Sweeps Month: TV News Shocked by Cussing on Xbox Live

“It’s fun that can turn foul, in seconds…”

That’s the intro from a video report by Roanoke’s WSLS-10 which frets about bad language used by players during Xbox Live Halo 3 matches. Anchor John Carlin (left), who pulled his own son’s XBL play into the story, says:

[We placed] a microphone in Tyler’s headset.  The conversation was x-rated from the first shot… In another clip, clearly a young child was among the players.  His language as bad as theirs… And the kids aren’t just hearing the bad talk—they’re speaking it.  Racial slurs and homophobic comments as well.

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  1. ScreamingFalcon says:

    For those not educated in John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad (or Dickwad if you get the tshirt) Theory, allow me to put it into words:

    Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad (or Dickwad)

    And there you have it, folks.

  2. Papa Midnight says:

    I hate to pull this card, but if words don’t harm anyone… how about that girl who commited suicide over the MySpace stint? I could pull other cards, but those may be just a little more controversial than my selected citation.

  3. Christian Astrup ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Arguably so. However kicking up the dust in an effort to "protect the children" seems stupid, considering the circumstances.

  4. PHOENIXZERO says:

    I think excessive swearing actually shows a lack of maturity, no matter what age.

  5. Iliad says:

    Canada is just as bad, if not worse.. as much controversy as their is in america about this stuff, they havent actually been succesfull in passing any legislation, so its safe to say we still have it great compared to pretty much any other country, especially europe/middle east and some parts of asia.

    Also australia/new zealand.


  6. Papa Midnight says:

    I suppose those are both fair points. You must understand that it gets overly frustrating after a point.  

  7. cppcrusader says:

    God damn I do hate sweeps.  I’ve theorized before that if you were to take all the crap stories aired during sweeps, and force a sane, rational person to watch them all back to back Clockwork Orange style that their will, in fact, implode.

    If they think cursing in Halo 3 is bad, try playing a game of Uno in the middle of the day when you call off sick.  I ended up in a game with a bunch of bored housewives gossiping and talking, mostly, about breast feeding.  It was such an odd conversation.

  8. Iliad says:

    I see people banned all the time for less than that, I used to at least, I usually only report if its obvious cheating as language never bothers me, but in order to get someone banned you have to get some other people to report them too.. which is perfectly reasonable.


    The point is, that YES they ARE idiots, and assholes, but their isnt a whole lot more microsoft can be expected to do reasonably. They give you the tools to stop it, without shock collars for everyone who plays under 18, you are just going to have to deal with it or use what they give you.

  9. Eville1 says:

    I just tell any kid I hear on COD4 That I have a policy of not talking to anyone whose balls haven’t dropped yet. That usually shuts them up and gets cheers from everyone else for shutting them up. All else fails? Mute.

  10. Zephyrus ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    are you kidding me? are they trying to blame language use on video games?? how stupid are these people, thats like blaming AT&T for someone swearing over the phone, god theres some stupid people out there

    i am so glad i live in Canada

  11. L42yB says:

    Being abusive over voice comms will only result in being voice banned (i.e. they cannot use voice coms any more, but can still play)  A certain number of complaints must be received and then the person will be investigated – which can take time to do.  But it does get done and people do get banned.  Repeated offenses can (and do) result in permanent bans from the service.

    Be glad that they are so careful about it, if they didn’t personally investigate each case then it would be possible for a group of people who didn’t like you to get  you banned by simply lying and sending negative feedback about you.

    — mostly harmless

  12. Dog Welder says:

    There was a story in one of the gaming mags last year about how they patrol X-Box Live.  They were claiming they’ve banned (at that time) about 10,000 accounts for people who repeatedly violate their behavioral code.  This doesn’t count bans for using hacked consoles or other forms of cheating.

    The story even included an anecdote of an angry mother calling up to complain that her son was banned.  She actually got a call back from the head of the X-Box Live service with a tape of what her son said.  She then said he was getting banned from the X-Box for awhile after that.

    Keep in mind…there are MILLIONS of people playing millions of games.  They’re not going to catch everyone.

  13. Conejo says:

    Stuff costs more than it used to!

    Your Social Security check bounced!

    Young people use curse words!


    Here are we — and yonder yawns the universe.

