Christopher Gooche has been a loyal fan of Xbox Live for many years, using his last name of “Gooche” as his ID when playing games like Call of Duty. But Microsoft apparently has a problem with the name.

Kotaku reports that the gamer was recently asked to change his user ID since it could be confused with a sexually explicit slang word, one that refers to a part of the male anatomy.

“I mean its not the end of the world, but for the last decade its been my name… my online persona… even on [PlayStation Network],” Gooche tells Kotaku. “How do you change that in five minutes?”

This isn’t the first time that there’s been a dust-up over user names and IDs on the popular gaming platform. You may recall a few years ago when a 26-year-old gamer was banned after identifying his city as Fort Gay, West Virginia — an actual city in the U.S.

Microsoft later apologized to the gamer and the town.

Meanwhile, Gooche is appealing the decision, and Microsoft sent a statement to Kotaku outlining its enforcement policy.

Comments

  • Guest

    On behalf of everyone, I’d like to object to this action. “Gooche” is a perfectly valid name.

    Microsoft, the ball’s in your court. (Unless you object to the word “ball.”)

  • Guest

    On behalf of everyone, I’d like to object to this action. “Gooche” is a perfectly valid name.

    Microsoft, the ball’s in your court. (Unless you object to the word “ball.”)

  • Mitch

    They’ve certainly tainted the service.

    • johnhcook

      Mitch,

      Now, that was just laugh-out-loud funny. Made my day.

  • Anonymous

    Another was someones Surname “Gaywood” was also banned. http://kotaku.com/5010324/microsoft-explains-gaywood-ban

  • http://profiles.google.com/coderbond Jeremy Bond

    gooche sounds like coochie and its slang for female parts.

    • johnhcook

      Not according to the Urban Dictionary. Follow the link in the story for what his name refers to in modern-day parlance. Frankly, I’d never heard of the term before. 

  • http://orcmid.com/blog/ orcmid

    Thanks to Microsoft, I now know slang that I didn’t know before.

  • Typhoon

    There are over 80 active variants of “gooch” gamertags.  

    I without any backend server ability used a simple website to locate these names.  http://www.bungie.net/Community/PeopleFinder.aspx?search_mode=LoginSearch&search_criteria=gooch&search_perpage=15&page=0  

  • Zapador

    I had a similar problem with Microsoft and Skype. I normally go by Zapador which is inoffensive. When I signed up with Skype I was using an MSN.com email address. When I stopped using it Microsoft took it away and wouldn’t give it back. The problem was when I asked Skype to remind me of my password they changed the password and sent an email to me at msn.com. When I tried to contact support they were completly unhelpful. I think they then gave the name to someone else. (Now that Microsoft has bought Skype there is no support at all). … and people expect me to store important data on the cloud. They must be nuts.

  • http://www.puzzazz.com/ Roy Leban

    This is silly. As an example, GameOfAges is apparently banned because it contains a 3-letter derogatory term inside it. But TitherB13 is a legitimate user name which could either be a religious reference or an obscene statement. Ban it!

    If they want to keep it up, they’ve got a lot of names they have to start banning. I’ll omit the actual words, but all of these searches return more than 100 results:b*all, *ss, d*ck, s*ckOn the first one, what does Steve Ballmer do?

  • http://techmansworld.blogspot.com/ MHazell

    This is another reason that I use the PSN and not Xbox Live.

    • Guest

      Congratulations! You’ve made the right choice.

  • http://twitter.com/Vroo Vroo (Bruce Leban)

    They should ban Santorum too.

    • Guest

      I agree. Rick’s bigotry is unacceptable and I won’t allow myself to be on the same service as him, as his children, or as anyone who shares the same last name as he.

  • http://twitter.com/xboxt2 Gl1tch

    It is not the close resemblance to any part of anatomy that has subjected this gamer to a forced gamertag change, but the fact that the gamer used a part of his own name. This personally identifiable information detected in the gamertag, has flagged the account for a forced gamertag change. This is to protect user identity and maintain anonymity on Xbox Live. Account security is of the utmost importance on matters such as this. Therefore, the user may have been asked to change his gamertag at no additional cost.

    Forced gamertag change
    When a forced gamertag change (name change) is imposed, you are
    prompted to select a new gamertag the next time that you try to sign in
    to Xbox LIVE. This step cannot be skipped. You must select a new
    gamertag before you can sign in.

    A forced gamertag change is imposed when a gamertag is determined to
    be inappropriate by the Xbox LIVE Enforcement Team. Examples of
    inappropriate gamertags include names that visually resemble, sound
    like, represent, hint at, abbreviate, or insinuate any of the following:

    Profane words or phrases Topics or content of a sexual nature Hate speech (including but not limited to racial, ethnic, or religious slurs) Unlawful drugs or controlled substances Unlawful activities
    Personally Identifiable Information

    http://www.xbox.com/en-US/legal/livetou

    According to the Xbox Live Terms of Use (TOU) – Article 9

    “You understand that Microsoft may need, and you hereby grant to
    Microsoft and its affiliates, resellers, distributors, service
    providers, partners, and/or suppliers the right, to use, modify, adapt,
    reproduce, distribute, publish and display content posted on the
    Service. These include your name, gamertag, motto, avatar, or other
    information you supply in connection with the content. These rights
    apply solely to the extent necessary to provide the Service.”

    Please understand that this is an effort to protect the identity of the user, not an attempt to foil a wicked sick gamertag and/or tenure. Game on! m/,

    Gl1tch
    http://ambassadors.xbox.com/en-us/Pages/Profile.aspx?GamerTag=GlitchGeak

  • Sean

    Dump the name, get over it, oh well. Ms did right.

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