Sony has been rather strict with the username violations that can occur on their PlayStation Network service however things can change pretty quickly so it is possible that an account name that was possible on the PS3 is outright banned on the PS4.
Ain’t that a bitch Just enable name changes then Sony
Hell yeah, I would of blamed sony they should of banned it long time ago before he got all of that of what he has now.
Close to 70 million PSN accounts, its hard to check all those. Typically these things fly under the radar until they get reported.
Let's blame everyone else because we can't accept our own actions and responsibilities. No one's arguing they should've banned earlier, but he had it coming KNOWING he shouldn't have made it.
"would HAVE" not "would OF" God this drives me nuts.
Wonder who reported him. Probably a cod player got owned by this madafaka guy.
A friend of mine had his PSN ID (SumSikFuk) banned last year after 9 years. Needless to say he was livid.
Yeah. I'd be done with Sony forever if they pulled this $h!/ with me. No recourse for an ID that was created 8 yrs ago? This is absolutely insanity now.
He picked a questionable name, someone likely never reported it until recently. There is no conspiracy, he should've picked an appropriate name.
@UnHoly_One hahahah Same here! "Would of" is never correct, in any instance. It would be best to just erase that from your brain, @blackblades. It is either "would have" or "would've".
This is definitely Sony's fault for not allowing Name changes. Of course Sony won't care because it is just one person. If Sony were not on top of the mountain right now, their policies would change. 1. Name Changes 2. Cross-platform play 3. Decline in good PS+ games (They're promising something good, but has not been as great since PS3)
@Roadkillers "This is definitely Sony's fault for not allowing Name changes." As much as I agree that Sony should have a "name changes" feature allowed (which I believe is coming VERY soon), to sit here and say it's Sony's fault is another example of how the millennial generation (not all, but most) fails to take any sort of accountability or responsibility for their actions. It was the user's fault for making a name like that. Sony didn't force this individual with a gun to his head telling him to create the name. It was HIS fault, not Sony's... I agree that it sucks by the way. I just don't understand why everything is always everybody else's fault instead of their own.
Wow. WTH. I could've been N4G famous. I could've been the source of this article like 5 years ago. I had the name: i_fist_brown_i since the early days of ps3. I had about 40 platinums with a 90%+ completion rating. Bought a ps4 day 1, excitedly played Killzone, Assassins creed IV and Call of Duty online on the night of launch. Played most of the day the next day finishing the extinction trophies (or close to it) in COD:Ghosts (think that's what their "zombies mode was). IT was a total grind. Got on the next day, and couldn't log in TWO days of owning a ps4... I assumed it was psn issues, but my friends assured me that it wasnt. I called Sony, and the guy informed me I was banned and the only thing they could do is give me a new account with my previous purchases transferred (so i could keep my TLOU, Bf4 and GTA V digital purchase, etc - mind you, the games were still kind of new at this point). So I sorta got a name change, but I didn't keep any of my trophies AND all the games I had 100% (or any trophies in) were permanently stuck at 0%. As a trophy whore (at the time), this was unacceptable so I created a new account. Point is, I had the account for many of years before it was banned. To honestly date the "i_fist_brown_i" name, it was made early during MW2, back when everybody's name was I-dreamz_i or xsnipersX. The Sony rep on the phone was sympathetic and also said he didn't understand how it was offensive until I explained it to him. I - fist - brown - i (I) person, fist (sex act) brown eye (butthole). Ever since the ban, and how painful and annoying it was to figure out and get it sorted, I report ALLLLLLL names that are even a little offensive. Especially in rocket league (disable cross platform). That game's chat in ranked is so toxic and is often the source of terribly "offensive" names. Or in Ultimate team if people have money teams (or "time consuming, working the market" teams). I was heavy into NHL 14 and had money invested. I did not receive a refund nor did I have my team. Being perma-banned and online ranks completely reset is total trash.
Would've* Should've* How do people keep getting this wrong? You all went to schools, man!
Lmfao his name was kingMADAFAKA lmfao, i read it just like that.... genius lmao
Lol. . . . Sony need to hurry up with the name change. . It's taken way too long to make it happen. It's easier to change my name in real life than on psn. . . Lol
What's wrong with King Matter Fact uh?
