Recently within the confines of Call of Duty: Black Ops’ gritty and dark walls, an older and less threatening image rose up to make itself known again. With some Xbox Live users pleading their case to Microsoft’s community head Stephen Toulouse on the possibilities of ‘taking back’ one of the largest known totalitarian symbols in international history.
Regardless of how you are trying to show your support for a symbol, the swastika is a bannable offense in the eyes of Xbox Live and Microsoft. Knowing the background of its original origins, trying to fully personify a character, or just to prove that you’re bigger than the rest of society… the banhammer will fall swiftly and silently.
Toulouse followed up on his blog and had these remarks:
“If you think the swastika symbol should be re-evaluated by societies all over the Earth, I think that’s great. Your Xbox LIVE profile or in game logo, which doesn’t have the context to explain your goal, is not the right place to do that. And by the way, that doesn’t just go for the Swastika, it applies to many other symbols as well that my team does indeed take action on when we see it.”
It doesn’t matter if this was a question of showing support or disdain over a race, religion, or way of life: the bottom line is that Microsoft has decided to think about the overall majority and think of what the word and the meaning has, giving it its ban-worthy status. You can disagree and still believe the ideas that wikipedia have instilled into you, but Microsoft has a job to guarantee the overall happiness of their clientele.
So do you think their finality on the subject was justified, or do you think there was more room in discussion? Sound off and let your thoughs be heard.