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Please don't make death threats because a video game got delayed

I can think of lots of reasons to delay a video game, and zero reasons to threaten to kill someone because a video game was delayed. And yet that's exactly what happened to No Man's Sky creator Sean Murray, who announced last night on Twitter that he had received "loads of death threats" following the news that release of his game would be pushed back a couple of months.

This is, of course, absurd and inappropriate. And if you're thinking "surely this is an isolated incident and people never routinely get harassed online," consider that it wasn't even the first time in the past week that it's happened, over the same game, for the same reason! For merely writing about No Man's Sky being delayed, Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier received a threat of violence on Twitter:


So if you are thinking "I should threaten someone today," let me help you out with a list of reasons never to threaten someone online.