Screw enabling name changes, just enable an admin on your end to change names so a person doesn't lose their whole account. Randomize it somehow, send an e-mail to the user with the notification of the change, don't just strip them of 8 years of games and content.
Supposedly people say he should be able to take his games with him to a new account.
Often times that's what they do when you contact customer service. From what I've been told it can take a few days to a week. Happened to a friend of mine and they just changed his name and lifter the restriction
Yet they say Sony cares about gamers
Or just pick a suitable name from the beginning..
It's not always created with ill intent. Last year a friend of mine got banned and lost everything because his OWN ID for a number of years was IsisAgent. It was not relevant at the time to the world issues now he was just a huge Archer fan
An account ID that is permanent., and a temp psn name that can be changed at will. Once renamed the old is up for grabs.
I don't understand how people are so cool about this shit. MS would just have you change your username shit is ridiculous.
It must be a big hassle to implement the name change option. And they rather not mess with a working thing.
Scrapping the bottom.
From who? The gamer lmao, he agreed to Sony's T&C, he wouldn't have a leg to stand on. It's his own fault, he should of picked a name that couldn't be interpreted as offensive.
Their inability to act swiftly and prevent this person from losing possibly thousands of dollars worth of purchases justifies a lawsuit. Such a delayed reaction after a person makes many purchases would be a lawyers dream just for the publicity
Also, being a child of 12 at the time, he cannot legally agree to any contract or Terms of Service, therefore it's a moot point
Mr_Writer85 "The gamer lmao, he agreed to Sony's T&C" The gamer was a miner at the time of agreeing to Sony's terms and Conditions. His gamertag was acceptable 8 years ago, now it's not.
"Their inability to act swiftly and prevent this person from losing possibly thousands of dollars worth of purchases justifies a lawsuit." No it doesn't. They don't have people scouring their database searching for offensive PSN IDs... if an ID gets banned for violating their, say, language policies, it's because someone reported it to Sony. He also lied about his age when he created the account. And if you go here: https://www.playstation.com... and search for kingMADAFAKA, you will see that he only had 138 trophies, only a total of 18 games across PS3/PS4 consoles. He did not lose "possibly thousands of dollars." He lost a couple of hundred dollars, maybe, and we don't know how many of those games were rented/borrowed/game shared. You're blowing this out of proportion.
Lying about his age doesn't mean anything. He can't legally agree to TOS at that age regardless. That's how the law works.
@sonic: "The gamer was a miner at the time of agreeing to Sony's terms and Conditions." child labour was outlawed in 1938... "His gamertag was acceptable 8 years ago, now it's not." There are no gamertags on PlayStation. Also, it was not acceptable 8 years ago, it just took 8 years for someone to report it to Sony.
My real name is XiNurugaUemestu
Well if people can’t change their username how can Sony fault a customer for having a PSN ID that was accepted at one point but then not later on? The customer would have no way to course correct outside of creating a new account, and they’re being punished for Sony’s own negligence.
You know that its fellow gamers that report usernames etc? For all we know hes been smashing some game online and some wee person couldnt take the beating.
hmmm might need to keep this in mind - a couple of times been playing fifa and been abused cos i was beating them....some have had suspect usernames so someone might need to report them
While I agree that Sony needs to allow for name changes but it's still on the user to create an appropriate name.
Well the was 12 sure, but since he has digital content I think that Sony needs to fix this somehow. They shouldn't just scratch his account so he loses all his games. They should at least credit his new account so he can redownload what he has already purchased.
He was 12....At the time, PSN was free. Things were a lot different. 8 years is along time with a ton of opportunities to purchase hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of games. To take all of that away, over a decision you made 8 years ago when you were 12, over basically "FAKA"? Yeah, that's a bit ridiculous. I can change my @ username on Twitter as much as like, whenever I like. All for free. Yet we pay $60 a year for PS+ and told were not allowed because apparently all of the millions Sony makes, they can't figure out how to let us change our username.
There was nothing wrong with that name.
He doesn’t lose anything except the name. Everything else follows to his new account.
This was true for me. My psn id was banned in 2011. Sony changes your psn id to your psn account. The only thing I lost was the trophies linked to my old account. Fortunately Sony fixed that last summer and synced my trophies from my banned id to my new id
Yup. Not sure why I’m getting down voted for mentioning a fact.
