In recent light of interviews with BurnYourBra (the sexual harassment and racism she’s endured), and the bracket controversies of recent major tournaments, I have created an open, community effort group called “Fight Like a Gentleman (FLAG).”
I feel integrity is the last major missing element from the fighting game community. While some of us have it, others intend to abuse it, while the community shows no difference in reaction to either the good or bad conduct.
There is now a Facebook group called “Fight like a Gentleman (FLAG)” here: Login | Facebook
Here is the fundamental code of conduct and description for FLAG.
FLAG (Fight Like a Gentleman) is a group dedicated to the integrity of the fighting game community.
We invite everyone in the community to join, recommend ideas to improve how we treat each other, or recommend outstanding members of the community for our quarterly FLAG induction/honor. Joining is simply a statement of commitment to improving our community.
Also, once a year, we recommend one outstanding member of the community for the FLAG Hall of Fame and engraved plaque that goes along with it.
FLAG MEMBERS CODE OF CONDUCT
Though some of us are better fighters than others does NOT make us entitled to special treatment or make us better people.
Trash talking is fun, but it should never attack race, gender, sexuality, or religion.
ALWAYS treat your fellow players as you’d like to be treated.
While we’re individuals, we are ALL representations of the community as a whole.
Be friendly with one another. It’s awesome that we can be brought together by the unique experience that is fighting games. Let’s show each other how fortunate we are.
Lastly, use the Facebook wall to post examples of outstanding conduct at your local tournament/scene. Or post something that’s been bugging you in the community and want everyone’s opinions.
I’d love it if everyone could share their ideas on how to improve this community effort group (there is a logo being created right now, and will be up later today).
Also, I will be attending CEO in representation of FLAG.
Thank you, and let’s make this community a stronger and safer one together,
Ryan (aka Tryken/GentlemanTryken) Tullis
P.S. On a personal note, I wanted to do something for the community. Only a select few people will ever be on the player level of Daigo, Wong, Momochi, Ortiz, etc… And while I’m a decent player, I have to recognize that fact. So this is my effort to the community I love, because I truly believe we need hard working, community-focused people like Spooky, Seth Killian, the Shoryuken and eventhubs guys, etc. So here’s my dedication. Let’s do this together.
So submit ideas! And please, join the Facebook group and show your support!