"I Quit The Game Immediately": Trans Players Respond To Forza Horizon 5's Deadnaming

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#1  Edited By theAM0G
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'Many returning Forza players were surprised when Forza Horizon 5 greeted them by name. The game pulls it from your Microsoft account so that it can properly say 'Hello'. However, for some trans players, this feature has led to the game deadnaming them - a painful experience'

Apparently the game addresses you by the name on your Microsoft account. If you made your account before transitioning, be ready to be offended.

'"I was pretty shocked," one player, who asked to remain anonymous, told me. "I enjoyed the intro sequence and was having a lot of fun, but hearing the announcer call out my deadname completely blindsided me. I quit the game immediately and was close to just refunding it on Steam.'

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thegamer.com/trans-players-respond-to-forza-horizon-5-deadnaming/amp/

Should Playground Games be the first major game developer to be canceled?

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#2 vl4d_l3nin
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That must suck, especially right after the game very inclusively asks for your pronouns, lets you apply any voice you want, even has prosthetics for the limb-different. Horizon is for everyone, except for you, Jack.

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#3  Edited By theAM0G
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@vl4d_l3nin: 'Horizon is for everyone, except for you, Jack.'

It's Jill now. How dare you.

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If we go to war with China, we dead.

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#5 vl4d_l3nin
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@theam0g said:

@vl4d_l3nin: 'Horizon is for everyone, except for you, Jack.'

It's Jill now. How dare you.

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#6  Edited By IvanGrozny
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I am pro-diversity, but sometimes no matter who you are or how you identify yourself, you just need to get your head out of your ass from time to time. Just go and change the name of your xbox account, how much trouble would be that?

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#7 Chutebox  Online
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Maybe they should get mental help

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#9 sakaiXx
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Their mistake and neglect of not changing their name in email profile is their own fault.

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#10 hardwenzen  Online
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If this is real and not a troll, i have so much to say, but GS is not the place. The social media has created so many mentally ill individuals.

If i log in, and the system calls me Kate or whatever feminine name, will i be offended? Like, offended at what? A piece of plastic? Holy shit some of those people need to go outside, and that's further than their local Starbucks.

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#11 Chutebox  Online
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@hardwenzen: "The social media has created so many mentally ill individuals," Truer words have never been uttered on this website.

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#12  Edited By mrbojangles25
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If the name was that important, they should have changed it on their account to prevent this. And if they couldn't, well, it's something they should have prepared themselves for. Not saying it's right, but it's not really wrong, either.

Some people want to be indignant just for the sake of being indignant.

@vl4d_l3nin said:

That must suck, especially right after the game very inclusively asks for your pronouns, lets you apply any voice you want, even has prosthetics for the limb-different. Horizon is for everyone, except for you, Jack.

Do they really have all that stuff? That's pretty impressive, to be honest.

They obviously made an attempt to be inclusive far beyond what is standard and even expected, I think this is a simple oversight and should be treated with understanding. Getting outraged at a company that obviously has good intentions accomplishes nothing.

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#13 UItravioIence
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Lol

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#15  Edited By Sancho_Panzer
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Now those are some journalistic chops: not only turning up this non-story among all the other twaddle out there on Twitter, but even tracking down a second (albeit anonymous) complainant with the same ridiculous gripe. Makes you wonder why he's wasting his time at an unknown clickbait site instead of finding work with a more popular fake news outlet.

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#16 Ghost_of_Phobos
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Oh yes, let's get outraged about the outraged.

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#17 sonny2dap
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Game literally went out of its' way to be inclusive to the point of pronoun selection a plethora of customisation options, and I believe you can even select a nickname that the announcers will use instead (at least that's what I had to do) honestly don't see how anyone could have expected more from the devs on this.

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#18 Litchie
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@uitravioience said:

Lol

Ain't got much more to add. This is just very, very dumb.

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#19 Juub1990
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This is a troll OP. How could you fall for it lol?

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#20 JasonOfA36
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Don't share the link. That's what these people want. Attention.

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#21 CanYouDiglt
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These people are not mentally stable at all. It is insane our culture is bowing down to these lunatics.

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#22 hardwenzen  Online
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In Elden Ring there's only two sexes. I cannot wait to read a Polygon article about this.😆😆😆😆😆😆🤦‍♂️

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#23  Edited By SecretPolice
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Fur chur!!! :P

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#24 Random_Matt
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Erm, change your name. Are MS psychic?

