Vocal proponents of the GamerGate movement for ethics in games journalism today ousted a convicted child sex offender who was masquerading as a 19-year-old girl among their ranks.
No mercy for sex predators.
Jonathon Warden, a 33-year-old male sex offender previously convicted for sexual exploitation of a minor, and possession of child pornography—class E felonies under Tennessee law, where he lives, masqueraded a teenage lesbian named “Hope McKenna,” presenting himself as @HopeStillFlies on Twitter.
Documents uncovered by GamerGate supporters, led by Internet sleuth Rudderhouse, who previously uncovered a doxing ring led by prominent social justice warriors within the game industry, show that Warden previously went by the names of “Phydeaux” and “Felonious Monk” before assuming the mantle of the teenage female persona.
Evidence that led GamerGate supporters to question the identity of the allegedly 19-year-old “Hope McKenna” were posts dating to 2012, in which “Hope” claimed to be “pushing 12 years of retail” with “5 in management” and “4 under my own franchise,” according to posts dug up by Rudderhouse.
Another piece of evidence comes from a 4-year-old post by @HopeStillFlies on Reddit claiming that “she” is a “female underage felon who will have my record expunged when I turn 18,” stating that “she” was charged with “sexual exploitation of a minor”—the same crime Warden was convicted for.
Other posts incongruent with the Hope persona being a 19-year-old girl include references (also made in 2012, when “Hope” was supposedly 12-years-old) to shopping for a 47” Vizio television “years ago” to “save on my electric bill.” At the same time, Phydeaux posted a comment on Kotaku referencing his purchase of a 47” Vizio from Costco.
Hope also references having a day job… at age 13, in 2013. What an impressive child.
The feats of the incredibly woke 12-year-old were then contrasted to posts written by Phydeaux and Felonious Monk, who claimed on a gaming forum in 2013 that he “got in trouble nearly two years ago with something camera related” with his state’s bureau of investigation.
Among the evidence discovered by GamerGate supporters are WHOIS lookups of websites owned by the “Hope McKenna” persona, which had an address and phone number tied to Warden. A quick search for Jonathon Warden on the Tennessee sex offender registry shows the same address and phone number as the ones listed on the sites.
Since assuming the mantle of “Hope McKenna,” Warden has led a years-long campaign of harassment against Nicole Sund, a vocal proponent of GamerGate who once cosplayed as GamerGate mascot Vivian James.
In addition, Warden set up multiple websites, including hopestillflies.com and sealion.club, to install malicious software on visitors’ computers for the purpose of “Cryptojacking.” Do not visit these websites.
In layman’s terms, Cryptojacking is the act of injecting cryptomining software onto a victim’s computer to use their computing power to mine for Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, or using their computer to mine for cryptocurrency while the page is opened. This is typically done without the victim’s knowledge.
GamerGaters prefer to do what’s right over any sense of loyalty to the “tribe”
Unlike opponents of the GamerGate movement, its supporters were immediate in their denouncements of Jonathon Warden.
Writing for Breitbart in 2015, MILO outed a prominent critic of GamerGate named Sarah Nyberg (@srhbutts on Twitter), a transsexual formerly known as Nicholas Nyberg, as a pedophile.
Nyberg was cited by the Washington Post, and enjoyed the support of progressive commentators in the liberal media like Chris Kluwe and Arthur Chu. With the help of citizen journalists and concerned gamers, MILO uncovered a host of leaked chat logs detailing Nyberg’s pedophilic tendencies and an admission that he was creeping on his then-8-year-old cousin.
Nyberg even admitted to being a pedophile, but later downplayed his remarks as “jokes” written by a “teenage edgelord”—when he was well over 20-years-old.
Despite being outed as a pedophile, social justice warriors opposed to GamerGate chose instead to support Nyberg and changed their Twitter profile names to “Butts” in solidarity with the “harassment” Nyberg faced for having his heinous sexual proclivities uncovered.
Social justice warriors were also quick to defend Devin Faraci, the disgraced former editor-in-chief of Birth.Movies.Death, who was accused in 2016 of sexually assaulting a woman while he virtue signaled about Donald Trump. Despite his admission of guilt and terse apology to his accuser, Faraci was allowed to retain his job at Alamo Drafthouse until he was outed in late 2017 as having quietly worked for the company for a year .
Progressive movie critic Sasha Stone publicly defended Faraci for his “contributions” to the progressive movement as for being a vocal opponent of GamerGate. “Devin’s absence will make a big difference for women, and not in a good way,” she wrote, in a post that was widely shared among progressives who were eager to turn a blind eye to the allegations.
For a movement that’s so-often wrongly condemned as a movement of misogynists, transphobes, racists, sexists, and all-around harassers, GamerGate is saintly by comparison to any of its detractors.