I quit playing online games via Xbox years ago. I had just gotten sick of squeaky-voiced 12-year-olds screaming "NIGGER FAGGOT" at me endlessly. Which is not hyperbole.
It seems that everyone knows that if you play in a public match on an online game you are basically volunteering to leap headfirst into the unmoderated filth that is a teenage boy's id.
This needs to change.
Sexual Harassment in Online Gaming Stirs Anger - NYTimes.com
Executives in the $25 billion-a-year industry are taking note. One game designer’s online call for civility prompted a meeting with Microsoft executives about how to better police Xbox Live. In February, shortly after the Cross Assault tournament, LevelUp, an Internet broadcaster of gaming events, barred two commentators who made light of sexual harassment on camera and issued a formal apology, including statements from the commentators.
Even so, Tom Cannon, co-founder of the largest fighting game tournament, EVO, pulled his company’s sponsorship of the weekly LevelUp series, saying that “we cannot continue to let ignorant, hateful speech slide.”
“The nasty undercurrent in the scene isn’t a joke or a meme,” he said. “It’s something we need to fix.”
Mr. Bakhtanians, whose actions during the Cross Assault tournament were captured on video, later issued a statement in which he apologized if he had offended anyone. He also blamed “my own inability in the heat of the moment to defend myself and the community I have loved for over 15 years.”
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