Tag Archives: harassment

Dev Opens Up About the Emotional Cost of Doing Business

If you want to make games for a living, you need skill, practice, and perseverance — and lately, you also need an extremely thick skin. Fielding threats and vitriol is increasingly a major part of the job. Earlier this week, Morgan Jaffit, founder of Defiant Development, took to Medium to share the scope of that […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Out of the Storm

Welcome, friends, to our roundup of the best gaming and mental health articles you may have missed. This week, we have a harsh look harassment and responsibility in the game industry, thoughts on the comforting power of the games we love, and more. Pushing the trolls back under the bridge “Companies who have publicly devoted […]

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Twitch COO Sees Hope For Healthy Communities Online

As part of a larger conversation about the future of Twitch Extensions, Twitch cofounder and COO Kevin Lin recently shared his thoughts on the battle against toxic behavior in the video game world. For Lin, the answer lies in community. “You’ll also see broadcasters who have very carefully managed their community carefully and communicated what […]

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Experts Discuss the Psychology of Harassment in Video Games

At the Psychology of Games podcast, host Jamie Madigan talks to other psychology experts on all sorts of topics Take This supporters might find interesting. Recent episodes have explored topics likes morality, aggression and collections. This week, Madigan dives into a headline grabbing topic: harassment — particularly sexual harassment — in games. Given that this […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Navigating Storms

It’s just about time to start the weekend, and with PAX Aus and some huge releases (any Super Mario Odyssey fans in the crowd?), it’s sure to be a busy one. Why not take a little break with some of the best recent articles on mental health and gaming? The games industry responds to #MeToo […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Looking Forward

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming news you might have missed. This week, we have big news of our own: One Gamer Fund is raising money for several gaming-related charities, and Take This is thrilled to be involved. You can learn more here. In this week’s roundup, you’ll find big […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Sharing Our Stories

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming stories you may have missed. This week, we have three amazing stories about gamers and game developers dealing with adversity, and we also have a look at a fascinating new tech initiative that may help us understand how PTSD develops. An 8-Year Opiate Addiction […]

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VR Devs Offer a Classic Solution for Player Harassment

Virtual reality is an exciting new frontier for game developers, but along with the good, they’re finding plenty of bad. Surprising no one, harassment is a problem in VR. We’re still feeling out the limits of personal space in VR, but users agree: encounters with abusive users can be viscerally upsetting (cw: sexual harassment). So […]

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Discord Announces Updates to Make Users Safer

On Tuesday, voice chat service Discord announced a host of safety improvements for its users. For the gaming world as a whole, these changes could be huge. In the two years since its launch, Discord has become incredibly popular with individual video game communities. You can find Discord servers for subreddits, MMORPG classes, Patreon users, […]

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Eurogamer Calls for Less Anger in Gaming This Year

Remember when being angry about games usually meant throwing your controller because that one boss fight was just so cheap? Now, we’re angry at each other. Ever year, a few more games and people in gaming wind up on the list of those-who-must-not-be-named, the ones whose names will spark a vicious fight in the comments […]

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