  14. Demontestament says:

    Apparently they do not know if the Internet Fuckwad Theory. When
    playing on XBL I usually mute anyone who sounds like a kid because I
    know that my ears are about to be assaulted with retarded comments made
    by said kids. For some reason idiots think talking like this while
    playing an online game makes them sound cool, yet when all they sound
    like nothing but a bunch of blathering children suffering from pants on
    head retardation. Thank god for that mute option 😀

  15. Papa Midnight says:

    If you can name one “idiot gamer kid” that has been banned, let me know because I’ve lost count how many racist I’ve “filed complaints” against, check the recently played list, and found they still are playing away on whatever game (usually Halo, while we’re on the subject).

  16. Papa Midnight says:

    “In another clip, clearly a young child was among the players.  His
    language as bad as theirs… And the kids aren’t just hearing the bad
    talk—they’re speaking it.  Racial slurs and homophobic comments as well.”

    I could swear I remember posting a blog story about this in 2006 and submitting it to GamePolitics. It was titled Racism in Video Games Online… I could also swear remembering mentioning the same thing in 1997 ( Starcraft was getting big and Warcraft II was still a juggernaut ).

    To be honest, I hate XBL. One, why should I have to pay to play something I’ve already paid for? Two, Why should I pay to be called “ni***r” every 3 seconds? I leave it at that.

  17. KayleL says:

    Even though Halo is rated M, I think there should be something done about the words coming out of people’s mouths. I know that you could use the mute feature, but what it’s doing is ruining the reputation of Xbox Live and gamers. I am also disturb that their are kids who are using these words. Parents need to do there job and stop these kids from saying very offencive things or he would have his ass kicked in the future.

  18. GuiguiBob80 says:

    Thank god XBox Live for the mute button and the file complaints system. And with the friend system you can even limit the people you can play with or hear… Microsoft can’t be blamed for not trying to give the players a great set of tools to deal with griefers. At least they don’t give us the Friend Code system.

  19. doewnskitty ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Perhaps they need to be instructed regarding John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory.

    Usually when I’m playing, the most foul-mouthed players are kids trying to talk shit with the occasional college-aged lout going with shouts of “fag” and various racial slurs, all usually strung together as one long drawn-out insult.  I generally don’t care about it, except for when the noise becomes too constant to the point of distraction, then I just simply mute or take off the headset.  And of course, there’s the teabaggers, too.  I only ever do it in retaliation to someone doing it to me, otherwise I don’t bother.

    I’m also guilty of being rather foul-mouthed, though mine are just usually limited to exclamations regarding the gameplay.  The other day, one person said that I shouldn’t use words like that because he didn’t like hearing them, and like what someone else pointed out earlier, it just struck me as having a bizarre set of priorities:  The guy had no problem playing a game of which the main goal was to shoot other people to kill them but a “bad word” upset him.  I will never really understand how a word in and of itself can be offensive, when it’s the intent behind the use of the word that should be more of concern.  After all, in spite of communicating the same exact concept, “poop” is an okay word but don’t daaaarrrrre say “shit!”

  20. Xlorep DarkHelm says:

    Well, obviously the game developers need to develop methods to control what people say and do online.

    “I’m not responcabel fer my comuter’s spleling errnors.”
    — Xlorep DarkHelm

  21. Dog Welder says:

    1) You can mute the idiot gamer kids and their potty mouths.

    2) You can report them to X-Box Live.

    3) Yes, they do patrol the service and will ban idiot gamer kids.

  22. Brokenscope says:

    Its been a very long while since i played any decently popular
    online game where i wasn’t sweared at, called various names for a
    homosexual, and had racial slurs spewed at me.

    I think penny arcade created a theory to describe this phenomenon.

  23. Iliad says:

    Pretty much all kids talk like that.. its not a big deal, they are words, they dont harm anyone.. im more disturbed you find such a petty insignificant thing disturbing.

  24. Kris O. says:


    I live in Roanoke, VA. I saw the picture of the news anchor next to the title and said, “Oh, fuck…” Fortunately, it’s not as bad as it looks. “7-year-olds swear like sailors, tonight at 10!”

    From my own 20 years of gaming experience, it’s the kids themselves that are the problem. It’s not the 30-year-old adults who run their mouths–it’s the kids who have just recently hit puberty (or not at all). We shouldn’t be warned about the “language problem” online. Instead, we should be warned that we don’t even know our kids, and that putting them into a competitive environment without supervision ensures chaos.

