Gay & Lesbian Gaming Sites React to Xbox Live's Gay Gamertag Purge

May 25, 2008 -

The Richard Gaywood saga has gathered some press in recent days, as Microsoft's Xbox Live service followed up its recent ban of user name TheGayerGamer by zapping the Gaywood monicker as well.

Aside from the obvious question of discrimination, it turns out that "Richard Gaywood" is actually the XBL user's name, and not some type of sophomoric screen name (gamertag in Xbox Live parlance).

Lesbian Gamers had some harsh words for Xbox Live:

I’ve taken a few deep breathes, run this story over in my mind again and again and yet still return to the same annoying factor: Why does ‘gay’ automatically equate to sex or “of a sexual nature” and carry with it such negative and deviant overtones...

 

I can understand Microsoft are trying to protect users, but perhaps there needs to be some tabled debate as to what they’re protecting whom from and what they’re perpetuating in the process. Linking ‘gay’ to some negative or sexually explicit content merely fans the fires of homophobia.

Meanwhile, GayGamer offers this take:

I'm somewhat on the fence with the issue, having played many MMORPGs and seeing the many annoying and disturbing names that can come from idle minds on the internets, and it seems as if Microsoft is putting up the normal "we can't make exceptions" defense...

 

All of this, however, is greatly outweighed by the fact that it is his given name, and despite the connotations it may carry with it, he lives with that name everyday...

 

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Re: Gay & Lesbian Gaming Sites React to Xbox Live's Gay

I tried to contact gp about this problem, but I haven't gotten any word back.  I miss the old gp site though.  As for the names on the 360, have you seen some of the user art on forza motorsport 2?

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It's a non-issue. GTA 4 does not cause RROD any more than gasoline can cause a cars breaks to fail. The RROD is a hardware issue that happens when the system gets so hot, the bolts holding the machine together melt, resulting in tons of possible problems.

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I forgot to add, the reason it seems so common with GTA is because GTA is such a largely played game. Rest assured if people were playing different games for the same ammount of time, the ammount of failures would be the same. There's just so many people playing GTA that it can appear at fault, when it is in fact, not.

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This is really insane. A friend of mine is Jewish and had "jew" in his gamertag. He has had this for about a year (a little under). About 6-7 weeks ago he was forced to change it. He sucked it up and replaced "jew" with "kosher" and continues about his merry way. However, the point here is that Microsoft does not know a given individual's orientation, creed, race, etc... They therefore cannot assume anything about a name, whether it's just a name or if it's intended to be annoying, offensive, or what-have-you.

Also... The guy's first name is Richard. So he's Dick Gay Wood. Yes, Microsoft knows his credit card has that information, but nobody else does. And if I didn't know better, I would think his name was pretty damn childish if I saw it come up while I'm playing on Live.

Stop looking for reasons to be offended. Microsoft doesn't 'owe' this person anything aside from the service he's paying for. Your gamertag is hardly your property. And frankly, more tags with 'gay' or 'homo' in them are probably meant to be offensive than not. These are terms that have been used in online gaming communities as attacks and slander for over a decade... this leads to companies being cautious. So until every parent in the world finds the magical solution to stopping their kids verbal joygasms, we have to live with these measures.

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Microsoft deserves a kick in the butt is what Microsoft deserves.

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Somebody should remind the morons at Microsoft that there are gay unions in Fable, probably Fable 2, the Sims, and so on. You're just kissing the asses of every church out there, and especially the Pope's ass.

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I wonder if anyone checked to see how long his gamertag has been in existence.  He probably has another gamertag that he actually plays under and used his real name for this one, just to spark the controversy.  What other motivation would he have to use his full name to play on xbox live.  It was to draw the comments, draw the attention and draw the eventual name banning.  Congratulations to the media for giving him exactly what he wanted.  Gay & Lesbian Gaming sites should be reacting for him exploiting their legitimate issues in order to get his 15 minutes.

Because

What motivation do you need? If anything, YOU'RE the one who seems to want that 15 minutes, I mean, what a well-thought out comment revealing the conspiring agenda of the homosexuals! /sarcasm

Oh right, maybe because he simply, um, what is am I thinking...oh yes, because he WANTED to use it?

