Thursday, April 18, 2013

GTFO - Documentry About Sexism In Gaming

Just behind the GDC conference where sexism took a front seat, a documentary Kickstarter project has emerged titled GTFO. Shannon Sun-Higginson is a filmmaker from New York. She defines herself as a casual player and hasn’t seen the harassment that many women face as gamers and employees in the industry. Until a year ago. I’m guessing that’s about when the Twitter Movement #1ReasonWhy began. Higginson took an interest and began researching. I’m sure what she found was surprising.

“The purpose of this documentary is to reveal the experiences of women in the gaming world, both good and bad, as well as to provide steps we can take to change the environment for the better.”

“Of course not all gamers are trolls or abusers - many are kind, supportive, and equally disgusted by this type of behavior. But the fact remains that this is a real problem, and it's time that the non-gaming public know about it.”

That’s the key right there. In the gaming world, there are a number of good people who think the behavior exhibited by a select few is appalling. The problem is that no one is talking about it. No one is standing up to say “that’s not right.” That’s where this documentary comes in to keep the movement’s momentum going. Lots of luck to Higginson. Even if your Kickstarter goal isn’t reached, I do hope that you’re able to find support from an investor. The story needs to be told.


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