It’s come to my attention that people have been invoking FNVG’s article about Danganronpa AnotherEpisode as justification for harassment against fans of the series. This behavior is completely unacceptable, and I offer my sincerest apologies to the people who have been attacked.
While our About page clarifies what FNVG does, it lacks a clear statement why we do it. For want of clear statements about our core values and editorial guidelines, people seem confused about what FNVG stands for, and what our articles are meant to be. While I have been working on a comprehensive mission statement, it has become clear that some points have to be laid out immediately, in no uncertain terms.
- We believe that the games community should be a safe, welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, citizenship, language, physical appearance, ability, mental and physical health, socioeconomic status, profession, education, marital status, status as a parent, religion (or lack thereof), or other such factors.
- We stand against harassment, discrimination, hate speech, oppressive and destructive behavior in all forms.
- Articles on FNVG serve to warn our readers about content in games (similar to advisories provided by ratings boards) and relevant news in related spheres. This represents an opportunity for people to avoid or limit engagement with potentially-triggering material. It is not an opportunity to attack anybody - including those who created said material, and those who enjoy it. There is no such thing as a “legitimate target”. There is never any justification for harassment. If you willfully misinterpret FNVG coverage as incitement to harass, you are part of the problem.
In the days to come, I’ll be adding explanations of FNVG’s core values and ethical standards to the About page. If you have questions, concerns, or critique, please don’t hesitate to contact me.