I don't post often, but I have to commend you guys for a level headed, even handed editorial about this. I'm even prouder to support GB than I was when I first signed up and to see you guys interact and engage in this thread is encouraging.
I quit Twitter earlier this year largely because of negativity related to games. I love games as a medium, but the "gaming culture" has never really spoken to me as a person. No one person is defined by any one label or interest, and while I'm glad some people coalesce around one thing like PAX, this witch hunt to snuff out women, developers, and critics in the name of "ethics" is vile and gross.
This "culture" is also probably why I've stayed away from public chat and multiplayer games in general. It feels like, to me, when the Call of Duty franchise first got online multiplayer, this whole underbelly of players got a public platform for some of their racist, sexist, homophobic, and hateful screed. It probably existed before that, and it exists elsewhere in other game communities (and other mediums - try engaging in ANY political discussion anywhere), but the ability to start talking to other players over the Internet really made my friends and I thankful for the evolution of mute and party chat.
I just want to play games and not have to be ashamed of the fellow people enjoying my hobby. I enjoy diversity and love having all sorts of games out there, but not at the expense of people being afraid for their lives.