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Microsoft has faced intense criticism after banning a lady gamer for mentioning her sexual orientation in her profile on Xbox Live.

Previously, Microsoft has attempted to purge Xbox Live of any content potentially offensive by way of some stringent terms of service, which resulted in blanket bans on words like “gay”, even in one case where it was part of a surname, in the case of “Richard Gaywood”.

In this case, a lady who insisted on revealing her sexual interests in her profile was banned for her trouble, as well as being harassed by other players, prompting much criticism of Microsoft’s controversy shy approach to managing the service.

The clause in question is thorough in eliminating any possible source of controversy:

You agree that we may also discontinue your access to the Service if you do any of the following while connected to the Service: create a Gamertag , avatar or use text in other profile fields that may offend other members.

This includes comments that look, sound like, stand for, hint at, abbreviate, or insinuate or relate to any of the following: profane words/phrases, topics or content of a sexual nature, hate speech (including but not limited to racial, ethnic, or religious slurs), illegal drugs/controlled substances, or illegal activities.

Foremost in Microsoft’s mind is probably the prospect of having their US marketing efforts stymied by accusations of harbouring perverts and atheists intent on poisoning the minds of the children.

According to the accounts of most, the children generally also poison the minds of those forced into contact with them, with profanity and juvenile antics, though of course the adult players are hardly any better. Others doubt whether Xbox Live is even a “safe” place for children in any case.

Profanity and worse being rife, Microsoft understandably does nothing about it.

Of course, some are mystified as to why some people feel the need to share the details of their sexual preferences with complete strangers at every opportunity…

Via Netharuka.

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    Comment by Steve Fox
    02:37 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have yet to be banned for my gamertag having 420 on the end. the date of april 20th is earth day so thats prolly how i get away with it. Also i have a list of over 50 friends now all with 420 on the end of the name. Go ahead ban us all. LOL like i give a damn. #1 system link is where its at anyway. Like i wana piss away my 50 dollar a month broadband connection on some dick sucker 3 worlds away. Paying 50 bucks a year for some asshole to host a game with an IDSL connection. Guess who wins? Host every damn time. I got sick of it and went back to pc games, where servers r hosted at a central location..... and host advantage isnt the factor of what team/guy wins. not to mention. Xbox 360 is good and a good price for what it is, but its not a quad phenom II, it doesnt have 8gb of ram, it does have over 1TB of storage space. Hell it doesnt even have a Blu Ray drive. I do how ever owe it thanks to being able to use the 360 controller on the pc. Its the best controller ever, plus the racing wheel usb camera and wireless mic work with it too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I recommend free for all style on Xbox live or any online gaming, and give everyone a gun too. The gaming population will just self moderate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess Yuri Grishenko isn't welcome.

    Comment by Kage
    08:10 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is utterly ridiculous.

    So you can't express your sexual interest. Okay, fine, like, how many of the fundamental laws of free speech and expression is Microsoft trying to break?

    Also, about "some are mystified as to why some people feel the need to share the details of their sexual preferences with complete strangers at every opportunity…". Well, if you state that clearly, you won't have any trouble getting unwanted attention from the people (or entire gender) you do not like. Easy, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My name is Dick Van Dyke and I oppose this!!

    Comment by UnKnownymous
    14:35 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL! Thanks for that!
    I would give my Pennies to you!
    Huh? Wha waz that again?
    I was trying to mean penny...
    That's some punservice again. LOL!

    Comment by Firetribe
    14:32 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Foremost in Microsoft’s mind is probably the prospect of having their US marketing efforts stymied by accusations of harbouring perverts and atheists intent on poisoning the minds of the children"

    Its fuckin xbox! Safe for children? how many child friendly games are available on the 360? I don't know... zip!

    Protect a child, buy a Wii!

    Comment by Chris
    09:57 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Don't they have a disclaimer that says something along the lines of online play being unrated?

    As far as I'm concerned online play that includes communication with other people would be rated Teen (at best). It's NOT for kids with uptight parents (who Microsoft seems to be catering for).

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great. Xbox Live wants everyone to be "straight".

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    Comment by tyciol
    11:08 11/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think they should censor anything indicating gender or sex. 'Guy' or 'girl' for example. Someone might say they like them in their profile.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "This includes comments that look, sound like, stand for, hint at, abbreviate, or insinuate or relate to any of the following: profane words/phrases, topics or content of a sexual nature"

    Funny, I have a sexual comment in my motto. It's a good thing they don't understand japanese. To keep my anonymity, I won't disclose my gt or motto.

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    Comment by Nanasen
    01:12 16/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No use in bickering about this, humans are dirty, hopefully a new iceage is imminent

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 02/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    xbox live closed due to AIDS

    Comment by Bloody
    13:40 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol and this from the monopol publishers of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beachvolley Ball

    roflmao xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Parents ought to know, that there is no such thing as a “safe” place for children.

    Seriously, we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas-covered planet going around a nuclear fireball ninety million miles away, spinning around in an outer spiral arm of a galaxie set to collide with another one of its kind.

    And now, please, tell me, were does the “safe” place part come in?

    Comment by Chen
    22:11 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The safe part only comes in for those believing in god and disbelieving in physics. Prejudice will have it, that the generalization oft that statement will pretty much narrow it down to the USA, hence Microsoft.

