Social media enabled gamers to connect with developers in ways that would have been inconceivable only a decade or two ago. Unfortunately, many have abused this opportunity instead of harassing others, like appex legends developer Respawn Entertainment. Earlier this month, Respawn outlined a statement to warn its employees and pledged to “take appropriate action” against those who harassed its staff. Rapper and long-time player T-Pain condemned the harassment on his own Twitter account, blasting those who have attacked Respawn’s employees.
“Bro y’all must f**k chill out.” This is a bad game for my boyfriend. Play something else if you hate it so much! If you’ve got a hard time going to battle your head of head, you should be able to make it away from your PC. Go ahead, T-Pain wrote on Twitter.
While video games attract a lot of attention from gamers, it’s important to remember that the games we love are made by real people. Video games are complicated, and consuming, and burnout is extremely risky for employees. Harassment online makes them more likely to think about how people engage and act as men. Hopefully the comments of T-Pain will provide a much-needed perspective to those who mistreat developers and their employees online.
Let’s say that the people that work on video games are in the business because they love this medium and want to make games that people like. Harassing employees will only push people away from the video game industry or it might convince them not to do anything wrong with the development.
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