Microsoft: Gay Tony is different than expressing sexual orientation

Tuesday, 16th June 2009 20:44 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Microsoft has said that it’s still working on ways for gamers to express their sexual orientation without it being taken “overboard”.

While speaking with Kotaku, VP of Xbox Live, John Schappert, told the site that while GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony was okay to use in its sexual context, gay gamer tags are still an issue being sorted.

“I think the two are very separate issues,” said Schappert. “That said, [Xbox Live head of standards enforcement] Stephen [Toulouse] continues to work with our team and we continue to look for ways for people to personally express themselves and you can look for more features coming to Xbox Live, but nothing to announce right now. They’re working on some of that stuff and the community has been very involved.

“We try to walk the fine line where we do the right thing to allow people to express themselves but not have it be taken overboard.

“I can say that we are working on that issue.”

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  1. MissWacy

    cool, its just people who shove it down everyone elses throat who i cant stand, your gay, stright, bi, fine but no need to tell the world

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Razor

    “who shove it own everyone elses throat”

    Is there any intended irony here, or not?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Captain Fruitloop

    “The Ballad of Gay Tony was okay to use in it’s sexual context, gay gamer tags are still an issue being sorted.”

    Still can’t tell the difference between “it’s” and “its”, then?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    Nope sure can’t Cap’n. Nor their and there, or hear and here or picture and pitcher or ass and arse.

    Wait, come to think of it, I DO know the difference between ass and arse. Do you?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    HA HA. I tell ya what. Rockstar’s smart for naming their next “product” with such a taboo word these days such as “gay” cause look at all the attention it’s getting. Great advertising.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    One day Microsoft will drag their policies on this kicking and screaming into the 1990s. One day. Soon. You know, about 2050. Something like that.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Tonka

    Just make some badges for the avatars with rainbows, david stars, crescent moons and bear paws and have it over and done with.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Tonka

    Oh, and some scarves to put in the back pocket.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. tenthousandgothsonacid

    A mate of mine who works at rockstar north says that was the joke name for the project as they knew how much it would annoy microsoft, and then it just ended up being released as that…

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Retroid

    They just need to add “Gender” and “Orientation” toggles to the profiles. Maybe even allow bigots to filter people out based on that, if necessary.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Would ‘Bigot’ be an option for ‘Orientation’? :-D

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Retroid


    In the southern US states it’d probably be the default ;)

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Axle

    Stephany: Is it too much to expect a journalist to understand the basic coventions of English?

    Not that I have editorial control, but after insulting your readership perhaps someone should vet your work for accuracy and content.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Captain Fruitloop

    “Midway Newcastle may be on the verge of closing it’s doors”

    And there it is again, two stories later, in the very first line.

    I’m sorry, but this is basic grammar. If you can’t get this stuff right, what else might you getting wrong, and what business do you have calling yourself a professional writer?

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Blerk


    #15 6 years ago
  16. Mike


    #16 6 years ago
  17. mightyhokie

    Retroid, I’m a southerner and I’m not a bigot. Isn’t it rather bigoted of you to just assume that southerners are, by default, bigots? Can you not see the hypocrisy of that or are you just too stupid, blind, and arrogant? Thanks for the insult. Way to keep an old stereotype alive. Should black’s ‘default’ be thug, hispanic ‘default’ be lazy, and british ‘default’ be fucked up teeth? Nice. And before you guys get pissy and say i’m taking it too seriously, just think about how many times I’ve had to see this joke on TV or in movies. I can take a joke, but that was just out of left field.

    #17 6 years ago

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