Old School RuneScape bans players for racism, harassment

    
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Old School RuneScape has had a brush with the banhammer. Jagex told players on Reddit today that an unspecified number of players have been banned for “repeatedly harassing a number of people within the community.”

“The players who were banned have made posts claiming that their actions were harmless and they were merely banned for simply performing emotes in the background of one person’s livestream. This is completely false. The players whose accounts we took action against spent their time spreading racism, hatred and abuse throughout the game. We wanted to post an excerpt of their chat logs to show some of the hatred they are bringing to the game, but we simply can’t bring ourselves to publicise something so horrendous. These players harassed numerous individuals in this fashion, disrupting gameplay and bringing a halt to other people’s enjoyment of the game.”

In a followup post, Jagex noted that one of the bans was handed out to a player “dressing up as a member of the KKK.” Today I learned it’s possible to combine benign clothing to dress up as a member of the KKK in RuneScape. Another player opines that while dressing up as a racist cult member is bad enough, wielding a noose and spamming about killing a certain racial group was the clincher. Today I learned RuneScape has wieldable nooses. And fewer racists today than yesterday.

Source: Reddit
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Samhain92
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schmidtcapela ohforfs And in other countries, you can be legally murdered just for being gay. So count your blessings I guess.

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Karl_Hungus Greaterdivinity LordSolarMacharius I’m actually completely happy with being gay, and if made to choose between two sexualities (hetero and homo), I’d stick with where I am.

But much of that is because of where and when I am, and with who I associate. I’m nearly equally safe as other men, where I am.

I’m not a fan of the ‘you are a privileged person’ blanket designations (or even sometimes accusations?), but aspects of people have them more clearly privileged than others at specific times and for specific matters. I’m only glad that I’m not in all of the worse points in history for people like myself.

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Veldan That’s what I was reminded of. I liked Trion’s approach to this, though I’m with Greaterdivinity with the ‘would be nice if they had the same thoughtfulness when it came to people critical of them’ sentiment.

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Karl_Hungus breetoplay ohforfs wjowski MorpayneRADIO I’m gay. Today (the 2010s) I do not have an issue with finding acceptance in a guild where I might mention my boyfriend etc. Previously (the 2000s) I DID. Especially when it comes to more mainstream MMOs of the time like WoW. I DID need a safe space or else I DID risk constant abuse. I’m sure in some cases, this still occurs, but not in the games I’m playing today.

And even today, I at least like the “LGBT inclusive” statement for a guild because it is a clear acknowledgement of the crap we go through and that it will not be tolerated in that space.

And like Midgetsnowman was getting at, at least nearly every ‘LGBT’ guild is actually in reality (whether overtly or practically) a ‘LGBT-and-friendly’ guild. Every one I’ve been in before, had straight, non-trans/cis (whatever you go with, whatever), etc people in them.

We seek civil and, indeed, social equality, but not absolute equality. I would have no problem with a Straight guild as long as it was inclusive of LGBT, but turns out that nearly every single possibility of this is that it is full of bigots and more likely to gay-hunt than just be straight (that whole implicit privileged position making it so any Straight group is really just Straight supremacy, etc for race, gender, etc). Gay people can and do have their own culture about it, whether it is a big deal for them or just some subtle cues between us. And we’d rather not play a game where we must be in a guild where we’re as on our guard as we would be in public chat, etc.

But like I was saying, I think things have gotten good enough that I don’t look for ‘LGBT guilds’ at all now. But its just because I’ve become safe feeling enough that I don’t have to. I’m no going to utterly (and especially completely) assume, but I presume you haven’t frequently felt such a anxiety.

I indeed wouldn’t be super happy at a ‘LGBT-only’ guild. I would probably understand its existence more than you, but at the very least, I consider the ‘queer/sexual minority’ identity to include ALLIES, and this includes straight people. And in life, its not just allies, but simply peers and friends etc. Of course I seek acceptance, but I am still a different sort of person, and this is good, but should be recognized as different.

No LGBT guild I’ve been in is anything that you’ve been thinking of it though, BTW.

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Or you could crack open a history book and read the many examples of when a well meaning rule was later exploited to help one group control another?

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MorpayneRADIO Midgetsnowman Slippery slope, the last vestige of someone with no argument. The best part of the slippery slope argument is that you never have the burden of proof on your side because you’re not wrong, it just hasn’t happened yet. It’s arguing on the hypothetical possibility of something maybe happening in a theoretical universe where coincidences collided and could potentially lead to this thing possibly happening maybe.

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Karl_Hungus mosselyn ManastuUtakata Midgetsnowman breetoplay ohforfs wjowski MorpayneRADIO I’m in complete agreement with you about none of us deserving special treatment and everyone being deserving of basic human rights, and I believe I understand your concern. I even think it is a valid one. However, we’ll just have to agree to disagree that grouping up with like-minded individuals necessarily implies a desire for special treatment or recognition. 
I have no desire to live in a perfectly equal world in which every person looks, acts, feels, and thinks the same way. So long as there are differences, people will clump together to celebrate both their differences and their similarities. It can be horribly poisonous or delightfully positive (and everything in between), depending on the people, the intent, and the circumstances.
Be that as it may, /bow for civil disagreement. :)

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Karl_Hungus ManastuUtakata Midgetsnowman breetoplay ohforfs wjowski MorpayneRADIO 
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mosselyn Karl_Hungus ManastuUtakata Midgetsnowman breetoplay ohforfs wjowski MorpayneRADIO 
Yes, I agree it’s not inherently bad, which is why I said I don’t think such guilds should be banned, but on a personal level, I philosophically disagree with the proposition they’re putting forth. It is a direct contradiction to the doctrine of diversity many of them seem to champion. I am of the belief that we should be celebrating our differences instead of isolating our differences with hollow labels. The only way a LGBT person will ever be considered equal is if we as a society drop the label and treat them like any other human being. Basic human rights. That’s equality. Starting your own special snowflake club sends the message that you want more than equality. You want recognition. There can’t be both. You’re just another carbon based life form like the rest of us. You don’t deserve special treatment. Neither do any of the rest of us. #nolivesmatter lol

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Karl_Hungus ManastuUtakata Midgetsnowman breetoplay ohforfs wjowski MorpayneRADIO
How is it different/worse than any other social grouping? You’re right, it’s at least implicitly exclusionary. Is that automatically bad? 
My guild only accepts people over 25 because we don’t like to hang out with “kids”. Given my druthers, I’d druther hang out with gamers than non-gamers. Sometimes, I like to do things in an all female group. Etc. 
I don’t hate or discriminate against kids, non-gamers, or men. I just don’t ALWAYS want to spend my time with people who don’t “get” gamer memes, paying bills, or shopping for shoes.
There are cultural/social differences in the LGBT community, just like there are among teenagers, asians, doctors, wiccans, rednecks, intellectuals, … Wanting to hang with people who have shared interests and experience is not, IMO, bad by definition.