Toxic-State

Harassment

A few years ago, there was a man who openly called for the harassment of the people who he deemed to be “toxic”. He stated, “There are no bad tactics; only bad targets.” In other words, he was saying that harassment isn’t bad, as long as you’re harassing the right people.I don’t agree with that man. I’d prefer a world with zero harassment. I’d prefer a world where people find a way to settle their differences without resorting to aggression or intimidation. I don’t want to see anyone getting harassed, especially not because of me.I don’t want anyone to be harassed on my behalf. I don’t want anyone to be harassed in my name. I don’t want anyone to be harassed in my defense. You may think you’re the “good guy” fighting against the “bad guys”, but if you’re harassing anyone for any reason, you’re automatically the new bad guy.How do you stop a serial harasser? Do you show him, firsthand, how it feels? If you give him a taste of his own medicine, will he grow a conscience and mend his ways? Should the harassers be harassed? No, I don’t think so. I’ve never seen this tactic solve any problems. It just doesn’t work that way.I won’t pretend that I don’t have conflicting feelings about this situation. There are people who are determined to make my life as miserable as possible, and telling my fans not to defend me might embolden the people who attack me. An anti-harassment post might bring more harassment into my life.Despite that, I’m still going to say what needs to be said: If you think you’ve identified a person who is causing problems for me, and you’re trying to put a stop to them by harassing them on my behalf, I want you to stop. It’s not effective, but more importantly, it’s not ethical. Don’t do it.

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July’s Featured Game: SLARPG

DEVELOPER(S): Bobby “ponett” Schroeder
ENGINE: RPGMaker VX Ace 
GENRE: RPG, Fantasy
SUMMARY: SLARPG is a short, turn-based RPG following the story of Melody Amaranth, a kindhearted but meek transgender fox who’s decided to learn healing magic and become a paladin. She’s joined by her adventurous girlfriend Allison, as well as their friends Claire (a sarcastic, rule-bending witch)(she is also trans) and Jodie (a dependable, somewhat motherly knight). Over the course of the story, our inexperienced heroes will meddle with forces beyond their control and find themselves responsible for the fate of their quaint little hometown. They’ll also fight some spherical frogs, travel to a forgotten land in the sky, befriend a robot or two, and anger the local librarian. But that should go without saying. 

Our Interview With The Dev Team Below The Cut!

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