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Posted by Raine Hutchens on Nov 23, 2010

Microsoft Bans Swastikas In Black Ops

Microsoft will ban you for using a swastika as a logo in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Seriously.

Microsoft’s community mod Stephen Toulouse made it very clear that the banning of those who use the swastika is not up for discussion, even if you are one of those people who argue that “it means something totally different in other cultures”.

A post from StepTo says:

“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.”
Here’s what I think: Maybe the logo shouldn’t have been available in the first place if Microsoft feels so strongly about it. There are tons of people out there who compile an image to look like a male reproductive organ, and to me that’s even worse. No bans have been sent out for that, but Microsoft gets sincerely uppity about the swastika. It’s almost like a bias decision. There hasn’t been word from Sony on this yet, so as far as we know it’s fine to use it on the PS3. I am in no way, shape, or form in favor of the swastika. It represents a time in history that has forever wrecked nations to the core. I stand behind Microsoft’s ban, but I also think they should take a deeper look into what logos can be created and used in the first place.
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