Sexism continues to be a rampant problem in gaming culture despite a growing number of women in the industry and an even larger number of female gamers. Sadly it was big news a few weeks ago when two Halo 4 developers, 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross and Halo 4 executive producer Kiki Wolfkill, said that sexist behavior will not be tolerated on XBox Live... something that should go without saying, one would hope.
In an effort to continue to raise awareness of what women face in the industry, game developers are using the hashtag #1reasonwhy on Twitter today to highlight some of their own experiences:
Nerds, I'm so tired of talking about this, of hearing about women (and LGBTQ folks and people of color…) being mistreated online and at cons and wherever else nerds congregate. GET IT TOGETHER. Follow Wheaton's Law. It is NOT that hard.