Law & Order SVU Tackles Video Games and Online Harassment in Upcoming Episode

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

All Things Law & Order, (as you might guess) a blog dedicated to the popular and long-running NBC crime drama series Law & Order, has news of a special episode of Law & Order SVU dealing with video games, online harassment, threats and a female game developer. Here's the synopsis for the episode set to air on February 11 (9 PM ET) on NBC:

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Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz Launch Anti-Harassment Resource 'Crash Override'

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game developers Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz have revealed that they are working on Crash Override Network, described as a support network and assistance group for victims and targets of "unique forms of online harassment." The site, which has a countdown timer at the moment, is being lead by the duo, and is staffed by "online abuse survivors whose identities remain anonymous to anyone outside the network."

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EFF Tackles The Challenges of Combating Online Harassment

January 8, 2015 - James Fudge

One little line in an excellent article about the challenges of dealing with online harassment is getting a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons. The article, "Facing the Challenge of Online Harassment," goes to great lengths to lay out all the challenges in combating online harassment including the need to avoid stifling free speech in the process through unnecessary laws.

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Peter Moore Rails Against Twitter For How It Handles Abuse

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has called out social media network Twitter for the way it handles harassment and threats after finding himself the target of some pretty egregious threats himself. It all started with a tweet from a user named "xbox_gamer87" with the profile name "Robertclarke." He tweeted at Moore:

"Hope your wife gets raped." He followed that tweet up with more of the same:

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SCEA Boss: Online Harassment is Completely Unacceptable

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent interview with GamesBeat, Sony Computer Entertainment America chief Shawn Layden was asked about online harassment in general and gender equality within the video games industry.

While Layden wouldn't specifically address the social media movement GamerGate, he did offer an unequivocal answer on harassment - with some pressing from GamesBeat.

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Anita Sarkeesian Explains GamerGate on The Colbert Report

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On the latest episode of Comedy's Central's The Colbert Report, Feminist Frequency and Tropes v. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian gives her opinion on what the social media movement #GamerGate is all about. Colbert started the show with some jokes about GamerGate and gamers, ran several MSNBC clips, and then sat down to talk to Sarkeesian.

After the segment aired Sarkeesian tweeted the following:

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Adobe Issues Statement About GamerGate

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After coming out in favor of GamerGate and "against bullying" earlier this month, Adobe has decided that it was important to clarify its position on the social media movement supposedly about "ethics in games journalism." The company issued a statement today saying that it is against bullying, was not currently an advertiser of Gawker Media, and that it is in no way aligned with GamerGate.

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Felicia Day Shares Feelings on GamerGate, Gets Doxxed

October 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday The Guild creator and TV star Felicia Day published a moving Tumblr post ("The Only Thing I Have to Say About Gamergate") expressing her fears about certain aspects of the GamerGate movement - accusations of engaging in harassing, threatening and doxxing women. In her post, Day urges those who love gaming not to let other people drive them away:

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UK Wants to Add Stricter Penalties to Cyberbullying Laws

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK Justice secretary Chris Grayling has put forth a proposal that would add serious punishment for anyone convicted of online abuse. Currently, those convicted of cyber bullying crimes - using sexually offensive, verbally abusive or threatening material online - can only be imprisoned for a maximum of six months in the UK courts. If Grayling has his way that penalty would be quadrupled to a maximum of two years.

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'Depression Quest' Developer Zoe Quinn Gives First TV Interview to MSNBC

October 20, 2014 - Jamers Fudge

Introduced by MSNBC host Ronan Farrow as "the woman who sparked 'GamerGate,'" Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn gives her first television interview since the whole online ordeal kicked off back in late August.

In the video, which you can watch in its entirety to your left, Quinn emphasizes that, despite all the online threats and harassment, she and other women in the industry are here to stay because they love games.

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Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Utah State University Lecture After School Receives Death Threats

October 15, 2014 - James Fudge

Feminist Frequency founder and Tropes v. Women in Video Games series creator Anita Sarkeesian was forced to cancel a talk at Utah State University scheduled for this evening, after University officials confirmed that it had received a death threat via email.

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The Legalities of GamerGating

October 14, 2014 - Dan Rosenthal

Perhaps missed in the September issue of the International Game Developer's Association's monthly "Perspectives" newsletter, lies an interesting analysis of the legal issues surrounding the #gamergate debacle. Written by Suzanne Jackiw, a 3L at Chicago-Kent University of Law, "The Legal Issues of #GamerGate" delves into the questions of cyberbullying, harassment, and defamation that have been so closely associated with the GamerGate "movement".

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Anita Sarkeesian: 'Hateful Abuse' Often Comes From People Who Think They Are 'Noble'

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking recently at the XOXO Festival in Portland over the weekend, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian spoke out about the abuse and threats she has received in recent weeks. Sarkeesian said in her speech at the event (as detailed by the Verge) that many of the people that lob hate and threats at her and others online for their work do so because they believe they are being "noble."

