Below is the complete text of an email I sent Maddy Myers, a feminist writer for The Mary Sue. I wrote it after trying out her Twine game (which isn't too shabby), and which can be found here:
I am publishing the text of this email because I want to take apart the conceit that Gamergaters hate women, especially those trying to do anything related to gaming. In fact, I'm grateful she decided to make her work public and wish for her continued success, as the below should demonstrate:
I saw that Twine game you created on your Twitter feed, have tried it out, and so far, I like it.
Your writing shows great skill, and I like the deconstruction of the magical girl premise. The actual technical structure of the game shows you have a good grasp of coding, and I like how the structure seems more interactive than a typical CYOA (Choose your own adventure game).
It's somewhat dark, and not my usual cup of tea, but it is well written, and as a fellow game developer (I'm making a game in RPG Maker VX Ace), I wanted to compliment you on your work and encourage you to make further games, you've done well with this one as far as I can tell.
For transparency reasons, I've heard of you via Twitter and via your Mary Sue work (you might know me as GethN7 on Twitter, currently suspended for reasons I have appealed), and while I don't completely agree with some of your editorials, I still believe you have excellent writing skills, and as a fellow gamer, I wanted to compliment and encourage your skill in that regard and wish you the best.
I also manage the All The Tropes Wiki, and if I can find the time (I am staff for the Orain wiki farm and have other matter that keep me busy most of the time), I plan to make a page about your game on my site, which you can find here:
Finally, I wanted to let you know, again for transparency, I am pro-Gamergate, but I'm incredibly pleased to see a female game developer produce work as fine as yours and hope other women succeed in that field and other endeavors they wish to pursue (and I condemn the harassment or hatred of any woman, as a feminist myself I'm appalled anyone could feel that way about women), and you have my prayers and best wishes on your continued success as a journalist, gamer, and person.
Update: Since this was first written, we have relocated to: