Research: sexism in online gaming is just good old-fashioned bullying

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study contends that sexism in video gaming culture is simply just another form of bullying. The findings come from a new study called "Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour" by researchers Michael M. Kasumovic (from the Ecology and Evolution Research Centre at the University of New South Wales) and Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff (from the Department of Integrative Studies at Miami University Middletown).

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Randy Harper's OAPI urges ICANN to abandon whois proposal

July 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Online Abuse Prevention Initiative founder Randi Harper has written an open letter to ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the de facto governing body of the Internet (for lack of a better term) about its May proposal to make all website owners list their names in Whois information. Harper and others who signed her letter say that getting rid of anonymous listings from Whois listings will ultimately lead to abuse including doxing, harassment, and swatting.

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Rep. Katherine Clark gets House backing on forcing DOJ to investigate online threats

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) once again called on the Department of Justice to investigate cyber crimes (online threats, swatting, etc.) aimed at women, and to announce that the House of Representatives has formally supported her request to "intensify investigation and prosecution of severe online threats against women."

'League of Legends' player admits swatting and stalking multiple victims in the U.S. and Canada

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player has plead guilty to 23 different charges related to online stalking, hacking, and swatting incidents in the United States and Canada. According to Tricity News, the 17-year-old male, who can't be identified due to his age, plead guilty last week to 23 counts of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment.   

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Twitter highlights Crash Override as a 'trusted resource' to combat online abuse

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Twitter has added Crash Override to its list of "trusted sources," according to the organization's twitter account. Sure enough under its "Online Abuse" section, Twitter Support lists Crash Override as a trusted resource alongside such organizations as Amnesty International, Connect Safely, Cyberbullying Research Center, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and many, many other familiar names.

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The great GamerGate debate: Mercedes Carrera v. Chris Kluwe

May 8, 2015 - James Fudge

The David Pakman Show hosted a debate yesterday between adult entertainment star and GamerGate supporter Mercedes Carrera; and former NFL player and outspoken critic of GamerGate, Chris Kluwe.  

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More details emerge in Rachel Bryk's death

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On Monday we reported the tragic death of Rachel Bryk, a transgender programmer who contributed extensively to an open sourced GameCube and Wii emulation program called Dolphin. On April 23 Rachel jumped from the George Washington Bridge (the bridge that connects New York City to New Jersey) to the icy water below.

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Twitter outlines new measures to deal with harassment and threats

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new blog post from Shreyas Doshi, Twitter's Director of Product Management, reveals that the company is working on some new features that (it hopes) will help it deal with the serious problem of online threats and harassment on the social media platform. The first notable change is in the language of what constitutes threats under the Twitter rules of conduct.

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Ms. Quinn goes to Washington

April 15, 2015 - James Fudge

Today United States Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA.), in partnership with the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the National Council of Women’s Organizations and The National Organization for Women took part in a congressional briefing on cyberstalking and online threats and best practices to combat them.

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Swatting: It's All Fun And Games Until Someone Gets Murdered

March 10, 2015 - James Fudge

It's Just A Harmless Prank...

Some might describe swatting, the act of making an erroneous phone call to a police department in the hopes that they will deploy a SWAT team to a specific location, as an innocuous prank. The "royal they" of the Internet note that, besides the target's pride being hurt and being mildly humiliated, swatting is harmless and funny. 

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Preview for Law & Order: SVU 'Gaming Episode' Released

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A two minute, twenty-five second preview video has been released for what many are calling the "GamerGate" episode of NBC's Law & Order: SVU. The episode, set to air on February 11 on NBC stations, is called "Intimidation Game," and deals with a female game developer receiving death threats, getting doxxed, and being swatted by a group of gamers.

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Is The Party Almost Over For Bad Actors On Twitter?

February 5, 2015 - James Fudge

In an internal memo obtained by The Verge, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo doesn't mince words when asked by an employee about the company's efforts to get rid of trolls and serial harassers from the social media platform:

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Law & Order SVU Tackles Video Games and Online Harassment in Upcoming Episode

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

All Things Law & Order, (as you might guess) a blog dedicated to the popular and long-running NBC crime drama series Law & Order, has news of a special episode of Law & Order SVU dealing with video games, online harassment, threats and a female game developer. Here's the synopsis for the episode set to air on February 11 (9 PM ET) on NBC:

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Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz Launch Anti-Harassment Resource 'Crash Override'

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developers Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz have revealed that they are working on Crash Override Network, described as a support network and assistance group for victims and targets of "unique forms of online harassment." The site, which has a countdown timer at the moment, is being lead by the duo, and is staffed by "online abuse survivors whose identities remain anonymous to anyone outside the network."

