Monthly Archives: August 2012

News and Panels Round-Up

Posted on August 9, 2012

It’s been hectic the last few months, and here’s why:

BBC World Service radio documentary, by @radiojay: Guns, Girls and Games

The accompanying BBC article: Sexual harassment in the world of video gaming

Sydney Morning Herald, by Lucy Meyer: It’s a man’s (virtual) world

Maclean’s Magazine, by Emma Teitel: The final frontier of boorishness (was also in the print edition)

New York Times, by Amy O’Leary: In Virtual Play, Sex Harassment Is All Too Real (was also in the print edition, page A1)

NPR, interview with the above NYT writer, Amy O’Leary: Virtual Harassment Gets Real for Female Gamers

ctrl+alt+defeat, by Amanda Lange: Ban Me, Bitch and Other Tales of Community Harassment

Forbes, by Carol Pinchefsky: Sexual Harassment in Videogame Culture and Sexual Harassment in Online Videogames: How to Fix the Problem video, by Todd Kenreck: Site shames, shares hateful gamer messages (recorded right after our FUoS PAX Prime 2011 panel!)

And there more coming, just not published or finished yet! Phew. There have been a lot more articles that have mentioned FUoS, but these are the ones we were actually contacted about / spoke with the writers for. Follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on those that we notice!

gtz will also be on a couple panels this month, including one this Saturday.

Geek Girl Con

“Go Make Me A Sandwich”: Barriers to Women’s Participation in Online and Fan Spaces

Saturday, August 11th

1:30pm – 2:20pm


How many times have you read “get back in the kitchen” or “go make me a sandwich” in comments on a YouTube video starring or made by women? Or have you experienced the frustrations of simply being female on Xbox LIVE? Panelists discuss obstacles to women’s participation in online spaces, illustrate places of resistance, and provide tips to combat and improve gender dynamics online.

PAX Prime 2012

Harassment and Bullying in Online Games: Technical Solutions v1.0

Friday, August 31st

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Kraken Theater (streamed on Twitch.TV)

We all know the, ahem, colorful reputation that some online gaming spaces have. When trolls attack, it can go far beyond trash-talk. You can mute. You can report. You can ignore. Or, as many people have chosen, you can stop playing online games altogether. But is there more we can do to fight bullying and harassment within the games/systems themselves? Picking up where Extra Credits’ PATV episode on Harassment left off, we’ll discuss some ways that game systems can help create and sustain more welcoming communities.

Posted in: Staff Blog


Posted on August 8, 2012

With that smiley at the end, Jeh Rhine obviously means this in the nicest possible way.

“I killed this guy every round during search and destroy, he raged quit then sent me this.”

Jeh Rhine


Beyond Compare

Posted on August 6, 2012

AYO S3VEN sees a very steep curve between his score and the others.

“I got this message from a guy who was in my friends party while playing MW3 after a kill confirmed match on xbox. He went 26 and 10 while I was 25 and 12. So according to his logic everyone in that match must have been horrible players.”


Posted in: Wait, what?

A Date for Every Console

Posted on August 3, 2012

Always on Xbox. What does it mean? Is Cosmo Craze99 part of a group of people who have a harem spread-out across various games and systems? Do we need a new Facebook status to accommodate this?

Cosmo Craze99


Mother Knows Best

Posted on August 1, 2012

Last month our own likeOMGitsFEDAY and inklesspen attended RTX in Austin, TX. likeOMGitsFEDAY played Halo 4 during one of the streams, and our submitter was also noticed by Jay E Eff Eff during broadcast.

“I actually opened this message with my mother sitting right next to me. Luckily, she’s well aware of how people can be online. She suggested that I reply with, ‘My chest has its own zip code.’”

Jay E Eff Eff


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