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TotalBiscuit Publicly Denounces Abusive Fan For Harassment

TotalBiscuit has taken to TwitLonger to publicly denounce, and call out a user called Pressfarttocontinue. But what are the motivations behind people like that?

Recently an internet user, by the name of Pressfarttocontinue spammed and generally harassed, a YouTuber called Dodger. You can see Dodger's response to that here. This user, Pressfarttocontinue, has been caught by TotalBiscuit (TB) once again stirring up trouble. TBs concern is that they are seemingly one of the "...most publicly involved [people] with the recent Gamergate drama."

So TB has taken to TwitLonger to publicly denounce, and call out this user. Within the post I think this section sums it up the best:

His recent attempts to ingratiate himself with me are in my view purely self-serving and I want people to be fully aware of this very recent behavior and my negative interactions with him and also to be extremely wary of his obsessive nature. This is a person I genuinely believe needs real help. I pity him, but I also know what he is capable of. I hope he gets the opportunity for self-reflection and changes himself for the better.

Without talking about this post, or person in particular, I wanted to ask questions on the issue of internet stalkers, and internet trolls.

The too familiar troll face, and "you mad bro?" meme.

Is what they are doing really helping them?

I honestly have no idea why trolls do what they do, can enraging people over the internet really give them that much self-satisfaction?

Take this example, a stalker starts following someone at every possible avenue, to the point of trying to find their IP address and physical location and tries to call friends and relatives. Does this really make that person more inclined to think that the stalker cares about them? No it just makes the person want to stay further away from them.

If you take the actions of internet trolls, and stalkers and transpose them to everyday life what would happen to them?

Well this would happen to them, hopefully.

Who really knows their motivations except themselves, but like TB says, I also feel pity for everyone who does this, and think they do need some real help.

Or is it societies fault, maybe school for shunning them out of normal social interactions, and bullying them to the point that they see no way out?

What do you think? Should we pity these people? Should we ignore these people? Should we even acknowledge these people?

And lastly, what do you think we can do to help? As help is likely what they need the most.

Please put your thoughts in the comments below.

Published Oct. 29th 2014
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Contributor
    I find it best to ignore people who are obviously trolling, my opinion is that they're just looking for attention
  • Charity Vandehey
    Contributor
    I've been following the GamerGate drama for some time. I've even interacted with a few of them on Twitter, and the sheer abusive nature, particularly against women, has been sickening. You make a great point that in real life, the same actions would land many of internet trolls in jail for stalking and harassment. It's ridiculous that a computer and keyboard make it possible for the same behavior to happen without consequences.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    Yes exactly. I don't know why they suddenly think it's ok, maybe the anonymity? And why is it always directed at woman? Maybe they are scared them women are very capable of being leaders, and doing most the jobs that men have generally done in the past, and they are just so backwards they cannot accept that. I have no idea, but it also makes me slightly ill, and angry very very angry (which I hope came across in this).
  • Charity Vandehey
    Contributor
    Sadly, it isn't sudden. The anonymity is certainly a contributing factor; people will say things from behind a computer screen, or a gamer tag and a mic, that they wouldn't say to your face. But I can say as a female gamer that I've definitely experienced my share of harassment and misogyny just playing the games...it's why I usually just stick with people I know when I play multiplayer. I also don't tell my husband or male gamer friends about everything I've experienced. Because they get very angry and I don't want to see one of them banned from Xbox Live because they sent a scathing message to some guy that wouldn't stop sending me inappropriate messages. I wrote up an essay about my experiences on my blog recently (warning: it does contain adult language http://girlgamergeek.org/2014/10/gaming-culture-sexism-and-misogyny-one-female-gamers-experience/
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    I will definitely read that! Thanks. Also, because I have become good at censoring my language (due to me coaching Badminton) not many people know, but I swear CONSTANTLY. But yes, always nice to see a warning about it, especially from GS which is a very well spoken, and polite bunch of epic geeks (hope no one minds I call you all geeks, of course I am included haha!).
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I just have to say that harassment has never only been directed at women. Ask any prominent male YouTuber, they've been harassed. Ask any politician, regardless of gender, that has said anything bad about video games, they've been harassed. Ask any prominent, public facing, developer, they've been harassed. Yes, there are some really horrible things that happen to women and I would love to see it stop but It's not just the women.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    Oh yes, absolutely! We cannot forget either side. And all harrasmant of any kind to the level of say Phil Fish, down to a 12 year old saying "f*** off" to you while playing LoL or Dota 2 because you said you were new. All of it should stop.
  • Si_W
    "And why is it always directed at woman?"

    It's not.

    http://gameversevault.com/my-twitch-stream-was-raided/
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Hahaha now that is awesome. Amazing example of how to deal with harassment and trolling. Laugh at them! I knew you were awesome Germaximus.
  • Germaximus
    Correspondent
    hahaha =)
  • Germaximus
    Correspondent
    Thanks for the share dude!

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