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limaCAT
Dec 22, 2007

il pistone e male


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Who's there?
Fbi!
Fbi who?
Fbi supports indie game developer scene!

Lolygon posted:

The International Game Developers Association is working with the FBI and bullying experts to help game developers deal with what they see as an increase in online harassment, Kate Edwards, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, told Polygon.

The association plans to create an online resource on its official site in the coming months to outline what developers can do to minimize harassment and how best to deal with it when it happens.

Edwards said she was approached by the FBI in July during a visit to San Diego for Comic-Con to discuss the harassment of developers online.

"I had a meeting with the FBI in July regarding harassment," she said. "They noted a rise in activity. They themselves monitor this activity, but they're focused more on cybercrime issues like hacking and very malicious harassment."

A spokeswoman with the San Diego office of the FBI told Polygon that the July discussion was a proactive meeting.

"We wanted to let Ms. Edwards know the FBI's capability," FBI spokeswoman Emily Yeh said.

Yeh said all 56 field offices of the FBI help investigate a variety of cybercrimes, including harassment, adding that those who feel like they are being threatened should either contact their local police department or the FBI.

"Whichever they feel more comfortable with," she said.

Yeh was unable to verify Edward's comment that the July meeting was driven by an increase in online harassment of developers, saying only that she didn't know why the meeting occurred when it did.

Online harassment of game developers has been a rising topic of conversation since last summer, when a number of high-profile incidents brought attention to the issue. Those incidents included threats against people like former BioWare writer Jennifer Hepler and former Microsoft developer Adam Orth. The topic made international news again last month when developer Zoe Quinn and critic Anita Sarkeesian said they each received death threats that drove them from their homes, and a Twitter bomb threat diverted a plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley to San Diego.

Last week, the board of directors for the International Game Developers Association condemned the harassment of developers in a public statement on their website.

"Over the last several weeks, game developers and affiliates have been the subject of harassment and 'doxxing' attacks, including threats and posting of home addresses," the statement read. "While we support diverse viewpoints and healthy debate on the issues within our industry, we condemn personal attacks such as these which are not only morally reprehensible, but also illegal in many countries. We call on the entire game community to stand together against this abhorrent behavior."

Earlier in the month, prior to this latest spate of attacks, Edwards told Polygon that anecdotal evidence indicated that harassment of developers remains an issue but that the organization hadn't "seen a marked increase, or decrease, in the behavior."

At the time, she said that the association was in the process of creating a Mental Health Special Interest Group that would encompass issues around harassment.

This week Edwards told Polygon that the association "remains resolute with our plan."

"If we see that an issue is getting worse or that there is a greater need then we will serve that purpose," she said. "Obviously, given the recent events, that may be the case.

"We are actually setting up an online resource on our IGDA site and we hope to have it up pretty soon."

Edwards said the association is also still working to create the special interest group, which will not just be about harassment but "all kinds of issues that affect the mental well-being of game developers."

The creation of a resource to help harassed developers was sparked by a request by members of the association, Edwards said.

"We have had our own membership approach us," she said. "But it hasn't been an avalanche of people screaming, 'Hey, we need help.'

"It's certainly been over the last week or so, with people saying that we need something in place. We were working already on it, but we totally agree."

In creating the resource, association members and special interest groups are talking to external organizations who specialize in online harassment and bullying. They are also, Edwards said, continuing to stay in touch with the FBI.

"What [the FBI] wanted from me was an interface for developers so they can share preventative measures they want to get out to us," she said. "We met, discussed the issue and said, 'Let's collaborate.'"

The FBI, Edwards said, seemed mostly concerned with the security of video game companies, its IP and the developers.

"They said if you have an online presence as a game developer you need to think about security issues," Edwards said. "That was the basis of the meeting."

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LaTex Fetish
Oct 11, 2010



fbi?
fbi who?
fb i don't give a gently caress

Kazvall
Mar 20, 2009

I'M SO OLD AM I RITE

LaTex Fetish posted:

fbi?
fbi who?
fb i don't give a gently caress

Mung Dynasty
Jul 19, 2003

Why do the peasants slave while the emperor gets to eat all the mung?!


