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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:41pm 09/09/10 | 28 Comments
There's a bit of contention about the interwebs regarding freedom of speech and improper, insensitive conduct, which came to an embarrassing point for Microsoft, who enforce the latter on their Xbox Live service, when they banned a user whose profile listed his location as "Fort Gay".

The thing is, said user, Josh Moore, actually lives in Fort Gay, West Virginia in the United States, and according to a report over at V3D, it took some convincing to get the mega publisher to realise he was speaking the truth, though he did suffer his account being banned and Microsoft being pretty narky about it before they realised their mistake.

"I figured, I'll explain to them, 'Look in my account. Fort Gay is a real place'," Moore says. "I told him, 'Google it — 25514!', he [just] said, 'I can't help you'."

The full story can be found on the above link.



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NoLogic
Posted 12:44pm 09/9/10
lmao
Midda
Posted 12:50pm 09/9/10
I've also heard of them banning a guy who had his surname listed as Gay (which was is actual surname). Pretty f*****g stupid.
greazy
Posted 12:51pm 09/9/10
Microsoft is so gay.
Mantorok
Posted 12:53pm 09/9/10
I've also heard of them banning a guy who had his surname listed as Gay (which was is actual surname). Pretty f*****g stupid.
Yeah, there was that Richard Gaywood guy.
groganus
Posted 01:00pm 09/9/10
Whilsts it prety gay that microsoft ban people for this gay s***, its easy to tell why the are so gay.

One of the key features of a microsoft console is parental control and how family friendly live is (infact thats a sales point for live)

What the gayest thing about all of this is the gay hoops he had to jump through to get the gay error fixed.
Sc00bs
Posted 01:03pm 09/9/10
its pretty silly banning the word gay when it has more than 1 meaning... not to mention actually being names of places and people.
`ViPER`
Posted 01:19pm 09/9/10
Someone should change there full name to "Microsoft Are C****"

neffo
Posted 01:25pm 09/9/10
I think this needs an updated Downfall video.

I'm sure its already been made.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 01:29pm 09/9/10
don't lose sight of the situation though; Microsoft are attempting to avoid opportunities for discrimination across a service they supply and maintain for everyone. I respect their 'good intentions', it's just short-sighted to be so totalitarian about it; there needs to be more of a case-by-case scenario involved with situations like this, instead of being outright dismissive
ravn0s
Posted 01:38pm 09/9/10
didnt they also ban people at one stage that listed themselves as being gay and lesbian in their profiles?
Cal
Posted 01:40pm 09/9/10
At least they admitted they were wrong.
Was not expecting that.
Eorl
Posted 01:47pm 09/9/10
Haha, best news ever. Microsoft is the new hitler.
gamer
Posted 01:51pm 09/9/10
There is definatly a market for another german hilter video about this...

HeardY
Posted 02:00pm 09/9/10
they should have listened to him in the first place...
TicMan
Posted 02:42pm 09/9/10
SUCK ON THAT F*****S
Crans
Posted 02:44pm 09/9/10
Agreed, policies should be guide-lines, not across the board rules.
MatchFixah
Posted 03:16pm 09/9/10
Your mum is across the board, but she has no choice in that.
Mattressi
Posted 05:53pm 09/9/10
And this is why I play on PC (though no games with Windows Live)
Whoop
Posted 06:36pm 09/9/10
Someone should change there full name to "Microsoft Are C****"

I've put my MSN status to similar things in the past, usually when something in msn or hotmail screws up or they add a feature I don't like.
At least they admitted they were wrong.
Was not expecting that.

Yeah, if it was Apple they'd have told him to move to somewhere more normal sounding.

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Rawprawn
Posted 07:06pm 09/9/10
A bit of a failing in the process. Not being given the language in context will lead to this sort of situation again and again.
Basket
Posted 09:43pm 09/9/10
Yeah, if it was Apple they'd have told him to move to somewhere more normal sounding.


lol if it was apple there response would be "deal with it"



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Martz
Posted 10:33pm 09/9/10
Doesn't "gay" also mean happy??

Also there is an ice cream called "gaytime", tastes good though believe it or not

I wonder if gay is in the BC2 swear filter?? I know if you type "damn" the swear filter picks it up.. wtf shizzle gay?!?!?!?
kos
Posted 11:49pm 09/9/10
Gay is definitely filtered in Starcraft 2 if the language filter isn't disabled.

Or at least I think it still is, it was in the beta, can't say I've ever said gay in the final game... dammit their plan worked!
thermite
Posted 12:31am 10/9/10
I got banned from internode for saying lemon party once, and it was totally innocent in context.
Whoop
Posted 12:35am 10/9/10
pretty much everything is filtered in bad company 2. I never understood why they filtered swearing out of M rated games, especially BC2 considering the in game team automatic team chat thing swears like a trooper.
lol if it was apple there response would be "deal with it"

or "you're not banned, you're just holding your controller wrong".
Doesn't "gay" also mean happy??

Also there is an ice cream called "gaytime", tastes good though believe it or not
Yeah those gaytime ice creams are pretty damn tasty but nowhere near as tasty as I remember them being. I swear they've changed :(
FraktuRe
Posted 12:38am 10/9/10
I never understood why they filtered swearing out of M rated games


Same, I asked an internode admin once and he said some bulls*** about there servers being family friendly and open to everyone. I then asked why they have so many nazi rules and he didn't reply.
kos
Posted 12:45am 10/9/10
I got banned from internode for saying lemon party once, and it was totally innocent in context.

The line from 30 Rock "it wouldn't be a Lemon party without old D***" comes to mind :)
Whoop
Posted 12:49am 10/9/10
^^ actually lemon party, goatse, tubgirl were all auto bans I think. It was because everyone would direct noobs to those URLs when they asked for help on how to rescue hostages or whatever.

The worst part is it also filters out normal words with bad words in them, like back in cs you couldn't say cs_assault because it had "ass" in it.

I wonder how long until MS bans my live account for having a "bad name" then if they're so damn strict about it, unless they haven't caught on yet. :ninja:

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