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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Aug 21, 2019 at 05:00. 1 comments

Now Game Developers Have To Ask Fans Not To Harass Them Over The Epic Store

Now Game Developers Have To Ask Fans Not To Harass Them Over The Epic Store

One of the easiest bits of news to miss on Monday’s Gamescom Opening Night Live show was tucked away in an ad for the Epic Games Store. A simple sizzle reel that showcased a number of games exclusive to the controversial digital PC game storefront included an upcoming indie that previously wasn’t in Epic’s roster: Oddworld Soulstorm. Shortly after, Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning posted a...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 14, 2019. 6 comments

Discord Explains How It Handles Harassment, Doxxing, And Threatening Behavior

Discord Explains How It Handles Harassment, Doxxing, And Threatening Behavior

Discord, the only way young people communicate via voice after we collectively agreed to stop answering phone calls several years ago, is trying to be more open about how it handles harassment, threats, doxxing, and other forms of abuse on its platform. In order to do this, it plans to release regular “transparency reports,” the first of which is available to peruse now.

The idea, says...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 07, 2019. 12 comments

Epic Store Rage Has Gotten Out Of Hand

Epic Store Rage Has Gotten Out Of Hand

The developers of cutesy Animal Crossing-Pokemon mashup Ooblets just had a weekend from hell . After trying to preempt a tidal wave of rage over their newly announced Epic Games Store exclusivity, they got hit with a swirling tsunami of foaming-at-the-mouth anger, up to and including death threats and anti-Semitic hoaxes. This is the worst overreaction to an Epic deal that’s yet been...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 26, 2019. 20 comments

Twitch Streamer PaladinAmber Does Not Have Time For Your Shit, Internet Creeps

Twitch Streamer PaladinAmber Does Not Have Time For Your Shit, Internet Creeps

Make creepy comments in PaladinAmber’s Twitch chat at your own risk. “How much for a hug?” somebody asked during a stream a few days ago. In the blink of an eye, PaladinAmber switched over to an infomercial-style overlay, complete with a (fake) phone number and a list of payment options.

“You wanna know how much it’s gonna be for a hug?” she asked. “That’s right, you guessed it: It’s gonna be...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 25, 2019. 24 comments

74% Of Adults Have Been Harassed While Gaming Online, Study Says

74% Of Adults Have Been Harassed While Gaming Online, Study Says

74 percent of adults who play games online have experienced some form of harassment, according to a new report released today.

The report, published Thursday by the century-old civil rights nonprofit organization Anti-Defamation League, offers some staggering statistics on the prevalence of trolling, threats, discrimination, and just plain rude name-calling in online gaming. Alongside a survey...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jan 30, 2019. 16 comments

For Streamers Dealing With Stalkers, Twitch's Solutions Fall Short

For Streamers Dealing With Stalkers, Twitch's Solutions Fall Short

For the last 41 days, a Twitch user named Mosheddy has been persistently harassing a streamer named Tanya DePass. She quickly banned him from her channel, but now he lurks, follows her to other people’s Twitch chats, sends private messages to everyone he can, and has friends drop into chat with messages “from Mosheddy.” Twitch hasn’t banned Mosheddy, and DePass doesn’t know what to do.

Tanya...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 14, 2018. 24 comments

The ArenaNet Catastrophe Has The Whole Game Industry Rethinking Harassment Policies

The ArenaNet Catastrophe Has The Whole Game Industry Rethinking Harassment Policies

One week ago , two Guild Wars 2 narrative designers, Jessica Price and Peter Fries, were fired after Price called out a player of the game on Twitter, prompting widespread backlash. Since then, mobs have tried to employ similar tactics against more women, and game development studios have had to take a hard look at their own social media policies.

Price, a narrative designer of 10 years, had...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jun 28, 2018. 21 comments

Overwatch’s Trolls Are Losing

<i>Overwatch</i>’s Trolls Are Losing

Overwatch players needed something to incentivize good sportsmanship and, yesterday, they got it. Blizzard’s latest Overwatch patch is toning down the hierarchy of skill and introducing a hierarchy of decency.

It’s a masterstroke of features, all interacting to reward civility and cleanse the game of antisocial behavior. At its heart is a new “endorsement” system that gives players points for...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 09, 2018. 15 comments

Conan Exiles Struggles With Unmoderated Griefing, Racism

<i>Conan Exiles</i> Struggles With Unmoderated Griefing, Racism

Conan Exiles officially launched last month, and was playable in early access for more than a year before that. Unfortunately, the game still contains no means of reporting other players for griefing, abuse, or racism.

It’s a common question asked on Conan Exiles’ forums, Steam discussion page, and subreddit: “how do you report a player for harassment?” A couple weeks ago, a Funcom customer...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Apr 18, 2018. 24 comments

'Bully Hunters' Organization Claims To Hunt Down Harassers In Games, Stirs Controversy [UPDATE]

'Bully Hunters' Organization Claims To Hunt Down Harassers In Games, Stirs Controversy [UPDATE]

Everybody’s fantasized about owning jerks in games so hard that they drop off the face of the internet. It’s an appealing idea, but Bully Hunters, a group that’s trying to fight harassment by diving into games and killing harassers, has become an object lesson in why that idea works better as an idle fantasy.

