What is your take on sexual harassment in online gaming? Do some people take their "jokes" too far?
The following is an article about sexual harassment and the changes that are underway in online gaming - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/us/se … d=tw-share
What do you think must be done to fix this ever-growing concern?
I have a question. Why do people who do online gaming have to reveal their gender? It is a medium that can allow for anonymity. I would stop participating in online gaming if it was a problem for me. They can't harass me if I am not there.
Abuse seems to be a feature of group mentality. Look at the forums here, people give an opinion and if it is not PC or popular they are slammed mercilessly. So much for tolerance.
For a long time and still to some extent, gaming was/is a boys-only club, and any boys-only club is more than likely going to be somewhat sexually crude. It is kind of like our modern day cigar rooms. For a long time that was alright because there just weren't many females playing games, and if they were they were probably thick-skinned enough to be unphased by the crudity. This is no longer the case as female gamers are increasingly becoming more common. Most civilized men know that when a woman walks in the room, you change the conversation. The online gaming community hasn't made this adjustment and in some cases is strongly fighting against doing so. Many of them still want their place where they are free to be uncouth.
This isn't just a gender issue either. Ethnic/racial comments are unfortunately also quite common. For the most part I think this is an issue which will resolve itself. We all have some responsibility in advocating for an inclusive and tolerant gamespace, but more so that that, game-makers have an enormous interest in a friendly gamespace. I imagine that they will start to work much harder at weeding out this sort of behavior.
True, and there does need to be a line drawn. Being "crude" isn't the issue, it's more of being degrading and making comments that would be considered racist, sexist, homophobic, etc., if it were said in a different setting; I.E. in person. Bullying.
I would say yes, but you have to think most of the crude comments on there are coming from hormonally supercharged teenagers. I have played male and female characters on various online games, such as Everquest 1 & 2, Star Wars Galaxies, etc... and have been bombarded with stupid comments of sexual nature. You can either ignore them, report them, or degrade them. Any of the three options should help.
Jokes on them for hitting on your female character! I report people, and annoy them on purpose, if they are the mean-spirited type. Some of the harassment is pretty serious, though, and shouldn't be taken lightly or as a form of 'having fun'.
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