Oh, and one more solution that everyone can implement: something a professor of mine once called a "politics of fun." Women and minority and LGBT gamers should turn on their microphones, dress up their avatars however they see fit, and make the online gaming space their own. Most importantly, have fun. HAVE FUN. And be loud about it. Hopefully, the sound of our fun can begin to drown out the sound of the trolls.
Meléndez is a gamer, Frag Doll cadette and PhD student of sociology at Florida International University in Miami, where she also fronts a rock band, Crimson.