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Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate

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You've heard the stories about the dark side of the internet-hackers, anonymous hoards attacking an unlucky target, and revenge porn-but they remain just that: stories. Surely these things would never happen to you.

Zoe Quinn used to feel the same way. Zoe is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend published a crazed blog post cobbled together from private information, ha
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by PublicAffairs
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Carey No- I had an old account and lost the email for it. So I started a new one. And I did read this book- along with a couple friends. Here's the deal- It…moreNo- I had an old account and lost the email for it. So I started a new one. And I did read this book- along with a couple friends. Here's the deal- It borders on libel. It is nothing more than hypocrisy to talk about how you got bullied and then turn around and use a book to do the same thing. The ONLY reason I came back to Goodreads is because Amazon, in the course of people trying to get Sempai to notice them, has been deleting honest low star reviews. Fine whatever. Shills will Shill. But when I read such exaggerations as "U.N Intervention" when her whole visit there was struck down and ignored because they couldn't even get their message or presentation in order? That's a fiction. And so is her USI as for being a coder,developer, etc etc. And I d/l'd the book the night before - its been online for about 2 weeks.(less)
Alison Multiple other people targeted by Gamergate are mentioned and their own accounts are included, with an eye to including those who are not cis/white/he…moreMultiple other people targeted by Gamergate are mentioned and their own accounts are included, with an eye to including those who are not cis/white/hetero.(less)

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Sarah Andersen
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book because I wanted to know more about Zoe's experience, and was pleasantly surprised to find her devoting a large deal of the book to analyzing the systems that enable online abuse. She is incredibly impressive in the way she not only survived her experience, but documented it, learned about it, and is attempting to turn these systems inside out in an effort to help others. Instead of digging through the book for more fuel for conspiracy theories, perhaps take a radical posit ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gender, non-fiction
tbh, before I read this book, I figured at least writing a review would be quick. I was well aware of what Quinn had been put through, and I was worried that saying anything critical at all would help the haters hate some more, so I figured I would be saying something like "yay standing up against bullies", "boo to misogyny" and that would be it.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
Because this book is GOOD, and perhaps more importantly, it comes at a time when there are a bunch of conversations we a
Greg Bates
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zoe Quinn didn't need to do any of this.

She could have just written down what happened, spit some insults at the vilest of the vile manchildren who caused it, and cashed a check. She didn't have to draw a straight line from the hordes of unbelievably hateful GamerGaters to the richest tech companies on Earth. She didn't have to call out everyone's favorite liberal, LGBT-friendly personalities as sociopathic monsters who'd rather let the world burn than hurt the bottom line. She didn't have to to
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quinn has taken the huge bushel basket of lemons she got by being a victim of a vindictive ex and the GamerGate mob and has turned it into lemonade for herself and other victims of online harassment. Here she is brutally honest in her telling of that awful time, and how she has come out the other side to create Crash Override, a group that helps other victims. I got this ARC at Book Expo. Many thanks!
Aoife Riach
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing-- deeply personal but very informed. Definitely much more than a memoir it's a practical and knowledgeable guidebook on online harassment and what everyone -- advocates, journalists, non-profits, law enforcement and just regular internet users can be doing better on this issue. ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Complete Waste of Time and Money

Giving this blog-in-book-form 2 stars only because it does highlight the abuses people endure when they are targeted by the hate machine.  No one should be subjected to that abuse.

The second star is because this book reminded me why I read everything with a critical eye and do my own research in addition to information presented.

