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Microsoft’s Xbox Live policy and enforcement director Stephen Toulouse resigns

Stephen Toulouse, Microsoft’s director of Xbox Live policy and enforcement, has announced on his personal blog he will be leaving the firm on February 16 after 18 years with the company. Toulouse hasn’t announced his plans beyond taking a break to spend time with family, but said his split with Microsoft was an amicable one, […]

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Stephen Toulouse headlines

  • Xbox Live goons just one percent of community

    Microsoft has published an interesting – and occasionally unintentionally hilarious – exposé of its Xbox Live Enforcement team, headed by policy director Stephen Toulouse, or Stepto.

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  • Man from "Fort Gay" banned from XBL by "mistake"

    Microsoft’s said a decision to ban an American man from Xbox Live because he lives in a town called Fort Gay was a “mistake” and the company’s going to “make it right.”

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  • Major Nelson podcast has Felicia Day, Beatles Rock Band, Stephen Toulouse

    Major Nelson’s podcast number 330 is loaded to the gill with stuff. Want proof? It’s 321 minutes long and contains chats with Xbox Live boss Stephen Toulouse, The Guild’s Felicia Day, development manager at Tiburon, Ryan Ferwerda chatting about Madden NFL 10, Josh Randall, the creative director behind Beatles Rock Band and Dan Maher, Xbox […]

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  • Early ODST players won't be banned as long as they bought a copy

    Xbox Live’s Stephen Toulouse has said that French Halo 3: ODST players who got copies early will not be banned from playing online as long as it is a legitimate copy they’e playing. “We will not be banning legitimate customers from Xbox Live who play early”, he tweeted. Microsoft is still trying to figure out […]

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  • Microsoft doing what it can to make XBL safe and educate parents on social gaming

    Microsoft’s Stephen Tolouse has said that his main goal as the boss of Xbox Live is to keep the service safe for everyone who has an account, and educate parents about the service. “We work very closely with the community of gamers and people using this system to identify and resolve issues from gameplay problems, […]

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  • Stephen Toulouse: Use of the word gay on XBL is 98% pejorative

    Stephen Toulouse, Xbox Live’s head of policy and enforcement, says that the company is looking for ways to allow gamers to express their sexual orientation without being exposed possible negativity. Once Microsoft figures out how to do this properly, the change will be implemented. “The overall policy we have today is that the expression of […]

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  • Live boss on gay ban row: We want people to be able to express themselves in a way that can't be misused

    Xbox live policy chief Stephen Toulouse has admitted that the service’s current stance of the expression of sexual orientation is flawed, and that a solution to the issue of people being banned for including such information in their profile data hinges on users not being able to abuse the facility. “It’s not an elegant policy,” […]

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  • Gay rights group on Live bannings: We won't hide in a virtual closet

    Both Microsoft and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) have posted articles on the current Xbox Live policy of not being able to express sexual preference in profile data, the latter saying it won’t allow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual (LGBT) people be kept in a virtual closet. “We’re truly in a new […]

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  • Microsoft finally looking to stop gay bannings on Live

    Is that the whiff of common sense? The stench of reason? Xbox Live mod boss Stephen Toulouse has confirmed Microsoft is looking at ways Xbox Live users can express sexual preference on the service without getting banned. His comment came after yet another Live subscriber was banned for ‘causing offence’ by saying they were homosexual […]

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  • Microsoft explains gay gamer name ban

    Microsoft’s Stephen Toulouse has explained the reasoning behind the banning of GamerTag “thegayergamer” on his blog. The company deemed it was in breech of terms and conditions, basically. “Terms of Use clearly disallow content of a sexual nature,” he said. The clause in Live’s user terms states: “[a member may not] Create a Gamertag or […]

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