Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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PSA: Gamers, Watch Your Freakin Mouths!

WARNING: The audio in the linked video is NSFW.

I just came across this post on Joystiq about the problem of trash talk on Xbox Live. Well, the "trash" part is a real understatement. I have a gay stepbrother, and I find it extremely offensive.

Now, I'm not going to say that video games themselves are responsible for this kind of behavior (although I'm sure other news outlets will), but I've encountered some extremely offensive language against black people and Hispanics gaming in Halo 3 as well. I try to make it a point to report anyone being too abusive, both with negative feedback to their profile and a report to Xbox Live.

Come on guys. Seriously, you can have fun without being an a$$hole. It IS possible, as far-fetched as it might sound.

And while I'm at it, Microsoft needs to do a better job educating parents about Parental Controls on Xbox Live. 3 of the 4 people in the Fox interview had no idea it even had Parental Controls. Time to whip out those marketing dollars and put up some ads on MSNBC.com (or some parenting websites, or whatever) about them.

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  • Erik Porter said:

    Wow.  I can't believe some of the stuff they said.  I don't care who you are, most of that stuff is inappropriate to say...EVER!

    I will say though...I would like to see gaygamer.net do a video with that same player, but with a normal username.

    Also, the interview didn't mention that automatch puts you with players who marked themselves the same on XBL (Family, Underground, etc).  I would imagine that would help some.

    About the parents in the interview not knowing...I think that's a generation gap problem.  Me, being a new parent and someone who plays video games too...I'm amazed that they wouldn't take some responsibility and figure it out themselves, but can understand why they don't know how because they don't play themselves.  IMHO, Microsoft or the org that comes up with ratings, etc can only do so much.  Parents have to be responsible and teach their kids between right and wrong (so they understand it's not ok to say things like that) and censor what they feel is necessary.  I know I will when my son gets older.

    November 29, 2007 1:51 AM