Halo 4 Devs trying to Stamp Out Sexism; Will Drop the Ban Hammer on Those Who Insist On It
Halo 4 is one of the biggest games of the year, and it will probably become one of the most popular online games of all time. While this is a wonderful thing, this type of popularity brings all kinds of problems to the online video game world, One of those problems is sexism, but the developers responsible for Halo 4 have issued a stern warning for those who dare make sexist comments while playing in the online world.
Halo 4’s executive producer Kiki Wolfkill, and head of 343, Bonnie Ross have both issued statements about sexism in the online game world, and have both talked about how game developers have a responsibility to try and prevent sexist attacks and issues. One way they have been trying to combat this issue it to look at the game while it is being developed so that they can try and figure out what stereotypes will likely be brought up while playing the game.
Sexism has become such a big problem while playing games online that Halo 4 devs will be taking every step possible to try and prevent this issue from escalating. When sexist comments are made, offenders who are caught will receive a lifetime ban. “There are always going to be jerks out there” said Wolfkill, “if you give them a chance to express that side of their personality without being seen, you’re going to see this type of behavior manifest itself.”
Abuse of any kind has no place society, let alone video games, so it’s refreshing to see game developers taking steps to eradicate this type of behavior from online worlds. “This is behavior that is offensive and completely unacceptable” said Ross, while adding that she thinks most of the Xbox Live community agrees with her.
I think it is easy for all to see that this type of behavior has no place in the gaming world, or the world in general, and we all long for the day when we can game online without having to worry about receiving abuse from those around us in the virtual world. It is wonderfully refreshing to see game developers going the extra mile to stamp out this type of behavior. By all means buy the game and enjoy it, but please, don’t ruin it for others who just want to play and have fun.