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, 14:45
Sep 2, 2014, 14:45
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:54:
4D-Boxing wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:50:
Pigeon wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 11:02:
Asking the internet not to make death threats and racial,homophobic or sexist slurs, is a bit of a tall order, but good luck.

Lol keyboard warriors would actually have to use logic to express their repressed angst..good luck with that. Why aim that at gamers, its a satiety/evolution issue. Hundreds of years after slavery and almost 50 years after MLKs assassination and society is still dealing with this issue. Give it another 200 years maybe at least if not more. (people that spread hate and intolerance do reproduce so it will take a very very long time.

Why aim at gamers?
Because this was done by game developers? Why would they aim it at something other than games?

Anyway, given how many people here have, in the past, claimed they would never use Xbox Live because it's just racist 14 year olds, I'm shocked at how many people are angry at someone posting an open letter saying you should "publicly stand against" racist 14 year olds.

Not that Xbox Live is really full of that anymore. It was when only 14 year olds used the service, but in the early days of the 360 they became the minority.

I think the general dislike of the petition is the perception it's just game developers and journalists whining about people being mean to them. As you pointed out it's likely due to the vague simplistic language of the petition. Maybe they did this to avoid the murky waters of trying to define what goes too far in criticism, or what constitutes harassment.

Personally I think they would have been better off just addressing threats of violence and racial/sexist/homophobic slurs. Those things contribute nothing to criticism, they are purely negative coercion. So while calling someone, a self-righteous moron, with their head planted in their ass, isn't the best way to express criticism, it at least addresses specific negative qualities; as opposed to demeaning someone for being a woman.
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