Microsoft responds to RichardGaywood ban

A couple of days ago, an Xbox Live user with the gamertag "RichardGaywood" got banned. Problem is, it turned out that Richard Gaywood is the user's real, legal, given name. So what is Microsoft going to do about it? Hit the full article for the company's response.

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gamesR4fun3588d ago (Edited 3588d ago )

"While it may be clear to some that Gaywood is a legitimate surname, it may not be obvious to other Xbox LIVE members. In this case, a complaint was filed by a member of the community, requiring the Xbox LIVE team to examine the gamertag within the context of the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use. Based on these guidelines, it was necessary for the gamertag to change."

Talk about taking gay bashing to the extreme really makes m$ look sad. Not to mention live users in general I mean really whos so homophobic that theyd have to report it sigh...

ajeben8093587d ago

ms will want this guy to shutup quickly before this gets to the media. I reckon ms will end up giving the guy 5 free x360 exclusive games, 5 years of free xb live and one of those new wii60 remotes so that every1 can see how genuine ms are

lessthanmarcus3587d ago

Yeah like they usually do when they mess up. I just find it hilarious that some kid can be playing GTAIV, but when he sees a tag that says "gay" he can report it because it's a "sexual theme." Oh, the irony.

riddlesticks3587d ago

there is a teacher in my school called richard headly but he gets reffered to as d*ck by other adults etc... so his name is D*ck Headly

lol seriously no joke

Cryos3587d ago

M$ needs to understand that the world is not black and white, there are shades of gray. Instead of going forward with this no tolerance BS, they need to do some research, and actually put some THOUGHT into their actions. Maybe then they can decide logically if a ban is JUSTIFIABLE.

But what am I talking about? This is M$. they're known for putting their head in the sand.

King_many_layers3587d ago

I find this whole ordeal slightly offensive as a bi-sexual man

even if they was to just put gay in their name to simply show their sexuality I don't see the problem in it.

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Kakkoii3588d ago

I actually knew a person in school who's last name is "Woodcock"

I'm really not joking..

You wonder how these families came to get these last names lol.

Alexander Roy3588d ago

I know what you mean. I know of two guys which names are - translated, since very few people here know german - mr "meanwoman" and mr "pinkslip".

Presentist3588d ago

Woodcock is just another name for an old school glory hole.

SL1M DADDY3587d ago

I was in a class with a girl named Keri Hunt. Yeah, it was a good time, especially since she was gorgeous and had a great sense of humor. And no, it wasn't hairy...

bym051d3588d ago

Bad news for Mr. Heywood Jahblome.

Bnet3433588d ago

What about Ben Dover and Mike Hawk?

Boink3588d ago

that gets bubbles!

poor mike hunt will be banned too.

iceman29293588d ago

Dont forget Mike Hunt!

edit : damn... you beat me to it!

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v1c1ous3588d ago

i think these people are doing it for the sake of attention now...

Rock Bottom3587d ago

So now it's wrong to use your real name online?

tplarkin73588d ago

First, Richard is abbreviated as a four letter word. This name seems fake. Second, it's no surprise that people would make fun of it, real or not. When he used his supposed "real name" as a gamertag, he knew it would cause trouble.

quen_gta23588d ago

After hearing what you said I have come to 2 conclussions. (1)It is a fake name or (2)His parents must not have attended grade school here in America.

Fallen_Angel3588d ago

wasnt the guy from the uk ? Anyways if he's goin to file a law suit it better be against his parent cause the is just cruel to name your kid Richard/D*ck Gaywood. Your not suppose to use your real name to start with so the guy was just dumb for doing that anyways. MS has a naming policy and they are right to enforce it

Stormflood3587d ago

He sent a scan of his UK Driving Licence that Kotaku posted. Gaywood is also a name of a few towns in the UK too. Just because homophobic idiots on Xbox Live exist, it doesn't mean ancient surnames have to cease to exist.

Richard Gaywood should be refunded the money he paid for his account. Or at least make sure there's as much publicity about this bullshit as possible.

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