For instance, many of the site’s recordings feature deep voices captured from the chat features of online games, debunking the widely held belief that bad behavior begins and ends with 13-year-old boys.
Even so, Tom Cannon, co-founder of the largest fighting game tournament, EVO, pulled his company’s sponsorship of the weekly Level Up series, saying that “we cannot continue to let ignorant, hateful speech slide.” “The nasty undercurrent in the scene isn’t a joke or a meme,” he said. Bakhtanians, whose actions during the Cross Assault tournament were captured on video, later issued a statement in which he apologized if he had offended anyone. Sarkeesian responded by documenting the harassment, posting online the doctored, pornographic images of herself that her detractors had created.
Executives in the billion-a-year industry are taking note.
One game designer’s online call for civility prompted a meeting with Microsoft executives about how to better police Xbox Live.
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He also blamed “my own inability in the heat of the moment to defend myself and the community I have loved for over 15 years.” But the issues raised by the Cross Assault episode gained more attention with Anita Sarkeesian’s campaign in May to raise $6,000 on Kickstarter to document how women are portrayed in video games. Supporters of her efforts, aghast, donated more than $150,000, further angering her critics.