on YouTubeSoundcloud and iTunes. Follow Throwdown on Twitter as well.

Rachael Murdock, our producer, has been diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy. She created an online journal on Tumblr to give people updates about her condition. There, you can read her story and if you feel inclined, you can donate. Remember that every bit counts but if you can’t donate, words of encouragement can mean just as much.

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