Game Developer Uses Sweden’s Twitter Account to Confront Sexism and Misogyny in the Game Community

The official Twitter feed for the country of Sweden, @Sweden is being handled this week by Naseer Alkhouri, a game developer who describes himself as a "homeopathic swede" that "develops games for a living." Sweden has a policy of letting its citizens "guest-star" every week to speak their minds. While doing this removes control of the Twitter account and can lead to it tweeting some pretty over-the-top statements that don't necessarily represent the interests of the Swedish government or its citizens, it certainly sparks some interesting conversations.

Alkhouri has decided to use his time at the helm of the feed to criticize sexism and misogyny within the game community.

"I am not only a game dev, but a gamer as well," he tweeted. "That said, I don’t feel particularly welcome in the community. Gamers got issues."

He followed that tweet up with another:

"Gamers tend to be misogynist, rasist (sic) and rather unpleasant overall, especially (sic) online. I am rather saddened by the behaviour of my peers, for me gaming is an inclusive hobby. That’s why I got hooked afterall (sic)."

Some in the Twitter community let him have it, to which he retorted:

"I am getting flack for speaking about this, but no threats, no harrasement (sic). What did Anita Sarkeesian get?"

In case you don't remember, Sarkeesian caught hell for a Kickstarter project to make a series of videos about gender tropes in video games. She became a target for some angry gamers who took offense with what she had to say – or what she was going to say – about the portrayal of women in games.

Source: Beta Beat

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