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Microsoft Suspends Gamer For Being From Fort Gay 490

maclizard writes "The town's name is real. But when Josh Moore tried to tell Seattle-based Microsoft and the enforcement team at Xbox Live that Fort Gay was a real place, they wouldn't take his word for it. Or Google it. Or check the US Postal Service website for a ZIP code. I personally feel for those of you from Big Bone Lick, KY."
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Microsoft Suspends Gamer For Being From Fort Gay

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  • by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:13PM (#33512848) Homepage Journal

    "Mais oui! The name of my village in France is indeed Goatse! We even have a... how you say... website! [goatse.fr]"
    • by Niris (1443675) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:15PM (#33512904)
      For those with less-than cast iron stomachs, that site is NSFW and _is_ goatse.
    • Oh god I believed you and I'm at work.

      Thank god I opened a new tab and didn't bother peering inside.

    • Oh God, the horrors of Goatse.cx and rickrolling combined. Got me as well :(

    • by dmgxmichael (1219692) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @05:38PM (#33514036) Homepage
      Even better. Fucking, Austria [wikipedia.org]. I'm guessing the residents there get harassed over their town name quite frequently as well.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by StikyPad (445176)

        Their motto should be "Fucking, Austria: Only two bytes away from fucking down under!"

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by hardburn (141468)

        And they tried to change it a few years back. If they ever did, we'd have to say "there's no more Fucking in Austria".

  • Obviously they would Bing it
    • by CarpetShark (865376) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:14PM (#33512862)

      Obviously they would Bing it

      Not if they have any sense ;)

    • I seriously think "zing" would have been a better name for it.

    • by Marc Desrochers (606563) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:22PM (#33513006)
      That would explain why they didn't get any useful results.
    • by Gruturo (141223) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:24PM (#33513036)

      Obviously they would Bing it

      Noone's that crazy.

      Just today I gave Bing another try, since Google wasn't finding anything (admittedly on an impossibly arcane thing, the searchstring was Elepturabiturcurcurru, which should be the original Mesopotamian name for Noah's ark according to a guy on a talk show many years ago, I never found out if he was serious or a crackpot). Googling yielded 0 results (after this post it'll probably be 1, haha), even when trying to change the spelling a bit or breaking it into 2 words. So I thought, let's give Bing a chance, maybe it magically stopped sucking. The word as a whole returned 0 results as well, but once broken down in 2 ("elepturabitur curcurru") it caused a "Were you looking for: elepturabitur curcuru" clickable link to appear.
      Yay! Click. Wait. 0 results. Meh.

      • Re:"just google it" (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Gruturo (141223) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:29PM (#33513104)

        Just today I gave Bing another try, [...]

        Quoting myself. 130 seconds after posting, Google has 1 search result for that word. Christ. Guys, you're truly awesome.

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          To be fair, bing now finds it too. But I noticed that middle-click paste does not work on bing's input field for me (chrome 6 on openSuse 11.3). Google's does work.

        • This topic has died in an Elepturabiturcurcurru accident.

      • by bsDaemon (87307)

        Try your search again... it now gets result, but its this post.

        • by Gruturo (141223)

          That was exactly my point.

          • What?!

            Oh, I see; zing, er bing CORRECTLY ignores this obviously made up word and google only makes a reference to it as a joke. On us! Bad Google, stop doing the evils! Sheesh.

            Seriously, I'm suspending "Microsoft" for this. Enough with this gay stuff, it's like the frickin' Howard Stern Show in Redmond already! Make it stop.

            • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

              by Gruturo (141223)

              Oh, I see; zing, er bing CORRECTLY ignores this obviously made up word and google only makes a reference to it as a joke. On us! Bad Google, stop doing the evils! Sheesh.