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I wonder how many complaints were filed against Mr. Gaywood.

Now I wonder if we take those complaints, and remove any complaints from people with gamertags that would come up with the following searches: *pimp* *69* *rod* *dope* and whatever else that would violate the ToS, how many complaints would be left over? Half? Less?

I sugest that if you complain about another gamer's tag, you have to submit YOUR tag to be examined for proper complience (by a rational examiner, and you know, not the guys who complain about anything with gay in it.) Wonder how many gamertag changes there would be every month...

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Facts:

-Gaywood is his real name, but never stated his sexual orientation.

-He was only curious at MS's screening policies and proceduresas to which names are banned and how.

        1) A report is made, duplicates are ignored and automatically dumped.

        2) They then view the reports and then make an appropriate ban based on human judgement.

        3) Ban takes place, the user is notified when they attempt to sign on.

-His name was indeed banned just for "Gay" as mentioned by Microsoft. Richard Gaywood worries it'll pass on to other names that may conflict with other languages. Con = good in Spanish, bad in French. Can be banned if someone reports.

-If someone reports a name enough, MS team will believe it offensive and take action.

-No one's name is safe, if one person finds it offensive (not majority), it can be banned.

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MS didn't seem to have any qualms with charging the credit card with the name Dick Gaywood on it.

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The fun part is, we can find a HUGE ammount of gamertags with the prefix "dick" "cum" "male" etc, but as soon they find something related with "gay" OMG it's banned. well, as far I see, XBL is the perfect community for homofobic, racist, intolerant, chobinist white kids

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Wow, so you insult Microsoft because of their alleged racist generalizing, but then proceed to blatantly bash white people and make massive generalizations - microsoft was at least subtle.

 

Well, that is if you choose the see the non existant controversy here.

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Unfortunately he just described the majority of the XBOX Live Demographic which happens to be 80% Male and 20% female; Most of whom happen to be, as previously mentioned, White, followed by: Black, Hispanic, Asian, and so forth.

And as we've already discussed, there's no bottom to the infinite well of racist, sexist, homophobic diatribe directed primarily towards Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and those of Middle Eastern decent - as well as Jewish persons.

So, what non-existent controversy is it that you are in reference too? I ask because there is no doubt that XBOX Live festers with racism which flies blatantly by. I've seen some of the most racist gamer tags and profiles out there. Obviously, we've heard some of the most racist verbage out there. Yet, that seems to fly by without a problem. But at the slightest mention of those three taboo letters, G-A-Y, it all hits the fan.

Am I the only one seeing a problem with this (aside from E.Z.K.)?
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Mr. Gaywood, sue the fuckers. Microsoft, rot in hell. Thx.

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HeteroDong.  Classic

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I think it must have been an overreaction and ill thought out course of action (meaning, they didn't really think about it), in response to the constant homophobic slurs you hear in chat in online games.  Younger players in particular like to call others "gay" as a form of insult, or to use the word "fag" the same way.  That's undesirable behavior that needs to be squashed, but the company has yet figured out how to deal with it.  Of course, if they had stopped to think about it, using the word "gay" in your own screenname isn't an insult to anyone.

All in all, the name ban was wrong.  Either the action was homophobic, or an attempt to revent homophobia.  But either way it was wrong.

Off topic, but I do wonder about something.  If you label yourself by your sexual orientation, isn't that itself sexual in nature?  That's a serious question.  I do realize that human beings are constantly trying to connect with others like ourselves, so it's only natural to broadcast who you are.  And despite serious improvements over the last few decades, homosexuality is still fairly persecuted.  Homosexuals, in a form of reactionary defiance, make "being gay" their "identity."  It makes them stand out, be unique, and at the same time lets them belong to a group that understands them and what they have to go through.  So I ask.  Does naming yourself "TheGayerGamer" merely point to pride in being yourself, or because it's about orientation is it really sexual in nature by default?

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Yeah, thats Microsoft for you.  My trail subscription ran out, and well, cause of crap like this, I don't think I'll ever, ever get a Gold account.  Yeah, way to ring in the customers there MS.  Things like this, and yet, no banning of the crap that goes on on live, oi.

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Absolutely ridiculous.