    Granted, we all let loose a “shit!” or a “god damn it!” here and there, but these kids can rant and rave for 15 minutes on end about a 6-second experience. Do the world a favor and eat your children. Your kids have “Epic Fail” written all over them.

  25. Mr. Manguy says:

    In other news, a new meteorological study confirms that the sky is, in fact, blue.  More at Eleven.

    “A reasonable man adapts himself to suit his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

  26. Mr. Manguy says:

    In other news, a new meteorological study confirms that the sky is, in fact, blue.  More at Eleven.

    “A reasonable man adapts himself to suit his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

  27. Are'el says:

    To be fair, this isn’t an issue restricted to M rated games.  I’m 28, and even I get fed up with the sheer ammount of swearing, and racial and homophobic slurs, that I hear in online games.  It just sounds rude and ridiculous.  I’m not really concerned about the effect on children, swearing isn’t really dangerous (besides stunting vocabulary and grammar).  Although, if you use racial and homophobic slurs enough in front of kids, they will mimic it, and that’s something we want to teach them.

  28. Eric says:

    I actually agree. The language people use when playing Halo 3 is ridiculous and shocking. Thank god for the mute button. But it is weird why people can’t behave as soon as they are shielded by some sort of anonymousie

  29. Christian Astrup ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    1) The game is M rated – whats the problem with grown people swearing?

    2) “But zomg the kids hear eeet!” If the kid is playing the game, it means their parents have decided to let them (or are sleeping in class).

    3) This sweep be cheap.

  30. Dan Felton says:

    When I set up my xbox live account (I think I was 15 or 16) I had to use my mum’s details because it said I wasn’t old enough to have an xbox live account. This is in the UK.

  31. AJ says:

    Many of you people put forward childish arguments.

    The root cause of this problem is bad parenting; severely bad parenting. Lawyers and the fact the closer technology has brought us together globally the further apart we are becoming locally has a lot to do with it as well. I have lived in the same place for 5 years and I don’t know any of my neighbours; granted I don’t know many people on the internet either, but that has to do with the fact that most people suck rather than any severe character flaw of my own! Even so, the fact that I don’t know any of my neighbours does not stop me from telling the neighborhood kids right from wrong, or telling them to be carefull if they are in danger.

    When I was a kid and someone in the neighborhood saw me up to no good or possible putting myself at risk they would tell me to stop it. Try telling a kid to stop doing something bad these days and your met with threats of legal action. It’s so bad that teachers are afraid to discipline kids. Somehow between the time I turned 21 and now I am near forty, kids got rights. I had no discernbable rights as a child living under my parents roof and I see no bloody good reason for any of the brats today to have them either!

    Seriously, we have to start giving a crap about one another a little more, I’m not talking about neglecting to keep score at little league games though I do believe that an extreme competitive nature does breed a severe lack of empathy towards people. It is how you play the game.

    I’ve noticed in life it is better to lead by example. As independent as kids think they are today they are little more than "monkey see-do". If they are cussing up a storm it’s because those in ‘positions of authority’ are doing it and no one is explaining to them, rationally and CALMLY, that this is wrong. I bet that most of the ‘elders’ on Live encourage the behaviour while chuckling out bong hits.

    And as some have pointed out anonymity=a$$h0l3

  32. ScreamingFalcon says:

    This story is ALMOST as bad as the half investigated story I saw from FOX 9 in Minneapolis about a kid that brought his PSP to school (when they were still $250 a piece) and jacked into an unsecured and unfiltered WiFi AT the school and surfed the web for porn for him and his friends. The news story called it the "PlayStation Pornable." To summarize what was left out of the story is that there was NO investigation done to find out WHY the SCHOOL left a WiFi connection OPEN and UNFILTERED or why the PARENTS let their child bring a $250 videogame system to school. I wonder what the conversation was like in the newsroom, "Let’s focus the story on just the system’s capabilities and NOT the failings of the people responsible! That’s a great idea!!!"

    Oh yeah, and the story was done during sweeps. However, this is not the first time I’ve seen these "professional, unbiased journalists" (more like "sensationalists with agendas") skew a story for ratings over at FOX 9. Oh yeah, after the story got around the gaming circles, they pulled down the story from thier website and apologised. Although I think you can still read their gem of a write up on a cashe site somewhere.

  33. infect999 says:

    if they think this is bad, lets hope they stay away from Counter-Strike

    they do have a point…the language from the Halo community is a bit over-the-top, and they’re well known for being immature. but its nothing to worry about if you mute the incoming sound.

