Xbox Live Admits Mistake (Gasp)

By Josh Wright

September 9, 2010

Xbox Live is known for its “Code of Conduct” and the great lengths it goes to protect it’s online users (except when your doing something illegal on MW2 that is) with the mighty hammer of Thor. Microsoft and the Xbox Live enforcement team work so hard to enforce these rules in fact, that they have recently banned a young man due to the town’s name he claimed he hails from: Fort Gay, WV. Although Xbox Live changed it’s rules to allow users to include gay in their profiles, a complaint by another player was made and the young man was banned. Anybody have a map?

Yes, it appears that Fort Gay, WV does indeed exist and the 26 year old has been reinstated in what has been called a “mistake” by the Xbox Live enforcement team. Xbox Live Chief Enforcement officer Stephen Toulouse has apparently updated training for his agents and states they are constantly updating their knowledge of slang. Slang? Seriously? Are they actually listening in?

I’ve heard worse come out of 12 year olds mouths almost every time I’m online. If that is their idea of offensive language, then more than one 26 year old from Fort Gay, WV would be banned. This was obviously not an immediate danger to anyone online, and the fact they have issued an apology is noble. Perhaps a free year of Xbox Live for the young man would be a more appropriate apology.

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Josh Wright

Josh resides in VA and enjoys spending time with his wife Lena, two wonderful kids Peyton and Bailey, and their puppy Marley. He moonlights as an Xbox Ambassador and someday hopes to rule the galaxy. Favorite Games: Mega Man, Tecmo Bowl, Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

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