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It’s been a rough year for women in gaming.
From the backlash against Bioware’s Jennifer Hepler after voicing her thoughts about gameplay and the verbal attacks on a female player by one of her own teammates during a live Cross Assault demo, to the raping of Laura Croft so you’ll “want to protect her” and the death threats critic Anita Sarkeesian received for her Kickstarter project analyzing misogyny in gaming, the community has encountered sexism around every corner.
Yesterday, one major game franchise announced it had finally reached the breaking point.
In an interview with Gamespot, two of the most prominent women in the industry revealed that next week’s long-awaited release of Halo 4 would not be for everyone: sexists will not be welcome on Microsoft’s servers.
“This is behaviour that is offensive and completely unacceptable,” Microsoft’s 343 Industries Executive Bonnie Ross told Gamespot. “I’d like to think most of our Xbox Live players don’t support this kind of behaviour.”
Ross, along with Halo 4’s executive producer Kiki Wolfkill, told the gaming site that they would be adopting a “zero tolerance” policy for sexism on Halo 4’s servers. “Sexist or discriminatory comments against others” will earn players a lifetime ban from the game.
Goddamn. Major props.
for real? Damn. I’m not gonna heap praise though. This is common sense shit and news like this shouldn’t be groundbreaking.
Shouldn’t be groundbreaking, but I’m happy it’s happening and should still get positive reinforcement.
Cue dudebro “freedom of speech” bullshit whining