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Ben Kuchera

Polygon, Senior editor

Previously: Ars Technica, Penny Arcade Report Editor-in-Chief

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Collusion

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Collusion

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Member of GameJournoPros. Proven to have been active, and alleged to have had significant pull in the list.

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2015 Mar 21

Corruption

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Corruption

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Gave positive coverage to Zoe Quinn while financially supporting her. Soon after this was brought to light, Polygon updated their ethics policy and disclosure was added to this article.

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patched

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2015 Mar 29

Corruption

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Corruption

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Gave positive coverage to SportFriends, without disclosing his financial backing of the project — although he did disclose properly in a previous article.

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2015 Mar 29

Dishonesty

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Dishonesty

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Claimed to have been harassed by GamerGate, while claiming he wasn't receiving any messages on GameJournoPros.

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2015 Mar 29

Intimidation

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Intimidation

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Harassed EA head of communications Chris Mancil, calling in his employers, for linking to an article of his in his blog, in an entirely positive light.

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2015 Mar 29

Directly attacked Forbes writer Erik Kain, explicitly stating his intent to hurt his career, for an article linking to an emulated version of a Super Nintendo game — despite having written about similar topics himself multiple times.

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2015 Mar 29

Harassed game journalism blogger Ben Paddon, because he was using donation money he promised he would use for rent to buy medicine for his girlfriend instead.

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2015 Mar 29

Escalated a Twitter argument to threats by repeatedly trying to get his opponent fired, by repeatedly contacting his employer.

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2015 Mar 29

Censorship

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Censorship

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Attempted to censor discussion of journalistic ethics on The Escapist's forums by bullying then-Editor-in-Chief Greg Tito on GameJournoPros — accusing him of enabling harassment and calling free speech concerns a technicality.

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2015 Mar 29

Sensationalism

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Sensationalism

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Took part in the Dragon's Crown moral panic initiated by Jason Schreier.

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2015 Mar 29

Reblogged Kotaku's article on the false Brad Wardell accusations, originally stating that it contained "damning evidence". While every other outlet republishing the accusations eventually published a clarification or an apology when they were proven false, Kuchera never did.

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2015 Mar 29

Trivia

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Trivia

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Was on the receiving end of a financial conflict of interest with Critical Distance, which gave him a plug while he was donating to their Patreon what appears to be an extraordinary amount.

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2016 Sep 20

Wrote some significant articles about ethics in journalism during his time at Ars Technica, such as discussing the Call of Duty Black Ops review event (archive) or the pressure on reviewers on games Tomb Rider Underworld (archive) and Duke Nukem Forever (archive).

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2015 Nov 25

Apparent GG Autoblocker user.

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2015 Apr 27

Portrayed in the People of GamerGate series.

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2015 Mar 29

GameJournoPros membership isn’t an impropriety by itself. Read why DeepFreeze finds it notable.

This journalist’s career means they might be subject to slight asymmetric scrutiny.

Censorship, Dishonesty, Intimidation and Sensationalism emblems may be based on subjective criteria.

Readers are encouraged to take entries critically, and form their opinion independently.

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