We’ve created a world where you never have to interact with another human being, and then we wonder why people don’t have any social skills. Case in point, this new feature from the NY Times about the rampant sexual harassment within the gaming community.
Sexism, racism, homophobia and general name-calling are longstanding facts of life in certain corners of online video games. 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.
You know, when I was ripping out my enemies’ spines in Mortal Kombat, I never imagined that video game players would become so angry and violent. In the old days we settled our disputes with a conversation and a hadouken. Sure, we shot spears into our opponents’ chests and ripped out their still-beating hearts as ominous music played in the background. But we did it with respect. Kids these days have no manners.