Blizzard takes steps to placate LBGT community, removes ban on the word “trans” in Diablo 3 clans

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By on April 11, 2014 at 7:30 am

This is one of the stranger stories that came out this week, but at least it’s one where all parties involved have responded in the right way. Ars Technica have reported that following revelations by Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls fan Lucian Clark, steps are being taken to correct the prohibition of the word “trans” in its clans and communities system.

Clark came across the ban when, as he put in a message to the Diablo 3 support team, he tried to make a clan “for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who would like to play the game together in a relatively safe space of like identified individuals”. “You allow the word gay as a prefix for clans, as there is a Gaymers clan, yet do not allow the same for transgender individuals. In fact, this forbids words such as transdimensional and so forth,” Clark wrote.

In a statement, Blizzard said that the ban was an oversight and was not “intentionally” blocked. “We try to make our games as welcoming as possible to all players, and we know our community is as diverse as our own employee base,” a Blizzard spokesperson. “With that in mind, we generally don’t impose limitations on or draw distinctions between genders or gender-related identification in character and clan/community names.”

The prefix has now been uncensored and Clark said Blizzard’s reaction was “wonderful news”, although stressed that more work could be done on the forums in particular. Nevertheless, it’s a good day: gamer spots issue, alerts company, company reacts post-haste. All is well.

Source: Thanks, Ars Technica!

36 comments (Leave your own)

phew, thank god the gaming trannies are safe

 

Must… resist… pun… using… the… word… flailing…

 

Yeah… because i know i consider the sexuality of randoms im playing with on the internet. Blows my mind that people define their entire existence around one facet of who they are, what the hell does being transexual have to do with playing videogames?

Maybe they need to make a clan for stupid people instead.

 

nekosan,

There’d be too many members. ;)

Does seem strange. Why on earth would there be such a problem that you’d have to form your own clan? I’m pretty sure if you never mentioned your sexuality while you’re playing a game nobody would be the wiser. According to most 13 year old COD players we’re all gay anyways, right?

 

As a transformers fan I am also relieved that I am not longer being discriminated against by Blizzard.

 

vcatkiller: I’m pretty sure if you never mentioned your sexuality while you’re playing a game nobody would be the wiser.

That’s the problem that many people in that community don’t understand, their sexuality is often the ONLY thing about them, hobbies, friends, everything is tied into it and they can’t NOT tell people.

I honestly can’t imagine a situation where I’m playing with randoms and that kind of thing comes up, it just doesn’t happen unless you force it to happen. I don’t even think the vast majority of people I’ve gamed with in the past would care what i wear or where i stick my penis, not unless i never shut up about it.

People who never shut up about their sexuality are annoying, that’s probably why they get shit laid on them in games all the time. The same thing would happen to anyone who acted like a television fratboy and never shut up about “all the sluts i bang”.

 

I … ok ?

 

Wow guys for real if somebody wants to make a clan for themselves for LITERALLY ANY REASON it is totally okay to let them do that and not make ‘em feel weird about it or question why they need to do it.

Also you can pretty easily understand why people in minority groups that are often subject to bullying and abuse (like trans* people) might want to stick together. If they want to play Diablo 3 together then let ‘em, who even cares. The correct response to this news is “Okay then”

 

Is Diablo 3 really a platform to discuss your sexual preferences, I guess Im glad I dont play the game

 

Coming soon the “anything with a heartbeat clan”

 

Also a totally valid clan

 

Note to self:

dinofreak:
As a transformers fan I am also relieved that I am not longer being discriminated against by Blizzard.

Note to self: Join the “TransformersFans” clan and not the “TransFans” clan to avoid embarrassing mixup.

 

Only thing worse than a person trying to self identify themselves in an online video game are the type of people who self identify as degenerate and are proud of it.

 

Sure is absurd for people who share similar experiences to want to play a game together! How weird! Let’s laugh at them!

Gathering together with likeminded individuals who’ve shared a lot of the same experiences as you doesn’t mean you’re ‘defining yourself by your gender’. Christ.

 
James Pinnell

Why do you guys give a crap about this? Why does it annoy you that people who share a common identity want to bind together to play games?

Like Tim said, the correct response is “Good on you for listening to the community Blizzard”, like most of you would if they did practically anything else beneficial to gamers.

 
jerichosainte

Tim Colwill,
hobomaster,
James Pinnell,

Agreed. Good on blizz for allowing a community (whatever that may be) to have fun playing games in their own space free from possible online abuse. We all know the internets is a breeding ground for anonymous senseless comments. It doesn’t effect any one else so move along now.

 

“I’m sick of being bullied or singled out for my gender/sexuality in real life, but when I get a chance to play an online game where I am offered total anonymity and the chance to finally be taken at face value by a community, I want to play with others of my gender/sexuality”

 

schrapple,

Yeah I think you’ll find some people actually are proud of their gender/sexuality and want to group together with others of a similar leaning. I think you’ll also find that there’s nothing wrong with that at all and it’s totally fine?

 

Tim Colwill:
schrapple,

Yeah I think you’ll find some people actually are proud of their gender/sexuality and want to group together with others of a similar leaning. I think you’ll also find that there’s nothing wrong with that at all and it’s totally fine?

It’s not that there is anything right or wrong with that, it’s not a question of right and wrong it’s a question of cause and effect.

On one hand people complain that they are discriminated against and then on the other they form groups that themselves are discriminatory. People (from all walks of life about all issues, not singling any particular group out) issue contradictory requests of the public which leaves us (being the public) confused and frustrated, the public end up lost on how to help or see it as groups making unrealistic/impossible demands.

Forming exclusive organizations will work against a goal of integration and acceptance, this principal applies across society in general. Which makes it not a question of “is it right?” but a question of “is it the right thing to be doing?”

 

stryker3216,

Is because they are proud of what they are, and want to meet people like them, I suppose that a “straight white whatever i don’t care” do not understand that. Limit yourself to talk about what you know and leave the rest to educated people.

 
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