Unless, of course, XBL bans screen names such as, "TheStraightGamer".  Then I wouldn't have any problem.  However, this seems unlikely.

Also, the fact that a video game community, which has to defend itself from government knee-jerk censorship on a regular basis, is taking part in blatant knee jerk censorship strikes me as substantially hypocritical.

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Is this JBT?

 

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No, it's one of the many persons posing as him. Not for the first time and not for the last.


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"Unless, of course, XBL bans screen names such as, "TheStraightGamer".  Then I wouldn't have any problem.  However, this seems unlikely."

Yes, it would be banned. However it's very unlikely to happen as I severely doubt straight gamers would feel the need to advertise the fact they are straight in their username.

Any username with a reference to sexual orientation will be banned and rightly so. There's no need for it.

 

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What if they meant "straight" as in "hardcore"?

...But then, what if they meant "hardcore" as in "explicit sexual images"? :eek:

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His name is a double whammy. Not only is Gay in there, but so is wood. Gay Wood. Yeah, I can see why that was banned, even if it is his real name. That's not an excuse. If my last name was "HeteroDong" that would deserve to be banned just as well. No exceptions should be made. Sucks that it's name, but there's no descrimination here. It deserves to be banned, and he needs to get over it, and so do all these G/L websites.

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Not just that, but 'Richard' is also the extended version of 'Dick'.

So, what this basically comes down to is that Richard Gaywood sounds like a juvenile attempt to get Dick Homostiffy registered as a name.

It's not just the 'gay' part of the name, the whole name smacks of a joke. Poor dude. :(

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hes right. It doesnt matter if thats his name or not. It can be considered offensive by anyone. Not me cause I dont care if people drop dead while im playing them on live, but many could see that as making fun of gay people I think. It comes down simply to certian words being blocked by a filter. No exceptions. If the word gay was allowed on live I think it would be used for more harm than good. Even though this is the guys name, most people would see gaywood as a sexual thing. Trust me when I tell you no one would use their real name unless it was something they thought funny. I think this guy saw his name "gaywood" as something that might get a laugh over live. Also this name probaly drew ALOT of hate directed at this guy over the microphone, where someone who is actually gay(or anyone) might get offended. So I see banning this name as a way to reduce the trash that gets said over the mic. If youve played on LIVE then im sure you can only imagine what people said to this guy if they thought his name was sexual. It is easier to ban certian names like this than to stop all the mic spam that will happen as a result. I dont see how many here are mad a microsof, cause this guy isnt gay. This is more of an injustice to people who want to use real names as gamertags. If you real name had any sexual/swear word in it it will get banned. These are any words that can offend people or easily lead to offending people. I see this as microsoft trying to protect gay people from the hate that they will face on live(its not if but when you know) because they are making live a place where sexual preference isnt a known factor in order to reduce the mic spam (someone above mentioned so I know you know what im talking about). Im straight and im pretty sure the name vaginapenetrator wouldent be allowed either. Im also sure than ANY name will be changed if enough people report it as offensive. Like I said ealier, I can imagine a gay person with an untelling name waiting quietly in a pregame lobby when mr.gaywood or what ever enters the game. What happens then, most likley someone notices his name, intreprets it as sexual and starts bashing. Of course this guy doesn't care cause its just his name. But the gay person who just wanted to play a game of halo is now subjected to all kinds of trash.

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My username is KayleL which is my first name and the first letter of my last name. Using your real name isn't that uncomman. You are saying that people with the word Gay as the gamer tag is discriminating Homosexuals, but if it's the person's name, then wouldn't it be discrimination to banned him for using his real name as his user name? What you are saying just seems like hypocritcy.

Also, I think there is a larger population of black people on Xbox live then Gay people, yet, you see niger slurred all over xbox live as if it's nothing.

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you didnt read it very carefully I guess. Heres a quote from my post above : "I dont see how many here are mad a microsoft, cause this guy isnt gay. This is more of an injustice to people who want to use real names as gamertags." Im just saying that this name could not only offend gay/straight people alike it could lead to insane amout of trash talk over the mic. You mention the racial slurs over live directed toward black people, microsoft is trying to stop some of that type of behavior that is directed toward gay people. Cause Ive seen gamertags that implied that taht person was gay and heard all types of people talk trash to em. Some of them I dont even think were really gay, just doing it as a joke. Also you using your name isnt the same cause he used his entire name. Why? probaly cause he got a kick outa haveing the last name gaywood. People probaly talked all kinda crap to him, even thought he doesnt care and knows it his name, someone who is gay or some little kid could hear this and be offended.

