Gay gamer has GamerTag banned from Live

By Patrick Garratt
14 May 2008 18:42 GMT

Update: Microsoft’s explained the reasoning behind the ban here. The company deemed the name in breech of Live’s terms, apparently.

According to Destructoid, a gay gamer with a GamerTag “thegayergamer” has had his moniker banned from Live by Microsoft because other players found it offensive. Said the chap in question:

I have had a bad morning. Last night when i tried to sign into my xbox live account “thegayergamer” I was told that it had to be changed. I figured that it was just from people reporting it as an offensive name being that the greater Xbox live community isn’t exactly welcome to gay people, i spend a lot of time muting people on Halo3. I assumed that once i called Microsoft they would straighten things out.

I talked to a supervisor there, Roxy, who told me that she didn’t personally find the fact that my gamer tag had gay in the name offensive, but that the greater Xbox community did, so i would have to change it. I hope I’m not the only person who finds this don’t ask, don’t tell policy disgusting… eek.

That’s really great, Microsoft. Would you ban someone called “thestraightergamer” if someone complained about it? We’re completely shocked, to be honest, and hope someone revises this for being the pathetic, sad example of mini-Hitlerism it so obviously is. Grow some common fucking sense, why don’t you.

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