Don't worry, I don't take anything personally. I'm not even a gamer, never touch the stuff. But I am interested in social change, which is why I bother to have and share an opinion. Even though ending misogyny is a noble goal, it's huge. It would require role-models, champions with a strong voice who might arise within the community to prompt everyone to demand better of each other. Don't think that that's what's happening here.
Siding against misogyny is the obvious choice for most people who hear about this story. No-brainer. It would be great if your daughter didn't have to put up with shit from rapey adolescents. Boom, advocates for gamers are clearly on the wrong side.
But you're being punked, because the noble social critics who have advise the game-journalism editors are really just awful egoists (like, really, anybody with a Youtube Channel) with a over-ambitious self-defeating agenda. You keep saying I have no say in how these corporations run their sites. I'm saying they shouldn't do these things because they are making the problem worse. Of course they are free to make their own business decisions, but I can certainly advise against bad ones. I'm not advocating for maintaining the status-quo of rapey gamers, or for more misogyny. I'm advocating recognising a total debacle and conceding before they lose more ad money and make feminism look even worse.
Fighting trolls badly emboldens the troll. And in this case, the troll is 4chan. Actual 4chan; moot fired a bunch of mods and started mass bans and purges over gamergate. So now anonymous is pissed and, like how they fought scientology, they recognise a weak target and are now getting results. Intel budging is a sign that this particular battle is done. 4chan won't stop, because they get the most glee from trolling people who are actually wrong, nitpicking all the failings in logic and hypocrisy and double standards.
If you haven't been following this for the past six weeks, I can forgive not knowing all the little details which paint the same picture I see. Again, I'm against sexism and the exclusion of good role-models for women from entertainment and all that. But these particular feminists suck, they preach to their choirs but change few else's minds, and they make women look bad. I can't tell corporations what to do, but I have every right to predict what will and won't work for them.
I'd advise the creation or improvement of new online media friendly toward a broader gaming audiance than the FPS nuts who make up the current mass core. Not degrading your current readers when they criticize over-zealous, self-righteous moralising. Just segregating them to a smaller niche. It's the internet, there is space for everyone's personal bubble.
You are not a good person by rooting for the "right"-believing team in every fight. Some pragmatism would have prevented the wast of energy and needless brand-damage like this fiasco has wrought onto activists who actually have admirable, progressive goals.
You got me with the gun-magazine analogy, I concede. Thinking further, though, guns are real. Video games aren't. Guns change the world, video games are where people run from the world to be themselves. I find it so hard to think that "cultural change" of the real-world sort (human rights), with it's proven potential for real change is comparable to changes in virtual internet communities. There is no geography, no boundaries. And people go there explicitly to be the troll they can't be in real life. How do you think a bunch of heavy-handed, spiteful, self-righteous editorials organised by a conspiracy of well-meaning, yet inept vloggers for social-justice would be anything byt a colossal failure? A gun-magazine with an gun-control editorial sounds way better because it would be presumable be written carefully and persuasively.
It's not noble or good or right to uncritically side with the progressive side in a controversial, polarised debate like this one. Just because misogyny is bad it doesn't mean the journalists who are being attacked by evil misogynists (and lots of people who aren't misogynists) need or deserve your support. I will gladly support any movement to improving the world for your daughter that actually has a possibility of succeeding. But the gamers are right this time, it's time to try another tactic and stop defending this particular, indefensibly stupid quest to change the world through internet blog posts.