Microsoft Banning Players from Live for Swastika abuse in CodBlOps

   22/11/2010 at 13:53       Richard Horne       0 COMMENTS.
 - Call of Duty: Black Ops, Banned Xbox Live Accounts, Stephen Toulouse, Xbox Live, Xbox 360

Microsoft has taken an aggressive stance against the Call of Duty: Black Ops community by banning gamers who have used the game's built-in emblem creator to create offensive swastika emblems.

Stephen Toulose, writing on his official blog states that:

“It’s not political correctness, it’s fundamental respect,”

“If you think the swastika symbol should be re-evaluated by societies all over the earth, I think that’s great. 

“Your Xbox LIVE profile or in game logo, which doesn’t have the context to explain your goal, is not the right place to do that.  And by the way, that doesn’t just go for the swastika, it applies to many other symbols as well that my team does indeed take action on when we see it.”

He continued: “Let’s be clear: no educated human on the planet looks at the swastika symbol on a video game service in ‘the year we make contact’ and says ‘Oh, that symbol has nothing at all in any way to do with global genocide of an entire race and, even if it did, one should totally and reasonably ignore that because it’s a symbol that was stolen or coop-ted from religions.’

“Indeed, my twitter stream was filled with people stating that Xbox LIVE should equally ban the star of David, the Christian cross, and yes I am not kidding, the infinity symbol because under various niche interpretations of those symbols, they are as evil as the swastika symbol and I should apply ethical relativism to all symbols on Xbox LIVE to respect all viewpoints because of the United States First Amendment.”

“Yes we can have the discussion in other venues about the double meaning of various terms, something my team does every day. But for many topics, its kind of a no-brainer.”

We agree with that wholeheartedly, however, how is Microsoft and Treyarch dealing with the countless emblems portraying spunking cocks, anal sex, bumming gorillas and all manner of explicit sexual content? There are plenty of people out there putting their creative skills to good use by creating some genuinely clever and interesting emblems, but they're far out-numbered by the racists and homophobes.

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