Open Letter to the Gaming Community

An Open letter to the gaming community on Medium addresses the current hot topic of gaming criticism and developer harassment, currently supported by almost 2000 game developer and player "signatures" collected via Twitter. Here's the body of the letter:
We believe that everyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion has the right to play games, criticize games and make games without getting harassed or threatened. It is the diversity of our community that allows games to flourish.

If you see threats of violence or harm in comments on Steam, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook or reddit, please take a minute to report them on the respective sites.

If you see hateful, harassing speech, take a public stand against it and make the gaming community a more enjoyable space to be in.

Thank you
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Re: Open Letter to the Gaming Community
Sep 2, 2014, 14:05
Quboid
 
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Re: Open Letter to the Gaming Community Sep 2, 2014, 14:05
Sep 2, 2014, 14:05
 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:36:
Quboid wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:27:
This sort of thing is just preaching to the choir and as Verno says, people will and have already jumped aboard with their own largely imaginary grievances.

I don't know.
This sort of thing seems like a "is this good enough?" It doesn't really take a stand on anything. It's 4 sentences that are vague. It isn't preaching to any choir, it's trying to say "look, we're doing something" without doing anything to make sure exactly no one is angry. It's phrased deliberately so that it's really hard to disagree with (though people are finding ways), yet not really saying anything and not really actionable (what the hell does "take a public stand" mean?) It holds absolutely none of the people signing it to any kind of standard or accountability.

It's fluff that says nothing, but I guess given that this is the gaming community, people still find "don't be racist" to be overly preachy.

That's what I meant, few will disagree. "Preaching to the choir" is the wrong phrase as, as you say, it applies very broadly.

I meant that even people who this applies to will, in general, think that they agree. I don't think most sexist, racist or otherwise bigoted people who see this would realise that their comments are anything other than the harmless fun that they think it is and we've all seen how readily some people will justify their -ism of choice. "Damn these horrible misogynists! Not like me, when I kept asking that chick on a BF4 server what bra size she wore, that was just banter. LOLz!"
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