Social media has been quite the cesspool of bad vibes for members of the gaming community over the course of the last month. The #GamerGate situation has brought out the uglier side of many people, with some of the industry’s key female figures taking more harassment than normal, and this hot mess is getting more out of control as the days go by. There’s a part of me that wants to tell the women of the industry, “Hey, this is the internet, you have to expect this type of behavior from people and be tough,” but that’s much easier said than done when you’re receiving a bunch of offensive comments and death threats.
Perhaps I’ve been jaded spending so much time around Jessica Chobot, who, is a pretty tough cookie and doesn’t let things on the internet get to her. But not everyone one has thick skin, and not everyone should have to, right? I don’t believe that the responsibility of solving this problem should be put into the hands of the victims, but this may just be one of those things that will never be instantly solved. On today’s episode of Nerdist Play, I give the advice I tend to give my own female friends when asked about this issue, but not before taking a moment to show the PC players how they can experience Destiny without owning a living room console.
We also are giving away two very cool sets of Link and Ganondorf statues from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess! All you have to do is to enter is tweet this week’s episode out with the hashtag #ExcuseMePrincess. (More on the official rules here. Contest ends Saturday, Sept 13 at midnight.)