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December 18, 2013


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I wish I was joking, but another bout of sexual harassment against women creeped up this week (only days after the Might No. 9 fiasco). This time in the form of an indi video game a woman is trying to get green-lit to Steam. The game is about depression and is just suppose to help people understand what it’s like living with it, and for this “grievous” action she’s been the target of harassment campaigns. She’s received harassing phone calls, death threats, her personal information and addresses posted for everyone to see. She’s had to change her phone number to stop the harassment, and even pulled the game originally to try and calm this crap down.

Bravely, she’s decided to post it anyway and is trying desperately to showcase how awful, hurtful, and disgusting our gaming community can be when we stay silent.

You can “justify” your reasons for hating her. You can convince yourself that sending her harassment and hate messages is for the “greater good.” But you can’t convince me that the amount of hatred and psychological damage this harassment campaign is producing is ok. I’m so sick to death of anyone thinking that harassment is acceptable behavior towards ANYONE, male or female, for whatever reason.

There’s the old saying “don’t feed the trolls,” but I’m beginning to fear that this is a complacent statement. That by ignoring the trolls we are indirectly encouraging negative behavior because they know they can get away with it. And I think that needs to stop. I’m beginning to think we need to show the world how sick and disgusting this behavior is. To point it out and make everyone AWARE of how shitty the internet has become. And you know what? If that means having to regulate the internet somehow... I can’t say I have much sympathy for what little freedom we might lose in the process.

I’m all for free speech, but free speech isn’t a “get out of jail” pass for shitty behavior. It is not a magical shield you can hide behind so that you can throw out racist, sexual, or offensive slurs at whomever you’re angry at this week. We don’t tolerate harassment in real life at our jobs, in social environments, or between friends... so why should we tolerate it on the internet?

I’ve been asked a lot what the difference between giving “honest” criticism and so-called “trolling” is. And this is a fine example. This is trolling. No ands, ifs, or buts about it. This is not criticism. This is outright harassment of a independent developer trying to get her game greenlit on Steam. A game that would (if you didn’t like it) have no impact on your life one way or the other. A game that should succeed or fail by it’s own merits and not because a group of people don’t deem it “worthy” enough to be allowed to even EXIST.

  • Listening to: Tales of the Tongue
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  • Watching: Helgen get Reborn
  • Playing: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Eating: Sweet Rolls
  • Drinking: Mead
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sonicgail Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
I spend 90% of my waking hours on the internet but I'd rather see the internet die then giving the trolls a chance to live
WatcherCCG Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
"The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either." ~Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States

Allowing a corrupt government that is already spoiling for excuses to completely lock down and destroy the internet to regulate cyberbullying will only pave the edge of the slippery slope. Do I agree that these bullies should be punished? Yes, and frankly I would like them all STERILIZED so they stop polluting the gene pool with their shit. Do I think we should ask Uncle Sam to do it? HELL NO, because Uncle Sam is no longer Uncle Sam anymore, he's Big Brother NSA and itching for an open door to obliterate the last true avenue of free speech. We MUST police ourselves. How, I don't know. But government will demand a price too dangerous to accept.
Captainface Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
...Damn it. I'm a male and I WANTED to play this game, mainly because I suffer depression issues as well and I liked the concept she going for. But to hear this!?...(sighs)

As much as I was against regulations and restrictions of the web, I can agree that this kind of behavior and harassment is what merits the bills that call for those restrictions.

There's a difference between FREE speech and HATE speeches.

Free speech is acknowledging your expression of an issue while allowing others to speak their mind.

Hate speeches are just unilateral expressions that shows the hatred of a type of individual while rejecting or denying those individuals their right to speak back.

Thank you, Internet. Thank you for making me miss out on a game I wanted to play and instead focus on a crappy NSA-backed game console I don't want instead like the Xbone.
deli73123 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It finally got greenlit! There's some good news, at least!
Captainface Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
sonicgail Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
*likes your comment* ... wait a second... where's the button
Labrug Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
I have been a strong supporter of the Don't Feed the Troll argument for a long time. I never considered this point of view. I shall have to reconsider. Thank you.
GothicAnimeGirl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Writer
This is actually a good argument for monitoring the internet.  Never really liked that idea but if it got rid of trolls then I'd have to weigh out the good and bad to decide which is better, and it'd be close.
NotMolo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Everyone gets trolled on the internet. Why is it only a big issue if women are targetted?
GothicAnimeGirl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Writer
The issue isn't if women are targeted (which is an issue if it's mostly women but i won't get into that), the issue is that one specific woman was targeted purely because she wanted her game on Steam.  How is that cause for outrage?
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