Gamer's Last Name Deemed Obscene By Xbox Live Cops

A gamer says his handle has been censored by Xbox Live because it seems too much like a slang word — even though it's his last name.

Christopher Gooche uses his surname as his gamertag on Microsoft's online service. He says he's been using "Gooche" as a name since the days of the original Xbox — and he's been registered on Xbox Live since 2004. Yet while playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 one night, he received a message telling him to change his gamertag. He contacted an Xbox Live representative, who told him he couldn't use his last name on the Xbox 360's online network anymore.

Gooche, whose surname might be confused with an explicit slang word, says he's upset about the censorship.

"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 said in an e-mail to Kotaku. "How do you change that in five minutes?"

He says sometimes other Xbox Live users would make fun of his handle in chatrooms and game servers, but he'd just use the insults as fuel to make him a better gamer.

"As a child I got into many fights because it was people challenging my namesake," Gooche said. "Back then it was due to Diff'rent Strokes with Arnold always being beat up by "The Gooch". I came to terms with the name and wear it like a badge of honour now."

This isn't the first time that Xbox Live has censored people with what it considers to be inappropriate last names. Several years ago, customer Richard Gaywood was banned because his surname included the word "gay".

Gooche says he's going through the proper channels to contact the enforcement team and appeal their decision. We've reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update if we hear back.


Comments

    Don't you mean "repeal"?

      I think you have to appeal before you can get it repealed?

    What does playing with Gooche and being in the mafia have in common?

    One slip of the tongue and you're in deep shit.

    Well I already learnt something new today! My goal for the rest of the day is to use the word Gooch in as many conversations as possible.

    Absolute bullshit. If it's his name how can it be offensive ? Gooch.

      Because the PC crowd are some of the most retarded people on the planet right now.

        Read the article, he's Xbox Live, which was where the name was banned.
        It also says it was Xbox Live users who made fun of the name.

          PC = political correctness

            Oops. Sorry, he's right.
            Got me all defensive, there.

              You got defensive over some console 'tard's comment to PC? You're turning into one of them D:

    I had i am Don Draper in my profile and apparently Draper is a profanity. Could someone tell me what a draper is, i know its someone who sells cloth etc but yeah. What the?

      Microsoft's sledgehammer approach to moderation probably picked up the "raper" part as a keyword. I wonder if you'd have the same problem "therapist".

        They don't like the word rape being used in any profile information, TRUST ME.

          I assume my Analrapist profession won't be held in high regard here then.

    Problem is if you let this one guy use it, the sea of deadbeat trolls will all start using it.

      Yeah, you'd be amazed how many people will come out of the woodwork with "real names" like Heywood Jablowme etc.

    HAHA, I rememebr a game called Graham Gooch world class cricket.

    Damn PC americans trying to distort the way we use words

    I think we're missing the real prize of a name here guys...

    Richard Gaywood.... Dick Gaywood?

    High school must've been...hard.

      That is so terribel....but +1 xD

      There was a politician in Australia called Richard Dick. My dad used to laugh and call him Dick Dick

    Makes me wish my last name was buttsexpricklord

    Gooch? I had to look that up. Wikipedia has an eye-watering diagram. Anyway I've alway's call that the barse. It's the place between your balls and your arse.

      Yes. And the only reason I know is that I once met a guy was talking about his multiple "gooch" piercings. I didn't know what he was talking about until he showed me the photo.

      Gahhh!!!

    IIRC the technical term for "gooch" is "perinium" (please inform me if I'm incorrect here).

      ...actually, as we are talking about an American gamer, the correct term would be perinum. As in aluminum.

    The stupid thing is if he changed his name to Christopher Perinium, they would probably not even pick up on it. Narf!!

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