With New York City’s Gay Pride Week coming up so soon (June 19-27), it seems somewhat ironic that a game would get itself in trouble for discriminating against gay players. User “Gothix,” a Dragon’s Call player, created quite a fuss a few days ago upon learning that the word “gay” was filtered in the game’s World Chat. “Haze,” a player volunteer, (called a Game Helper, of GH), muted Gothix after he repeatedly bypassed the filter, and the issue escalated to span the Dragon’s Call forum and an outer game forum called Kongragate.
Things got ugly fast, as Gothix threatened to take legal action against Dragon’s Call if things didn’t change. Fortunately, the issue was resolved, and the word became unfiltered.
World of Warcraft‘s Blizzard Entertainment met with legal resistance for a similar issue a few years ago.
Dragon’s Call originally defended it’s position by insisting that the word was filtered to prevent users from using the word in an offensive manner. There are a variety of words that are censored for the same reason, and Dragon’s Call likely filtered the word to make censorship easier. At the same time, blocking the it from conversation altogether, especially when one considers that the word is used as a form of sexual identity, seems too drastic (and lazy) a method to use to prevent the word from being abused.