The fact is that Ms. Quinn made statements without presenting any evidence, which is a huge red flag. For example, she claims that TERFs
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part memoir, part ode to cyberculture; Quinn shares her experiences as a game developer, professional, and victim of online abuse at the hands of Gamergate. This book was thoughtful and raw. I appreciated Quinn's honesty and solutions-oriented take on the problem that is online abuse. I think this book is important and I think it's something that everyone could benefit from reading. There's a lot to learn, both about tech stuff & online safety, as well as downright humility & compassion. Quinn's ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met Zoë back in 2014, right at the onset of all this GG nonsense, when I was working at Twitter. Between frantically trying to help escalate the more egregious abusive posts, and dealing with my own stalker (who used GG to help advance his own obsessive abuse of women in tech), I didn't have much time for my engineering work, so I left shortly after.
I've been following her work and her story since then, and I find this book to be an approachable and accurate chronicle of the events of those f
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A really wonderful treatise on what to do if trolls start attacking you on the internet, Crash Override tells Zoe's story of how her life and work were taken over by her ex to a horrific degree. Already suffering from depression and a low-self image, she managed to help herself and eventually others with a business called Crash Override and she offers tips to help everyone protect themselves from online bullying and having your information stolen. Eventually, she even began working in her field ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this as I thought it would be rather depressing, but I’m glad I checked it out. Internet abuse is a horrible thing to read about, and some really rotten things happened to Quinn, but I liked how she dedicated a large chunk of her book to prevention and suggestions of what to do if it happens to you. I really appreciate her repeated points that internet abuse is never OK, even toward the “deserving,” like the abusers themselves, and that she called herself out on pa ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
The part where she boasts about how high her anti-anxiety prescriptions are---how they're just as high as combat veterans---made me laugh out loud. Yeah, watching your best friend losing limbs and having to shit in a bag for the rest of his life is totally the same things as getting a rude tweet.

Depression Quest was a lousy non-game by an amateur programmer which some how got accolades. This whole book was a long disjointed screed to deflect that criticism as being part of a vast right-wing, mi
Brandon Forsyth
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Zoë Quinn has written an important book, but not necessarily a great one. There's a lot of insight here into both her personal experience and the issue of online assault, but I think I learned more and had a better time with Jon Ronson's SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED. Ms. Quinn's is an important voice, and I'm glad she's speaking out, but it does feel a little dry. ...more
Thibaut Nicodème
Apr 10, 2017 marked it as owned
I don't really read nonfiction a lot, but I gotta support Ms Quinn for…obvious reasons. ...more
I am not in any way a gamer so I was not familiar with Zoe Quinn and 'Gamergate' but this book popped up as a Kindle deal and I found myself interested in Quinn's story. Rather than buy it, I checked the e-book out from the library.

Quinn, an indie game developer is pushed into a nightmare when her ex-boyfriend starts and encourages a massive online harassment campaign with the sole purpose of destroying her life. She, her family, new significant other and friends and colleagues--and really anyo
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Audible narration and production: no complaints. I always prefer to “read” personal nonfiction in the author's voice. Could have benefitted from some tighter editing (name mispronunciation, grammar), but not distracting.

The first half is a memoir surrounding the rise and fall of GG and its impact on the author. The abuse the author suffered is fucking awful and the fall out continues today, as you'll likely see in comments of this review. Quinn's enemies are so dedicated to hating her that my a
Bridget LaMonica
I'm really glad I read this book, and if you were aware at all of #GamerGate while it was happening, or you're curious now, you might want to pick up this book too.

Zoe Quinn does a spectacular job mashing together an insider's perspective on being a target of Gamergaters while also sprinkling in a dose of her own memoir. It's not 100% memoir or autobiography, because a healthy portion of the book is given to explaining how hatred on the internet spreads, how to combat it, what hurdles victims of
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
Zoe Quinn may be an excellent code writer and game designer, but she really needed someone to help her write this book. Clunky, and a tad poor as me in the first section. Once she starts writing about Crash Override, it was much more interesting.

I feel incredibly bad for Ms. Quinn and what she went through. I'm not sure why people feel it is ok to say whatever they want on the internet. I doubt much of the horrible things said to and about her would have been said if the speaker were not allowed
Sep 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
The second this came out I found and got a copy. The prose is rather stilted and annoying. The subject, such as it is, Is one woman's spin on events that she was at the fringe of at best. She asserts that she was the victim of bullying online, and I believe that part BUT- the nude pictures she says were posted of her were not stolen- they were commercially available. She asserts she is a games designer, and technically that is true. However aside from a crowdsource that she never delivered promi ...more
Crash Override by Zoe Quinn is a must read for anyone that operates a good amount of their life on the internet, especially content creators. Quinn takes us back to the beginnings of the #GamerGate harassment, what caused it, how it affected her life and her commitment to helping others overcome online harassment. Quinn first starts the memoir off in a very memoir like way by explaining her background and her love for gaming. Anyone in her age range, myself included, will be very familiar with t ...more
Mrs. Europaea
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a story about how we become evacuees. This is a story about how we become resilient.