LaTex Fetish posted:

fbi?
fbi who?
fb i don't give a gently caress

Phantasium
Dec 27, 2012



I thought this was going to be about that indie game that's supposed to be scary but stars a goofy looking cartoon character.

Doctor Goat
Jan 21, 2005

Where does it hurt?


LaTex Fetish posted:

fbi?
fbi who?
fb i don't give a gently caress

Soral
May 30, 2009



thank goodness the fbi is here to save these people from the basement dwelling neckbeards saying mean things about them online. the true terrorists of this modern age.

limaCAT
Dec 22, 2007

il pistone e male


Slippery Tilde

LaTex Fetish posted:

fbi?
fbi who?
fb i don't give a gently caress

limaCAT
Dec 22, 2007

il pistone e male


Slippery Tilde

Soral posted:

thank goodness the fbi is here to save these people from the basement dwelling neckbeards saying mean things about them online. the true terrorists of this modern age.

someone in washington d.c. must be pissed about fez 2 getting cancelled

limaCAT
Dec 22, 2007

il pistone e male


Slippery Tilde

puting agreed to leave ukraine in exchange of fez 2, now that gamers made phil phish doxx himself putin is sending his tanks

But Rocks Hurt Head
Jun 30, 2003

DAMN, THAT MUST BE KOOPA. I'M SURE IT'S ALSO HIM WHO'S TAKEN THE PRINCESS AWAY. OK, LET'S GO GET HIM TOGETHER!


Pillbug

LaTex Fetish posted:

fbi?
fbi who?
fb i don't give a gently caress

The Sharmat
Sep 5, 2011

by Lowtax


there is literally nothing developers can do to tone down online harassment though. it's the internet and people are anonymous so they feel like being huge dicks and unless the FBI is gonna try to prosecute for that I don't even get what this is about

I mean the loving FBI. really.

But Rocks Hurt Head
Jun 30, 2003

DAMN, THAT MUST BE KOOPA. I'M SURE IT'S ALSO HIM WHO'S TAKEN THE PRINCESS AWAY. OK, LET'S GO GET HIM TOGETHER!


Pillbug

please do not talk in earnest about this whole poo poo show in imp zone, or anywhere else

qnqnx
Nov 14, 2010



LaTex Fetish posted:

fbi?
fbi who?
fb i don't give a gently caress

qnqnx
Nov 14, 2010



first they came for the flamers and I gently caress this overdone reference

Eye of Widesauron
Mar 29, 2014



Knock knock

Who's there

Not this thread anymore

Ekster
Jul 18, 2013



kids need to play more MOBAs to desensitize themselves

VideoGames
Aug 18, 2003



federal boobie inspector
here to talk about sexism in gaming

Endorph
Jul 22, 2009


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhiAEa3ijgw#t=247s

thuly
Jun 19, 2005

Transcending history, and the world, a tale of MS Paint and animes, endlessly retold.


Winners DO do drugs

Fellis
Feb 14, 2012

Kid, don't threaten me. There are worse things than death, and uh, I can do all of them.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0nYW8bta58#t=80s

01011001
Dec 26, 2012



LaTex Fetish posted:

fbi?
fbi who?
fb i don't give a gently caress

Good soup!
Nov 1, 2010



Gamers are loving idiots

Wormskull
Aug 23, 2009



Sorry you got brutally pwned, OP.

Soral
May 30, 2009



Awesome Welles posted:

Gamers are loving idiots

uhhh actually gamers are kind of freaking epic.

living the life. peace,

Stairmaster
Jun 8, 2012

nope just me lain


knock knock its knuckles

Wormskull
Aug 23, 2009



gently caress trophy 2k14 posted:

knock knock its knuckles

Sweet Lord.

Liquid Penguins
Feb 18, 2006

by Cowcaster


Grimey Drawer

Does anyone take polygon articles at face value? It's obvious whoever wrote that made all of it up.

Think Thin!
Sep 17, 2006


8====D ~aidz~

Wormskull
Aug 23, 2009



Liquid Penguins posted:

Does anyone take polygon articles at face value? It's obvious whoever wrote that made all of it up.

Do people read articles on those sites on this forum for real. I guess they must to be making fun of them all the time but I literally cannot imagine doing it.