              First of all, it appeared on Bing as well in the last few minutes, so hats off to those guys as well.
              Second, It's on a web forum thread now, so I don't expect search engines to CORRECTLY ignore it (emphasis yours).
              Third, I was actually looking for the word, and while I wasn't sure about the spelling, I did end up finding what I was looking

      • by autocracy (192714)

        One presenter at DEFCON joked... he said something similar to, "Bing it! Go to bing.com, type in "Google", click search... click on the first link... now type in what you want..."

  • Summary... (Score:5, Informative)

    by The MAZZTer (911996) <megazztNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:15PM (#33512886) Homepage
    The summary stops a bit short... they already unsuspended him, the article even says so at the end.
  • by tool462 (677306) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:16PM (#33512910)

    499 Odd City names: http://www.keepersoflists.org/index.php?lid=3864 [keepersoflists.org]

    Now I've just rendered every post after mine redundant. Have at it, mods.

  • Huh? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dyinobal (1427207) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:17PM (#33512936)
    What's microsofts problem with stuff that's gay? Do they hate gay people?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by bsDaemon (87307)

      I think they think he hates gay people and was calling his lame town gay or something. Also, that if an actual gay person saw his town and thought he was using gay as an insult then they might get offended, and next thing you know, MS will have a color-coordinated protest on their hands. Or something.

      The truly sad part is some unemployed guy who plays video games all day ends up getting AP coverage thereby legitimizing his unproductive ways.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by nomadic (141991)
        The truly sad part is some unemployed guy who plays video games all day ends up getting AP coverage thereby legitimizing his unproductive ways.

        I try not to hold unemployment against anybody right now in this economy, when even minimum wage jobs get more applications than there are openings.
        • by bsDaemon (87307)

          True, and I suppose the economy in WV was never really the best to begin with, but there's got to be a coal mine or something he can go work in. Pays better than minimum wage, and its exercise.

          • ya, go down into that coal mine and get some fresh air!

            • by bsDaemon (87307)

              I've worked construction, demolition, hay farming, etc, during summers when I was in school. There's nothing wrong with honest work, even if doing it sort of sucks.

              I'd rather be a coal miner than be called out in the international press for having no job and bitching about video games.

              • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

                my point was that the whole "it's exercise" thing is kinda lost when looked at the big picture. Yes, getting out and moving is good for you, breathing in coal dust for 12h a day for 20 years.... kinda offsets any perks you get from the exercise.

              • I've worked construction, demolition, hay farming, etc, during summers when I was in school.

                Let me see, you worked both construction *and* demolition? Seems like a pretty smart way to keep permanently employed.

    • They probably don't care that much except for the fact the xbox 360 has more kids playing than they would probably want to admit because it shows their supposedly adult games don't appeal to adults as much as they claim. These useless parents would be highly upset if their children were exposed to gay people while slaughtering people in video games. It doesn't help either that a good chunk of their market has just learned about words like gay and fag and want to use them as often as possible (especially in
  • You find mainly articles on this story now.

  • Crud (Score:4, Funny)

    by digitalhermit (113459) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:18PM (#33512948) Homepage

    So, umm, how about Bangkok residents? Or folks from Palmer's Head? Or Fort Dix? Morehead? Red Lick? Boone's Blow? Phuk?

  • Oops (Score:5, Funny)

    by Kohath (38547) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:19PM (#33512968)

    Microsoft sure pulled a boner this time.

  • by ultraexactzz (546422) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:20PM (#33512974) Journal
    And I find myself wondering just how many people will suddenly be registered as coming from Fort Gay, WV. Certainly more than the 800 people who live there, I imagine.
  • by It doesn't come easy (695416) * on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:20PM (#33512984) Journal
    ...a user from Fucking, Austria would have...
  • Lets not forget Dildo Run, Newfoundland. Maybe Hell as well?
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Ironhandx (1762146)

      Its not even Dildo Run, its just Dildo. In fact there are two Dildos, North Dildo and South Dildo if you want to get particular about it.

      Also at the time it was named a Dildo wasn't what it is now, but using the name Dildo for what it is now is very fitting.

      Also repeat Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed is from Dildo, Newfoundland.

