Shannon Sun-Higginson is a producer, editor, and filmmaker based in NYC. GTFO: A Film About Women in Gaming exposes the harassment of women in video games that features gamers, bloggers, scholars, developers, and other experts within the industry. Shannon discusses her shocking revelation of encounters women have within the gaming community.
I am just a casual gamer, so I was shocked about a year ago when a friend told me about the abuse that many female gamers and other industry figures endure on a daily basis. I immediately began researching and filming this documentary, titled “GTFO” in reference to the exclusionary response that many women encounter while gaming.
Shannon mentions that “not all gamers are trolls or abusers – many are kind, supportive, and equally disgusted by this type of behavior.” However, the reality is that this is still a problem in the 21st century and what makes it worse, is that it goes unnoticed by the non-gaming public. No one should ever be called a derogatory term simply because of their gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. We must prioritize the sanctity of gamer equality for if we produce a culture that protects any gamer from hate,we can inspire excellence and take pride in revealing the things we celebrate as standards that should reflect the video game culture. We can create a public image of video games that can dynamically change the way the world sees it forever.
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Narz is CEO/ Founder at Girl Gamer Vogue and Video Game Columnist at KnickerBocker Ledger.