Sign This Pledge And Help To Eradicate Bigotry In Online Gaming
Yes we know eradicate is a strong and possibly unrealistic word, but go with it…
If you’ve ever played online then I don’t even have to tell you what goes on there in that realm of darkness… okay I might be exaggerating by calling it that, but let’s be honest, if you have ever played online then you have some or the other story of someone being a douche to you. In many cases, you might also recall times when you were the douche. I know I’ve had a few of those, even though I try so very hard to be the nicest person possible without it getting nauseating, online.
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Now if you’re doing online gaming on easy (read: you’re a white, straight male) then you probably don’t know about this as much but I won’t discount you guys either since, let’s face it, as far as the internet is concerned, all our mothers are whores and something about the amount of dick we sick to get that good… or something. But for the most of it, a huge part of the abuse we face in the world of online gaming involves our differences. Our race, religion, gender, hell even our accents are picked on.
That, readers, friends, gamers, is prejudice.
And I fucking hate bigots.
I was recently linked to this online pledge by our very own Charl, who wrote about it on his personal blog, and urged myself and other gamers to follow suit. Naturally, I opened the link, read through everything on the site and signed the pledge without hesitation. You can read Charl’s write-up on this pledge through the link, it’s actually quite good and says things better than I ever could.
Here’s the pledge, as detailed on the site:
As a gamer, I realize I contribute to an incredibly diverse social network of gamers around the world, and that my actions have the ability to impact others. In effort to make a positive impact, and to create a community that is welcoming to all, I pledge to not use bigoted language while gaming, online and otherwise.
Bigoted language includes, but is not limited to, slurs based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability.
Yes, it’s not the type of thing that will stop those already doing it, but by signing the pledge we are at least taking active steps to assert that we will not stoop to that level and, with any luck, probably not but we can at least hope, it might help things along.
Because I for one am tired of not bothering with a game’s multiplayer component because I don’t have time for the abuse that comes with it.
Be the change that you want to see in online gaming.
Sign the pledge.