If we seriously want to reduce the sexist abuse seen in tat article, the first step is to do something about the anonymous identities on The net.
I am not sure I agree or disagree with this one.
One point is most online news media has went away from anonymous account posting and the hate and flaming did cut down a lot. You need to log in with your freakbook or twits account.
Another point is, people should be able to have a venue where they can express their opinion with some anonymity. If an employer was able to easily find the opinions of their employees, that could cause them to be singled out to the point they lose their job. The same with any social construct, kids in a religious family speaking out about their experiences, people going against a popular political belief, etc, etc. I probably would never post one political or religious opinion if I had my real name on it for fear of rocks through my window or brake lines cut. It's not that I am a hateful person, people here have a good idea what I post which is a good indicator of my online behavior elsewhere.
On to my opinion about the gaming industry.
I do not own a business in gaming, but I imagine they are creating a product that they want to make money from and not please every social justice warrior on the planet, that is not even interested in buying your product. Of all the woman I know, one played some stupid game called farmville or something, where every guy I know plays video games, so, let's be honest, who's the target audience of a company that want's to be successful?
If some woman wants to start a game company to make a product that I would think wouldn't have a hope in hell of competing with one designed for men as the target audience, all the power to her. I would wonder how many men were on that payroll though. But, if I was designing a game, I would have a direction in place and hire to fill the rolls of the work needing to get that goal accomplished. The last thing I would want on my team is someone trying to inject their ideology and then play the victim when I toss them out on their ass. I don't care if it is religion, gender ideology's, or whatever else is supposedly 'politically incorrect'.
To many times I have seen uproars on the webs about people changing the general direction a game has had for a long time and build up many followers. It does not matter about their gender, people will get pissed, and the people that are particularly hateful, which I call flaming, not trolling, will attack the nerves that are easily hurt. These are different for men and woman, but some of the stuff I have seen directed at men is astounding.
For many people, games are works of art that you can interact with, and like all forms of art, should never bow down to any ideology. You don't like it, don't buy it. If their is a demand for a game nobody is making, it should be easy to get rich then eh.