When a player reports an abusive teammate in Overwatch, the most common response is rarely fear, regret, or even an apology. It’s “go ahead!” Overwatch’s reporting system is opaque, like any game’s, but word on the street is that it’s toothless.
Trash talking is divisive among gamers. If you go too far, you run the risk of sending your friend home crying and never again playing another round of Mario Party against them. Or, if you’re conflict-averse, a few unsavory words over Madden could make you think worse of your good buddy. Some stand by trash talk as a…
Twitch broadcaster IronPhoenix87 was streaming Call of Duty on the PS4 for a few viewers late December when he was suddenly pummeled by dozens of random messages. “I have have hacked your twitch beware,” they read, over and over. “Spam by https://spampsn.com - - -.” IronPhoenix87 was playing an open game and doesn’t…
The Internet is not always a kind place, especially when you’re a public figure.
Over the last few months, several women have reported facing or witnessing sexual harassment online in VR. Most recently, author Jordan Belamire explained on Medium last week that the avatar of someone she didn’t know virtually groped her in the online mulitplayer game QuiVR. Yesterday, QuiVR’s developers responded by…
The twisting controversies about the translation of Nintendo games, harassment, and the firing of one of its employees got even messier this week.
Nintendo employee Alison Rapp, who’s been a target of harassment over censorship controversies in recent months, said on Twitter that she has been fired. “Today, the decision was made,” she wrote. “I am no longer a good, safe representative of Nintendo, and my employment has been terminated.”
Gaming’s culture war hasn’t ended. It’s still roiling, with new fights, new targets, new depths of ugliness, but also many of the same tactics.
It's Monday, March 2nd, the first day of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and I can't help but notice a common refrain: "I'm already tired."
Harassment and abuse have been constant problems for people who use Twitter, but the company itself has remained largely silent on the matter. A new leaked internal memo indicates that may be about to change, and Twitter might finally do something to combat trolls.
Nicole Jacobs writes over on Bleeding Cool about the issue of harassment (and inadequate policies) at conventions. It's required reading, if only so you can see Hollaback Philly's anti-harassment cards.
If you've spent much time online—playing games, talking on social media, using message boards—chances are you've gotten some abuse. Someone's called you a fag, or a dumb bitch, or suggested they might find out where you live and skullfuck you to death.
The rollout of Steam Tags has been full of highs and lows. It seems like for every funny or useful tag attached to a game, there's been a lot more that are mean-spirited or judgmental. It's been called out as a major failing of the system. Now, Valve's looking to do something about it.
Sometimes, people come together to do wonderful things. And sometimes, people come together to do terrible, silly things. When it comes to Steam's new tagging system—which is currently in beta—it's a mix of both.
What started off as a satirical joke this weekend at video game convention RTX quickly turned into an invasive prank. Harris O'Malley, known on the web as Doctor NerdLove—an internet personality who gives love and sex advice to geeks and otakus—never anticipated his sticker joke to be used aggressively against women…
You might not have heard about the security guard that groped a journalist at this year's E3. Or the writer who gave a PR woman his business card by slipping it in her dress. Or the women presumed to be booth babes simply because of the way they looked.
Ah, the notorious troll. Perhaps you've come across one—those people who deliberately try to get under your skin. Sometimes, that means trying to piss you off. In a game, that could mean verbally harassing or annoying you, if not playing specifically to get in the way. That's the most standard conception of a troll,…
A DayZ player/Reddit user says they recently got some really bad customer support. Not the wait-20-minutes on hold kind of bad customer support. More like the threaten-to-send-your-home-address-to-criminals kind.
BioWare writer Jennifer Hepler is trying to delete her Twitter account as of yesterday after feeling the hate of gamers who are angry about what she apparently said in a 2006 interview.