So, if you haven't heard about the furor over sexual harassment in the fighting game community caused by the Capcom web show Cross Assault, go read about it now and think about it. And think about your place in a community that is notorious for being filled with vicious young men who turn being not one of them into hateful slurs, from being a woman to being gay to being a minority and so on and so forth. Where do you stand in all of this? Where do we stand as a community in particular?
I almost forgot that there was a time in gaming where being such an asshole could get you banned from servers. I always played CS 1.6 in servers where hate speech was a ban-on-sight offense. But that was before mass online gaming with the likes of XBox Live and other services. Now, it's pretty much *accepted* that our gaming culture is a shit hole where you will be abused with virtually every slur ever produced out of the sputtering mouth of a bigot.
Many say "It's the Internet, get over it." And to them I say, "You're kind of dumb. Go away." because, for example, here at Relic News if you're a bigoted asshole you will get banned and good riddance. There is no reason why the Internet or any form of public discourse, be it a gaming service or a forum should be filled with this vile gutter trash. Actually what really amuses me is that many people in the fighting game community, and gaming community at large are mad that this is a big deal. Not because a woman was being sexually harassed in a competition, but because they want to pretend this treatment of other people does not warrant severe reprimands. I don't know which rationalization is worse.
So, yeah I've seen a lot of communities start talking about endogenous bigotry because of this incident, so I figured it was worth bringing up.