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I rarely feel the need to respond to other people's comments, but yours are so absolutely ridiculous I can't let it slide.

First, no, it does NOT deserve to be banned.  There's no reason for it to be.  Do you honestly think that the people reporting his name are offended in any way?  No, they're 13 year old kids who say "That (bundle of sticks) has the last name Gaywood!  Let's report him as offensive and get him banned, the (cigarette)!"  I guarantee he's only being reported by the jackasses who go out of their way to ruin Live for everyone else.

You can't use the "It's offensive" excuse because what about people in real life?  Do you think someone whines about suffering emotional trauma or being offended when they call his name over the intercom at school?  Do you think anyone raises a fuss if his father is sitting in the doctor's waiting room and the nurse calls out, "Mr. Gaywood, the doctor will see you now"?  No, they don't.

You're just as cowardly and reprehensible as Microsoft, sir.  Microsoft should have let the name stay, and if anyone tried bringing any sort of legal action against Microsoft, they should have said "This is the person's name" and any judge worth his robe would have dismissed the case immediately.

But no, they have to act like homophobes and make themselves look bad.  All of this could have been fixed with Microsoft saying, "You know, we made a mistake, and we're sorry, he can keep his name."  Sadly, they feel the need to make themselves look even worse with BS PR talk.

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If you say that people can't be 'offended' by "gay wood", then how can someone be offended by the banning of it? His name looks like sexual innuendo.

"StraightDongs" wouldn't be allowed, this shouldn't be either. How in the hell does that make me a coward? I'm scared of people having names?

Hey, if I change my name to "N*gger" should I be allowed to have that as my name on XBL? No, of course not. That's ridiculous. It's the same thing with him. It has nothing to do with Homophobia, it has nothing to do with descrimination, his name simply doubles as sexual innuendo, on purpose or not.


I think it's absolutely ridiculous that anyone could be offended by any words, but here we are.

 

In fact, it's almost like the Gays and Lesbians are the descriminatory ones. They're trying to use their differences to be allowed to break the rules. That's ridiculous.

Except...

Except your anologies are so out there, they fail to work.

I can see "Gaywood" being a legit last name. "HeteroDong" or anything with nigger is beyond the point of probablity, and so they simply do not work. My last name is Kennedy. I guess that's offense because of the assassinations of JFK, Robert K. and now the brain cancer of Ted K. Or how about of someone has the last name of "Beater," I guess that's offensive because it denotes violence.

There's a big difference between using, say, "gay" in a name like "gaygamer" or "gaywood" compared to a derogatory usage, such as, say, "yougayfags" which IS an offensive name. If the ban was strictly on his name, it's ridiculous, ludicrous even. Even if it was an innuendo, so what? Many things can be taken as innuendos. I guess we should ban the usage of words wood, sausage, anything with the word pussy in it, the name Dick, balls, queer (as it was originally a non-derogatory term), meat, shot, erect (such as to erect a building, erecting, erected), cock (a male rooster), cow (cause a fat or ugly girl could be called a cow), etc. Let's ban every damn word that could be considered, or used, as or for an innuendo.

And I'll only say this notion that they're using their sexual preference to break the rules is utter bullshit. Trying to use their differences? They're getting banned BECAUSE of that! They want equality like everyone else!

Your examples are idiotic, your logic is downright simplistic until it gives me a headache, and your whole argument has as much ground as trying to argue Bush is the #1 President.

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FTA: "I'm somewhat on the fence with the issue, having played many MMORPGs and seeing the many annoying and disturbing names that can come from idle minds on the internets, and it seems as if Microsoft is putting up the normal "we can't make exceptions" defense..."

Yeah, but this is the kind of issue that really should have been resolved in a few minutes by a human being:

The username's Richard Gaywood. That's also the name of the credit card account, so it's legitimate. Is anyone with 2 brain cells likely to be offended? No. Name allowed, next.

