Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
Something that's been boiling in the back of my mind as this has all escalated is something that happened to me a few years ago in WoW. I was an officer in an RP guild, and then I was an officer in a raid guild, and during that time people decided they hated me. I don't know who they were, and I don't know why they did, because they did not ever tell me. Instead they harassed me on alts, and on forums, and at one point even found me in another online game to harass me there. When it got out that I was bisexual I received homophobic slurs and was accused of allotting gear based on cybersex favours. This harassment continued on and off for the course of over a year, and I never even knew what it was over. That was microscopic compared to what is happening now, and I spent a year being occasionally surprised by hatred in my mail. How long will these shitheels hold onto this?
This hobby has so many people in it who simply want to do this. It won't matter how much they're condemned and it won't matter how many big names tell them it's unacceptable. It doesn't matter if what they do becomes socially unacceptable - even beyond the already illegal ways it is now. The people who are being harassed now will continue to be harassed until the people doing so lose the ability to do so. The gaming community houses sociopaths, and they are enabled and empowered by the culture. Unless they are exposed and forcibly removed they will continue to fester inside it, or they will consume it.