It’s been a long two weeks and so much has happened. This event has become something so much bigger than we ever could have anticipated, but today we have good news! SXSW has decided to put on an all day summit covering Online Harassment – you can read their full press release here.
So what does this mean for #SavePoint? How will our ideas and issues expressed in the original proposal change? We firmly believe that dialogue is the best way to bring about meaningful change. Sometimes this means that you have to be willing to be flexible. We wanted to find the best balance between the old and new ideas and we think we’ve got something very positive on our hands. The new SavePoint panel aims to discuss important topics surrounding the gaming community and media. We especially plan to tackle the media’s coverage of harassment and the hostile climate that some see as a direct result of poor research, and ethical practices. We also plan to delve into social-political climate of the gaming community/industry and how it has been reported on by the media.
Gamers for so long have been waiting for their chance to speak up about the poor representation they’ve received in the media, and SavePoint is that opportunity! We want to invite everyone from all sides of this discussion to come together and and engage in what we hope will be a positive, and constructive discussion about our vibrant and rapidly growing community.
While some of the changes are a bit sudden we hope that everyone will understand that these are ALL topics that need discussing. However we know that these topics can be particularly inflammatory and the debates can get … heated. So let’s all try to foster better, more civil discussions on social media, in our live streams, and in other forums. The last thing that anyone wants is a repeat of the previous fiasco. So again I want to ask everyone, stay calm. I also want to mention that the ideas listed for the panel can change over time. We wanted to keep them as broad as we could so that many different “micro-discussions” could be had.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend, and that productive discussions will be held between now and march 12!
Found and President of The Open Gaming Society