It's only an issue because it's been reacted to like this. The implication is that anything containing the word "gay" must be automatically negative. Instead of risking a gamertag that a few 12 year olds might make fun of during a firefight, they've offended a lot more people.

"Linking ‘gay’ to some negative or sexually explicit content merely fans the fires of homophobia."

Exactly.

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I have less problems with the banning of screen names than I do with the constant immaturity in the voice chat capabilities.

I think the oly reason thy are banning these names so frequently is because it is a lot easier than banning people who are offensive in real life.

Perhaps they should have a system that allows you to place complaints against users for their behavior. After a certain amount of complaints, they could have some moderator type people hop into a game with the person to see if the complaints are valid. Once the offense has been verified, they could proceed to ban or disipline that person in some way.

If the person is a paying XBL membre, they could cut their voice chat service untl some kind of retribution is made. Or they could just cut their online Multiplayer abilities completely for all offending members.

But they should never ban anyone without verifying the complaints first.

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There is a system in place, but it has a very high threshold of complaints before any action is taken.  This is good, because any system that actually got people banned would be immediately abused.  As far as voice chat goes, live moderation or monitoring would be impossible.  MS would have to hire half of India to sit in on games if every 10th complaint was checked out.  And real time software monitoring of voices would be terribly bugged and would likely cause major lag.  With poor mic quality, varying degrees of dialect and accent, and multiple people talking at once, who knows what the software would recognize.

Xbox live has long offered ways for you to avoid players and mute players.  They also have enacted voice bans on players using racial slurs or being particularly offensive.  I don't know how many moderators they have out there doing it, but they do exist.

So most the things you talk about do actually exist, but they tend to be very lenient because of costs and potential for abuse.

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My understanding is that there is a system in place to report offensive behavior to moderators, who are then suppose to investigate the issue at hand and see if the individual in question is actually violating the eula.  Proper action is to be taken upon confirmation of said violation (banning, suspension for a few days, etc.).

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Not that it does, the other day I'm playing online and these assholes are comparing [black people] (note the redaction) to buckets of shit .

Obviously without hesitation I proceeded to mute and hit the File Complaint button. I pay every month to listen to this diatribe and bullshit? Yet, I check my player list today (as I haven't been on in a few days) and what do I see? "Online in ****" "Matchmaking". Yeah.... XBL is REALLY proactive in enforcing their EULA's...


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Re: Gay & Lesbian Gaming Sites React to Xbox Live's Gay Screen

What exactly did you expect?  XBL to ban someone on your complaint?  Perhaps I get you in game and let's say you beat me pretty badly.  I get angry and file a nonsense complaint on you and you get banned.  How long do think things would go before everyone was banned?

A person has to rack up a very large number of complaints until action is taken for in game conduct.  It really couldn't be any other way.  Otherwise the reporting system would be horrible abused, or require an army of moderators.

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Lol, I can't believe that's his name. I think Xbox LIVE needs to give him a break and let his gamertag through.

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Aside from the obvious question of discrimination, it turns out that "Richard Gaywood" is actually the XBL user's name, and not some type of sophomoric screen name (gamertag in Xbox Live parlance). Doesn't surprise me. I've seen cases where someone's first or last name was "Gaylord". Both people were around 50. Then of course there's the little detail of a certain bomber "Enola Gay" that was named after someone's mother.

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What's so ironic to me is this rhetorical question: "Why does ‘gay’ automatically equate to sex or 'of a sexual nature'".

Last I checked, gay people are fighting pretty hard to gain equality, rather than set themselves apart as a different sub-culture.

Hey, if you want to be viewed as a normal person -- with the only difference being your SEXUAL preference -- then labelling yourself by your SEXUAL preference will of course bring to mind SEXUALITY.

Duh!

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I think the ignorance of this posts shows what kind of customers XBox-Live has and explains why they made such a rediculous decision.

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Amazing how so many people will use a frank statement to make themselves the martyr. This is why these names have to be banned.

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Its not sexual preference, its sexual reality. Otherwise, I found that dictionary link humorous. "Licentious Wood" could be read as sexual in nature, but no one reads the word Gay as Licentious anymore. Also, I'm sure the use of 'Player' which is nearly synonymous with Licentious breaks no rules. I'm trying too hard to make sense of this. MS is stupid, case closed.

