It actually was about ethics. It was also about morality. Both of these things speak volumes about an individual’s character and what I learned was that there are many gamers out there without a very solid moral compass.
Like many have said before me, gamergate had very little personal affect. However, this lack of direct involvement did afford me the luxury of watching from afar and drawing some conclusions, not all of which will be very popular.
Events transpired this week in my MMO of choice that has led me to question certain aspects of in-game harassment and how it should be dealt with. LOTRO is somewhat famous for it’s helpful and welcoming community, so when that ecosystem is disrupted enough by a single player to spawn several forum threads and to cause some long-time players to question why they still play the game, it catches my attention. Without going into too many of the gory details, certain player-run events have recently been disrupted by a single individual who his choosing to place his/her player in a inconvenient spot, irritating the attendees of the event. Those who report the player are told by the in-game GMs that the player is not doing anything wrong, and that they should stop submitting tickets.