Apparently, Microsoft has been suspending Xbox One users for cursing. Really.
Just days after Xbox One’s release users have been complaining of losing ability to use Skype and other applications reliant on Xbox Live on the new console. One user known as rbevanx complained “I get the message ‘Choose something else to play’ simply because I assume MS was not happy about a video I uploaded.
CNN reports gamers using the Upload Studio on Xbox Live to share videos online have reported being banned from the network, at least temporarily, for using profanity. And Microsoft did confirm the situation in a statement to technology TechCrunch, saying that while peer-to-peer communications such as Skype are unmonitored (which is weird because Skype is one of the apps suspended), videos uploaded through Xbox One’s “Upload Studio” game recording sharing feature were being monitored and that “excessive swearing” would be treated as a breach of terms of service. Several suspended gamers did report having full services restored after 24 hours.
On Monday, Microsoft also stated that it’s trying to clean up language in its online community.
“(W)e take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users,” the company said in a statement. “Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members.”
It’s a wonder though, why they’re trying to control profanity but still promoting games filled with it. Like Grand Theft Auto or GTA. The GTA series began in 1997, and has always been one of the most controversial games. According to The Guinness World Records 2008 and 2009 Gamers’ Edition, it is the most controversial video game series in history, with over 4,000 articles published about it, that includes accusations of glamorizing violence, corrupting gamers, and connection to real life crimes. A 6 year old boy even claimed that he had learned how to drive from the game and crashed his family’s car on a 10-mile trip.
In “Dead Rising 3,” an exclusive title for the Xbox One, the game content contains blood and gore, intense violence, sexual content, strong language, and use of alcohol. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue is also stated in its summary rating. Players are also able to visit a “XXX supply shop” and buy a ‘massager’ item (shaped like a sex toy) to use as a weapon against zombies.
We don’t understand either.