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Sega Cracking Down on Mean Commenters

September 12, 2014 - GamePs Staff

Sega of America announced today that it is changing its policy about comments on pictures it posts of real people. Going forward, anyone that posts derogatory and hateful comments or personal attacks on a photo of a real person posted by Sega will have their message deleted and their right to post future comments removed permanently. This new policy applies to the SEGA blog, SEGA forums, and the SEGA or Sonic the Hedgehog social media accounts.

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IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The FBI is working with the IGDA and "bullying experts" to help game developers cope with and fight against online bullying, harassment and threats. According to Polygon, the IGDA began talking to the federal law enforcement agency during Comic-Con in San Diego back in July.

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IGDA Board of Directors Issues Statement on Developer Harassment

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The International Game Developers Association has thrown its support behind game developers who have been the target of harassment online over the last week or so on social media. Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn, Polytron founder and Fez creator Phil Fish, and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series creator Anita Sarkeesian were just some of the names mentioned by the IGDA.

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Changing Faces Charity Urges Mind Candy to Change 'Offensive' Character Names in Moshi Monsters

January 14, 2014 - James Fudge

UK-based charity Changing Faces is calling on the makers of Moshi Monsters to change the names of characters in its game that have offensive names. Changing Faces is a charity that provides support and information to people with disfigurements to the "face, hands or body, and their families."

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Habbo Survey Finds Cyberbullying Affects Youngsters Equally, Transgendered Abused More Online

October 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new survey conducted in the virtual teen hangout Habbo (formerly Habbo Hotel) for anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label concludes that cyberbullying affects more young people than first thought. More than two-thirds of people ages 13- 22 have been bullied online, with both males and females equally affected, according to Ditch the Label. One in five of the 10,008 who responded to the survey said that the abuse they encountered had been "extreme" in nature. Many said that it happened on a daily basis too.

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SOE: Developers Feel Demoralized When Fans Level Extremely Harsh Criticism

August 19, 2013 - James Fudge

As reported by Polygon, Sony Online Entertainment's director of global community relations, Linda "Brasse" Carlson, gave an interesting talk about balancing developer relations with its various online communities, while tamping down abusive behavior by users. Carlson detailed the process the company uses to handle all these different issues during a presentation at GDC Europe 2013 today.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 65

August 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show we talk about extreme developer harassment, GameStop's Xenoblade pricing, EA's Humble Origin Bundle, the latest poll from GamePolitics, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 65 now: SuperPAC Episode 65 (1 hour, 15 minutes) 69.3 MB.

IGDA Planning Support Groups for Harassed and Threatened Game Developers

August 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) revealed that it plans to start a number of support groups for developers who have found themselves on the business end of harassment and threats of violence by angry gamers on a regular basis. The news was revealed as part of Polygon's report on online harassment and threats that are frequently leveled against game developers.

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BioWare Writer Quits Following Online Abuse, Death Threats to Family

August 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Does an abusive and abrasive community scare away game development talent? That depends on how far individuals in such a community are willing to go in order to express their disdain for what a game developer is doing. When members of a community think that it is acceptable to wish death or a sexual assault on someone, it has a very real affect on game developers - or anyone else in the public eye.

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Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

August 2, 2013 -

Yesterday Microsoft took the wraps off two new initiatives for Xbox Live that - it hopes - will make it a better community to be in. One is called One is Enforcement United, which lets XBL subscribers weigh in on if particular content violates Microsoft’s terms of service. The second is Xbox Community Level, which lets players "gain levels" and earn prizes by making positive contributions to Xbox Live.

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Ken Levine on Phil Fish, David Vonderhaar, and Internet Rage

July 31, 2013 -

BioShock Infinite developer Ken Levine says that the abuse directed at Call of Duty's David Vonderhaar and Fez developer Phil Fish over the last week has made him sad. Speaking to Eurogamer, Levine explained how he deals with abuse from fans and what he thought about how Phil Fish handled the situation with Marcus Beer from GameTrailers earlier in the week.

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Twitter Ignores Rape Threats Aimed at Anita Sarkeesian

July 30, 2013 -

Apparently it is just fine and dandy with Twitter if you threaten to rape someone on its service. Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian receives her fair share of vile threats on Twitter on a regular basis, but when she reports them to Twitter it doesn't seem to do anything about them. On her Twitter feed yesterday she noted that she reported several threatening tweets to Twitter and was awaiting a response. Today she received that response, which was a big surprise to anyone who read the example tweet she posted.

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Papo & Yo Developer Tackles Bullying in Next Game

May 2, 2013 -

Papo & Yo developer Minority Media took the wraps off the next project it is working on - a game about bullying. The game is called the Silent Enemy, and explores the topic of bullying and what people who see bulling tend to do (not get involved). According to a promo video for the game, it will feature an "Aboriginal character" who embarks on a quest to find springtime in Northern Quebec. During that quest the protagonist will be bullied by crow-like creatures that hinders his quest.