Because you just pretty much killed this article there is nothing to complain about lol. Alot of people want to bash Sony for something and you just took there ammo.
You're actually right. Don't worry about the down votes.
@FallenAngel1984 Yeah, specially when everybody knows that PSN ID Change has been one of the most requested features for years! The user shouldn´t be punished like this. Shame on you Sony.
Sony didn't accept anything...
That name never would have been acceptable based on their policies. What's more surprising about the story is it took so long for someone to report him.
@rainslacker "What's more surprising about the story is it took so long for someone to report him." No more surprising than the fact that Sony just banned his account without a notification, warning or second thought! A 8+ year account! Way to treat its loyal fanbase. They should offer him the option to change his name before took such extreme action since they (and only they) can change his psn id! They don´t allow you to do that! They don´t even bother to check his psn account before kick you out! They got a report, hit the button, then, BAN! You´re finished! They rather be exposed for this nonsense on the internet so they can finally do what´s they´re supposed to do from the beggining! That´s irresponsable and anti-consumer action right here! He was 12 fcs! He should take legal action against Sony for this!
wouldn't it be even easier to just create a name that is, in no way, offensive - and avoid the situation entirely?
"how can Sony fault a customer for having a PSN ID that was accepted at one point but then not later on?" He tried to get around it by changing the spelling, but read it out loud and you know what it means. You expect Sony to have someone go through 70million user names and read them out loud to make sure that the filter hasn't missed anything? And do it on creation of new accounts? He is at fault not Sony, he signed up to their T&C's, broke them, and is now being punished.
If this is true, then this is a lack of common sense on Sony's part. He was a 12 year old kid when he made that account, if you just let players change their account name, then there wouldn't be a problem. If this happened to me, then something like this would make me sell my PS4 and move somewhere else. To lose 8 years worth of content in one single moment wouldn't be something i could forgive.
It's Sony fault a 12 year old kid couldn't resist the urge to create an inappropriate user name? Sucks to lose stuff but it's not really Sony fault. But I think at this point, they should allow for a name change.
It wasn't an inappropriate name. Did it had the F word in it? Nope. If anything he was a made a fake a
"Not Sony's fault" Keep drinking the Kool Aid. I bet you'd have the same reaction if it was you in these circumstances.
it is Sony's fault because they dont offer an alternative to fix the issue
Don't you need to be of legal age to create your own account? Otherwise, you'd have to be part of a sub-account. It's all in be T&C's surely.
When I was 12 I knew not to make a vulgar name...no excuse
Because Sony should just ban names that aren't even bad words? That's INSANE.
Good for you, i bet you were immature in other ways as a 12 year old though, what kid isn't? Being punished for something so trivial he did as a kid is ridiculous on Sony's part.
Yeah lets get rid of: Juvenile criminal law, while we are at it.
This happened to a buddy of mine during a beta of the first DESTINY. His account was BANNED. His name was "INURGIRLSMOUTH" and they sent him an email stating that it was inappropriate and against their user rules so he had to change it. He did not lose any of his content he had purchased, it actually followed along with his new user name.. But they did let him change it and he had that name for years, since SOCOM 2 on ps2. For people that WANT to change their name though they should implement it with a fee to help prevent the griefers.
This happened to my buddy too. His name really was offensive, no doubt about it. But he created it back in the early days of PS3 and he got banned about a year ago for it. Kind of ridiculous. How about adding the functionality to either not accept offensive words (I mean, even mobile games have this), or the ability to change your name. Then you can just give people warnings and tell them if they don't change it they risk getting banned.
Offensive to who? Who's girls mouth? What was in that girls mouth? We can all guess, but that's all it is. It's not a bad word. It doesn't have a word for genitalia. This is just overreach by a corporation where it shouldn't have it.
@ jmc8888 I'm not sure why you are responding to me. You are clearly talking about the other guy's comment. But if it makes you feel any better, my buddy's name was "ANABORTEDFETUS". So whenever we were playing Battlefield or other games like that it was say "Killed by an ANABORTEDFETUS". So yeah. Kind of offensive...
So he lost nothing, even his trophies?