"Acceptable" Language in Video Games

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2 Responses

  1. philipsmith says:

    Insightful stuff. I wonder quite how effectively Microsoft and Blizzard can police their users. Gamers are pretty adept at finding ways to spell words they are not supposed to.

  2. kiyallsmith says:

    How does XBox know that the term “gay” is being used pejoratively? Are they recording online dialog? It is very difficult to determine–from a gamer’s tag–what exactly is the intended value attached (positive or negative).

    In addition to Phil’s point (gamers are indeed creative!), the dialog of gamers cannot be censored either. I think that can be much worse than a tag, in terms of creating an abusive community.

    Thanks for a post that got me thinking this morning.


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