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IGDA condemns recent "abhorrent behavior"

Harassment and personal attacks addressed in today's statement

The International Game Developers Association's board of directors has released a statement calling on the industry to "stand together" against the recent spate of personal attacks and aggressive online behaviors in the gaming community.

"Over the last several weeks, game developers and affiliates have been the subject of harassment and 'doxxing' attacks, including threats and posting of home addresses," it said.

"While we support diverse viewpoints and healthy debate on the issues within our industry, we condemn personal attacks such as these which are not only morally reprehensible, but also illegal in many countries. We call on the entire game community to stand together against this abhorrent behavior."

Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn, Polytron's Phil Fish and producer of the Feminist Frequency series Anita Sarkeesian are just a few of the people recently affected by harassment and attacks. Yesterday Sarkeesian revealed she had been forced to leave her home due to death threats.

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Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 2 years ago
It's not anonymity that makes internet monsters, but physical isolation - they know that no-one can turn around and introduce them to physical violence on the net. So it's not real names you need to reveal to stop it, but real addresses.

Of course, this in itself is NOT something that would be wise to do, as there are far too many people out there just waiting for certain people's addresses.

So we have to take the long way around and slowly teach the lesson by making sure any public communications companies have anti-harassment policies and actually enforce them. "Just block them" is not a solution, you actually have to punish wrongdoers or they will not stop wrongdoing. Companies that publish games with an online component should DEFINITELY start using warnings, tempbans and permabans against people who break their harassment policies in game or on the forums and the public at large should let these people know that they're out of line with a stern STFU
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 2 years ago
So we have to take the long way around and slowly teach the lesson by making sure any public communications companies have anti-harassment policies and actually enforce them.
I think this has been going on for a very long time, even before the internet. The term troll actually originates from the BBS times. I would be surprised if anything would change - the population at large is nowhere near responsible.

Penny Arcade's GIFT theory

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Tom Keresztes on 29th August 2014 5:19pm

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Tim Carter Designer - Writer - Producer 2 years ago
IGDA condemning something reminds me of the "Students Protest Oppression" card in the boardgame Junta. Result?: no effect.
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Helen Merete Simm Senior UI Artist, Ubisoft Reflections2 years ago
Its the attitude towards these trolls that needs to change. Instead of "ignore them, you don't want to get them riled up" its time they were socialised and taught how to behave as a civilised adult. It takes a village, etc.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
@Helen My thoughts exactly: as soon as the first of this scumbags is charged by harassment in front of a court and/or goes to jail I'm sure than a good number of the remaining ones will start to think twice about it. They need to be told, with proof, that the internet does not make them immune.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis2 years ago
@Alfonso People have been arrested and charged for things like this, in the UK at least.
In fact, there was an update on the case today after Tweets made towards MP Stella Creasy and Caroline Criado-Perez who were involved in getting a female representative (other than the Queen) on English bank notes.
The sentencing will happen at the end of the month apparently. That should set the basis of how these people, that feel it is big or clever to say these kinds of things to anyone online are handled.

News article about that particular case I mentioned - https://uk.news.yahoo.com/man-guilty-over-mp-abuse-tweets-153527211.html
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