Microsoft Okays Sexual Orientation in Gamertags

Jadak

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I think they had it right in the first place, no mention of sexual preferences, straight or otherwise. It's Xbox Live, not Facebook, play the damn games, keep your personal shit to yourself.
 

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As much as someone has the right to express themselves, I still receive that expression as being a pretentious prick. I don't care for any information from some stranger unless it directly relates to the game we're playing. Otherwise they do, indeed, sound like self important morons trying to justify themselves or something.
 

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I sense a shift in the marketing strategy for XBL. I wonder if they did some sort of survey or market research and discovered a wide perception of their service as being one full of racist cheating shrill tedious little pukes and that this decision (along with the recent and very public banning of a notorious cheat) to be an effort to sell their service to a much wider market. I predict a major surge in moderation and enforcement of existing policy.

Let's be honest here folks, it is doubtful that there are any next gen consoles on the near horizon. Xbox, Wii and PS3 are going to have to make themselves comfortable with a wider market that is not going to tolerate the little bastard quotient that turns services like XBL in to the wild west.

As for using an identifier in a gamer tag well why not. I routinely wear a small enamel pink triangle on my lapel (OK, so it should be black as a gay female), occasionally I may wear a Tshirt with a statement on it. Usually I am the short-hair having, boot wearing, total stereotype worst bloody nightmare of anyone anti-gay. It is part of who I am. If you don't like it then too bad.

Ignoring the GLBTQ issue I equally have no problem with someone identifying themself as a christian gamer. To some people hearing "oh god" or "jesus christ" as curses is still offensive.

And frankly it is human nature to label and sort ourselves in to groups. I mean come on...here we are on a GAMER site. Non-gamers would not see the point. We see it as a common interest and we share some points of reference.
 

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Am I the only one who thinks it is really unnecessary to advertise your sexuality on XBL?
 

brabz

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Does anyone even look up a person's Gamertag profile? The only time I end up on a person's tag is if I'm filing a complaint for cheating or being abusive in some way.

It's fine if people want to display their orientation, but I wonder about the foresight. Have you ever played multiplayer with a female participant? Doesn't matter how competent they are, you're always going to get creepy guys hitting on them or immature kids hassling them for not being as good or losing their mind over a simple mistake. How's it going to go when the same people who grief female gamers know that they're playing with someone of a different sexual orientation than "social norms"?

The behavior reporting system on 360 is already lacking true accountability; why add additional fuel to the fire with no way to contain player's behavior?
 

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Personally, I think sexual orientation and games have very little to do with each other. So, you can now write your sexual orientation in your gamer profile? That's nice. Have no reason to care. I'm an indiscriminate fragger.
 

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Shockolate said:
crimson5pheonix said:
MaxChaos said:
A Gay-mertag, eh?
Puns will not be tolerated. I'm afraid you must be sent through the rehabilitator for your own good and the good of all.

OT: Neat.
Thread De-rail: Disgusting Xenos. You and your Greater Good is nothing but a lie! It is the God-Emprah's will that we use puns, and it is his will that you die!

OP: This won't stop needless harassment methinks. Why would someone want to put their sexual preference in a gamertags anyway? That's just asking to be trolled.

Let me do a little de-railing of my own. When I read this, I spend about three minutes laughing so hard, I got yelled at by my housemates. I applaud you for this, for I was feeling rather down from a failed job hunt.

Now then, back to the topic at hand.

Does it really matter if someone can see if your straight or gay on Xbox live? How will it effect gameplay, other then stopping those random gamers that cares about the feels of others (not that it will stop those vile mouthed gamers that use queer or fagget every other word)?
 

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Hardcore_gamer said:
Good.

Serves the homophobes right.
"Expression of any sexual orientation (straight or gay or otherwise) is not allowed in Gamertags. However we've heard from the user base they want that capability, so I am examining how we can provide it in a way that wont get misused. I can't say any more at the moment, except to say I'm working right now in finding a way to safely express relationship preference."

^they didn't allow it because they didn't want people sexual orientation bashed in gamer tags, not because they were homophobes.
 

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Hurr Durr Derp said:
...because, you know, your sexual orientation is totally relevant in online gaming.
I know right?
The only thing they were doing was making sure that someone wont catch any more shit than they would usually get online.
Now we have people bashing Microsoft as a bunch of homophobes. Its freaking ridiculous.
 

crimson5pheonix

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One of Many said:
Shockolate said:
crimson5pheonix said:
MaxChaos said:
A Gay-mertag, eh?
Puns will not be tolerated. I'm afraid you must be sent through the rehabilitator for your own good and the good of all.

OT: Neat.
Thread De-rail: Disgusting Xenos. You and your Greater Good is nothing but a lie! It is the God-Emprah's will that we use puns, and it is his will that you die!

OP: This won't stop needless harassment methinks. Why would someone want to put their sexual preference in a gamertags anyway? That's just asking to be trolled.

Let me do a little de-railing of my own. When I read this, I spend about three minutes laughing so hard, I got yelled at by my housemates. I applaud you for this, for I was feeling rather down from a failed job hunt.

Now then, back to the topic at hand.

Does it really matter if someone can see if your straight or gay on Xbox live? How will it effect gameplay, other then stopping those random gamers that cares about the feels of others (not that it will stop those vile mouthed gamers that use queer or fagget every other word)?
It's what we do.
 

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Dublin Solo said:
What exactly does the sexual orientation have to do with gaming online, exactly? I must have missed a very important meeting sometime in the last few years.

Does the color of the skin matter as well? And wether we're left-wing or right-wing?
I agree, who gives a shit weather or not someone is gay, straight or otherwise.
I'm noy homophobic, nut it pisses me off when gay/lesbien people openly anounce their orinetation. As if to get a pat on the back or a congratulation for beiing ok about it and that eveeryone shoud accept them based on this rather than telling them to shut the hell up when we dont care.

Person 1: I'm gay
me: fuck off, I don't care
person 1: *gasp* homophobe
 

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Hurr Durr Derp said:
...because, you know, your sexual orientation is totally relevant in online gaming.
geldonyetich said:
Personally, I think sexual orientation and games have very little to do with each other. So, you can now write your sexual orientation in your gamer profile? That's nice. Have no reason to care. I'm an indiscriminate fragger.
Orcus_35 said:
Pfff this is just for people who like to argue and make polemics... isn't that trolling in some way?
These.
This entire thing should have been one of those "Yeah, I'm going to file that under 'Not an Issue'" moments.
Oh how I love thee, Kevin Butler.
 

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Considering the can of worms this opens up it's a really good thing that so many Live players are such tolerant, mature individuals
 

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(just an opinion) I think "dont ask dont tell" should apply to things like that instaed of just the military