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EFF Tackles The Challenges of Combating Online Harassment

January 8, 2015 - James Fudge

One little line in an excellent article about the challenges of dealing with online harassment is getting a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons. The article, "Facing the Challenge of Online Harassment," goes to great lengths to lay out all the challenges in combating online harassment including the need to avoid stifling free speech in the process through unnecessary laws.

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Peter Moore Rails Against Twitter For How It Handles Abuse

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has called out social media network Twitter for the way it handles harassment and threats after finding himself the target of some pretty egregious threats himself. It all started with a tweet from a user named "xbox_gamer87" with the profile name "Robertclarke." He tweeted at Moore:

"Hope your wife gets raped." He followed that tweet up with more of the same:

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SCEA Boss: Online Harassment is Completely Unacceptable

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent interview with GamesBeat, Sony Computer Entertainment America chief Shawn Layden was asked about online harassment in general and gender equality within the video games industry.

While Layden wouldn't specifically address the social media movement GamerGate, he did offer an unequivocal answer on harassment - with some pressing from GamesBeat.

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Anita Sarkeesian Explains GamerGate on The Colbert Report

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On the latest episode of Comedy's Central's The Colbert Report, Feminist Frequency and Tropes v. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian gives her opinion on what the social media movement #GamerGate is all about. Colbert started the show with some jokes about GamerGate and gamers, ran several MSNBC clips, and then sat down to talk to Sarkeesian.

After the segment aired Sarkeesian tweeted the following:

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Adobe Issues Statement About GamerGate

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After coming out in favor of GamerGate and "against bullying" earlier this month, Adobe has decided that it was important to clarify its position on the social media movement supposedly about "ethics in games journalism." The company issued a statement today saying that it is against bullying, was not currently an advertiser of Gawker Media, and that it is in no way aligned with GamerGate.

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Felicia Day Shares Feelings on GamerGate, Gets Doxxed

October 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday The Guild creator and TV star Felicia Day published a moving Tumblr post ("The Only Thing I Have to Say About Gamergate") expressing her fears about certain aspects of the GamerGate movement - accusations of engaging in harassing, threatening and doxxing women. In her post, Day urges those who love gaming not to let other people drive them away:

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UK Wants to Add Stricter Penalties to Cyberbullying Laws

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK Justice secretary Chris Grayling has put forth a proposal that would add serious punishment for anyone convicted of online abuse. Currently, those convicted of cyber bullying crimes - using sexually offensive, verbally abusive or threatening material online - can only be imprisoned for a maximum of six months in the UK courts. If Grayling has his way that penalty would be quadrupled to a maximum of two years.

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'Depression Quest' Developer Zoe Quinn Gives First TV Interview to MSNBC

October 20, 2014 - Jamers Fudge

Introduced by MSNBC host Ronan Farrow as "the woman who sparked 'GamerGate,'" Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn gives her first television interview since the whole online ordeal kicked off back in late August.

In the video, which you can watch in its entirety to your left, Quinn emphasizes that, despite all the online threats and harassment, she and other women in the industry are here to stay because they love games.

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Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Utah State University Lecture After School Receives Death Threats

October 15, 2014 - James Fudge

Feminist Frequency founder and Tropes v. Women in Video Games series creator Anita Sarkeesian was forced to cancel a talk at Utah State University scheduled for this evening, after University officials confirmed that it had received a death threat via email.

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The Legalities of GamerGating

October 14, 2014 - Dan Rosenthal

Perhaps missed in the September issue of the International Game Developer's Association's monthly "Perspectives" newsletter, lies an interesting analysis of the legal issues surrounding the #gamergate debacle. Written by Suzanne Jackiw, a 3L at Chicago-Kent University of Law, "The Legal Issues of #GamerGate" delves into the questions of cyberbullying, harassment, and defamation that have been so closely associated with the GamerGate "movement".

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Anita Sarkeesian: 'Hateful Abuse' Often Comes From People Who Think They Are 'Noble'

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking recently at the XOXO Festival in Portland over the weekend, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian spoke out about the abuse and threats she has received in recent weeks. Sarkeesian said in her speech at the event (as detailed by the Verge) that many of the people that lob hate and threats at her and others online for their work do so because they believe they are being "noble."

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Sega Cracking Down on Mean Commenters

September 12, 2014 - GamePs Staff

Sega of America announced today that it is changing its policy about comments on pictures it posts of real people. Going forward, anyone that posts derogatory and hateful comments or personal attacks on a photo of a real person posted by Sega will have their message deleted and their right to post future comments removed permanently. This new policy applies to the SEGA blog, SEGA forums, and the SEGA or Sonic the Hedgehog social media accounts.

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IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The FBI is working with the IGDA and "bullying experts" to help game developers cope with and fight against online bullying, harassment and threats. According to Polygon, the IGDA began talking to the federal law enforcement agency during Comic-Con in San Diego back in July.

