A number of common, non-obscene words are being filtered out of text chat on Sony’s new PlayStation Home service, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Reportedly, "gay," "lesbian" and "bisexual" are among the words, as are "Christ" and "Jew." Even "Hello" is being filtered, presumably because it begins with "Hell."
Gamer Michael Marsh told the Chronicle:
I can understand if they’re filtering out profanity, but if feel like it’s discrimination. By blocking a word like ‘gay,’ which is a preferred term by the gay community, you’re encouraging it as a bad word.
SCEA spokesman Patrick Seybold, however, reminded gamers that Home is a work in progress:
The key message is it’s a beta and it’s evolving on a daily basis. We’ve said early on that user behavior and feedback will shape where we go with Home.