  34. Paulrus-Keaton? ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    There’s porn on the internet, the sky is blue, the Earth is round…. etc.

    I didn’t want to be among the posters who only make sarcastic comebacks, but i’m at a loss of a logical explaination for this one.

    Maybe gamers are just a little bit too sarcastic?

  35. Jim Strathmeyer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Perhaps the newspaper should publish all of the letters they get and let us know how it turns out.

  36. Coravin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    <sarcasm> Oh no!  How dare videogames allow foul-mouthed people who curse at sports and their families to carry over their everyday offensive language to Internet competition!  What could be worse than videogames permitting children whose parents haven’t effectively conditioned them to avoid nasty language to speak the way they would irl?

    We’re going to have to do something to squash these freedoms of expression that allow the people of the United States to abuse language in every aspect of their daily lives, and the easiest fix is to destroy the freedoms on the Internet and in videogames rather than teaching respect.  Because the American people just might be smart enough to see the illegality of using law to enforce the teaching of respect in homes, but we believe they’re still stupid enough to vote against freedom of expression in other forms. </sarcasm>

    Why is this more important than working to repair the economy, the public perception of the U.S., the failure to provide for our returned soldiers, and the handling of everything from the mistreatment of poor disaster sufferers to the Constitution?  Oh, right, those problems are hard to fix and all they need to garner votes is some stupid buzzword issues like protecting the children.


  37. Anonymous says:

    OMG, you mean kids actually swear! It’s obvious these people have never been on a elementary school playground during recess. Personally i don’t find swearing that big of a deal unless it’s done recklessly and excessively (which i will admit happens alot in online play).

    When i was a young kid me and my friends used cure words alot amoungst ourselves but we knew when to use them and when not to (not in front of parents or other adults). Also it’s not just kids who swear online in video games, in many cases it’s adults (those in their 20s and 30s) who are swearing excessively, and using racial/homophobic slurs. It not like someone suddenly and miraculously becomes mature the minute they reach some arbitrary age limit, and stops excessively swearing/useing homophobic/racist slurs when playing online.

  38. Papa Midnight says:

    I think you just found the root problem. Makes me kinda sympatheise for the Comcast guy.

  39. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    It’s funny that he’s fine with his kid playing a game in which the main gameplay element is shooting space aliens, but God forbid there be the uttering of a single word which on it’s own doesn’t even express an idea. If he saw a pixilated nipple…oh God…his head would explode.

     -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  40. Grendal says:

    Oddly I tend to see it a bit more in the Pro zone, underground can be just as bad but at least in my experience the pro zone guys are the ones that are assumed to be assholes until proven otherwise. But yeah I find it the most there, although I have heard some really creative people from the family zone. I think at least part of it comes from the idea that putting undergound in your profile makes you "cool" and you need to constantly reinforce that. Back when I had live I was set to underground msotly because I tend toward really weird games, so I thought it was the best decriptor.

    It’s just weird to me that so many people can be shocked by this, I mean your in an enviroment where you are protected if you act like a total jerk and you don’t have to worry about real life consequences. It’s remarkable what people will say when they don’t have to say it to your face.

    Also reading this reminded me I need to get live again.

  41. TheMyst (formerly known as Altair) says:

    SHITFUCKPISSFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCK. If that dosent give him a heart attack, i don’t know what will.

  42. Joe says:

     Are you kidding me?


    a superhuman hereditary tolerance?


    more like a genetic disposition to to be worthless potato fuckers.

  43. vasudean says:

    I guess his reaction when he heard those things was probably like this:  ZOMGBBQ, CUSSING ON XBL AND ON A M-RATED GAME?!  In my opinion this guy apparently has been living under a rock from day one.  I pretty much don’t care for the 360, but this little puff piece on gaming has been too little too late. 

  44. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Now, while I aknowledge that it sucks too be around assholes, if your kid is so effing sensitive that he/she freaks out at the slightest F-bomb, well that is a little much. Me, I learned how to cuss properly at an early age, so I never ran into those kinds of problems. Mother f*ckers. -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  45. Frost says:

    Oh, I pretty much got that. I’m just woundering if anyone else noticed the same trend. You see, for me, it’s gotten to the point where this has happened so frequently that I now stereotype all gamers in the Underground Zone has a bunch of hooting, tea-bagging assholes unless they prove otherwise. And don’t get me wrong, I not directing this at Undergrounders as a whole, because I’ve seen some gamers in the Recreation, Pro, and even Family zones do this crap as well. I’m just pointing out that (for me at least) the majority of gamers who act immature are Undergrounders.


