Major Nelson Responds to Homophobic Halo 3 Video
You may or may not have seen a video that was posted on YouTube the other day, which was essentially a montage of anti-gay slurs against one particular gay gamer playing Halo 3 and going by the gamertag of “xxxGayBoyxxx.” As you can imagine, the Xbox Live crowd was in top form, throwing out every homophobic jab in the book his way, even though he did nothing except play the game. Well, Major Nelson caught wind of it and sent out a response to Gay Gamer letting people know how they can make their experience on Xbox Live a more pleasant one:
I just watched (listened) to the video you posted on your site. Needless to say, it was disappointing to see how some Xbox LIVE members behave. As you know, that is not the type of behavior we support. With over 8-million members, it’s unfortunate that some members decide to act like this. I want to point out a few things that ALL Xbox Live members can do to ensure a enjoyable experience:
1) Play online only with friends.
2) Turn off voice from non-friends. This is a system level setting that work across all games, and as you can imagine, will only allow you to hear what your friends will say. You can find details on how to set it up here http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/familysettings/live/xbox360/familysettings-communications.htm
I also want to let your readers know that if they EVER encounter behavior like that in any game, they should use the in dash feedback system to file a complaint:
3) File a complaint. Using the dashboard complaint system, file a communications complaint. We DO act on complaints, so I highly encourage people file complaints where appropriate. Details on how to file a complaint here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908640?sd=xbox
Also, I’d be happy to play with you and some of your readers sometime as well.
This video was obviously an experiment of sorts to test the tolerance of Xbox Live gamers with very unsurprising results. The Xbox Live crowd doesn’t exactly have the best reputation out there. Personally, I get homophobic slurs thrown my way online even with a very innocuous gamertag. I mean seriously, what’s wrong with “RainbowUnicorns4Eva?”
Via Gay Gamer