Ending Harassment In The Gaming Community

Matthew Beard asks - "Can't we all just get along?

Last week Utah State University received a horrendous email with threats of a massive shooting if Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist critic of video games and the media, proceeded to deliver her guest lecture at the campus. Sarkeesian canceled the event for fear that this person might follow through on his threat."

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NovusTerminus1510d ago (Edited 1510d ago )

I'm sorry, but until harassment is a gaming only problem, stop isolating and treating it as such.

Jerks are everywhere, and I don't think gamers with legitimate concerns should just be disregarded because of them.

Matt_Beard1510d ago

Harassment isn't a gaming only problem. But it needs to be addressed within the gaming community otherwise the problem will continue. Ending harassment completely is unlikely to happen, but at least we can try diminishing it as much as possible. Jerks are everywhere, but it would be nice if there were much less jerks in the gaming community. It would make online experience less stressful.

knifefight1509d ago

Right, but individual communities can work within themselves to minimize it within their own niche.

It's why a state or a town might pass some kind of new law or start a new campaign against drunk driving. You could say "But drunk driving is a problem in the whole country!" True, but we do what we can, where we can.

Dark_Overlord1510d ago

I'll just leave this here

Anita Sarkeesian is a parasite that is leeching off of the gaming industry, she needs to shut up with her constant lies and sympathy seeking crap.

Matt_Beard1510d ago

Odds are whoever gave the threat would not have followed up on it. However, online harassment is a real issue that should be (and is being) dealt with. Besides, a threat on this scale falls into the realm of domestic terrorism and definitely should be dealt with.

Yes, some of Anita Sarkeesian's arguments are too generalizing or flawed, but that does not warrant the terrible threats she's received. Holding a debate or discussion would be a much more appropriate method.

Dark_Overlord1510d ago

I've never once agreed with harassment (all my previous posts totally oppose it), but Anita Sarkeesian has done nothing positive for gaming IMO.

Matt_Beard1510d ago

Anita Sarkeesian did influence Neil Druckman's (the creative director of The Last Of Us) decision to create more in-depth female characters in The Last Of Us. Urging game creators to depict female characters more realistically and fairly was one of Sarkeesian's goals, so she has made a positive influence here. She was also awarded a gaming ambassador award which was presented to her by Neil Druckman himself. You can watch the award ceremony on YouTube.

Kyosuke_Sanada1510d ago (Edited 1510d ago )

She never wants to end the harassment because it's her "get of jail free" card when asked questions for real issues. When people are not trolling her, she actively goads them so she can play the victim.

I'm sorry but gaming never needed an "ambassador" then (let alone one with such poor quality.)and we don't need any now. The best way to invoke change in any game is to be vocal to the developers themselves, better still, voting with our wallets.

Dark_Overlord1509d ago

I'm glad there's others that can see through the deception :)

Gpole1508d ago

Toxicity. It will always exist in gaming.