I’ve written about this before, and not to my surprise, I continue to receive responses about this epidemic issue to this day. It was talked about briefly on the first Major Nelson podcast of ’08, but obviously it hasn’t gone away or worse yet, it won’t ever go away.
Xbox Live, your so great (when you work properly). Connecting gamers all over the world. So, what could go wrong? Racist of course. Not held to the world of “reality” anymore, the virtual world is under attack from mass racism as well. Tell yourself all you like that it isn’t an issue. I know it’s of epidemic proportions and so do many others.
Games like Halo 2 and/or 3 have a reputation for being filled with loudmouth bratty kids who don’t have any rhyme or reason to care whether or not they need to be civilized while playing on Xbox Live. Unfortunately for those in the know, this myth of it being a Halo specific problem are greatly exaggerated. Pick any game you like and your bound to run into racism of some sort or another.
No matter what race or creed someone is associated with, why does it give you a right to call me or anyone else whatever you like. Sure, we could mute these idiots, but why should that have to be the temporary solution? Everyone acting as they should would make that irrelevant.
I could go on with speculative talk about the issue’s at hand, but that won’t solve a thing, so I I’ll do this instead. Here’s a message to all of those out there who feel that they can say whatever they like just because of the false sense of anonymity.
Look here you asshats. If you must be an idiot with or without your friends on Xbox Live do it in a private lobby for the sake of all things civil. Microsoft isn’t going to convince you that we are all equal and neither am I. Until then, if you can’t figure out how to censor yourself or just plain act like you have some sense, F-OFF! Xbox Live doesn’t need you. I don’t care if it messes with Microsoft’s numbers. If half of the Live membership is being racist, then so be it. Good Bye! I shouldn’t have to get on Live with the fear of hearing every racist statement in the book. I’ll continue to have fun, play fair, leave feedback, or file a complaint. To bad that have fun part isn’t always applicable to some of you.
Level 4 done…..Level 5 loading…….
-William “thewilleffect” Bell-