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Xbox Live Gamer Banned For Living in Fort Gay

We've heard stories about Microsoft suspending gamers for using names that have the word "gay" in them, even if that is their real name. This latest suspension, however, is definitely meant for the "oh come ON" pile.

26-year-old Josh Moore resides in Fort Gay, West Virginia and he listed his location like many others do on Xbox Live.

Some other Xbox Live gamer spotted his location and somehow got offended enough to report Moore to the Xbox Live cops. This resulted in a suspension of Moore's account, blocking him from playing online and causing him to miss a Search and Destroy competition.

“I'm frustrated that this would be an issue. I'm proud of where I live and this makes no sense,” said Moore.

Moore even got the help of Fort Gay mayor David Thompson to contact Microsoft, but those on the other end of the phone wouldn't lift the ban even when suggested to Google the town's zip code.

“I'm amazed that in this day and age they would flag the word gay," said Thompson. "It's the name of this town, other gamers have had the accounts closed and up front money taken.”

Moore's plight eventually caught the attention of Xbox Live director of policy and enforcement Stephen Toulouse, who admitted that Microsoft made a mistake here in its policies and reversed the suspension on Moore's account.

The odd part in all of this is that earlier this year Microsoft revised its policies to allow words Lesbian; Gay; Bi; Transgender; Straight in profile and gamertag.

(Source: Switched.)

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  • furylicious
    Just another reason why I don't care for the XBOX 360. In steam, I've seen far worse, and even those people don't get banned, much less even approached about it.
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  • Gigahertz20
    Oh come on, why is Microsoft acting so gay?
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  • back_by_demand
    Could be a lot worse, he could live in England where there are towns called Cockermouth or Scunthorpe
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  • mikeadelic
    Gigahertz20Oh come on, why is Microsoft acting so gay?Wicked burn! OoooooOooOooOOooohhhhhh
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  • atk0309
    Oh come on ! For the love of god this is OVER-restricting
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  • lakelucid
    I bet you can find an employee named gay at MFST.
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  • cronik93
    This is why I refuse to use any "Pay to Play".
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  • swamprat
    back_by_demand...or ScunthorpeOk, living in Scunthorpe would be fairly horrid - but how is the name rude?
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  • Dandalf
    Reason to remain a PC gamer. I'll never understand the motivation to put your entire gaming experience in the hands of ONE company. Especially Microsoft.
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  • flaminggerbil
    swampratOk, living in Scunthorpe would be fairly horrid - but how is the name rude?Remove the S.

    The moderation on XBL is pretty rediculous, yet in chat you can get away with anything.
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