News: NY Times: Cross Assault Sexual Harassment in Gaming & FGC

goukijones Posted by: goukijones Aug 2, 2012 | 1 comments
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The NY Times posted a great story about Cross Assualt and the sexual harassment women face not only in the FGC, but in the gaming community as a whole. Great story with video of harassment.

From the NY Times:

When Miranda Pakozdi entered the Cross Assault video game tournament this year, she knew she had a slim chance of winning the $25,000 prize. But she was ready to compete, and promised fans watching online that she would train just as hard as, if not harder than, anyone else.

Over six days of competition, though, her team’s coach, Aris Bakhtanians, interrogated her on camera about her bra size, said “take off your shirt” and focused the team’s webcam on her chest, feet and legs. He leaned in over her shoulder and smelled her.

Ms. Pakozdi, 25, an experienced gamer, has said she always expects a certain amount of trash talk. But as the only woman on the team, this was too much, especially from her coach, she said. It was after she overheard Mr. Bakhtanians defending sexual harassment as part of “the fighting game community” that she forfeited the game.

I thought Aris was a complete jackass during all of this. He should have been way smarter and way more mature, especially with the CapCops watching so closely. He probably ruined a lot for the community with his actions. He's since apologized, but I don't think Miranda gives a shit. Follow the source link bellow to read the entire article. It's really good and there's plenty of video of Aris in full on sexual harassment mode. Plus a video of a game where you can beat up a woman. Disrespectful, as my boy Yipes would say.

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