Somewhere in between the panel where I got to listen to a video game writer talk about romance writing and the small, oppressively hot room where I asked about how furries play tabletop games in their fursuits, it hit me: I should be able to meet these people and have these experiences at any gaming convention. But the sad truth is, I can’t. The gaming industry doesn’t usually listen to the voices of the people on the fringes, the ones who actually need to be heard.
You see, in the current landscape of games and gaming conventions, you find that going to one as an attendee leaves you lost in a sea of what could be described as the physical manifestation of the internet. You soon realize the jerks your mother warned you about in your younger days are actually people. They exist. On top of that, they are exactly the same as they are online. Now, that’s not to say everyone on the internet is a jerk. It’s just that most of the time you’ll see a higher concentration of trolls and bullies in the gaming circles, and more often than not, they become the vocal majority, edging out any other voice that does not agree with them.