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A lot of the abuse game developers have been receiving over the years has been brought to light in recent months, and with every story I read, I become more appalled at the things people feel they have a right to say to another human being.
The latest story about the travesty of severe harrassment and threats to developers is from Jennifer Hepler, a now former writer at BioWare. According to Polygon, Hepler, one of the senior writers on Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Inquisition, has left BioWare partly due to the vast number of threats she received regarding her children.
"I was shown a sample of the forum posts by EA security," Hepler said. "And it included graphic threats to kill my children on their way out of school to show them that they should have been aborted at birth rather than have to have me as a mother."
Most likely, many of these people never intend to act upon their threats, but that does not, and never means, that making empty threats, especially threats against innocent children, is okay. Many developers have noted on Twitter that harrassment such as this has been going on for years, but it's only been recently that such abuse has been highlighted. It's a nice hope that perhaps by calling attention to the abuse, it will cease, but that's most likely a pipe dream. The anonymity of the Internet is apparently too inviting for people to be absolutely horrible to one another.
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