Code of Conduct

Game the System is a shared community resource dedicated to providing a positive and welcoming discussion space for gaming enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Participants are expected to engage with other forum members from a foundation of mutual respect, tolerance, and encouragement.

When posting to the forum, treat other members with courtesy. Try to hold yourself to the same standards of behaviour as if you were playing games in a stranger’s home. Gratuitous or off-topic sexual language and imagery is not permitted. Disagreements should be noted in a respectful manner. Mocking or harassment of other participants is not tolerated in any form.

By participating in this forum, you agree to comply with these standards of conduct. Participants violating these standards may be suspended or banned from further participation at the discretion of the moderators.

All forum participants are expected to read and comply with the above code of conduct. If you have any questions about what is and is not acceptable, please use these expanded guidelines to help clarify. If you need additional clarification, ask a moderator or a member of staff at Game the System.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. All members can influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be – and by avoiding those that do not.

The forum provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favourites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, and so forth. Using these tools will improve your own experience, and everyone else’s too.

Let’s try to leave our arcade better than we found it.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

When disagreeing with other participants, do so in a respectful manner. Focus on criticising ideas, not people. Avoid name-calling, ad hominem attacks, or knee-jerk contradiction.

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation. If you don’t have anything to say beyond “That’s wrong” or “That’s stupid,” it is better to say nothing at all.

Be Respectful of Other Participants

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness. We strive to create a positive atmosphere that will be comfortable for gaming enthusiasts of all backgrounds.

Respect the boundaries expressed by other members, and avoid behaviours that are likely to make other participants feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. If someone tells you that your behaviour is upsetting them, don’t argue – simply respect their wishes and stop.

Specifically, the following behaviours are never tolerated on Game the System:

  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or comments
  • Using the term “rape” in reference to a scoring exploit on a game
  • Offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, physical appearance, race, or religion
  • Derogatory comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices, including those related to finances, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Threatening or violent language directed at another person
  • Mocking or harassment of others
  • Publication of private communications, or sharing another person’s personal information such as phone number or address
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Encouraging or promoting any of the above behaviour

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Use Your Judgment to Determine Appropriate Context

Cultural norms have changed dramatically over the course of gaming’s history. The imagery on many older games reflect racist stereotypes, and would be considered offensive if it were produced today. Many games, old and new, feature art that portrays women in an objectifying or gratuitously sexualised manner.

We can recognise the existence of such imagery in gaming’s history without continuing to endorse the attitudes it promotes.

Forum participants should use their judgment to determine whether the context for sharing an image or discussing a game is appropriate. For example:

  • Saying “Games have long-standing roots in the gay community” is okay. Saying “That game is gay” is not.
  • Posting a picture of the backglass of Theatre of Magic in a conversation discussing the machine is fine. Starting a thread about “The biggest boobs in pinball” using the same picture is not.

If you are unsure about whether a post is appropriate, ask about it using a private message or email to the moderators, and they will be happy to offer guidance.

NSFW Images

If there is an image you consider relevant to the discussion that contains nudity or is otherwise something that would not generally be considered acceptable to view in most workplaces, please provide an off-site link to the image rather than posting it directly on the forum.

Moderators may remove images they do not consider appropriate for a family-friendly forum at their discretion. If you are unsure whether an image is appropriate for the forum, ask a moderator, with an off-site link.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

The forum has a team of moderators specifically charged with ensuring it remains a positive space for discussion, but we are all responsible for creating and maintaining a safe space.

When you see a post that violates our guidelines for engagement, do not reply. Doing so drags out the discussion and encourages the behaviour. Instead, alert a moderator to the issue.

Response to Inappropriate Posts

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

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