November 2012

Halo 4 folks say down with sexism

Creators opt to ban members who make sexist comments.

Female gamers experience an ungodly amount of sexist verbal abuse, even threats, at the hands of male gamers—which, of course, bothers the male gamers who are decent as well as female gamers. To stop this horrible reaction, the creators of Halo 4 announced that they will enact permanent bans to any players making sexist comments during play. The same applies to any discriminatory comments made.

Head developer Bonnie Ross denounced this behavior as unacceptable and offensive, while executive producer Kiki Wolfkill said that Xbox Live can be dangerous to give to adolescents especially.  Yes, I did insert this point to particularly stress that women create these games and that gaming culture most definitely includes many women.