Harassment Must Stop, Says E3 Organiser in Response to "Gamergate"

"There is no place in the video game community--or our society--for personal attacks and threats.”

The Entertainment Software Association manages the E3 event
The Entertainment Software Association manages the E3 event

The Entertainment Software Association, the games industry trade group that manages the annual E3 event, has called for an end to online harassment amid a bitter row between gamers on social media.

In recent weeks, a diverse range of people have been using a hashtag on Twitter as a platform to air their criticisms of the games media. Some have used this "Gamergate" tag to allege that media outlets are too close to the companies they cover, while others have used it to scrutinse the media's stance on issues of sexism and diversity.

However, the "Gamergate" row on social media has coincided with the targeted harassment of female games developers and critics, and supporters of them, leading some to believe that the hashtag is both an incentive and catalyst for online abuse.

The feminist games essayist Anita Sarkeesian, for example, on Tuesday decided to cancel a university speech after an anonymous phone call threatened a "massacre" if her talk went ahead. Sarkeesian, who regularly publishes images of threats of sexual violence she receives, recently abandoned her home after one harasser appeared to have found her address. Meanwhile, a recent awards show that honoured Sarkeesian's work was issued with a bomb threat, warning of casualties if Sarkeesian picked up the prize.

Now the US's key games body has called for an end to the harassment. On Wednesday, an ESA spokesperson said "threats of violence and harassment are wrong. They have to stop."

In a statement to The Washington Post, the ESA Added: "There is no place in the video game community--or our society--for personal attacks and threats.”

The ESA represents some of the games industry's biggest publishers, and lobbies for their causes in Washington. ESA members include Activision, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft and Nintendo of America.

The statement coincides with a separate campaign on Twitter to bring an end to the GamerGate row. On Wednesday, more than 90,000 tweets were generated on Twitter with the hashtag #StopGamerGate2014

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Personal attacks? what a joke, gamers were dealing with stupid trolls long before tv spotlight self proclaimed feminists like Sarkeesian were born.

So enough diverting the issue, i wrote more on this attempt to veil the core issue on << LINK REMOVED >>

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If it's such a big problem why doesn't someone just meetup with the services which provide these people access to the internet and permanently and forever cut them from the internet? No one is going to give a shit if some uppity asshole who threatens people all the time is never heard from again.

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Can't we just go back to playing games?

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How sad. That stupid troll of a woman is getting trolled back by ones too dumb to realize that threats are serious business, all the while making us all look like morons and making her absurd points look slightly more valid.

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lol. Gamergate. So obsessed with gaming media we are. I've never once felt overtly led astray by any website or publication.

Fucking review scores thats all anyone cares about. I've been posting this on every article related to this but this is the most ridiculous cause. You make friends, pull favors, network and **** people in your industry, its called earth.

How about a # for getting gamers to stop singing the word "nigger" into the microphone or telling reviewers to die for not agreeing with a score.

When did Gamers become such huge fucking buzzkills, dude. We've all turned into some giant special interest group. Wahh, ethics in gaming journalism, don't sleep with anyone in your field. Holy shit guys. Bunch of LPGA players in here now.

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Here we are now, entertain us.

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To be honest I'm getting so sick of hearing about Anita, the SJW and GamerGate.

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The people doing the harassment is mostly trolls. Real gamers and the gaming community at large are not doing the harassing. People like Sarkeesian are just making things seem worse and making up issues that aren't even there. Notice how once people like Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn started to become public figures is when the gaming industry suddenly had these "issues" and the gaming community was "misogynistic".

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I so very much love reading one sided news.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I know they didn't even interview the terrorist who threatened to kill all those people.

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Also there are plenty of people who are against her bs that could have been interviewed but this looks better, sick of this chinstrap they want equal rites and then they bitch when we treat them as we do other men. Lol gaming needs to get rid of people like her. << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah if I called you a lying chinstrap bitch and threatened your life, and the life of others, you'd just quietly take it wouldn't you? Come on Godslayer, be a man, don't whine about it. Equality doesn't have anything to do with being open to abuse, but I think you get the point.

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@end15 @godslayer61 @isshiah I wouldn't bother end15. With a name like Godslayer he's gotta be a dumbass teenager. We could start the threat against him right here alternativly.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> probably sent by that bitch, because she needed a reason to cancel the show. It's not like she has not been caught lying before.

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One too many bad apples. :/

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I don't condone harassment but for whatever reason an outspoken woman with an opinion in the games industry is put forward as someone we need to listen to and yet aren't often popular. Maybe, just maybe being an outspoken minority isn't the best reason to give someone a platform. Let them earn their voice in the community. Gamers like to go to the voice they respect, they don't like being told who they have to listen to.

I feel sorry for Anita Sarkeesian, but she is a total hack.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Also just an FYI women are not a minority.

