If Video Games Are Going to Grow Up, Then the Bullying Needs to Stop

Kotaku - Disclaimer: I was a key creative in what is often considered one of the more "dudebro" franchises out there, Gears of War. I'd also like to remind everyone out there that I went out of my way in working with our team, the writers, and Epic's artists to make sure that female characters are represented well in that franchise. By the time we got around to Gears 3 the female soldiers were kicking butt right alongside the men in outfits that weren't drastically different than the men's, and with a restrained depiction of hair and makeup. (I was just tired of seeing stripper looking female game characters after all of those years…ironic, considering how exaggerated the men were.)

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pangitkqb1954d ago (Edited 1954d ago )

Anyone can be a tough-talker behind the anonymity of the internet. I've always thought it would be a fascinating social experiment to replace Xbox Live gamertags with names and addresses and see how quickly behavior changes.

As an example, in the news today is light-weight Boxing champ Curtis Woodhouse who apparently took the time to find where his most noisy twitter abuser lived. Needless to say, the foul-mouthed loud talker IMMEDIATELY changed his tune upon learning that a champion boxer was looking for him in his neighborhood. (Woodhouse left once he saw the guy started playing nice. I wouldn't recommend doing this, but it is a great example of my point.)

Really though, being sexist, racist, or otherwise any form of bigot is much harder when the world knows it is you.

That in mind, a simple step toward a more mature industry is to act online like you would in real life. Be courteous.

Septic1954d ago


Anonymity breeds the negative behaviour alluded to in your post. Accountability will ensure that this kind of bullying is reduced dramatically.

thorstein1954d ago

While is certainly isn't a rational thing to get upset over trolls (I just laugh at them) what this woman did, however, isn't entirely "new." I remember learning about this stuff in college: the negative constructs of femininity in popular culture. It was quite intriguing how insane the popular media is when it depicts anyone who is not able bodied, white, male, and heterosexual. The caricatures are laughable when the are exposed to the light.

Of course, media is a suspension of reality, and while media won't make us DO certain things, it certainly affects the way we THINK about certain things. For instance, in the USA there are more black, young men attending college than are involved in the criminal justice system. But the narrative, the stereotype continues to be of the criminal. Why? The amount of young black men that are involved in crime make up a small percentage of all young black men.

I digress... one of the article's examples is that of Xbox Live. I don't usually use Xbox Live but I play a ton online PC and PS3. I don't see the level of disrespect or idiocy. Usually those people are shouted down or I just block them.

HammadTheBeast1954d ago

Who cares, it's the internet. If you're affected by it in real life, you need to take a walk outside.

Mounce1954d ago

It's as I'd say.

'E-Bullies' just prod at flaws that seem gaping, usually in people who cry for attention and they get more than they can chew. If they're going to whine about the attention only afterwards and cry Foul then they should comprehend it was their own idiocy and their own flaws that brought the bullying to their doorsteps. If you have issues, low self-esteem, lack confidence or have anger issues, the internet may not be your friend.

There is of course the other issue that people who're anonymous really at a lot of times do not understand what Limitation means and may go so far as to become inhumane for the sake of getting the high of ridiculing and bullying simply to boost their own ego. It's a comical chain reaction sometimes of Bullies who bully because they were bullied and they bully online because they feel low about themselves and they know they can bully on the internet instead of in real life because they fear being out-bullied while on the internet they have a greater shield to defend themselves. Other cases, boredom can show how monstrous a human can be due to being anonymity.

BullyMangler1954d ago

If we let ourselves get upset, then we lose. There is no need to go out and look for anyone due to "internet chats". Discipline = Control

sdozzo1954d ago

No one should ever knock equality. But, the world is not equal or fair and it probably shouldn't be.

Here's your cookie.

Blacklash931954d ago

You aren't going to change people. Nor is online behavior of consumers really representative of the industry.

BanBrother1954d ago

I agree, but then the vocal minority (weak, pathetic angry little kids on the internet) are usually an easy target for the media, so then all gamers are put under the same banner.

" The latent racism, homophobia, and misogyny online are black marks on an otherwise great hobby."

I say that all the time. But as you said, you can't change people. The anonymity makes anyone think they are invincible.

Some of the things said on the interent (racism, homophobia, sexism) would not be tolerated in real life. If that was my sister copping all of that abuse from strangers, calling her a slut or whatever, they would have no head. Pathetic cowards, nothing less.

I'm sure I have upset some of these little weak cowards, so I'll let them cry it out by hitting the disagree button. Won't make them any bigger or significant to this world, as right now they are just sh** stains.

GreenRanger1954d ago (Edited 1954d ago )

The best way to deal with bullies and trolls is to completely ignore them.
Ignore them on the internet and roundhouse kick them in real life.

MysticStrummer1954d ago

The maturity of gamers and the maturity of gaming are two different things. Bullying says much more about the person than it does the industry.

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