Cara Ellison

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Cara Ellison

Freelance

Also: Eurogamer; Kotaku; PC Gamer, Contributor; Unwinnable; Vice

Previously: New Statesman, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, The Guardian, Wired

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Corruption

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Corruption

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Gave positive coverage to Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris' game Redshirt in two articles, without disclosing their friendship and the fact that Khandaker-Kokoris was financially supporting her on Patreon at the time. Khandaker-Kokoris has stated she was contributing only a small amount, but hasn't addressed the personal relationship.

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2015 Apr 14

Gave positive coverage to Christine Love, while she was being financially supported by her on Patreon, and sharing somewhat inappropriate tweets.

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2015 Apr 27

Gave positive coverage to Fullbright company and their game Gone Home, on no less than six articles, without disclosing her relationship with Fullbright's Steve Gaynor and Johnnemann Nordhagen, who also supported her on Patreon.

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2015 Apr 27

Cronyism

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Cronyism

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Gave positive coverage to Nina Freeman in two articles, without disclosing their friendship.

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2015 Apr 27

Gave positive coverage to text adventure developer Porpentine in at least five articles, without disclosing their friendship.

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2015 Apr 14

Gave positive coverage to Anna Anthrophy in four articles and a blog post, without disclosing their friendship.

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2015 Apr 14

Sensationalism

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Sensationalism

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Started a moral panic about a 4-second scene in Hotline Miami 2—spending the majority of her hands-on preview claiming that this problematic, upsetting scene made her feel betrayed and unsafe in her “safe space”, and quoting discredited statistics. Often called a “rape scene”, the scene not only cuts before anything happens, but is immediately shown to be fictional in-universe. The controversy following Ellison’s article may have contributed to instigating Hotline Miami 2’s Australian ban.

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2013 Aug 15

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2015 Dec 17

Trivia

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Trivia

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Covered by Brendan Keogh, Chris Suellentrop and Tyler Colp while she was being supported on Patreon by each of them.

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2015 Jun 17

Apparent GG Autoblocker user.

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2015 Apr 27

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

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