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XBox (Games)

Submission + - Gay nickname banned from Xbox Live (pixelrage.org)

notrandom writes: "The Consumerist has received a rather unusual story from a gamer who was banned from Microsofts' Xbox Live service for using the nickname "theGAYERgamer" (check the attached screenshot).
The now unhappy gamer reports :


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

From Grant, thegayergamer"

I am pretty sure nobody was considering the broader semantics of the word gay ... sheesh..."

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