I will be honest, I had absolutely no idea who Zoe Quinn was or the scandal that was/is #Gamergame before reading this. So I really was a blank slate without any bais going into this able to form my opinions and judgments as it may be. I have to admit, Quinn supplies overwhelming evidence that her version of events seem much closer to the truth than anything you can pull up from Google.

In recounting
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I respect Quinn as a creator and an online personality; that said, I'm not sure this book is for me. A lot of it is spent on the basics of internet hate and intersectionality, and while I get that this is clearly important to a lay audience, I could do without it.

I was a bit (though not completely) surprised at her portrait of institutional inertia and even hostility in terms of shutting down abuse.

What I found most interesting is the answer to the question I always ask: how does she keep living
C. A.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading about Zoe Quinn and her attackers since before Adam Baldwin coined “GamerGate,” before the “ethics in journalism” justification was tacked on, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book to answer one big question: how do you go on when that many people decide to devote their lives to ruining yours?

Zoe Quinn answers that, honestly and with humor, and then makes the book even better by listing the work she’s done to help others targeted online, the uphill fight to get the tech g
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brief history of GamerGate, followed by a deep and detailed analysis of the social, legal and technical gaps that make abuse such a staggering problem online. This book carefully weighs emotion, compassion, and the experiences of other people to provide an incredible story as well as a hopeful path forward.
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
This sounds AMAZING and I can't wait to read it ...more
Kara Babcock
Watching GamerGate unfold from the outside and listening to Zoë Quinn describe it in her own words are two very different things. Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate is more than a memoir; it’s a comprehensive dissection of a flawed facet of the Internet. I read it not just because I wanted to hear Quinn’s account of what happened but understand, from the perspective of someone who has endured so much online abuse, how the sy ...more
Matthew Birkenhauer
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Right off the bat, I'd like to welcome anybody who just came to post angry things about Zoe Quinn. Hi! It's blatantly obvious that you're trying to sink the rating of a book you haven't actually read! Then again, being completely ineffectual in tactics and obvious in ideology is so utterly Gamergate that there's no real point in complaining about it. Oh well!

Anyway, I was there when it happened. I remember when the first reports came out with scarce information, and I briefly joined the dogpile
I picked this book up at Hachette's BEA table this year from a friend who was working at Quinn's booth. Sadly, (or perhaps it's luckily in her eyes) I had no idea who she was. I didn't have a clue what GamerGate was until reading the Introduction of this book. I asked my fiancé about it and his response was "Put the book down now. It was ridiculous." So of course I kept reading.

Quinn's story is horrifying, plain and simple. The fact that she, and so many other people have gone through what she
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I could go on at length about how much I loved this book, how I'm ordering my own personal copy as we speak, and how I want to mail all of my old sociology professors a copy as well, but I'll spare you all from that tedium.

I will say, my favorite thing about this book is how Quinn masterfully "passed the mic" to marginalized folks who have also been victims on online abuse and harassment. Whenever I read a critical nonfiction piece- whether a book or a study- I always want to know who holds the
Bonnie McDaniel
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me. It's not very long, and it's a fast and at times harrowing read. Zoe Quinn was one of the first victims of the nasty Internet blowup from a few years ago known as Gamergate. Unfortunately, her life has changed forever because of it, and she admits she probably won't ever be the carefree, nerdy little game developer she once was. All because of a nasty ex-boyfriend and a slavering horde of sycophants who were all too eager to bring a torrent of abuse crashing down on Zoe's ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I legit could not put this book down. I already knew a lot about GamerGate (having been targeted by it myself), but I learned a lot about Zoe Quinn and about the larger problem of online abuse. She provides enough information about her life to contextualize her experience, but most of the book is about Crash Override (the group she started to help other survivors of online abuse), online abuse dynamics, and advice for anyone who wants to help make things better.

She also frequently discusse
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