I've thought long and hard if, or what, to say and write to the current news that dominate all of Activision Blizzard. I struggle between expressing loudly and clearly my support for those who were hurt, which I do, and not taking away even an iota of space for the voices that should be listened to right now, which mine is not.
So I would like to give space here to someone I admire very much, who has helped me and this project immensely in the past years, and who expressed their thoughts I fully support and agree, DragonsAfterDark
My thoughts on the Activision-Blizzard Lawsuit
If you have 6 minutes, please use them to listen to her message, since it is an important one.
There is only one thing I want to add myself: this is not the first time something like this happens. And almost certainly, it will not be the last. But as Dragons says, it is important that we listen, that we work through this, or otherwise it will never stop. This is not pleasant, it is not easy, but it can also be a chance. A chance for us as a community, and in the larger sense of things for us as a society, even as a species, to become better, to improve, by NOT looking away anymore. Instead, by looking more closely, to look at where it hurts, because only then we can help those who suffer. Not by pushing them into doing something against their will, which might include speaking up publicly, but by protecting them. And I am not speaking about open attacks, I mean protecting them from or in situations they are not prepared for. Because maybe self-preservation strategies were not part of their upbringing, maybe it is the first time they are put in a situation with someone not behaving like a human being, maybe it is their first job and the first time someone with more power is taking advantage of that, and of them. And often enough, they don't need a knight in shining armor but simply someone who looks, who listens, and who believes them.
Don't be the person who just watches, gossips or worse, takes part. Be the person who protects. Be the person I wish I was when confronted with such situations, and who I pledge to be when it happens again. And as much as I hope the opposite, it will happen again.
Thank you for your time in this difficult situation, game on!