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@end15 True in the population at large. Not true within the gamer community. Additionally, AyatollaofRnR could be referring to some other framework entirely. It's not clear which group was being referred to specifically & any possibility could be reasonably inferred. I have no idea myself as I don't know what I don't know.

Yet somehow, you just "knew" what was meant without being the author & without asking. That's simply amazing! Do you walk on water too? ;)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I found your other comment on DAO interesting but for some reason can't reply to it. As far as I understand she does point out that the DAO sequence does have males as well (obviously with a different context). Bioware in general seems to ride the fence with mixed results.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Maybe you're right, but I haven't seen AyatollaofRnR clarify the statement either.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> So you have watched her show then? How is that you find her presentation or research low brow rushed hack work?

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Maybe you can read up on research methods.

For many qualitative research studies the chosen methodology and analytic framework determine the interpretations made, not the content of the data.

More simply, pseudo scientists are very present within areas like sociology or anthropology etc, and have made poor research methodologies common practice.

However, Universitiesare more and more aware of this and those kinds of researchers are slowly being removed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Which research papers that she sites do you feel are pseudo science and why?

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The link between #gamergate and harassment is an assertion.

People using #gamergate as an excuse to harass people probably were doing it before anyway.

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The people who continually threaten Sarkeesian are sick in the head. Totally unwarranted.

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So are her lies and bias about video games. Where are the complaints about that?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> What lies? Can you be specific?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Agreed. Those few people make all of us decent ones look bad. I don't agree with Sarkeesian, but I respect her opinion. The problem I have is simply that the examples she uses of misogyny in video games seem to be frequently taken out of the context of the games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> "the examples she uses of misogyny in video games seem to be frequently taken out of the context of the games."

How so? Which examples? I've played many of the games she's used in her critique and didn't see anything misleading myself. But I haven't played them all.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'll use any GTA game as an example. Yes, there is a lot of mysogyny in the series. but doesn't that kind of thing also happen in gang life in real life?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Look I love the GTA series for a whole host of reasons, but I still don't see how her critique is in any way out of context. In GTA you have a huge set of characters and more in depth "girlfriend" charters that you date etc. And yet the prostitutes are only designed to be presented as surface characters, mechanically set up to be abused by the player. I have known gang members, strippers and prostitutes and no I would not suggest that GTA represents their real lives. It's simply a caricature. Rock Star could just as easily redesign the "hooker" gameplay within the GTA games to give you a more intense look into what these peoples lives actually look like, at least as in depth as the "girlfriend" characters. In fact to me the whole "hooker" gameplay feels like an outdated hanger on that once got a lot of media attention, and still remains because of that. Rock Star has outgrown that portion and built out very sophisticated games, that are challenging in so many other ways. Heck Hot Coffee had more depth than the "hooker" gives you health thing.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Okay, you're right. My apologies.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> They don't make us look bad, because there shouldn't even be any reason to connect us with them. Don't even think that way, don't feel guilty for things you have absolutely nothing to do with.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That's not what the media seems to believe, even though they can be bad themselves.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I think for the most part this makes all gamers look bad because the general public already thinks we're probably violent, adolescent adults who live in their parents' basement. This kind of crap just reinforces that belief.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Exactly what I was thinking.

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So much wrong in the words they're leaving behind. Besides, E3 is probably one of the larger enemies of GG, mainly because it's a corporation's dream to hand out goodies.

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This whole f----n thing is stupid ....on all sides.

Those whining about the industry if you feel it's so sexist, create your own genre within the culture, nurture it, and only financially support those that are on board. End of story - shut tf up...

Those whining about corruption, if you feel that way stop supporting these corrupt entities by buying their products or continuously complaining on their sites - all the traffic you give them helps bolster them you know... you're just pumping up their advertisement money dumb@$$es

I in my 30 + years in gaming never seen a bigger bunch of whiney emo "neo-gamers" who have to take their b!thing to the umph degree: lawsuits over bad games, manifestoes about sexist industries that they allow to continue to line their pockets, death threats????

What happened to just playing/supporting good games and companies, and just bypassing the bad ones. Go to MSNBC or fox news with this politically driven garbage. Connect a bunch of idiots via the web, and I guess this is the result...

Hey- I'm sorry your "political journalism" degrees didn't wield you better results in life, but please quit trying to bring this bs to our community. We play games here. Our sole objective is conquering levels/building characters - that's it! Wannabe political activists and whine-boys... I think you made a wrong turn...

Alright... I'm done shaking my fist - for now...

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SJW's are the worst people on the planet.

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Neither side condones/supports any harassment or threats coming from their side. To actually believe that an entire group of people support harassment is quite a stretch.

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Just look up #GamerGate on Twitter. You'll see a bunch of SJWs accusing us of being evil misogynists, then you'll see posts from actual GamerGaters, curiously devoid of all this "harassment" they've been claiming. It would be funny if it weren't so sad and frustrating.

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#StopChristianity2014 because Westboro Baptist Church and stuff.