by Rebecca Pahle | 5:00 pm, September 30th, 2013
by Jill Pantozzi | 12:54 pm, August 17th, 2013
Yesterday, we started noticing traffic on a story from February 2012 -”Inclusion: What Jennifer Hepler’s Story is all About.” It was a while later we realized the traffic was as a result of a new story popping up saying the BioWare employee was quitting her job there as a result of the terrible harassment she received, including threats against her children. But here’s the thing, according to Jennifer Hepler herself – that’s not why she quit. This story just happened to bookend a week when we posted about another instance of video game related harassment so we’re going to fill you in on the latest for both.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 2:47 pm, August 13th, 2013
We don’t have time to cover every story that lands in our paths here at The Mary Sue but if we feel it’s warranted, we will try and give something a signal boost. Doing so today lead us on a tour of Xbox Live Support we wished we hadn’t taken and prompted us to write this article on the experience.READ MORE
by Brooke Jaffe | 2:00 pm, June 20th, 2013
The biggest news out of E3 was the announcement of the PS4 and the Xbox One. Unfortunately for Microsoft’s new Xbox system, the second biggest news to come out of E3 was the ridiculously dictatorial policies the Xbox One would bring with its arrival: 24-hour check ins, no offline gameplay, pay to play used games, strict region locks, and scarily lenient privacy loopholes– among many other criticisms.
So when they suddently announced a complete reversal of the policies that were major the points of criticism, Microsoft said it was “listening” to its fanbase.
I have some serious doubts about that.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 12:35 pm, June 13th, 2013
Microsoft has responded to accusations one of their game producers used a rape joke in a recent presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.READ MORE
by Brooke Jaffe | 5:07 pm, June 11th, 2013
Microsoft Clarifies Harassment Policies for Halo 4, No Changes To Be Made To Xbox Live’s Code of Conduct
by Becky Chambers | 10:46 am, November 8th, 2012
Last week, I discussed a GameSpot interview with Halo 4 execs Kiki Wolfkill and Bonnie Ross, in which it was stated that discriminatory behavior in-game — specifically sexism — would result in a lifetime ban. Given Xbox Live’s high profile, the interview had done the rounds at many major tech and gaming sites, and a lively debate ensued. As I mentioned in my original article, there were a lot of questions being asked, primarily regarding whether or not this rule applied to other forms of abuse, and how this new policy would be implemented. On Tuesday, Destructoid reported that they had contacted Microsoft in order to clear things up. The verdict? Xbox Live views all types of harassment as equally reprehensible (hooray!), but they won’t be making any changes to their existing Code of Conduct (hmm).READ MORE
by Kellie Foxx-Gonzalez | 5:02 pm, August 9th, 2012
by Jill Pantozzi | 4:21 pm, July 18th, 2012
Facebook can be annoying sometimes. Ok…a lot of the time. While some people avoid the social networking site like the plague, others get a lot of use out of it. Pretty soon it will serve a very important function – allowing users to register to vote. At least if you live in Washington State. Read on for details.READ MORE
by Jamie Frevele | 1:14 pm, April 20th, 2012
Karen X. Cheng has spent three wonderful years at Microsoft as a designer for Excel spreadsheets. But she is ready to movie on and has landed a new gig. Though she doesn’t have any regrets or grudges against Microsoft, and she’s even written them a heartfelt song — to the tune of “American Pie” — that includes her contact information! It’s such a nice send-off that even we miss Taco Fridays, and we weren’t even there. Good luck to you, Karen!
(via The Jane Dough)