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IGDA Board of Directors Issues Statement on Developer Harassment

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The International Game Developers Association has thrown its support behind game developers who have been the target of harassment online over the last week or so on social media. Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn, Polytron founder and Fez creator Phil Fish, and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series creator Anita Sarkeesian were just some of the names mentioned by the IGDA.

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Changing Faces Charity Urges Mind Candy to Change 'Offensive' Character Names in Moshi Monsters

January 14, 2014 - James Fudge

UK-based charity Changing Faces is calling on the makers of Moshi Monsters to change the names of characters in its game that have offensive names. Changing Faces is a charity that provides support and information to people with disfigurements to the "face, hands or body, and their families."

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Habbo Survey Finds Cyberbullying Affects Youngsters Equally, Transgendered Abused More Online

October 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new survey conducted in the virtual teen hangout Habbo (formerly Habbo Hotel) for anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label concludes that cyberbullying affects more young people than first thought. More than two-thirds of people ages 13- 22 have been bullied online, with both males and females equally affected, according to Ditch the Label. One in five of the 10,008 who responded to the survey said that the abuse they encountered had been "extreme" in nature. Many said that it happened on a daily basis too.

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Matthew Wilsonmy god....... people need to play life is strange. its a very very dark version of twin peaks08/01/2015 - 12:56pm
DocMelonheadLook, I know that you guys wanted to study Gamergate; hell, one of your writers were Interviewing KiA on the subject (He's been banned from GamerGhazi). Sadly, the minorities veiwed Gamergate the same way as WBC at best, and Nazis at worst.08/01/2015 - 12:31pm
DocMelonheadIP wanted you to know that GamerGate is about Harassing minorities into submission, not "Ethnics in Journalism". It been a year since the Zoe Post was published and sparked a hate mob on Zoe Quinn.08/01/2015 - 12:28pm
DocMelonheadThat what's IP's goal is here in regard to gamergate: to get you guys to disassociate yourselves from the harassers that made all those claims up to threaten the advocates of social justice for minorities.08/01/2015 - 12:24pm
DocMelonheadIP tries to demonize all of GamerGate and it's supporters, along with those who didn't outright condemn it as a cover for a hate mob full of bigots.08/01/2015 - 12:20pm
MechaCrashNo, IP is trying to dehumanize you, I'm just pointing out that you're a hypocrit who makes bad faith arguments.08/01/2015 - 11:56am
Andrew EisenAnd I'm off too. Play nice, y'all!08/01/2015 - 11:33am
Andrew EisenIn short, discussions of ethics in journalism? Totally fine. Said indie dev's sex life? Not okay.08/01/2015 - 11:31am
james_fudgeTry talking when you have hundreds of people tweeting at you at the same time :)08/01/2015 - 11:30am
Andrew EisenAnd yet, when 30-seconds of research showed that there was no relevance to said indie dev's sex life, many people kept talking about. Hell, still do to this day. I had a guy on Twitter pester me about this nonsense for an entire day last weekend.08/01/2015 - 11:30am
james_fudgeWhatever dude, you're here posting. No one's stopping you.08/01/2015 - 11:30am
Goth_SkunkBe advised: In approximately 30 minutes I'm heading out of town for an obligatory family reunion. This is being stated so that none can interpret my upcoming 24 hour hiatus as a tail-tucking turn from discussion.08/01/2015 - 11:28am
Goth_SkunkEven now, IronPatriot, MechaCrash, and Craig R. continue to attempt to shout me down and dehumanize me.08/01/2015 - 11:25am
Goth_SkunkWhat transpired afterwards was a concerted effort to shout down and dehumanize those trying to bring these matters out into the open. I remain utterly convinced of this to this day.08/01/2015 - 11:24am
Goth_SkunkAnd yet the sex life of this indie developer tied right into the matter of journalistic ethics, as investigations uncovered a great number of breaches of ethical conduct, both related & not. That scandal is the orifice from which the balloon is inflated.08/01/2015 - 11:20am
MechaCrashI am reminded of the saying about playing chess with a pigeon.08/01/2015 - 11:13am
Andrew EisenThis is supported by, well, what actually happened, but also the text of the actual leaks. That was Tito's question and what he and a few (four total, I think) were discussing.08/01/2015 - 11:11am
Andrew EisenNo, it's not. What was generally prohibited was not discussion of journalistic ethics or other GamerGate topics, but threads that were, for example, discussing the sex life of an indie developer. THOSE are what were locked and removed.08/01/2015 - 11:10am
Goth_SkunkI don't believe you. Not for a second. Every major site with the exception of the Escapist prohibited discussion of GamerGate in its early stages. That is a fact.08/01/2015 - 11:04am
Andrew EisenNo, that's a fact. Don't believe me, read 'em yourself. No one was trying to censor discussion of GamerGate.08/01/2015 - 11:02am
 

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