Last Updated Mar 5, 2010 9:28 PM EST
From the updated Xbox Code of Conduct:
What you can do:It isn't the right terminology -- Microsoft is lumping sexual orientation (straight, gay, lesbian and bisexual) with sexual identity (transgender) -- but it still marks a serious shift in online policy.
Other terms regarding relationship orientation are not allowed. In addition you may not use these terms or any other terms regarding relationship orientation to insult, harass, or any other pejorative use against other users.
- You may use the following terms to express your relationship orientation in your profile or Gamertag:
As a rule major entertainment companies avoid discussing sexual orientation and identity. Highlighted in my book Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and Other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture, notables include:
- Blizzard banning a LGBT-friendly guild on World of Warcraft, prompting a major lawsuit
- Microsoft shutting down XBox handles describing sexual orientation or identity
I truly believe that our diversity is what makes us strong: diversity in gaming and entertainment options, and diversity in the people that make up this amazing community.Microsoft's change comes a year after the infamous "Richard Gaywood" incident where a user was banned -- for using his real name. Oops! Here's the point: Corporations aren't smart enough to pre-filter.
When it comes to adult topics, entertainment corporations have two choices:
- Restrict the expression to protect the audience
- Actively protect the audience to keep the expression