Wormskull
Aug 23, 2009



Besides like a 1 month thing when I first got a 360 and posted in YCS even when I was a tiny baby posting on websites like neoseeker or whatever I didn't give a drat old poo poo about gaming articles or even reviews or blogs or whatever unless AVGN and DemoniusX count.

limaCAT
Dec 22, 2007

il pistone e male


Slippery Tilde

Liquid Penguins posted:

Does anyone take polygon articles at face value? It's obvious whoever wrote that made all of it up.

Wow tell me more, I thought polygon was the paragon of gaming journalism in fact following their suggestions I bought sim city day 1 and an xbox one since the operating system was better than the ps4s

limaCAT
Dec 22, 2007

il pistone e male


Slippery Tilde

http://www.p4rgaming.com/the-truth-about-video-game-journalism-readers-youre-all-stupid-but-please-keep-reading-our-stuff/

PR4Gaming posted:

The Truth About Video Game Journalism Readers: Youíre All Stupid But Please Keep Reading Our Stuff
BY JACK ∑ AUGUST 25, 2014

On Forbes, a prominent video game journalist wrote about the truth behind video game journalism. Apparently, there is nothing wrong with it. And heís right. All of you readers are just plain wrong. Every last one of you. Even you.

I donít want to generalize about a typical video game journalism reader, but I know youíre all stupid. Youíre the reason we exist. If you actually cared about real video game news, sites like Kotaku and Polygon would simply cease to exist. Thankfully, thatís not the world we live in and itís all because of you.

I know some of you think that youíre different from all those other readers, but guess what, youíre not different. At least thatís how we view it since a click is a click. We need that money. So thereís no point in covering something that only a few people really care about. Like actual video game news.

To be clear, I mean actual video game news. Do you really need someone to convince you that 30 FPS is somehow better than 60 FPS? Because I can totally write about that and somehow make it seem like thereís an actual debate going on. And people will read that garbage instead of something actually interesting like an interview with Toshihiro Kondo. Sorry, I take that back. Thatís not interesting. How about an unboxing video of the new white PlayStation 4 bundle. Spoiler alert: itís white.

Or how about an article about the mysterious Pokťmon Black creepypasta? Because video game culture is more important than video games themselves. This is the state of video game journalism today. We write what you guys want to read. The reason we video game journalists are so bad is because of you guys. If you wanted something better, then maybe you should have thought about that before clicking on an article about Game of Thrones on a video game website.

Going back to the article on Forbes, thereís no war between video game journalists and video game journalism readers. Weíre all just idiots focusing on things that donít really matter when it comes to video games. And we will all continue to be idiots until one side demands better standards. But it wonít be us, thatís for sure.

Buck Turgidson
Feb 6, 2011


lol if you read anything. i get all of my breaking news through doom wads.

Mach2
Feb 28, 2014



P4R is REAL gaming journalism for REAL gamers.

Rexicon1
Oct 9, 2007

A Shameful Path Led You Here

Buck Turgidson posted:

lol if you read anything. i get all of my breaking news through doom wads.

I'm almost done with my JoanRiversdied.wad for you btw

But Rocks Hurt Head
Jun 30, 2003

DAMN, THAT MUST BE KOOPA. I'M SURE IT'S ALSO HIM WHO'S TAKEN THE PRINCESS AWAY. OK, LET'S GO GET HIM TOGETHER!


Pillbug

Wormskull posted:

Do people read articles on those sites on this forum for real. I guess they must to be making fun of them all the time but I literally cannot imagine doing it.

My favorite part was when the GBS thread was falling all over itself to praise the Breitbart.com article on this poo poo

limaCAT
Dec 22, 2007

il pistone e male


Slippery Tilde

Rexicon1 posted:

I'm almost done with my JoanRiversdied.wad for you btw

Spoiler that poo poo! Or please have the decency to use the 8.3 file format as it's customary for true gaming!

givepatajob
Apr 8, 2003

One finds that this is the best of all possible worlds.

Dinosaur Gum

Maybe Phil Fish can consult on the project.

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Great Joe
Aug 13, 2008



LaTex Fetish posted:

fbi?
fbi who?
fb i don't give a gently caress

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