Some abandon anonymous play for safer communities or “clans” where good behavior is the norm.
The site received 1,500 pledges before it was hacked, erasing its list of names. Sarkeesian, many women gamers are documenting their experiences on blogs like “Fat, Ugly or Slutty” (whose name comes from the typical insults women receive while playing against others online).
Sarkeesian’s treatment, being accompanied by discussions about “how to kill a troll.” And many people are calling for the gaming industry to do more.
James Portnow, a game designer who has worked on titles including Call of Duty and Farmville, wrote an episode about harassment for his animated Web series “Extra Credits.” In it, the narrator says: “Right now, it’s like we gave the school bully access to the intercom system and told him that everyone would hear whatever he had to say. He met with a team of executives, including a vice president, for four hours, and they discussed how Microsoft was developing better algorithms for things like automatically muting repeat offenders.
It’s time we take away that megaphone.” At the end of the video, viewers were encouraged to e-mail Microsoft’s Xbox Live’s team, asking for changes to communication tools and improvements to reporting systems. Microsoft confirmed it was working toward improvements to its community tools.
“For the longest time, people have seen games as a children’s pastime, and we as an industry have stood behind this idea,” said Mr.