Microsoft explains the 'TheGayerGamer' name change issue

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309w ago - Microsoft's Stephen Toulouse has explained why the company decided issue a name change request against the gamertag "TheGayerGamer". "We recieved a complaint on the Gamertag and determined that it did indeed contain sexual innuendo.

Now granted, there could be an argument that the text is not pejorative to homosexuality and should therefore be allowed. But there is no context to explain that.

Gamertags are visible to everyone and it would be hard for me to defend to a parent of a young child who saw it that the name did not contain content of a sexual nature."

To quote: Xbox Live policies and Gamertags

I've gotten some questions today regarding a recent name change my team issued against the gamertag "TheGayerGamer". As I have mentioned before, the community brings content that may potentially violate the terms of use to our attention via the complaint system.

For text and profile complaints we actually review every complaint against the Code of Conduct and Terms of Use to determine whether the complaint is accurate. We DO NOT take action based off the number of complaints, or how often people complain in a given day. All complaints we get into the system against a Gamertag or content are reduced to one so that our agents merely review the content against...
 

MGS4 Training Sub-Mission Gameplay Videos!

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310w ago - GameTrailers has posted two videos of MGS4: Guns of the Patriots Training Sub-Mission Gameplay.

Also the official MGS site is loading much faster now if you want to try out the 5 flash missions.

MGS4: Guns of the Patriots Training Sub-Mission Gameplay- At its core, sneaking can be two-dimensional. Don't forget your octocamo!





Training Sub-Mission Gameplay 2- Rescue the hostages without being found and before they get shot.




 

Rumor: 360 Spring Update has Motion Sensor & Game Installs?

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310w ago - If Microsoft follows the same schedule it did last year, the Spring system update for the Xbox 360 should be right around the corner.

Today, an alleged and wholly unconfirmed list of changes included in the "Q2 2008" update was sent to us, supposedly forwarded from an internal source. The full list features about 80 new feature additions, tweaks and changes but was purported to be incomplete and subject to change.

Some are simply interesting as curiosities, such as an option to purchase Xbox Live memberships for charities and the addition of a Media section for audio delivered through feeds, such as podcasts. Others sound more feature robust, such as Windows Live Mail integration and an expanded "Inside Xbox" with news, weather, entertainment, help and community features.

Perhaps the most interesting additions are "Calibration options for motion sensor devices" for the Dashboard and "Support for titles to store installation data on Storage Device for faster loading" for Games. If true, the former would lend further credibility to frequent rumors that Microsoft is planning to introduce a motion controller for the Xbox 360.

The ability to store installation data on a hard drive–as is done with some PlayStation 3 games–would certainly be a welcome option, if that's how the wording...
 

“Gay” Gamertag Banned From Xbox Live

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310w ago - An Xbox Live member who goes by the name of Grant is in outrage after Microsoft banned his gamertag "theGAYERgamer."

Reportedly, he called up the company's support line and was told that he violated XBL's terms of service, with other members reporting his tag as offensive.

I talked to a supervisor there, Roxy, who told me that she didn't personally find the fact that my gamer tag had gay in the name offensive, but that the greater Xbox community did, so I would have to change it. I hope I'm not the only person who finds this don't ask, don't tell policy disgusting... eek.

This is obviously a grey area. However, instead of banning people on the basis of if the gamertag is offensive or not, Microsoft should perhaps filter words that advertise a sexual preference.
 

Q&A: Media Molecule Devs talk LittleBigPlanet

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310w ago - At its European media event last week, Sony announced that its highly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive title LittleBigPlanet had been pushed back a month to October 2008.

We trapped three members of the Media Molecule team--studio co-founder Alex Evans, audio designer Kenny Young, and the game's producer Siobhan Reddy--to pick their brains on everything LittleBigPlanet.

GameSpot AU: How is it that a team of just 25 [at Media Molecule] has managed to do so much with so few people?

Alex Evans: Well the thing is, they're all super talented. On some level we've picked our battles--that's the honest answer. We couldn't have made a Final Fantasy or a GTA IV, both incredible games, but we picked our battles and then picked our people and that's what we tried to do.

Kenny Young: Another thing is that a small team facilitates quick decision making and allows for good communication. It can be brutal too because you can't hide. You can see everyone and you're on first-name terms with everyone. I know that sounds silly, but I've worked on teams of a hundred people where you just don't know what's going on at the other side of the office. But when it's a bunch of people based in a room you just can't hide anywhere.

Siobhan Reddy: It's like the game....
 







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