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How harassment, threats, and hate are forcing creative people out of game development

How harassment, threats, and hate are forcing creative people out of game development

This is a sobering read for anybody who cares about the future of video game development. As information becomes more and more readily available to unscrupulous types, we're going to have to start worrying more and more about how this affects the minds of our favorite creators.

We've heard about multiple cases of cyber harassment, such as the Phil Fish case, as well as many other events where we can assume harassment took place, such as the Mass Effect 3 ending fallout, but seeing so many examples collected here is chilling. The idea that game developers need support groups for dealing with harassment is lunacy.

Perhaps the worst part about this is that the article says there were many more people who said they'd experienced harassment, but wouldn't talk on the record. Which is exactly what we heard from developers when we looked into covering this issue on the Report. Some, maybe many, developers are afraid to talk about these issues out of fear of making themselves look like a complainer, and in doing so, becoming even more of a target.

And what was their crime? Entertaining us.