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Microsoft bans Xbox Live user for living in Fort Gay

11:20 AM on 09.08.2010 // Jim Sterling
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Microsoft has had to apologize after banning a resident of Fort Gay due to the "offensive" nature of his location. Josh Moore is a resident of Fort Gay in West Virginia, but Microsoft decided it didn't need to verify that, and simply banned him because "ohmygod that word has gay in it!"

Even when Moore argued that Fort Gay was a real town, Microsoft refused to hear him out. The company suspended all his gaming privileges until he could provide evidence that the location was genuine. Microsoft warned Moore that if he put "Fort Gay" back in his profile, they'd axe his account and keep the two years of Xbox Live Gold membership that he'd pre-paid. 

"At first I thought, 'Wow, somebody's thinking I live in the gayest town in West Virginia or something.' I was mad. ... It makes me feel like they hate gay people," says Moore. "I'm not even gay, and it makes me feel like they were discriminating."

Microsoft's Stephen Toulouse has since confirmed that the situation is rectified and that his company "is going to make it right." All I can do is shake my head. Ironic to think that Microsoft banned Moore because they thought he was being childish, but only managed to make the entire company look juvenile and immature in the process. 

Gamer suspended over name of W.Va. town: Fort Gay [Yahoo]



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