I’ve after neglecting it for a year have gone back to posting on my other blog. The Post: Multiplayer Rescue where I discusses harassment in games.
One of the most bizarre things about gamer culture is the casual tolerance of open harassment in games… As discerning consumers, this attitude makes no sense. There is no other product or service where those who consider themselves connoisseurs openly tolerate harassment.
Most people aren’t going to stay where they’re harassed they are going to go someplace else and leave the undesirables to their holes. This is what we let gamer culture become when we tolerate harassment a pit of undesirables. It hard to fight the stereotype of gamers being immature basement dwellers and man-children, if we allow what is in essence a self-selection system for basement dwellers and man-children. Games and gamer culture is so much more than a just a virtual “creep bar”; we can be the avant-garde of artistic expression and entertainment but to reach this potential we need to have the guts to tell creeps and harassers they aren’t welcome in this establishment