This post is all me, incidentally; I’m not reflecting the views of my friends or anyone I livestream with.
I’ve gone through multiple drafts trying to explain why I didn’t post anything this Monday, but maybe it’s better to be brief. There was a topic related to gaming that I very much wanted to talk about. However, it was tangentially related to topics that friends of mine have been harassed over. Ironically the core topic was related to harassment in the online gaming community.
So, to put it together, I wanted to write about harassment issues/solutions in gaming, but hesitated because I know people who have gotten harassed because they talked about harassment issues/solutions in gaming.
I could further explain, but for now I just wanted to be honest about it. Right or wrong, I wanted to write about something and then stumbled because I wasn’t entirely certain it was a smart idea to give my entire opinion. And if I’m going to write dishonestly, I’m defeating the purpose of writing at all.
Probably I will still cover the actual main topic, given more time to think. But for anyone convinced the last chunk of months in gaming only affected folks who are well known, or who “have an axe to grind,” or who probably aren’t “real” gamers, or that it’s only scared sheeple blindly following the biased media, you are mistaken. Take from that whatever you want to take, but hopefully I can at least make that point.
Blog will recommence on gaming topics Friday. I decided last July (timing!) that it was past time to both start writing again and to start looking into careers in the gaming industry. I’ll post about that second one eventually. The point today is that it makes what I’m doing here doubly important to me and also makes it rather harder to ignore topics that friends of mine in the industry, online media, and academia are still very much dealing with.