Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/22/xbox_gamertag/

MS bashes Gay(wood) Xbox Live gamer

Brit's surname ruled offside

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 22nd May 2008 08:52 GMT

A Brit gamer has fallen foul of an Xbox live policy that disallows any apparent references to the Friends of Dorothy in gamertags.

Xbox Live screengrab showing that Gaywood is no longer allowed

Microsoft recently ruled "theGAYERgamer" well offside, and quickly moved to deal with Reg reader Richard Gaywood's online moniker, as you can see.

Richard told El Reg that MS could have verified the authenticity of his surname from his Live profile, and sighed: "I can't decide if I'm amused or annoyed by this. Amused by it all but annoyed at the stupidity, I think."

We attempted to contact MS for a comment this morning, but our reporter Tristram Hornblower was cut off by the Beast of Redmond's switchboard after his identity tripped the company's "probable homosexualist" panic switch. ®