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“Harassment and abuse in games culture. We won’t stand for it.”
That is the subtitle of the post, released today on Gamespot.com, a Top 1,000 Alexa ranked gaming website. The message, authored by Ben Howard, Vice President of Content, addressed recent weeks of fervent debate, writing “Although we consider any debate dealing with game journalism ethics to be vitally important, we do not condone any actions that are meant to harass, bully, or intimidate others.”
While not outright mentioning #GamerGate, or any other specific event or group, the mentions of game journalism and vicious attacks against “those calling for a more open and inclusive games industry” alludes to the biggest example of it in current weeks.
Howard concluded with a reminder of the site’s Zero Tolerance policy on harassment of “our users, our staff, or indeed, anyone else, for doing nothing more than sharing an opinion or being different.”
#GamerGate is certainly having an effect on the gaming world, but probably not the one it was looking for.
Source: Gamespot.com Homepage, 10/17/14
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