From One Survivor to Another

November 19, 2013

Trigger warning for anyone interested in playing the indie game Redshirt:

it uses a Facebook-style social network (“Spacebook”) as the main vehicle for a life sim— well, said social network is so realistic that it includes sexual harassment.

I made a female character who was only interested in women, and she received multiple sexually explicit messages from men (crass things like, “i’d like to park my spaceship in your hanger, if you know what i mean”). 

there is no way to get rid of these messages. you can post insults on their walls, but then they come back the next day and continue harassing you anyway. there is no block feature. it is actually worse than Facebook in this sense. there is no recourse.

more so, when you insult these men, you actually lose points with other people. yes, you are punished for defending yourself from sexual harassment.

you are basically paying money to be sexually harassed. i wanted to like this game, and the concept of the game, but wow. it’s supremely fucked up and i still feel kind of triggered and tense after trying it out last night.

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    Yikes! I saw this game at Rezzed, kinda glad I didn’t try it.
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