This article was written about and mainly directed against a sub-culture of sexism among online gamers, which is a very important topic to be addressed. But what I really LOVE about it is that it applies to the general attitudes of some men, gamer or not, and is an absolutely fantastic message no matter who you are. I think its also a good thing for women to read to remind ourselves that a) we have a responsibility to be grown-ups too, it’s not just on the men; and b) not all men are like some of the jerks on these gaming sites, some men are more like Ernest Adams, so we have to be careful not to blame all men for the bad behavior of some.
Anyway, this is a great article, and because Gamasutra refused to publish it, it’s up to us to spread it around as it deserves.
Hullo, readers. Bex here. This article comes from the amazing Ernest Adams of the Designer’s Notebook series on Gamasutra. Because of the content, Gamasutra declined to publish the article. So Adams sent out the call to spread his message across the internet. It’s worth sharing.
A Call to Arms for Decent Men
By Ernest Adams
July 26, 2012
Normally I write for everybody, but this month’s column is a call to arms, addressed to the reasonable, decent, but much too silent majority of male gamers and developers.
Guys, we have a problem. We are letting way too many boys get into adulthood without actually becoming men. We’re seeing more and more adult males around who are not men. They’re as old as men, but they have the mentality of nine-year-old boys. They’re causing a lot of trouble, both in general and for the game industry specifically. We need to deal…
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