    But yes, I agree, this issue of trash talking kids is really nothing new and the fact that it took anchor John Carlin this long to come across this is just plain stupid. Theres is nothing else I can say about it that hasn’t already posted here. And as I type this, I realize how obvious the topic I posted is. I was just woundering if any else noticed, and not just me.

  46. Grendal says:

    This really isn’t a new thing by any stretch of the imagination, back when I played counterstrike and Team fortress classic a great deal of the chat was racist homophobic and profane, it was just text instead of a voice.

    @ frost

    From the xbox site "and the Underground zone, where anything goes (and where Family zone gamers probably don’t want to go, if you catch my drift)." So that is really to be expected if your playing someone who has underground tagged in their profile

  47. Frost says:

    I’m not sure if this applies to anyone else here, but for me, I noticed that the majority of trash talkers and Tea-baggers I get (especialy on Halo) all seem to be in the Underground game room. Does anyone else get that as well?

  48. Kendra Kirai says:


    People can swear at other people?!


    We must stop it! For the sake of the CHILDREN!

  49. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    It’s not that they curse, it’s that they direct it at people just to be assholes, knowing that nobody’s gonna bust their fucking asses.


    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  50. Loudspeaker says:

    My solution to all the snot nosed brats who insist on swearing, tweaking the mic, or using racial slurs is silence, followed by my friends on the other team or myself team killing the twit the entire match until they drop out.

    It’s been quite successful so far.

    I must say that XBL has more trouble because they don’t have enough admins watching the matches.  All they’d need to do is monitor the lobby sections in Halo 3 matches and they could put the ban hammer in overdrive.

    Hell, here’s a solution I just thought of.  Don’t ban these guys or cancel their accounts.  Just flag them as retarded and let them only play with everyone else who’s flagged as retarded.

    Problem solved.

    "Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

  51. Anonymous says:

    People curse while playing violent games?

    Well, I’ve cursed while playing non-M rated games…  Mostly due to the BS the companies threw in and their stupid design faults(i.e. RPGs where I suddenly can’t save here at the end, I get "several" boss fights in a row with no decent save points, cut-scenes WHICH BY NOW SHOULD ALWAYS BE SKIPPED BY THE RARELY USED NOR MISTAKENLY HIT SELECT BUTTON & SUCH SKIP OPTION SHOULD BY NOW BE MANDATORY IN ALL GAMES!!!!!, etc).

    Of course it is mostly to my self, in my head.  And the company responsible for most of that frustration is the same one always being billed as "kids friendly…"

    GP comment system related PS: Glad you made the captcha more readable, the dinky letters/numbers version was horrible.

  52. Sandwich Man says:

    Like cursing is anything new.  People swear all the time, perhaps more when relaxing to get the stress out of their systems but really, how long did it take them to realize that there is tons of swearing on XBL?

  53. PHOENIXZERO says:

    Generally I think of people who swear a lot to be of low intelligence, or maybe just not creative enough or good at putting words together without relying on vulgar language.


  54. TheEdge says:

    Huh?People curse while playing violent games?Why don’t you people tell me these things!?

    I rarely curse while gaming,or while I’m with friends.If I do,I’ll usually put a star over a letter or two.


    What decade is this dude living in,1860?

  55. Flynn says:

    Oh Gods! Children use bad words!
    Well I never…

    Black Vatican Comic. Updating 5 fucking days a week!
    Okay, I did, but only that once…


  56. Scoop11 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ve watched my husband play COD4, and people on there swear up a storm regardless of who it is, why should this shock people? My husband — who plays under the name "A Buttmuncher," sometimes forgets that he’s not playing with all adults when he chats with people on there. One guy asked how he could get into a particular group, and my husband made some off-color suggestion, whereas the person asked him what it meant. (That was when he realized that he was talking to a kid) He had another gamer in the game laughing so hard he had to hide somewhere in the game so he wouldn’t be taken advantage of.

  57. Jack Wessels says:

    Clearly this is to be blamed on Halo 3. Because, I mean kids aren’t vulgar in public, just when playing games…

  58. Dan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    "drinks like an irish dockworker"

    The Irish drink a lot because they can. We have a superhuman hereditary tolerance. If you meet a self-proclaimed Irishman who is obviously drunk, most likely it’s really a Bostonian.

