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Sledgehammer: Call of Duty Community is Not 'Toxic or Misogynistic' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 November 2014 / 3,862 Views

Sledgehammer’s co-founder and lead developer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Michael Condrey has told BBC that he has "low tolerance for toxic behaviour." He stated that the games industry needs to do more to protect women from online trolling.

"Like a lot of areas of society there are examples of people behaving poorly," said Condrey.

Condrey added that the Call of Duty community is not "toxic or misogynistic." The majority of fans are very nice and it is just a vocal minority that is the issue.

"The community as a whole is very healthy, engaged and thoughtful and probably like anything anywhere well outside of gaming," said Condrey. "In the fringes of a lot of areas of society there are examples of people behaving poorly."

"Come to the game to have fun, come to be social, come to enjoy and build a community and have a positive energy," he added. "Toxic behaviours, abusive language, inappropriate emblems, I don't want that around. So for our community, Sledgehammer Games and Advanced Warfare we have pretty low tolerance for toxic behaviour."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Normchacho (on 04 November 2014)

What? "He stated that the games industry needs to do more to protect women from online trolling." Why? Most of the women I know aren't dainty little flowers that need to be protected from people saying mean things to them.

Welcome to the internet, there are assholes. It's not like people aren't mean to men online either. Sure, the insults are certainly different. But this certainly isn't a women's issue.

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Devil_Survivor Normchacho (on 04 November 2014)

I think he said that because of current climate with all the Gamergate controversy with the all sexist trolling and death threats people like Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu have received from MRA and other misogynistic elements with that moment.

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Yuseithestarknight (on 04 November 2014)

Why are so many gaming industries developers becoming more defensive of women?
We need to start protecting women from internet trolling? Give me a fucking break.
Men get trolled, and we´ll continue our lives. Women get trolled, and the whole media gets fucking defensive of them, and makes women into helpless fucking damsels of trolling.

I´ll have to say that Michael Condrey, you are a fucking idiot. Not because you are a fucking moron. Call of Duty community is full of people who are complete dicks to each other, and you want the gaming industry to fucking start defending women from trolling?
How about we let women be dependent, and let them deal with the trolls as they fit? Or is that just too much to ask for? We don´t need the fucking gaming industry to deal with trolls. That way we are just giving more power to trolls, and women will be damsels and nothing more.

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Rhonin the wizard (on 04 November 2014)

The article is misleading.
"He stated that the games industry needs to do more to protect women from online trolling." He never stated this, from what I understand it was Zoe Quinn.
"He was speaking after the developer at the centre of the #GamerGate row said the industry should do more to condemn the online trolling of women."

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archer9234 (on 04 November 2014)

What are game developers gonna do towards people being assholes? The ESRB can't even do anything. Use your mute button. You can't avoid bad people.

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