For my part, I've always taken a laissez-faire approach to the internet; its always been a gloriously wild place, the best/worst/best invention of modern civilization. And while this is another link in a long, sad chain of discrimination and abuse of an individual or group you don't agree with for whatever reason, it was always easy to overlook it, or just shrug my shoulders. Aloofness comes so very easy to me. But as video games are a passion of mine, and I've frequented this site on a daily basis for about two years now, I can't help but be faced with a much larger scope and depth of this particular issue and quite frankly, its hard to wrap my head around.
I can't understand the mindset of people who would spew such hateful and disturbing stuff to people they don't even know, nor have harmed or offended them in any meaningful way. Is it a dehumanizing element that comes with anonymity? A perceived open forum to exercise any anger, fear or anxiety in life? Maybe its just the age group of the people most likely to engage in this sort of behavior: I said and did a lot of really regrettable things when I was a teenager, mostly to people's faces(not that that's any better) The Ironic thing is that its easy to dehumanize these people in turn, to see them as some sort of disease, or social cancer.
Anyway, that's enough of my ramblings and navel-gazing. This whole debacle is 100% wack, and I feel for everyone affected, and hope they find their way clear of this mess as healthy and whole as possible.