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#25 VFighter
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@theam0g: 🤣 I just can't accept a reality where this offends somebody.

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#26 GoldenElementXL
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When you try to be offended, you’re gonna be offended.

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#27  Edited By Pedro
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An extreme extreme extreme minority should not be used as a voice for an already small group.

Edit: Too late, for folks are already treating this as if it is the voice of the Trans community 🙄

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#28  Edited By blaznwiipspman1
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@vl4d_l3nin: yes I even noticed how progressive the game was with all the things they asked on the start up of the game. It was over the top, but I thought if it's this game, then it won't have any complaints from the super left progressive crowd. Guess I was wrong yet again.

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#29 Dagubot
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What the fu…lmfao. This person is over-exaggerating…like seriously? 😂

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#30  Edited By deactivated-620299e29a26a
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I think that's a cool feature and I'll be pissed if it doesn't get utilized in the future because something like this nothing burger blows up into a deterrent. It utilizes the name associated with the account.. If that's enough to make an individual quit playing a game, sorry, that's weak. That's like refusing to pay a bill you owe because the name on the bill utilizes your previously used "dead name".

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#31  Edited By navyguy21
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I'm offended that MS didn't know that I was transitioning and promptly reminded me to change the name on all of my accounts in the off chance that a developer implements it into a game.

Microsoft should know every one of their customers on a personal level in order to avoid this.

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#32 sealionact
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@Juub1990: Unfortunately it isn’t.

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#33 Antwan3K
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🤦🏽‍♂️

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#34  Edited By Telekill
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Yeah, I'm over having sympathy for the trans community. They've become authoritarian hypocrits expecting everyone else to bow to their worldview or be labeled a bigot.

This is a very small consequence of transitioning. Microsoft isn't going to know you decided to switch genders from your last login and frankly, no one should care.

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#35 Sancho_Panzer
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@Telekill: That's the problem with solidarity movements in the social media age - anyone can stake a claim to representing the whole community, spouting any old nonsense, and no one will speak out.

It's basically the reasoning behind the BBC pulling out of the Stonewall LGBTQ+ diversity programme the other day.

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#36 GirlUSoCrazy
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It's a bad setup to allow games to access your personal information like that. I know in this case MS would already have it but letting third parties collect it isn't something I would want, and if I put fake info in there I don't want the game to always be using that either.

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#37 Fedor  Online
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This is just outrage bait by a shit publication. You can find the interaction on twitter, the person this happened to isn't even really upset about it.

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#38  Edited By Sushiglutton
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@fedor said:

This is just outrage bait by a shit publication. You can find the interaction on twitter, the person this happened to isn't even really upset about it.

That’s really cynical of them. Must be more ethical ways to get them clicks…

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#39 NNoyingHusband
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Nothing is ever enough for some people. They wake up and look for stuff to whine about. They want to be offended, look for everything in life that they can scream is offensive and then attack people until you conform to their desires. It’s a miracle some people survived the 90’s and early 00’s.

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#40 VatususReturns
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Oh ffs... /facepalm

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#41 Jendeh
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I have a few takeaways. I'm pretty sure you can change your profile name, right? So, imho that would be on the player, not MS or the game. If your deadname is that dead to you, then why not change it well before now?

Also, and more importantly...

I feel like discussions like this are used to fuel disgust and hate toward a minority group. A couple of people had issues and now it's being treated like this is everyone in that community. Please, think for yourself and use a bit of logic.

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#42 sealionact
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I am I the only one who didn’t automatically know what deadnaming was?

I feel so old.

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#43 templecow90999
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"Whoops, guess I forgot to change my name in my Xbox profile. Let me just go take care of that now real quick since it was MY mistake for forgetting."

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#45 Solaryellow
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Oh the perpetually offended.......

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#46 pyro1245
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Knowing MS, the name change on your account is probably broken.

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#47 dabear
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@theam0g: If you're that woke, I really don't care if you stop playing.

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#48 firedrakes  Online
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so th oG story is from 2 twitter post. so the only point of this story from the source. was view for ads.cheers all that got sucker on it.

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#49 loonski
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Seems like The Onion is getting more competition these days