Turns Out Sexist Talk on Xbox Live Won't Earn You a Lifetime Ban

November 7, 2012 -

Last week, GameSpot reported that Halo 4 executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross had said "there is zero tolerance for Xbox Live players who are found to be making sexist or discriminatory comments against others, with a lifetime ban from the network as penalty."

According to Destructoid, that's not exactly the case.

"While Xbox Live indeed does not condone harassment of any kind, account and console bans are issued based on a robust complaint and evidence-based system," said a spokesperson, clarifying that Xbox Live's banning policy had not changed. "There is no difference in the Xbox Live Terms of Use and Code of Conduct for Halo 4."

While "severe racial remarks" are the only type of language specifically cited in the Xbox Live Code of Conduct as netting you a permaban, the rep explained that racism and other forms of verbal abuse are not treated with with more or less tolerance than sexual harassment.

So make Master Chief happy and don't be a sexist nitwit while wasting your time on girly games.

Source: Destructoid

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Turns Out Sexist Talk on Xbox Live Won't Earn You a ...

Hmm, perhaps I need to email Microsoft;s Xbox Live division, and tell them I'm not pay nor will ever be paying for XBL until this is fixed.

I already think PSN is a bit ahead in that the advertising revenue pays for their service.

Re: Turns Out Sexist Talk on Xbox Live Won't Earn You a ...

the only downside to PSN imo is fewer people are likely to have a headset.. not that Xbox is far behind anymore since they stopped basically requiring the purchase of the kit with one to play...

i miss the origina XBLive... when communication was nearly always a guarantee and usually was decent enough to actually work with the team.

Re: Turns Out Sexist Talk on Xbox Live Won't Earn You a ...

The latest 'Not in the Kitchen Anymore' audio clip, wherein Jenny gets threatened with rape and sexual assault by some loser on XBL, makes it pretty clear that if they're going to make specific sanctions for permabans in the code of conduct, sexual harassment (of any kind, toward men or women) should damn well be there.

But there should quite frankly be a blanket-ban on people who are repeatedly harassing other players for any reason whatsoever, with immediate permabans for severe offences (and I'd class threats of rape and violence as severe). I'm not talking about trash talking the way someone plays the game, which is at least in the spirit of competition, but personal attacks on their race, gender, profession, religion, anything irrelevant to the game (and half the time made up by the harasser since they have no genuine clue who they're actually attacking).

Re: Turns Out Sexist Talk on Xbox Live Won't Earn You a ...

If XBL actually policed this kind of behavior, maybe I would actually use it to play online.  As it is, no game's multiplayer is enough of a draw for me to wade into that cesspool.

Re: Turns Out Sexist Talk on Xbox Live Won't Earn You a ...

I suspect they ran the numbers and found that the demographics likely to be harassing are more represented then the ones who are generally victims, thus strong enforcement would decrease their player base.

Of course one of the reasons so many people do not play is because of such behavior,.. so probably a rather ciruclar anaysis.

Re: Turns Out Sexist Talk on Xbox Live Won't Earn You a ...

tis probably why i only play in games that support player mods like BF3.

com is an important part of any team mode/game and its really sickening to have to listen to people ruin the game just so they can shout of a ton of annoying sexist/racist crap no one needs to hear.

keep it in friends only chatter, or go somewhere else....

XBL should monitor and remove these people, or at least ban their voice coms

 
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