(Anti) Social Gaming - Page 2
I'm staunchly against the Nanny State but I'm strongly for personal responsibility. It seems gaming platforms don't share my view when they allow this kind of abuse to go unchecked.
I've written before that the way I deal with offensive behavior is to ignore it or move on to another server if it's intolerable. That's not really possible in this case, however, since the only recourse is to either stop playing the game or give no indication of one's gender or orientation. Hiding one's gender can be difficult if you enjoy the VOIP features of a game.
But why should anyone have to? How is such an environment healthy for anyone involved in it?
What I'm not sure of is whether anything was done to punish the other players after the offenses depicted in the video sample.
This kind of vulgarity shouldn't be tolerated on any gaming platform. I'd hope there was some mechanism for recourse but it's likely there isn't.
I'd suggest anyone suffering such an assault should do as the author of the video has done and collect video evidence as well as the usernames of the offenders when possible. That information should then be passed on to the platform provider for action. If no action is taken, the next logical step is to leverage the power of Internet activism.
Enough negative PR can force the hand of a reluctant provider if their revenue stream is threatened.
I would hope that at the least the offending players would have their accounts suspended indefinitely. If a company like Microsoft, for example, will suspend an account just on the suspicion of cheating then this kind of activity should at least rise to the same level.
While the video's author has seemingly shrugged off the abuse even starting a youtube video series with more examples, it's still a sad commentary. Nobody should have to take up the banner of an activist just to play a game.