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Xbox Live's New Gamertag option
Posted on Friday, March 5 2010 @ 23:12:41 PST

In case you haven’t heard. Xbox Live now has a feature in which you’re allowed to “express” yourself. Now expressing yourself with gamers around the world is a plus and minus on whether you’ll be friendly, or if you’ll turn to the dark side of all hatred.

 The new feature allows Xbox Live users to add their; race, religion, sexual orientation, and nationality to their Xbox Live Gamertag. Allowing this feature was designed to help the Xbox Live community by sharing more about their personal selves and to interact with one another.

"Under our previous policy, some of these expressions of self identification were not allowed in Gamertags or profiles to prevent the use of these terms as insults or slurs. However we have since heard feedback from our customers that while the spirit of this approach was genuine, it inadvertently excluded a part of our Xbox Live community" -Marc Whitten: Xbox Live General Manager

 The idea allowing more visible parts of your Gamertag is worth placing, as long as it’s optional. Now I know there are positive attributes about the new feature such as sharing/interaction with another user, but there are some negative parts that could put a minus on his/her Gamertag
First, racism and stereotypes are around us. If you don’t want to be insulted because of your persona, then don’t show it. I’m going to write with huge bolded capital letters for this next concern;
THIS WILL NOT PREVENT SEXUAL PREDATORS! This is one of the main worries users and non-users concern about. The adding of your persona to anything interacting online is completely optional. If you want to go and get ass-raped by some creepy ass individual all because you think they seem like a great person to “play” with, then you pal is a complete dumb-ass.

The new feature should have been made when Xbox Live first came out, why it took so long? I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure something along the line, people are going to be much more than just, “Hey N00B! Suck my boomstick!”

 "This update also comes hand-in-hand with increased stringency and enforcement to prevent the misuse of these terms," he added. "I truly believe that our diversity is what makes us strong: diversity in gaming and entertainment options, and diversity in the people that make up this amazing community."-Marc Whitten: Xbox Live General Manager
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