A new study has found evidence that men get upset about women outperforming them in games. News? Maybe not entirely—and I have some quibbles with the study itself, as always. But what’s interesting about it is that it wasn’t just women beating men that set players off, it was even women on the same team outperforming men that touched some nerves.
A group of folks at Riot Games, who make League of Legends, paired up with some cross-disciplinary scientists and game designers to study League of Legends community and the toxicity that sometimes blooms there. They discovered some interesting—and telling—things about online interactions and how to combat unpleasantness in online communities. Read More
I find myself saying “the real world” a lot when I’m trying to differentiate video games from the rest of life. It’s something I’m trying to train myself out of, because there’s no such thing as a fake world.
On May 15th, a 17-year-old Canadian boy pleaded guilty to 12 charges of swatting gamers over the last year.
“Swatting” is when a harasser calls the police to report a fake threat. The intention is to get a SWAT team sent to the target’s home. Swatting often involves fake reports of hostage situations or bomb threats—crimes that officers must take seriously. It’s incredibly dangerous for the victims. SWAT teams are heavily armed and they expect a threat. On top of that, mobilizing a SWAT team is a huge waste of police time and money.