Forums still the smelly moshpit of society, however.
By Alex Walker 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!