Tag Archives: homophobia

Let’s Discuss: Apologies

Originally posted on Vorpal Bunny Ranch. Oh no! Suddenly your social media feeds and inbox are full of irate people peppering you with accusations of being insensitive, a bigot, all because you used a sexist/racist/homophobic/transphobic/etc. word, image, or phrase. What … Continue reading

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“Not Okay”: MovieBob on Sexism and Harassment in Nerd Culture

In another great video, MovieBob at The Escapist has a pretty great breakdown about bigotry and harassment in nerd and video game culture. He debunks a few common excuses for harassment, and points out that, while gamers fear actual censorship … Continue reading

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Petition Calling for Bioware to Publicly Support Jennifer Hepler

As Alex mentioned yesterday, over the last week or so BioWare writer Jennifer Hepler has been subject to some pretty vile abuse based on her weight, gender, and for her feelings about promoting inclusivity for women and gay characters (and … Continue reading

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Gamers Launch Harassment Campaign Against BioWare Writer

Jennifer Hepler is a writer for BioWare who has worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic and the Dragon Age series. She’s also the latest target of gamers’ misogynist rage for the crime of being a woman with an opinion … Continue reading

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Anti-Gay Slurs at BlizzCon 2011

Earlier today, a reader sent us a link to the Blizzard forums that contained some disturbing news. The closing ceremonies at BlizzCon this past weekend included a performance by metal band Cannibal Corpse; before they started, however, Blizzard employees showed … Continue reading

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Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab’s A Closed World

Over at Gamasutra is an interesting interview with Todd Harper from the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab about A Closed World, a JRPG-style game that was created to address issues of sexuality and identity. The research statement reads: The goal of … Continue reading

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Sanya Weathers Pleads for Community Managers to Stop Homophobia

Sanya Weathers is one of the more outspoken Community Managers in the game industry, and she has represented some of the more vocal gaming communities in the biz (DAoC anyone?).  On her personal blog, Sanya has posted an pledge for … Continue reading

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Vanquish – Using slurs to prove strength

Vanquish is a futuristic, science fiction third person shooter from Shinji Mikami (the creator of the Resident Evil series). The game begins with Russian troops taking over a space station and using it’s weapon to destroy San Fransisco with a … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Dress! It’s Transphobia!

Trigger Warning: Homophobia/Transphobia. It wasn’t all that long ago that I’d brought my main character in WoW back from the freezer and levelled her to the then-level cap of 80; I immediately set about raiding and what not. Indeed, I … Continue reading

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An open letter to Day[9] and e-sports commentators in general

Dear Day[9], First off, I’d like to state  that you’re by far by far my favourite Starcraft 2 commentator. You’re clever, funny, hopelessly in depth, and I can feel the thought and care in what you do. Above all though, … Continue reading

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