Wednesday, September 8, 2010

News from the Fish Bowl Extra: No Gaming from Fort Gay

According to MSBNC's Technolog, gamer Josh Moore was banned by Microsoft from XBox Live because he put in his profile that he lives in Fort Gay, which is, in fact, where he lives.  After some misunderstandings and bad customer service, Microsoft found itself apologizing to Moore, and to the town of Fort Gay.

Winda Benedetti describes the rationale for Microsoft's strict policy that led to the banning of Moore from XBox Live.   Please pay close attention and see if you can discern the irony of this paragraph:

The fact of the matter is, it can be an ugly, ugly gaming world out there, with all manner of homosexual slurs routinely being hurled about in online multiplayer matches as both insults and attempts at intimidation. (By the way, you Neanderthals that do this kind of thing: You are the pond scum that lives beneath the pond scum.) [more...]

Mmmkay.  The fact of the matter is, it can be an ugly, ugly technology-blogging world out there, with all kinds of slurs...

Coincidentally, The B-Movie Catechism recently linked Joe Bob Briggs's comments on zero-tolerance policies.
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