 

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http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=gay&x=0&y=0 Go buy yourself a dictionary, you idiot.

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Why buy myself a dictionary if you're offering free links? Idiot.

I just love the double standard. Everyone should be tolerant of queer folk, but take every opportunity to condemn someone that is bothered about it.

How come no one is boo-hooing about not being able to have terrorist names on Xbox Live? How come no one is sniffling over "Jesus Christ" not being allowed? Where are the supporters of racial ephitaphs?

Some things that shouldn't offend do, and some things that should offend don't. I applaud Microsoft for this relatively minor step in the right direction. If you don't want "TheRadicalMuslim" playing on your team, then "TheGayerGamer" is out.

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The point isn't that "when you say 'gay' to someone born after 1980, it means same sex relationship" -- it is that who cares which gender someone has sex with? saying "I'm gay" does NOT mean "I'm out to have sex with YOU! (or your kids, or your spouse)"

There's nothing wrong, offensive or inherently "sexual" about identifying your sexual orientation.

I'm the proud daughter of a pair of lesbians. I can assure you, it was not "ooh gay sex 24/7" in our house! It was a normal family which happened to have two women as primary caregivers (and two fathers who saw their kids on weekends).

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There's nothing wrong, offensive or inherently "sexual" about identifying your sexual orientation.

Anything particularly offensive, no.  But identifying your sexual preference is inherently sexual.  And anything inherently sexual is not allowed on XBL.  It's their service, they can set such a rule if they want.  They ban any other sexual reference just the same, as I have seen friends have to change their tags.  So there is no discrimination on the part of MS.

All this story will do is get the sue happy activist crowd all up in arms, which will ruffle the feathers of counter groups, and the end result will just be more restrictions.

It's MS's service we elect to pay for.  Play by the rules or don't play, that's all there is to it.  It's not like the rules are terribly hard to abide by, since most of us have no trouble doing so.  Bungie sums it up very nicely on their site "You have no rights, play nice!".

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Orly? So I assume they'd also ban names like sexxygurl123 and hotboiX or lovemachineXOXO? This all still seems just a tad discriminatory.

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So Microsoft will crack down on you if your username contains the word "gay," but it's perfectly okay to use racial slurs and swear like you've been out to sea for ten years.

Yeah.  That makes loads of sense...

 
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Papa Midnighthttp://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/12/drm-glitch-leaves-new-max-payne-3-buyers-temporarily-in-the-lurch/12/22/2014 - 11:55am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.kanzenshuu.com/2014/12/22/j-stars-victory-vs-ps3-ps4-vita-international-plus-version/ J-Stars is coming to North America.12/22/2014 - 9:36am
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.businessinsider.com/xbox-one-virtual-reality-headset-will-compete-with-oculus-rift-2014-12 can a xbo even handle doing vr?12/21/2014 - 10:48pm
PHX Corp@Adam802 We'll break out the popcorn in June12/19/2014 - 9:23pm
ZippyDSMleeMaskedPixelante: I'm itching to start it too but I will wait till the patch goes live. >>12/19/2014 - 7:52pm
Adam802Leland Yee and Jackson get trial date: http://sfbay.ca/2014/12/18/leland-yee-keith-jackson-get-trial-date/12/19/2014 - 5:24pm
MaskedPixelanteNevermind. Turns out when they said "the patch is now live", they meant "it's still in beta".12/19/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelanteSo I bought Dark Souls PC, and it's forcing me to log into GFWL. Did I miss something?12/19/2014 - 5:00pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/12/republicans-may-have-plan-to-save-internet-providers-from-utility-rules/ this is intreasting. congress may put net nutrality in to law to avoid title 2 classification12/19/2014 - 2:45pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.polygon.com/2014/12/19/7421953/bullshit-cards-against-humanity-donated-250k-sunlight-foundation I have to admit I like the choice o organization. congrats to CAH.12/19/2014 - 1:51pm
E. Zachary KnightIf you are downloading a copy in order to bypass the DRM, then you are legally in the wrong. Ethically, if you bought the game, it doesn't matter where you download it in the future.12/19/2014 - 12:06pm
 

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