    But who in the world would believe that the internet or something related could possibly be a good place for children to be?

    Apart from this: Microsoft suckz. And I did never consider the xbox a console at all. Just a nuisance to the gaystation.

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    Comment by onitake
    02:42 01/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't forget iran, malaysia, singapore, indonesia, etc. (and i didn't even name the BAD ones): they do everything they can to fight off anything of a sexual nature. while showing respect to people's beliefs is noble, this is seriously over the top.
    grow up, boys. homosexuality is neither a crime, nor something to be ashamed of.

    on the other hand, screw her. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont forget about the super massive black hole in the center of said galaxy.

    Comment by Freedom III
    07:47 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And most likely the super massive black hole in the center of the galaxy that this one will smash in to...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 29/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm imagining so many people who find this page through the ages (providing it never gets deleted) who will instantly start questioning their respective gods if it is true, and why they would "create" such a dire situation for the earth...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>Of course, some are mystified as to why some people feel the need to share the details of their sexual preferences with complete strangers at every opportunity…

    Attention whores. Probably aren't even gay either.

    Avatar of Vespertine Aspergerian Nincompoop
    13:50 06/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it can be necessary in some instances.

    Gay people try to stand out because it gets the attention of other gays instead of girls.

    Shouldn't women try to do the same?

    Not that I like the ways they decided to stand out though. XD

    They could work on that a little bit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not attention whores. They're trying to get LAID!!! Heheh...there's SORT of a difference. Kinda.

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    Comment by DriftWise
    13:43 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *pssst~, not really*

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    Comment by Palmtop Tiger
    04:28 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What if you put "I like girls"? Is that offensive? And did anyone even report this player or did MS see the profile and deem it bad themselves? What's worse is the language used daily, as any COD4 player knows.

    Oh, and "Richard Gaywood" must really hate the nicname "Dick".

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i was gonna say, that man's name could be "dick gaywood" so im kind of skeptical as to how real that is =/

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was about the same thing.

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    Comment by Rayne Masters
    14:27 27/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ever heard of the Woodcock Johnson test?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My name's Durr Tee Knee Grow from Brazzaville.
    I guess that's too obscure for Mircosoft

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    Comment by CC
    05:54 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of Al Kaider and Terry Wrist trying to check in on the airport..

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:04 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually its "Smell E Knee Grow", I use "Durr Tee Knee Grow" on Steam.
    My bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the hell is wrong with her leg in that picture?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the hell is wrong with your eye?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 16/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's called foreshortening, as in: you should fore-SHORTEN your life and AN HERO.

    Comment by HELL
    03:58 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the hell is wrong with you?

    Stop being offtopic damnit

    Comment by werejo
    04:02 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look closer... See her white-coloured panties above the controller there? It's kinda hard to see but once you do, you can see that it's a perfect leg...

    Comment by Ichigo69
    04:16 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, it just happens to be detached from her hip


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    Comment by Shuu
    04:11 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nothing actually, it's just that unfortunately the controller is in the way of one of the more interesting parts of the image, and confuses the vision of individuals with lesser spatial perception ability while at it.

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    Comment by Shuu
    04:16 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And this comment was supposed to be directed at first anonymous...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    holy shit! the leg! the leg! >.>;

    Comment by LiveByTheSword
    05:55 16/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The right leg is bent toward the "camera." I can't think of another word other than camera.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 17/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Point of view?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Intresting fact.
    In COD5, you can set your clan tag to YOAI, but not to YURI.

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    Comment by Xavi
    05:02 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yoai? Don't you mean Yaoi?

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    Comment by Xavi
    05:03 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bah sorry to late to see the edit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    You can set to YURI, but not YAOI, "due to prohibited text"

    In both COD games.

    Comment by ynfiltra
    05:09 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe its just how people interact or maybe its just some conspiracy thingy that let MS tell us how to do things in THEIR way... hmmmmmm....

    heck with it all!


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    Comment by Aoshi
    10:18 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lesbian and proud of it! Now there's something that'll get you banned if you don't read the agreement carefully.

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    Comment by Atma
    11:38 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, it's her user profile, she can put what she feels is good in it.

    Though if part of the TOS states that any mention of sexuality is bad, anyone who states they are straight, bi, asexual, pansexual, treesexual, whatever should also be banned for the same reasons. It says just sexuality in the TOS, not homosexuality, so if they don't follow through, they're jackasses who don't even follow their own TOS, making them as bad as every other violator ever.

    All this is going to do is encourage homophobes to track down gay users, harass them (which is against TOS. I wonder why the people bugging her didn't get banned as well?), and get them banned. Eliminating the victim is not going to stop the gay bashing that goes on in such gaming environments. In fact, it just makes the place look that much more hostile.

    I'm a lesbian and this just made me never want to get a LIVE account of any kind ever. I don't care what I'd be missing out on; skipping out on this bullshit is worth any sacrifice.

    Comment by Robocop
    19:54 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    awe come on. i drank some really bad beer a while ago. really shitty stuff, the kind of stuff you find in puddles after a stormy night. happened a few times recently too. but that's beside the point. i won't give up drinking beer cause i had a few really shitty tasting ones recently, more over i would find it strange if somebody gave up beer because of a bad experience on my account.

    Comment by Chris
    09:52 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You too huh? I need to learn to -not- drink at random pubs I've never been to before...

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