Major Nelson Responds to Homophobic Halo 3 Video

majornelson1.jpgYou 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

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Joelteon7

On November 28, 2007 at 2:06 pm

…I sincerenly hope there’s a non-white-washed version out there so that the offenders can be caught. That was disgusting…though not unexpected, ashamedly.

Norbit

On November 28, 2007 at 2:35 pm

“1) Play online only with friends.”

Er, how exactly does a new Live user make friends?

Advice like that is pretty damning really of the state of Live. If you cant go online on a service you are paying for without being abused there is obviously something seriously wrong with how its being run. I made the point on here a few days ago that Microsoft are not doing enough to stop this kind of thing. If there was a genuine chance gamers would be banned for this kind of thing it would be almost wiped out but because Microsoft get a monthly fee from these little s they wont ban them. They obviously dont act on complaints hard enough (if at all) or this stuff wouldn’t happen.

weclock

On November 28, 2007 at 2:54 pm

@ Norbit
“Er, how exactly does a new Live user make friends?”

AT WORK! AT THE GAMESTORE! HAVE EXISTING LIVE USERS WHO ARE FRIENDS.

Dang Norbit, sometimes you surprise me.

Also, stupid homos who were bashing need to be taken out a screwed in the rear, playa.

There’s no reason to be verbally abusive to anyone. What if Gamer was a lesbian? Now that’s just hot.

Seriously though, there’s no reason at all to judge someone based on their lifestyle, just because it’s different than yours does not mean it’s better. Just different.

Norbit

On November 28, 2007 at 3:35 pm

@ Weclock

How exactly is a new Live user who doesn’t already know any existing users supposed to find friends to play with if they are only supposed to play online with existing freinds like this guy advises? I thought the idea of the service was that you make freinds with people in open games yet according to this Microsoft representative their service is populated with such vermin that you cant do that without running the risk of being abused so what then? Not much of an online community if you are only playing with people that you already know from real life is it? And how does this advice fit in with their new social networking updates? How exactly does one meet new freinds if everyone should only play with their existing ones?

This is just Microsoft passing the buck. They seem content to just let these scumbags play on their service as long as they keep paying and leave it up to decent gamers to put up with them and try and avoid them. You will never stop this rubbish until Microsoft start coming down on these people hard. Offenders should be banned and repeat offenders should have their consoles banned permanently. Sony have already said thats what they will do once Home is up and running and having your console banned is a pretty serious deterrent imo.

Joelteon7

On November 28, 2007 at 3:45 pm

To be fair, I thought the whole point of Live was to play with your friends without them being in the same room as you, so with the intention of playing with your real life friends already and having in-game friends a bonus addition if you happen to get on well with someone.

I’ve currently got 3 friends on there (only got it just before Halo 3′s release due to a freak sale) and haven’t been on there much, but two of the people are actual friends and the third is one off gamingforums who happens to play Halo 3 and is seemingly like minded.

Besides, there’s not that much interaction when it comes to Live. Other than waiting in game lobby’s, there’s little else.

Averre

On November 28, 2007 at 4:48 pm

To be even more fair, and let’s be honest here….when you s/n is xxxBOYxxx you are going to get your fair share of insults regardless of your sexual preference.

He made himself a prime target for every quip, insult, and outright bashing in the book…was it right? no…is it right when it happens to -anybody-? no, and yet they insist on splitting hairs.

Put a group of gamers in that setting, and it’s pretty much what your going to get either way regardless if it’s on LIVE or not.

Xboxlenny

On November 28, 2007 at 5:45 pm

There is ignorant people every where. That’s !!!

Anton P. Nym

On November 28, 2007 at 6:39 pm

I love how everybody pisses and moans about the state of Live, saying that Microsoft is passing the buck, but they themselves never leave Feedback or file complaints after experiencing misbehaviour. “That’s Microsoft’s job”, or, “other players will do it,” or some other lame excuse comes out instead.

What, is Microsoft supposed to have Electronic Jerk Detection hardware built into every headset, listening to your every word and reporting everything you say to Mount Doom? If no one tells the staff at Live who’s acting in an offensive manner, they can’t respond.

Remember, too, it’s not like Live has to refund jerks’ money if they get banned for violation of the Terms of Use… there’s no incentive to keep these jerks online if they’re troubling the good customers. So give Live the ammunition they need to kick the jerks out. (Or at least have their microphones permanently shut off.)

File complaints. It’s not hard. It works.

And if you don’t, it’s not Microsoft who’s passing the buck; it’s you.

— Steve

Norbit

On November 28, 2007 at 7:12 pm

Anton P. Nym said: “If no one tells the staff at Live who’s acting in an offensive manner, they can’t respond.”

The problem is that people do report these offenders and they are not dealt with properly (if at all). If they were there wouldn’t be a problem anymore. If the people in this clip thought there was any chance of being banned for saying what they said they would not be doing it.

Paul

On November 28, 2007 at 7:58 pm

i find it sick that people would say that,

IT IS A LIFE CHOICE BACK OFF,

I am not but do not despise those that are

somewhat

On November 28, 2007 at 9:45 pm

Just watched the video, and half of it wasn’t as bad as everyone is saying, they’re just calling out his gamertag, just like when they call out mine, only mine isn’t boy. If my gamertag was and they called that out, would it make them wrong for repeating my gamertag or me for choosing it ? I agree that this behaviour is wrong, but that the author could have chosen a better less biased way of getting the results of this video. And to the whiners complaining about having to make friends on Live without sound, you can silence them at any moment you feel is appropriate, so keep chatting until someone goes bad, then mute them. It then becomes easy to sort the whaet from the chaff, and you can just mute the idiots, even if some nights you end up muting more than you listen to. But eventually, you will be rewarded with a nice little friends list of like-minded individuals. And six degrees of separation end up having you meet friends of friends just like you, so soon you don’t need to work so hard at the mute/unmute thing.

somewhat

On November 28, 2007 at 9:48 pm

And for the record, we used to go into Halo-2 Big Team Battles with all 8 players in pink armour, and you wouldn’t believe the comments. And we never had to insinuate our sexual orientation with an over the top gamertag. And we very rarely lost. That usually shut them up without having to mute them.

weclock

On November 29, 2007 at 1:18 am

@Paul

Being isn’t a life choice, people are born , it’s not their fault. That’s why I’m going to create a cure for homosexuality.

somewhat

On November 29, 2007 at 7:20 am

Nice sarcasm, but I wonder if everyone who reads your last comment is going to get that weclock.

TommyBoy

On November 29, 2007 at 11:24 am

Flaming someone for being different is the hight of ignorance and thoughtlessness. All it says to me is that most of these people arnt comfortable with there own sexuality…This kind of think is inexcusable…

TBH it dosnt effect me much, im a PC and PS3 gamer and ive never heard or seen this kind of abuse and its down right disgraceful.