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Gaming World Wide and Rize Up Gaming Team Up

March 4, 2013 -

Gaming World Wide has teamed up with Rize Up Gaming to bring their charity efforts to a community that believes in creating a positive social atmosphere for gamers of all stripes.

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Three Pro League Of Legends Players Get Stiff Penalties for Bad Behavior

January 25, 2013 -

GameSpot reports that Riot Games has issued bans to three European Team Solo Mebdi players for what they describe as widespread in-game verbal abuse. Riot Games has issued a lifetime ban for professional League of Legends player Khaled Abusagr of Team Solo Mebdi. Riot said that he engaged in a consistent pattern of in-game verbal abuse, racism, anti-Semitism, and threatening behavior.

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Top Xbox Live Black Ops II Player Resets Stats Because of Online Harassment

January 8, 2013 -

According to this Reddit thread the top Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Xbox Live player in the country has reset his stats after a continual barrage of DDoS and personal attacks from people being categorized as "jealous players." The player, who plays online under the name "Retrominano," decided that it was easier to just reset his rankings in the game than to deal with the onslaught of personal attacks and attacks on his connection.

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Reddit CEO Discusses Free Speech and Gawker Ban in Internal Memo

October 17, 2012 -

A war of words between Gawker Media and the Reddit community might make for some marvelous online drama, but it doesn't sit well with Wishan Wong, chief executive of Reddit. An internal memo obtained by Gawker and attributed Wong, reveals that Reddit's CEO thinks free speech is paramount to the community but that the ban on Gawker links is not a good idea.

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prh99http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/12/31/playstation-plus-januarys-free-games/01/31/2015 - 1:56pm
Matthew Wilsonyou guys going to talk about the Joystiq closing, and Nintendo losing its mind?01/31/2015 - 1:11pm
Andrew EisenNeo - Do you have any evidence of that? Please link.01/31/2015 - 11:43am
Papa MidnightI enjoyed the first Prototype... even if the PC Port was horribly done. Prototype 2, however, far exceeds it. It's actually a decent game in my opinion.01/31/2015 - 11:24am
Wonderkarpreally? I didnt play it because the first one sucked. I didnt even know the main characters black01/31/2015 - 10:38am
Neo_DrKefkaFor those who don't know Prototype 2 is free for the PS3 on PS PLUS! It's a great game that failed due to collusion with activist bloggers before the game was released that people would hate it because the main characters black.01/31/2015 - 9:53am
Wonderkarpalso heard Techraptor is working on a big news piece on indiecade01/31/2015 - 9:47am
WonderkarpAndrew : All I know is he was critical of the block list and said the coding was bad.01/31/2015 - 9:42am
prh99Devolvers response to Nintendo's creator program https://mobile.twitter.com/devolverdigital/status/56082061398444851301/31/2015 - 3:24am
Andrew EisenI only know of him being annoyed that IGDA mistakenly hosted on its anti-harassment tools page a blocklist he was on. What else was he critical of?01/31/2015 - 2:19am
Goth_Skunk@WonderKarp: Given Rosario's outspoken criticisms of the conduct of the IGDA, I would not be one bit surprised if he's being strong-armed into silence in closed-door meetings. He's not towing the party line, after all.01/30/2015 - 11:38pm
MechaTama31EZK: Thank you! (And I was able to see that you did it, only because you did it. How appropriate! :)01/30/2015 - 11:37pm
Matthew Wilson@Monte Nintendo is a Japanese company though. consoles are dead in japan. ps sony is a international company, so they do not much care about Japanese sales much.01/30/2015 - 10:11pm
MonteOnly one generation ago nintnedo had the best selling console. They know their games are still popular and can move their hardware. They just need to focus on better gaming hardware and advertising (their youtube policy not helping)01/30/2015 - 9:58pm
MonteI'd expect Nintendo to keep making consoles, much like the gamecube i doubt nintendo will see the Wii U as a sign of the end for consoles. There are multiple reason why the Wii U failed a big one being marketting.01/30/2015 - 9:55pm
Wonderkarpwhen asked on Twitter, the Chairman said He couldnt comment at this time https://twitter.com/siloraptor/status/561284497275367424. still looking for facts01/30/2015 - 9:41pm
Wonderkarphttp://pressfarttocontinue.com/2015/01/30/igda-puerto-rico-closed/ this is what I have so far01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Wonderkarpso allegedly, IGDA has closed their Puerto Rico branch. This comes after the Chairman of the Puerto Rico branch was blocklisted by Randi Harper. I'm trying to dig up more info on it. all I have is a link with some info, but its not cited.01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Andrew EisenSo, kinda like the Wii U just with a GamePad that's portable?01/30/2015 - 9:13pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I hope they do a Ipad/iphone thing. make a home console/handheld where games are playable on both. that is what I would want from them.01/30/2015 - 9:00pm
 

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