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How to stop harassment in video games

NEW YORK (AP) — Many women say popular video games such as "World of Warcraft" and "Halo" are rife with harassment, stalking and sexism that game companies don't police effectively. Several experts credit Riot Games, the company behind popular online game "League of Legends," for building a system that aims to improve the culture of the game and change player behavior. Video game developers remain overwhelmingly male, and companies could make a conscious effort to diversify their workforces, Edwards says. In February, the company formed a "Trust & Safety Council" with outside groups to help develop tools and policies to fight abuse while still allowing people to speak freely. Last year, the free-wheeling online discussion board Reddit adopted new guidelines that prohibit publishing people's private information (such as stolen pictures or home addresses), harassment, abuse and comments that incite violence. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, says that if companies aren't willing to build in filtering functions for harassing messages, they should let outside developers do so.

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DiscoKid1576d ago

Unless they are using voice chat, eliminating harassment would be as easy as not announcing you're female.

bobtheimpaler1575d ago (Edited 1575d ago )

A lot of games and systems have measures in place to mute, block and report abusive behaviour.

If it goes beyond that, then get the police involved.

This happens to everyone not just women. I've only ever seen teenage boys pull off this nonsense, but passing legislation and giving them a permanent criminal record should not be the way. Censorhip is also a terrible remedy. Artists and developers should be allowed to create what they want even if it is only aimed at a narrow audience.

The beauty of the internet is that people are in complete control of how much they're willing to share of themselves.

Regardless of gender, people have more fun seeking out people they enjoy playing games with.

Gamer4News1574d ago

Guys, guys. I have finally found the answer to stopping harassment in video games. You press just the mute button. You. Press. The. Mute. Button.

annoyedgamer1576d ago

What is this article about? That intro goes from harassment to stamping out the "male domination" then onto censorship.

JOWAPPO1575d ago (Edited 1575d ago )

Kinda wondering that myself. How do we go from harassment in online video games... to diversifying the workforce? What does the latter have to do with the former?

One agenda at a time please.

Sir_Simba1576d ago ShowReplies(3)
MrsNesbitt1575d ago (Edited 1575d ago )

As said above by other N4G members the article is very illogical. What is the aim of it?

Addressing the title, there is no way of stopping it completely. As a female gamer who regularly streams and uses voice chat I don't run into issues, in fact I have met some great (male and female) online friends. Even if I do meet trolls big deal it's only an online world - ignore the cretins or report them it's not rocket science.

PixelGateUk1575d ago

''To continue reading this story, you will need to be a digital subscriber to HoustonChronicle.com.'

BAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

no, how did this even get approved?

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