  59. Colonelh Happablap says:

    If they think the people on Halo 3 talk poorly, have they tried playing GTA IV?  It’s a thousand times worse.  I’m not concerned with the swearing, as I am guilty of it as well, but the slurs are a bit much.  I’ve reported people on multiple occasions for it, and will continue to do so.  I’m not going to let a few asshats ruin my gaming experience.

    It’s also why I usually go into a private chat with a friend if they’re on.

  60. TextOnlySword says:

    He torched his trailer because the guy insulted him on the internet, not in a game.

  61. Doctor Proctor says:

    Did you actually read the article that you linked-

    “in criminal law, the request, encouragement, or direction of one person by another to commit a serious criminal offense. It is frequently linked with the crime of incitement. An inciter is generally one who is present at the scene of the offense and who encourages the principal offender to commit an act that he is already inclined to commit on his own.”

    Cussing at someone is hardly the “direction of one person by another to commit a serious criminal offense.”  At the worst, you could get someone yelling out racial slurs in public on a “disturbing the peace” charge.  But note: that’s in public, this would’ve happened in a private setting.  Anyone subjected to it could’ve muted the offender, or left the match.

    Life’s short and hard, like a body building elf. — The Bloodhound Gang

  62. Iliad ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Umm.. This is NOTHING like that, this doesnt remotely qualify as inciting a riot, or ANYTHING really, the people are mainly just swearing. Not to mention incitement to riot generally involves someone starting a RIOT and they usually have to be there in person, and trying to get them to do something they were inclined to do anyways.


    There is nothing illegal about kids cussing at each other on XBL.

  63. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Anonimity breeds assholes. Simple as that. Wouldn’t it be sweet if we could pull a Jay and Silent Bob every time an assholes fucks around?


    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS.

  64. Papa Midnight says:

    If that is their opinion and they wish to say it, they can keep their mics off or their fingers away from the chat pad. I don’t pay every month to hear that shit.

  65. Anonymous says:

    Bullshit, people are entitled to say what they want, you CAN report people for talking like that and they WILL get banned, but their will always be a lot that do it so what else are they supposed to do? Can you think of some magical system that tazes someone right before they call you the n word? They ban, and they give you the ability to block out everyone who isnt a friend who you know wont say those things.. expecting more than that is completely unreasonable, but if you can think of a miracle system that solves all problems without creating a dozen more, ill shut up.

  66. L42yB says:

    You can’t blame Xbox Live for this behaviour any more than you can blame the internet.

    There are people out there who are ignorant idiots and they use these services too…  If you hear someone being offensive then just mute them, report them and move on. 

    — mostly harmless

  67. Monolith says:

    Hello, welcome to the real world. Would you like a slice of reality with your order of stupidity?

    —Oh sure, when a monkey does it, that’s fine. But whenever I throw barrels at an Italian plumber, then its a hate crime! – Stephen Colbert

  68. Valdearg says:

    ” I wish Xbox Live had a “mute everyone under the age of 18″ button…”


    YES.. I would give my left *Insert random Body Part here* for something like that built into any VoIP network. Squeakers are the worst! When I used to play BF2, I would immediately kick any squeakers that joined my squad, regardless of thier skill…. Then, I’d Teamkill them just for the hell of it. Heheh, Im a terrible person..

  69. Meggie ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Yea, the worst offenders I’ve noticed are kids stringing together every curse they’ve ever head to sound cool. I used to work summers in playgrounds, the mouths on those kids…


    *Bender voice* Young people use curse words!

  70. L42yB says:

    You’re totally right that it is the primarily young kids that tend to hurl the most abuse…  I wish Xbox Live had a “mute everyone under the age of 18” button…

    — mostly harmless

  71. GrimCW ( User Karma: -3 ) says:

    wow they just figured this out?

    now what about “M 17+” haven’t they figured out?

    or “Game experience may change during online play”?

    besides 9/10 of the fowl mouthed botards on XBlive ARE the kids.

    i’ve heard less cussing from adult players than squeaky little kids, so i don’t think its the adult players that should be of concern here, nore the kids, but rather the PARENTS.

    my parents for instance had the “play room” right next to the living room.

    if anyone even so much as uttered a cuss my father would storm the room and kick someones ass.

  72. Monolith says:

    There are also adults on there who behave like children. The mature ones tend to keep quiet so you don’t really notice them as much. The loud and annoying brats are the most vocal so one would think XBL is comprised soley of their kind.

