The Bigoted ‘Trash Talk’ That’s Tolerated in Gaming

An anti-Semitic slur used during a Twitch livestream embodies the casual toxicity found in gaming culture

Joshua Adams
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My very first experience using live voice chat while gaming was at a friend’s house playing Halo. At the time, it felt novel to talk with strangers while playing a simulated war game online. I had a mix…

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Joshua Adams
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Joshua Adams is a writer from Chicago. UVA & USC. Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago. Twitter: @ProfJoshuaA