Harassment and fanatical gamer entitlement
In a recent post on Polygon, Brian Crecente brings light into the sadly ever growing world of gamer harassment to developers and heads of the gaming industry. It’s a difficult read, especially if you’re one of the polite gaming public who supports game developers, and an eye opening read if you haven’t yet seen the lengths that some gamers will go to abuse the people who bring them so much joy.
It’s something I don’t quite understand, I understand what they’re doing, but I don’t understand why they’re doing, as a person who embraces developers ideals and enjoys seeing how they work, I can’t understand demeaning them for their work. What do they get for saying, “I’m going to kill you.” or “I’m going to kidnap your kids and rape your wife.”? Enjoyment? Satisfaction? Do they just do it because they can? In the article Nathan Fisk, a lecturer at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, attributes it to the ever growing “lack of social cues and perceived lack of consequences afforded online communication.” Kids right? Wrong, it’s an overall growing population of disrespectful asshats out to ruin everyone’s good time, whether it be through actually gameplay, or directly to the source of the game development. Those statements are mine, not the opinions of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The toxic environment that has become online gaming is appalling, I’m growing tired of gamer entitlement. The one who thinks his harassment is necessary because his precious game needs patches, DLC, or Gawd forbid an easier difficulty. News flash, you’re not entitled to anything. The piece of plastic, digital space, or art in some form or another is a development team or in many cases one person’s lifeblood. An effort they spent blood, sweat, and tears on, something many people spent way too much time away from family and friends, to give you a game you can experience like nothing else you’ve experienced before. It’s childish and selfish to try and take that away from them, hell, it’s selfish to take that away from anyone.
Many community based developers like Microsoft and League of Legends are doing what they can to deter harassment, some are doing a better job than others, but it has to stop at the source, and we have a long bumpy road to travel. Read the whole post below, it’s filled with great knowledge to soak in.
Plague of game dev harassment erodes industry, spurs support groups. by Brian Crecente [Source Polygon]