Xbox One Hates 'F%ck'

Cursing at your screen can have unintended in-game consequences when you're running a voice-activated setup.

The Xbox One's requirements for always-on and connected Kinect has been a bone of contention between gamers for ages, particularly once the specifics came out at E3. NSA scares, conspiracy theories, and general "my life is my own, keep out" sentiment has not won the Xbox One much favor in the great Microsoft versus Sony race.

Still, the technology is here, and it is what it is. No changing it now.

Gamers have already begun settling in with their newest preferred addition to the living room, and experimenting too - to the point where some gamers will never address their consoles by their proper names ever again. 

But what about some of the intended uses for the Kinect voice commands? Better immersion into your game of choice? Easy game selection without clunky on-screen navigation? The latest in full-body dancing game technology?

How about the enforcement of propriety?

As seen in the video above, your Kinect is always listening... and evidently, doesn't always like what it hears. Cursing at the screen in NBA 2K14 netted this player a technical foul for bad language.

Cursing on NBA 2k14 gets me a technical foul. Dont curse at your kinect, itll ruin your life. Xbox One NBA 2k14, next gen gameplay. nba 2k14 rage quit.

That's right, according to the Xbox, you are not allowed to curse in the privacy of your own home.

What the f***?

Is this really the kind of next-generation gaming that we're interested in? Sure, real life is one thing, but one of the big reasons we play games is to let off steam - and say what we want, at least to the moving pictures on the screen. Getting penalized for it in-game is not exactly what we were looking for - and is hardly what I would describe as "immersive."

While this sort of thing has apparently been in place for a while, this Xbox generation is the first to see across-the-board always on microphone and Kinect setup - the settings are bound to be set as default. 

Knowledge is power. If you're anything like me, and unable to resist letting slip seaman's slang while you're playing - now you know it's time to figure out how to turn that s*** off.

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Games NBA 2K14 Genres Sports Platforms Xbox 360 Tags xbox one always on
Published Dec. 6th 2013
  • Federico Senence
    Featured Contributor
    If players can receive a technical in the actual NBA for swearing (probably directed at a Ref) then it doesn't seem that bad that the One and the PS4 might hit you for the same penalty (keepin' it real!).
    I also would hope there is some sort of setting you can apply that turns that feature off in game or in general as it does seem to be unnecessarily treading on free speech (in your own damn home).
    I also have to say that I chuckle at the worry of Big Brother and someone at Microsoft watching all these gamers through the cameras. If you feel that way though, make sure you disable your webcam on your laptop and turn off your cell phones too. They can be used in the same way!
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    I know what you mean, the conspiracy theories have been spinning for years, it's funny that's it's such a new thing now that it's applied to video games.
  • Aaron_7990
    I can confirm this is the same for PS4 if you have the camera. I get called for technical fouls all the time in NBA 2K14, its ridiculous.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    I didn't know that until now! Thanks for telling me... and being taught how to be prim and proper by my Sex Box or Babe Station is not what I'm looking for in the next generation.
  • Spyke_3447
    You have to temper this "lets start making folks accountable for their toxicity" with "at the same time we don't want to invade your privacy"

    If he swore in a match where NO ONE ELSE could hear him, that's completely ridiculous. If he was in an online match then that's a different story. Using colorful language is ok to a degree but you HAVE to respect that some folks may want to avoid it.

    Having a warning popup: "This player has requested the no swearing setting" and leaving it up to players wether or not they automute themselves or abide by it is completely fine. As I personally state to many folks when they get reprimanded by mods or behavioral enforcement in any game and proceed to cite that it's their "freedom of speech" in forum rants

    "your rights end, where their rights begin. They don't have to listen to your foul mouthed bullsh*t or badly phrased criticism that is their right and if you cannot accept the responsibility of not abusing your freedom of speech and doing so without insulting others... that's your problem"

    So while you xbone shouldn't be telling you to not swear in the privacy of your own home, you also should be aware that the very human players on the other end might not agree to having to listen to your swearing in the privacy of THEIR own home.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Absolutely right, I like the way you put it.
  • Ammo777
    I'm sorry, I absolutely haaatte sports games, but getting a technical for cursing while playing sounds friggin' hil-ar-ious to me! lol :D
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    I'm not a fan either, they bore me to tears. But I definitely sncikered a little when I saw the clip.
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    I agree with what all of you are saying. I rarely curse at all, but when I do, I am usually in my own home. If I want to say those words while I'm sitting in my favorite reclining chair, I should be allowed. If I was playing a game and it penalized me for cursing, I would probably just quit and turn the thing off. Number 14 of the reasons I won't be getting an Xbox One.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    I've since learned it's for both of the new consoles, unfortunately. But the difference is that the Xbox One has a Kinect connected as a requirement whereas the PlayStation 4's is optional.
  • Death Metal Hero
    I agree with Coated and Destrolyn. Gamers should start taking responsibility for their actions and start treating others with respect. But at the same time, if I want to drop some "Sentence Enhancers" while playing a game (online or not) I should be allowed to without being penalized in-game for it. I've always hated sports games, and this is just another reason to add to the laundry list. Same goes for the list of "Why I should NOT buy an Xbox One"
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Agreed. There is definitely a difference between penalizing someone for venting versus screening another person from the outburst and Microsoft should make allowances for it. What next, bleeping our Skype calls?
  • Destrolyn.Bechgeddig
    Featured Columnist
    I'm torn between being abhorred by the invasiveness of this (like Coatedpolecat), but at the same time, part of me wonders whether it's a good thing that someone in the industry is actually making gamers responsible for their social (or anti-social) behaviour.

    The advent of the internet and the anonymity have caused people to forget etiquette and manners. Gamers (and a whole load of internet users) need to take responsibility for their actions and realise that what they do actually has liability.

    But this isn't the way to do it. Microsoft should have named the console the Xbox 1984.

    Also, does this mean I risk be sanctioned for trying to compare someone to German philosopher Immanuel Kant during play?
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    hahaha. The 1984 comment had my wife 'n' I laughing pretty good.

    I have to agree with your comment. On point.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    I find this problem needs to be fixed. At no point should someone tell me what I can and cannot say in my own home. I was hesitant about that camera to begin with. Why in the world would they do this?

    A good read as always, and yes, turn that camera off.
  • Big Chief 1
    Featured Correspondent
    I feel exactly the same way. I dont like cameras watching me all the time, so I disable my webcam unless I'm Skyping someone. I should say whatever I want in my home, without being enforced by a gaming console.

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