Xbox Live shuts down 'Fort Gay' gamer - oops, it's real!
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Microsoft Corp. and Xbox Live are apologizing to a small West Virginia town and a 26-year-old gamer accused of violating the online gaming service's code of conduct by declaring he's from Fort Gay.
The town is real and its name has been Fort Gay since 1932. But Seattle-based Microsoft and the Xbox Live enforcement team wouldn't take Josh Moore's word for it.
They suspended his gaming privileges for a few days last week until he could convince them his Wayne County hometown is real.
Xbox Live chief enforcement officer Stephen Toulouse acknowledges the agent reviewing a fellow gamer's complaint against Moore made a mistake.
He says keeping up with slang and policing Xbox Live for offensive language is challenging, but mistakes in judgment are rare.
Toulouse says training has since been updated.
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