There\u2019s even bigger news for gamers and fans on April 1. It\u2019s supposed to be April Fool\u2019s Day, but subreddit \/r\/Games surely wasn\u2019t joking when it shut down for one day. The reason for such shut down is to stand against hate speech.\r\n\r\nThe infamous subreddit \/r\/games have been home to more than 1.7 million subscribers. Currently, its subscriber number is continuously going up by more than 20,000 users. It is known to be a venue where members can read and discuss gaming news and subreddits for popular videogames.\r\n\r\nEven after emphasizing the importance of mutual respect among members, the subreddit\u2019s moderators felt that members are becoming hostile. They felt that a civil discussion is not enough to cut-down the stream of derogatory remarks exchanged on the platform.\r\n\r\nSince it seems like no one\u2019s paying attention, the moderators decided to shut the subreddit down. Though the said shut-down was only for a day, it was enough to make their stand clear.\r\n\r\nTo stress that it\u2019s not an April Fool\u2019s joke, they pinned a statement of intent on the subreddit\u2019s topmost page.\r\n\r\nThe said statement opens with saying that a neutral and casual forum transformed into a hostile battleground of ideas. And though arguments are usually normal results of discussions, in this case, it became spiteful attacks.\r\n\r\nUnfortunately, these attacks against each other went-on on a regular basis, providing no chance at de-escalation.\r\n\r\nDisenfranchised and marginalized communities and cultures became recipients of these bigoted and racist attacks.\r\n\r\nTo support their statement, the moderators posted screengrabs of messages showing different kinds of hate speech. Among them were pro-rape language, pro-pedophilia, misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia. The moderators shared that these languages are what they usually see on a day to day basis.\r\n\r\nNo matter how vile and harsh these comments are, they are not surprising. Browse through any less popular subreddits and the same sentiments can be seen.\r\n\r\nAll these messages mean that the moderators have to intervene and take action. Preventing bigotry and racism means stopping it from growing and from being spread.\r\n\r\nThis act, along with the mods strong statement, reminds everyone that gaming is diverse and surprising. And the mods also emphasized that even the community suffered, it\u2019s still fortunate to see and play fantastic games.\r\n\r\nThe widely-popular idea that disenfranchised and the marginalized are ruining the games is entirely wrong. There\u2019s no reason to resort to vitriolic speeches and bigotry while discussing video games, or anything, for that matter.\r\n\r\nThe moderators of the subreddit said that the community members\u2019 differences are the reason why they also consume different game content. As such, it\u2019s great if everyone can allow themselves to appreciate these differences.