Xbox LIVE Policy on Gamertags and profiles


With the recent post on the Consumerist, I wanted to point out a couple of posts about Xbox LIVE policy that you may find relevant. The first post is from regular podcast guest Stephen Toulouse. Stephen and his team handle policy for the LIVE service, and therefore spend a lot of time developing the best policies that we use on the service. The second post is from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) where they give their take on the story. Hopefully you’ll take the time to read both which will give you a better understanding of the issues at hand.


  • UNSCleric

    I have no problem with gay or lesbian people, they can get married for all I care, but there is NO reason she needs to talk about being a Lesbian on an Xbox Live profile.


  • SPARKY123

    One recurring thing I keep seeing on this issue is people who state that sexual orientation has no place on LIVE. I disagree, join any game on live and you usually only have to wait seconds before hearing your first insult about how ‘gay’ someone is etc. Who knows what this girl was thinking when she mentioned she was a lesbian in her profile, maybe she thought it might help her to expand her friends list so that she could find other like minded frineds on Live and be able to enjoy some gaming without the constant barrage of ‘gay’ related insults.

    I get that some people might find it offensive, but it isn’t your profile it’s hers. I get that you might be thinking ‘Why feel the need to mention it!’, again, it’s her profile not yours. If it offends you then don’t read it. If it’s to late and you’ve read it, then just don’t add her as a friend if it bothers you so much.

    And as for the issue with ‘won’t someone think of the children’, I’m sure if your someone who lets your kids play on live running around chainsawing people in gears, or getting headshots in Halo, then I think they can handle exposure to someone who is gay. If not, then they shouldn’t be on live in the first place.

    I really hope MS amend their terms to allow Live to be a much more GBLT friendly place. I know that as a straight gamer, even I get sick of all the ‘gay’ insults on live, MS should concentrate on fighting that rather than banning accounts due to things like this.


  • Warrengonline

    Most of the people here are not mature enough or intelligent enough to know that there are some people who are different, have different mind sets or which have you. The title ‘lesbian” is no different than a person putting “Mac”, “Apple”, “MS”, or “Atari” on their profile. Why do people do this? To attract people of liked-minded interest, such as you said. Now if it said “Looking for other hot…” THEN that would be a bit offending, such as the dance scene in the Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li (yes, I saw that slap in the face of a ‘Street Fighter II’ movie – though as an action movie for those who do not know the Street Fighter story, it is an alright movie).

    SPARKY123 your reply is what people, ESPECIALLY parents, okay, RESPONSIBLE parents, Uncles, Aunt, childcare (so few there really are) need to understand. It’s just like people who have HBO and Showtime, “Parental Discretion is Advised”. Do parents still do that or just click away from the channel? No discussion as why they should not be watching or listening to such said material?


  • HFC

    Jee Whiz. While I detest racism and homophobia as much as the next reasonably minded person, I sometimes wonder if the world is losing it’s perspective on reality. While Western economies crash and burn and the real threat that this brings to all of us, people are suggesting we have a gay/straight checkbox etc etc. Why not go the full PC-hog and have every gender type category known to man. Why not have a “midget clown snuff porn lovers” checkbox for those who want to broadcast their desires to the world? Come on folks – we’re seriously losing perspective here. I have taken a load of sh1t on XBLA from people who are just a-holes. There are plenty of them and there is plenty of crap dished up to non-coloured, non gay people, non jewish folks. I’ve had abuse about being Scottish/British. I just ignore it and block the perpetrators.

    File a complaint and make sure you select the ‘Avoid player’ option. I’m sorry people get abuse and Ihave no problem with people in their bio stating they are gay but people please, if you do that – some folks out there are going to give you static. Like I said – the a-holes on live aren’t just hompohobes or racist – they tend to be like that with everyone. Deny them the oxygen of publicity and use the built in controls to filter/report them. The minute the service is changed from a gaming service into a niche forum for people of different types is the day that I’ll quit XBLA. As far as I’m concerned, we are united through games and I will play with anyone regardless of their gender, colour or religion. United through games. That’s all need consider in this debate.


  • RuairiAU

    This is a gaming network not a dating site. I do not need nor want to know someones sexual orientation, their marital status or what they like to do in the bedroom. It has nothing to do with games – at least any games I can play on the Xbox.


  • The Phazer

    “This is a gaming network not a dating site. I do not need nor want to know someones sexual orientation, their marital status or what they like to do in the bedroom. It has nothing to do with games – at least any games I can play on the Xbox.”

    Presumably you would also support banning Stepto himself then, as his bio mentioned he was married with a wife until he stealth edited it out yesterday after people noticed the hypocrisy. Oddly he did not get the 24 hour ban anyone else would.

    Curious that.



  • Anonymous

    People do know what a bio is though don’t they? Its meant to be a biography of the person playing so i decided to set mine up to look kind of like something out of a sci fi, like a log account and even though i’m gay i merely wrote in my sections loves, partner. I thought this would be best as although i have no problem with seeing anything like sexual orientation in anyones profile i would rather not have insults like when i was sent a message calling me an ‘anime loving faggot’. As for why do only gay people write their orientation and tell people. Well i think it has more to do with the fact that most people are indeed straight. I feel more confident if people (not in gaming circles i might add) know what i am so no awkward moments, questions etc pop up.


  • AgingSoul

    All I have to say is that if being gay is the only thing you have to express yourself, to describe who you are, then I feel sorry because I have never once used hetero as a description of who I am. Just Game on! and if you really want to put who you really are, do it so only Friends can see it.


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