Welcome to Gamers Against Bigotry

Hi there!  Gamers Against Bigotry is a new organization dedicated to — you guessed it — ending bigoted language in online (and offline) gaming.  The site is brand new, so it’s likely to have a few bugs (let us know if you find one), but the main function, the pledge, should be working just fine.  Check out the BETA Page for updates on changes and future plans.

If you believe that games would be more fun if you were able to chat and not have to worry about people constantly slinging slurs your way, sign the pledge and spread the word.  We have a lot of hope for this idea, and this is just the beginning.


Gamers Against Bigotry

  • Nano

    There’s nothing wrong with Bigotry simply because a lot of it has a foundation of truth no matter what you want to say about it.

    The only thing bad is when people can’t handle being offended. That’s the thing destroying society, people expecting compensation when they become offended over something that is usually taken out of context or blown entirely out of control.

    Perfect example is the word nigger. I can’t say it because I’m white? But blacks can? Talk about double standards!

    A new word people love to hate on is the word “rape.” So it was entirely okay to say this until some feminist became offended and now it’s a shunned word. Oh please.

    All this pledge is attempting to create is censorship of freedom of expression. If you can’t handle the fact that someone hates a culture because of specific reasons then perhaps you should reevaluate how important freedom of speech and freedom of thought actually is. I’m sure most of you would love to ban this freedom and have our thoughts controlled to fall in line with whatever world view you may maintain.

    I leave you with One Very Important Thought

    • Benjamin

      “There’s nothing wrong with Bigotry”. Only five words into your post and already there’s just so much wrong with it. The whole thing screams of someone who’s butthurt because his inalienable “right” to degrade people based on skin colour, gender, or whatever else might be different about them is under attack.

      Racial slurs were (and are) used to dehumanize people, to make them seem lesser than those who would oppress them. Because the underlying meanings of words often rely heavily on context, words that were once used against an ethnic group are often reappropriated and used amongst themselves as a way of robbing it of its hateful meaning. This means that you, who have never felt these words used against you or your family or your community, have no right to make use of them because their meanings are inherently different when they come from your mouth. Is that a double standard? Only by technicality. Is it wrong? No.

      And yes, it was once seen as okay to throw the word “rape” around like confetti, but that doesn’t mean it actually IS okay. That word carries very, very heavy meaning to those people who have been unfortunate enough to have had to suffer through such an attack, and by using the word so callously you might unintentionally force someone to relive a very traumatic event. Using the threat of rape (even “jokingly” towards your opponents in an online game) or just tossing the word around is like unloading a firearm into a crowded place; you may not actually be aiming at anyone, but eventually someone will get hit.

      This movement isn’t about ending freedom of expression, it’s about letting people have fun while playing games. The strangely pervasive blight of bigoted language in gaming prevents this for a lot of people, and there’s no reason that this should be the case.

      “If you can’t handle the fact that someone hates a culture because of specific reasons then perhaps you should reevaluate how important freedom of speech and freedom of thought actually is.” The thing is, those “specific reasons” are actually terrible reasons. ‘Different skin colour’, ‘different gender’, ‘different sexual orientation’, ‘different religion’… these are not valid reasons to hate someone, let alone whole groups of people that you don’t even know!

      Freedom of expression is a wonderful thing, but when your form of expression is to inflict harm on others, you’ve gone too far.

      Except, all these things and more were said right here on this site, so I’m thinking my initial reaction is correct. You found out that someone wanted to take away your naughty words and got immensely butthurt.

      • Jesse Cruickshank

        Thank you for responding to such an insensitive post in such a well written matter.


The Pledge:

As a gamer, I realize I contribute to an incredibly diverse social network of gamers around the world, and that my actions have the ability to impact others. In effort to make a positive impact, and to create a community that is welcoming to all, I pledge to not use bigoted language while gaming, online and otherwise.

Bigoted language includes, but is not limited to, slurs based on race? (e.g, "chink," "nigger," "wetback"), ethnicity? (e.g., "kyke," "polock"), gender? (e.g., "cunt," "bitch," "tranny"), religion? (e.g., "dirty jew," "papist"), sexual orientation? (e.g., "gay," "fag[got]," "dyke"), and disability? (e.g., "retard[ed]").

Read more about the pledge, including what is and isn't included, and the overall purpose here.

Read why you shouldn't use the word "rape" casually here.

Sign the Pledge