  • Cumming (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    The same happened to my wife on some social network when we lived in Cumming, GA.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      And it was real awkward when she called after work and asked how far I was.

      I'm close to Cumming.

    • Re:Cumming (Score:4, Funny)

      by natehoy (1608657) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:53PM (#33513408) Journal

      My mother once tried to order a gift to be shipped to a friend in New Mexico. She ordered the item, specified all the details, etc, then it came time to set up the shipping address.

      The woman on the other end then stated, rather brusquely, that the company did not ship internationally and that their catalog clearly stated that fact.

      When my mother reiterated that it was in New Mexico, in the Southern United States, the woman (who worked at a call center in Texas, which happens to share a border with both Mexico (the country) and New Mexico (the US state)) yelled "New Mexico, Old Mexico, what's the difference? Can't you people read? I told you, we don't ship internationally!" and hung up on her.

  • Seattle? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    So a location based story about Microsoft can't get right the name of the city Microsoft is in? Ah, what a life being a /. editor must be.

  • by hyades1 (1149581) <hyades1@hotmail.com> on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:26PM (#33513066)

    Dildo and South Dildo can be found in Newfoundland not far from St. John's, hard by Dildo Bay. Sadly, the first church built in Dildo, in 1878, had no tower, though it should be noted that two stoves providing heat shared a long chimney.

    South Dildo's claim to fame for many years was a life-size wooden humpback whale head.

  • by daveywest (937112) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:26PM (#33513068)
    Almost as good as when my local paper reported on the football matchup between Virgin Valley HS and Beaver High: "Virgin Pounds Beaver".
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by StikyPad (445176)

      I bet it was a short game.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by StikyPad (445176)

        Sorry to double post, but I just confirmed that it was over before they knew it, didn't see it coming, and never knew what hit 'em.

        Thanks, I'll be here all week.

  • What if he was from here [google.com].

  • Pennsylvania towns (Score:2, Informative)

    by chemicaldave (1776600)
    Virginville, Bird-In-Hand, Intercourse, Climax, Big Beaver... the list goes on
    • How do you get to Paradise?
      Go down here past Bird-in-Hand, when you get to Intercourse make a right and you'll soon be in Paradise, but if you make a left you'll end up in Blue Ball.
  • I'd like all my British friends to light up a fag in honor of Microsoft.


  • by Alcoholist (160427) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:42PM (#33513276) Homepage

    Doesn't say much about an IT company when they can't even figure out basic information technology tools, including their own:


  • Don't whip out your punishment too quickly. Oh, and always sleep on your back when you're stopping over in Fort Gay.

  • The real question (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Beerdood (1451859) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @04:51PM (#33513392)
    from TFA

    Moore apparently wanted to show his Fort Gay pride
    Fort Gay has been restored to the ramparts of Medal of Honor and Call of Duty.

    Ok, you've got town pride - nothing wrong there. But insisting on displaying it on your Xbox Live profile?? Call of Duty? I mean now you're just asking to get flamed every time someone sees you're from "Fort Gay". It's not exactly the most tolerant community out there. **Note that I don't know if your town is displayed to other people when you're actually playing - but in case it isn't, then it still brings up the question of why care then? If no one gets to see your town in your profile then why care what your display is?

  • by Huntr (951770) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @05:05PM (#33513584)

    Sergeant: I can get you delayed entry, your own uniforms, grenades, and ammo. I can probably get you stationed over at Fort Dix.
    Butthead: Fort Dix? Is that anywhere near Fort Nuts?

  • Or from Intercourse, PA
  • Fucking, Austria (Score:4, Interesting)

    by GayBliss (544986) on Wednesday September 08, 2010 @06:04PM (#33514404) Homepage
    The travel company I work for just deleted Fucking, Austria [wikipedia.org] from their database because they figured it was better not to offend someone than to allow them to travel there. The only way someone would have actually seen the name is if they searched for it, so it seems rather stupid, but I could imagine some complaining that they searched for Fucking and found what they searched for.

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