    —Oh sure, when a monkey does it, that’s fine. But whenever I throw barrels at an Italian plumber, then its a hate crime! – Stephen Colbert

  73. Iliad says:

    Definetly agree, swearing? Not an issue, my mother swears and drinks like an irish dockworker, but GODDAMN those little pre-pubescent voices are like a thousand flaming nails on a thousand screaming chalkboards.

  74. JustChris says:

    It’s not the frequent swearing that gets me in these online games. It’s swearing that comes from someone’s voice that hasn’t dropped yet.
    And either way, I’ve seen far more offensive comments on YouTube.

  75. Christian says:

    This is not new or news in that matter. You can easily go into the system and turn off the chatter from other players becuase most of them are doing this just to get a reaction out of the other players. There are more offensive things coming out of Fox News then Xbox Live lets go after them and not the gamers.

  76. Uh... ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*
    *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*
    *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*

    Go sweeps month! Get those ratings, seed that fear!

  77. Anonymous says:

    I work in a school (6-8).  Kids’ mouths are just as foul in the hallways here as anything on XBL.

  78. GryphonOsiris says:

    I hate to say it, but this is no revelation. Been like this since the days when you had to type in order to chat.

  79. Doctor Proctor ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    As GrimCW pointed out, it’s a mature rated game in the first place.  Last I checked, there was nothing illegal about 17 year olds cussing, using racial slurs and making homophobic comments.  The only reason this is a big deal is because it’s kids doing it…..  Kids who shouldn’t even be playing in the first place!

    Seriously…what a non-story.  Now, if this was Viva Piñata we were talking about, that would be something! 

  80. Papa Midnight says:

    I said it before and I’ll say it again: We should not have to use them. I should not have to pay $7.95 monthly to be called “ni***r” every 3 seconds.

  81. Canary Wundaboy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If he doesnt agree with the language or if his son isn;t old enough to hear it, then he should have used parental controls to stop his son being able to hear voice communications with other players unless they’re pre-approved and on his friends list.

    The tools are there to prevent this if you want to use them, but you NEVER hear these news stories even MENTION that the consoles have parental controls.

    It’s a bloody farce.

  82. GrimCW ( User Karma: -3 ) says:

    i never said there weren’t, i just said 9 out of 10 of the fowl mouthed people have a tendancy to be the kids.

    i have joined games with very fowl mouthed adults, but its less likely to happen than finding a game loaded with kids that know more cuss words than a sailor (and i would know, i AM a sailor!)

  83. GrimCW ( User Karma: -3 ) says:

    i never said there weren’t, i just said 9 out of 10 of the fowl mouthed people have a tendancy to be the kids.

    i have joined games with very fowl mouthed adults, but its less likely to happen than finding a game loaded with kids that know more cuss words than a sailor (and i would know, i AM a sailor!)

  84. Phil Harris ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    There’s a reason why the Xbox 360 has the mute feature,  and this is it. If you hear a gamer curse like a sailer, mute him and also give him negative feedback to prevent playing with that person again. Also, the ESRB have also said “Game Experience May Change During Online Play”, so  John Carlin had a fair warning before hand.

    However, I will agree that most gamers on Halo 3 have really foul language, but I usually go on “Lone Wolf” which disables voice chat during matches.

  85. Bill says:

    It’s rare that it happened, but I remember being so frustrated at 2 kids cursing me out on Halo 3, and they were on my team.  How can you respond?  Any insults you make back just make you sound like a child.  In the end I just muted the kids and left bad feedback.  Hopefully I won’t be matched up with them again.

  86. L42yB says:

    It is true though to a degree.  The language I have had hurled at me during Halo3 and COD4 matches is absolutely shocking.

    However, I hope that they mention that there are systems in place to prevent children (and me, because I just don’t like it) form having to listen to this rubbish?

    — mostly harmless

  87. Void Munashii says:

    Wow, people cuss while playing M rated games. Next they’re going to reveal that they shoot each other in Halo 3 as well.

      This is even better when one of the stations in my areas did the multi-part sweeps series on the dangers of escalators.

  88. Aliasalpha says:

    No fucking *Edit* way! Mouthy retards not only on the internet but on Halo 3???

    EZK: I know that you are simply imitaitng the general XBLA audience, but keep the racial slurs out of the comments.

    AA: Well I suppose the joke is equally effective either way.

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