B: Sure. When we began to develop Rune of Clery, we immediately came across a need for a tool which could simplify the process of reporting incidents of online harassment and bullying. It doesn’t matter who you are, how much you are famous or how many fans you have. For many of us, it is all too easy to get caught up in the world of online communities and get sucked into the fray without realising that being on the receiving end of abuse can cost you, your career, your family and sometimes even your life.
You would be surprised how often the consequences can be so severe that you can’t even speak about it. That is why the Rune of Clery tool should not simply be an easy way to report abuse: it should be a tool that encourages people to come forward. We want a real deterrent to trolling as well, so that every single person dealing with it will know it is real. We’ve got nothing left to lose.
Q: You mention the community as a whole, in both being affected and in the need for help. That’s also very well placed as far as we understand from the news articles. Why do people in RuneScape get harassed in the first place and what can be done to protect them?
A: The answer to both questions is “The people who do not follow RuneScape.” There is a big part of us which has not joined the server since the release of Curse. We get asked questions like – “when is the servers server going to be closed down? I have played RuneScape for over 15 year! How can a game not be closed down? Aren’t you ruining my experience?” Our reply to that is that RuneScape was designed to remain open forever. All the content, from quests and daily adventures and the whole RuneScape world, is free-to-play, so they will continue to be on the game as long as there is a demand for it. The only way that we can enforce this is to have a robust system which we’re working on at the moment. While we cannot promise that it’s going to be in place in time for the release of Curse – or much of anyone else’s game – we believe it is important that we not take any chances and make everything we do as transparent and transparent as possible. One of the reasons why we’re releasing the RuneScape Code of Conduct is so that every game player is able to see what is accepted behaviour, and what is unacceptable and