But the Cross Assault episode was the first of a series this year that have exposed the severity of the harassment that many women experience in virtual gaming communities.And a backlash — on Twitter, in videos, on blogs and even in an online comic strip — has moved the issue beyond endless debate among gaming insiders to more public calls for change. Is there anything better than unlimited and free face-to-face chatting?
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“The gaming industry is actually in the process of changing,” Ms. “That’s a really positive thing, but I think there is a small group of male gamers who feel like gaming belongs to them, and are really terrified of that change happening.” When Sam Killermann, a gamer in Austin, Tex., saw the reaction to Ms.
Sarkeesian’s project, something “broke through,” he said.
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.