When playing competitive video games online, it doesn't take long to hear a slew of curse words, slurs, and other offensive rabble-rousing, often from an annoying, precocious 12-year-old. That might not be the case for long, though. Microsoft is cracking down on swearing gamers using its new Xbox One console and suspending users who upload videos with curse words. Some of game makers are getting in on the potty mouth backlash, too.
One of the big selling points of the Xbox One was its Upload Studio, a built-in app that can edit and share videos of gameplay. Through Xbox's Kinnect device, the app records gamers' video and commentary, which can then be overlaid onto the gameplay video and easily posted to YouTube or elsewhere. But videos shared through Upload Studio can also be heard by Microsoft, and the company isn't liking what it's hearing. As a response, Microsoft is suspending gamers that use “excessive profanity” from accessing its online Live network. The company explained the policy in a statement:
"[W]e take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. 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.
Those online suspensions also forbid Skype use, leading some to question whether Microsoft was eavesdropping on private conversations, but Microsoft was quick to put the kibosh on those rumors.