Last week, the Bully Hunters announced their presence in Counter-Strike, describing...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Mar 24, 2018. 19 comments

Riot, Blizzard, And Twitch Are Teaming Up To Fight Toxic Gaming Behavior

Riot, Blizzard, And Twitch Are Teaming Up To Fight Toxic Gaming Behavior

For years now, gaming companies like Riot, Blizzard, and Twitch have been fighting online abuse and harassment in their own ways, to mixed results. Now they’re trying something different: Working together.

The Fair Play Alliance is a coalition made up of over 30 different companies, including Riot, Blizzard, Twitch, CCP, and Epic, that aims to share research and lessons learned around gaming...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Feb 13, 2018. 22 comments

With Voice Chat Coming, Heroes Of The Storm Players Brace For Harassment

With Voice Chat Coming, <i>Heroes Of The Storm</i> Players Brace For Harassment

In the near future, Blizzard is adding built-in voice chat to Heroes of the Storm. Announced at BlizzCon last year, it’s been a long time coming to a game that’s been out since 2015. Some players, however, are worried that voice chat will cause more problems than it’ll solve.

For months, HOTS streamer FerociouslySteph has been leading the charge against voice chat in Blizzard’s...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Feb 13, 2018. 22 comments

Twitch Gets New Policies For Sexual Content and Harassment

Twitch Gets New Policies For Sexual Content and Harassment

Twitch is taking extra steps to clean up their community and combat harassment on the platform. A revised set of community guidelines focuses on harsher penalties and cracking down on sexual content with measures including permanent bans and off-site harassment moderation.

In a blog post today, Twitch revealed changes to their community guidelines that seek to improve safety and crack down on...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 28, 2018. 12 comments

Blizzard Is Now Monitoring YouTube For Toxic Overwatch Players

Blizzard Is Now Monitoring YouTube For Toxic <i>Overwatch</i> Players

Overwatch, a team-based shooter about working together, isn’t always the friendliest of places. From random quitters to that one guy who won’t stop calling me a cuck, players often find ways to be toxic. To combat the issue, Blizzard is now banning players misbehaving on social media.

In a developer update video yesterday, the game’s lead designer, Jeff Kaplan, outlined Blizzard’s effort to...

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Dec 07, 2017. 15 comments

The Furries of GTA Online Just Want To Play, But Jerks Get In The Way

The Furries of <i>GTA Online</i> Just Want To Play, But Jerks Get In The Way

GTA Online is home to a community of people who dress up as animals and commit virtual crimes together. The Furry Army, which boasts a roster of nearly 200 members, is led by a red fox-cheetah hybrid, Vik Nightfox. Like anyone else, these players want to have fun in the wild streets of Los Santos, but the furry association automatically makes some folks fear, exclude, and attack the crew....

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 26, 2017. 11 comments

What Twitch's New Raiding System Means For Streamers

What Twitch's New Raiding System Means For Streamers

Twitch’s latest update introduces a tool that lets a streamer instantly transport their viewers to somebody else’s channel. Known as “raiding,” this has been used in the past to harass people. Now that Twitch is making raids an official part of the platform, however, some streamers think the new feature will make it easier to participate in the positive aspects of raiding.

The “/raid” feature...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Oct 23, 2017. 8 comments

NeoGAF Goes Dark After Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Owner

NeoGAF Goes Dark After Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Owner

The influential gaming forum NeoGAF is imploding in the wake of an accusation of sexual misconduct against the long-running site’s owner. Yesterday, around a dozen of NeoGAF’s moderators—more than half, according to two sources—quit their posts there, and the website has been down for over half a day following a string of threads in which users requested bans, flooded the forums with angry...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Oct 05, 2017. 24 comments

VR Developers Add 'Superpower' To Their Game To Fight Harassment

VR Developers Add 'Superpower' To Their Game To Fight Harassment

Over the last few months, several women have reported facing or witnessing sexual harassment online in VR. Most recently, author Jordan Belamire explained on Medium last week that the avatar of someone she didn’t know virtually groped her in the online mulitplayer game QuiVR. Yesterday, QuiVR’s developers responded by modding their game to prevent non-consensual touching.

In a uniquely...

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Kirk Hamilton Kirk Hamilton Oct 05, 2017. 20 comments

Leaked Twitter Memo: 'We Suck At Dealing With Abuse And Trolls'

Leaked Twitter Memo: 'We Suck At Dealing With Abuse And Trolls'

Harassment and abuse have been constant problems for people who use Twitter, but the company itself has remained largely silent on the matter. A new leaked internal memo indicates that may be about to change, and Twitter might finally do something to combat trolls.

In a memo obtained by The Verge, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo responds to an employee asking why Twitter doesn't simply choose not to...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Sep 29, 2017. 5 comments

Overwatch Hasn't Felt Quite As Toxic Lately

<i>Overwatch</i> Hasn't Felt Quite As Toxic Lately

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot more “Great ult!” and “Thanks for switching!” in Overwatch than “Get wrecked, you useless piece of s***.” After toxicity in Overwatch’s competitive mode reached critical saturation last season, this season, which began September 1st, has felt markedly more positive.

Doom and gloom marked Season 5 of Overwatch’s competitive mode, thanks to a combination of...

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