NeoBytes :) Trolling gamertag causes mischief on Xbox Live

NeoBytes :) is an occasional feature that takes a step back from the big headlines, to take a look at what else is happening in the vast, scary expanse of the tech world - often with a cynical eye, always with a dose of humour.

Microsoft caused quite the stir by bundling its next-generation Kinect with every Xbox One. While we can debate the pros and cons of that decision for days, the inclusion of Kinect means that voice commands are becoming more mainstream, and that can have some unintended consequences.

A member of Xbox Live has taken that to new levels by changing his gamertag to "Xbox Sign Out." The result? While playing online, other gamers can become frustrated and shout out his name, prompting the Xbox One to ask if they really want to sign out. This causes no direct harm because the console asks for confirmation (similar to when you say "Xbox Turn Off"), but Mr. Xbox Sign Out recorded the reactions of people to YouTube. Some people get upset, others think it's funny, but in all cases it's an amusing clip to watch.

We suspect Microsoft will start banning users with "Xbox" in their name (or at least the ones that relate to voice commands), but until then, enjoy the fun and be careful what you say because Big Brother is listening!

Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

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Re iterating something I said in back page

I though it was funny, for what it was, and at least the xbox prompts you to confirm, and not simply obey you and sign you out.

Asmodai said,
I like how the caption assumes she's hot too, rofl.

She definitely sounds hot! Makes me want to buy an Xbox One and play online.

This made me create a new gamer tag.. shame that a lot of them are taken.
I'm now happily the owner of Xb0xSh0wMyStuff.

I think everyone knew this would happen and made the jokes about it before the console was even released. Surely they thought of this at some point.

Are people really that stupid? One more reason why I do NOT do console gaming. PC gaming or NOTHING. I love my Xbox One for all the things NOT gaming that it does.

Robert Wade said,
....

Yeah I remember PC gamers trying to trick players too. like, get ultra high settings even on low video card by pressing Alt+F4.

Same with irc channels. new take on an old trick.

Kaa-Ching said,
console MP is where the kiddies are at, all the time.

If you're trying to imply that kids aren't on PC, or are much less common you're sadly mistaken. You probably just don't notice them as much because most use text to communicate.

Seriously. There are kids playing on League of Legends, Wow, and RuneScape. I have people younger than me who are into building gaming PC's.

I didn't think they banned for innapropriate gamertags that slip through the creation filter? Don't they normally force you to change it? Used to get swamped with messages from random people asking "file complaint 4 gtag" etc because it'd cause Microsoft to make them change it, for free.

McKay said,
I didn't think they banned for innapropriate gamertags that slip through the creation filter? Don't they normally force you to change it? Used to get swamped with messages from random people asking "file complaint 4 gtag" etc because it'd cause Microsoft to make them change it, for free.

I was really referring to the fact that the names themselves would be banned, not the users... (ie: when you try making a gamertag with "xbox" in it, the system will say "No").

Vlad Dudau said,
The only weird thing here is that everyone on that game seems to be 12 years old

Weird? Clearly you are oblivious to CoD's playerbase. It'd be weird if everyone there was NOT 12 years old.

How is that weird? My 12 year old nephew spends just about every waking hour on the families xbox360 (except when grounded). Same with most of his friends. With the weather being bad of late they don't even have school so it's COD multiplayer all day every day. The Xbox 360 is the babysitter of the 21st century. My gf and I walk the dog around the neighborhood in the summer and there is virtually no kids outside on even the nicest of days. They all just sit inside and play their xboxes. There may be more adults that play but they typically have jobs and hopefully lives so they have less hours to spend. Pre-driving age kids spend ALL DAY playing when out of school (summer, bad weather, weekends, etc.)

18A rating unfortunately means you have to put up with babysitting someone else's kids online when it comes to Call of Duty multiplayer.

Vlad Dudau said,
The only weird thing here is that everyone on that game seems to be 12 years old

Xbox and Call of Duty? Unusual would be running into an adult!

I actually thought CoD and Battlefield would have an older player base compared to WoW for example, and other games, as everyone I know ( who's over 20 ) plays those two games.

Vlad Dudau said,
I actually thought CoD and Battlefield would have an older player base compared to WoW for example, and other games, as everyone I know ( who's over 20 ) plays those two games.

WoW to my knowledge isn't a console game. Console games generally have much more users than PC games and kids age 8-14 are more likely to have a game console in their room then a PC. Also WoW requires a monthly fee which parents aren't likely to pay (unless they play and want to play with their kid) over just buying a console game as they walk through a store. Plus like 12 year old boys are more likely to be attracted to the "cool" graphics of a CoD game then the cartoony graphics of WoW since they tend to me insecure and want to appear more mature and grown up.