- 6/29/18: Niche comics website runs story about claims. Does not fact check or ask Epic Games for comment but tells readers "It's something that we all need to be aware of, especially those of us who have children of our own who play games online."
- 7/2/18: The Sun runs story without fact checking or asking Epic Games for comment.
- In the days after: Other outlets reprint or repackage Sun story. Still no fact checking. Only outlet I found who asked for comment was PC Games. No update.
- 7/10/18: ABC affiliate WBMA which covers Birmingham, Alabama, runs with story and provides local color and “proof” in the way of a quote from one local gamer. Again, no fact checking or asking Epic Games for comment.
I’m surprised that no one has called for a boycott of Fortnite yet.
Someone else links this Rolling Stone piece which claims young men use "Minecraft and other gaming platforms as a gateway into the larger far-right underground”.
I ran this search using Google in two different browsers where I’m logged into different Google accounts. Went through 10 pages of results. Quality of results started to degrade later on. I probably could have stopped at 5.
This got me a lot of the same results but a few new ones.
- white supremacist recruiting videos games
- white supremacist recruiting “videos games”
Starting off with the most detailed “proof” I turned up:
WWMT, CBS affiliate covering Kalamazoo, Michigan
“SPECIAL REPORT: Hate speech is infiltrating online gaming”
Local news station uses the word of one gaming pastor to warn about white supremacist video game recruiting.
“~~please feel free to share this~~”
(Not seeing a date)
Scary Mommy, a parenting website
“This Is How White Supremacy Comes To Your Neighborhood”
“How the alt-right’s sexism lures men into white supremacy”
Subhead: “The movement’s many online communities prey on male insecurity to advance a racist political agenda.”
“Video: How White Nationalism Became Normal Online”
“Steam, Your Kids’ Favorite Video Game App, Has A Big Nazi Problem”
Subhead: “It’s not the games you should worry about. It’s the social platform that allows hate to thrive.”
“GamerGate to Trump: How video game culture blew everything up”
Subhead: “What began as a backlash to a debate about how video games portray women led to an internet culture that ultimately helped sweep Donald Trump into office. Really.”
The Christian Science Monitor
“Wisconsin shooting: how racist bands recruit for white supremacists”
NOVA Next, PBS online publication
“Recovering from Hate”
Longform article about Picciolini and other formers. Includes interviews with academics about their research.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun, UK-based gaming blog
“Germany relaxes ban on Nazi symbols in video games”
Germany will now allow symbols from “unconstitutional organisations” if they “serve an artistic or educational purpose”.
“Mom? Dad? Can I Have Lunch with a Nazi?”
Subhead: “Preparing your children and teens to deal with online hate.”
“Meet Silicon Valley’s Secretive Alt-Right Followers”
“I Married A White Supremacist”
Subhead: “How my husband went down the rabbit hole of Neo-Nazism”
WorkingForChange, Conservative Watch column
Not going to screenshot whole article but this is the most informative section. Took me 7.5 hours to find this.
“What Makes a Jihadist? A Nazi? The Science of Extremism”
“How Canada’s Biggest Alt-Right Podcast Host Went from Gamer to Neo-Nazi”
Subhead: “VICE Canada unveiled the voice behind one of the most popular and enduring white nationalist podcasts in North America.”
“Inside Atomwaffen As It Celebrates a Member for Allegedly Killing a Gay Jewish College Student”
“Snowden leak examines gaming as a terrorist propaganda and training tool”
“National Socialist Movement Recruits Young Children”
“Weekend Read: When calling yourself a fascist is "edgy””
(No date - webpage)
MediaSmarts, Canadian digital & media literacy non-profit
“Deconstructing Online Hate”
I didn’t find this until I’d been searching for 7.5 hours.
Te Kura Kete Aronui
“The Psychology of Heavy Metal Communities and White Supremacy”
by Dave Snell & Darrin Hodgetts, Psychology, University of Waikato, NZ
First Monday, “monthly peer-reviewed open access academic journal covering research on the Internet” (Wikipedia)
“Recruitment by extremist groups on the Internet”
by Beverly Ray and George E. Marsh II, Instructional Leadership and Instructional Technology program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Criminal Justice Studies
“Extremism on the World Wide Web: a research review” (paywalled)
by W. Chris Hale, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Program Director at Louisiana State University Shreveport
Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
“Skinhead Super Mario Brothers: An Examination of Racist and Violent Games on White Supremacist Web Sites”
by Andrew Selepak, Director of the Master of Arts in Mass Communication Program with a specialization in Social Media, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida
“Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do”
by Lawrence Kutner & Cheryl Olson
“Right-Wing Resurgence: How a Domestic Terrorist Threat is Being Ignored”
by Daryl Johnson
“Beyond Hate: White Power and Popular Culture”
by C. Richard King & David J. Leonard