Microsoft: Gay Tony is different than expressing sexual orientation

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


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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