Friday, March 05, 2010

If I owned an Xbox 360, my Gamertag would be 'gay4play'

Or, maybe it would be "evengayerthanilook." That's kind of a mouthful, though, isn't it?

Anyway, you're probably thinking, "What planet are you on? On this planet, Microsoft doesn't allow Gamertags like that." Au contraire, mes amis!

Earlier today, the folks at Microsoft announced an update to the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and Code of Conduct that allows users to "more freely express their race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation in Gamertags and profiles."


Previously, some of those expressions of self-identification were not allowed in Gamertags or profiles "to prevent the use of these terms as insults or slurs," Microsoft's Marc Whitten said in a press release that announced the update. "However, we have since heard feedback from our customers that while the spirit of this approach was genuine, it inadvertently excluded a part of our Xbox LIVE community."

Of course, Whitten added, "this update also comes hand-in-hand with increased stringency and enforcement to prevent the misuse of these terms."

It'll be interesting to see what happens moving forward. I think it's a foregone conclusion that some (OK, a lot of) gamers will abuse the system, but what isn't a foregone conclusion is how the folks at Microsoft will respond to that abuse. Hopefully it won't prompt them to pull the plug on the update and go back to banning people with Gamertags like "thegayestgamer."

See also: 'Microsoft still hemming and hawing over gay gamertags on Xbox Live' and 'The Advocate: Microsoft Tries to Mend Rift With Gaymers'

8 comments:

Luminairis said...

Microsoft is very stingy, I put the logo: Sparkle and Shine. And they found it offensive.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Really?!? That's so weird. Like I said, it's going to be interesting to see what happens moving forward...

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Huh. Well, I certain;y hope it works out for the best.

And I LOVE your proposed screen name.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Which one? gay4play? I was kind of pleased with that one myself :)

BTW, totally random aside here, but back when I actually owned a car (3 years ago -- boo hoo!) one of the stickers plastered to its bumper said "I'm even gayer than I look." My sister-in-law made it for me and it was fabulous! Wish I could find a photo of it somewhere...

Viewtiful_Justin said...

AMAZING!

Anonymous said...

You should make the name
2great2Bstraight
that used to be me my EVERYTHING name
hahaa

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha ha! Actually, anonymous, it sounds like you should keep it for yourself -- if you're planning to get a 360 someday, of course :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

BTW, my PSN ID is "gay4play," so maybe I'll choose the same if/when I get an Xbox 360 (assuming that Gamertag is still available).