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Beyond Pissed at Xbox/Microsoft

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For our 8th anniversary, Andrew bought me an Xbox One. I was ecstatic. I had my last gamertag for a while and for whatever reason, I decided to change it. Had I known the following information I would not have done it.

I tried to change my gamertag back to what it was this past week. It’s my name (nickname that is), I registered it and switched off of it. I checked to see if it was available so I could switch it but I was told that it was reserved. Um, why? It’s my name and no one is using it. I jumped on chat with Xbox support and was told that when you make a gamertag and switch it, it goes into reserve for a few years. YEARS. No one can use it. What? I’m baffled. That would only be helpful to the person who originally made it so that they could go back to it. I WANT TO GO BACK TO IT but even I can’t use it. What purpose does it serve to lock a username? Had I been told, when I changed it, that I couldn’t go back to it, I would never have done it.

I can’t get my username, that I use on everything else and IS AVAILABLE, because Xbox doesn’t know what the hell they are doing. Seriously, what is the point of “reserving” it? I am so beyond pissed right now. I was willing to spend $10 to change it which is bullshit because even Twitter let’s you change it for free. Hell, give it back and I’ll pay $20. I’m angry because this is my nickname. I wanted to change it back so that I could use it alongside my YouTube and Twitch accounts. I know it’s trivial and probably the dumbest thing to be upset about but I feel like that’s the point. I can change my username on Twitter and Instagram and more and more sites are allowing you to do so. If something is available, it’s available. No one else does this bullshit “reserving”. WHAT/WHO ARE YOU RESERVING IT FOR, XBOX?!

Steel Series Sims 4 set Review and Giveaway

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Well, the end of September marked the one year blogiversary of 8BitHeart. Yes, it’s already been a year. Looking back, I’ve noticed that I don’t do much blogging. That’s really because I spend more time playing video games than I do writing about them. Just because I’m not daily blogging, doesn’t mean I’m not staying involved with gaming and the community.

I wanted to do something special for 8BitHeart’s birthday because A.) I remembered it before it was too late and B.) because this blog means as much to me as my personal blog. I saw something on /r/thesims that I just knew would be perfect! A redditor posted their Steel Series Sims 4 products that I didn’t even know they had (Sometimes I am late to a few things)! So, I reached out to Steel Series and they were amazing.

Newest Obsession: Minecraft!

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My newest obsession: Minecraft.

For a few weeks, I’ve been mulling over asking Andrew to get it. I’ve watched a few streams on Twitch about it and it looked like fun. So, I said, “Why the hell not?”

We’re actually having some fun with it. Andrew, Myself, and my little brother got copies and we spent all weekend playing. Andrew set us up a server and we had a lot of fun.

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This made me really happy. It is original? Hell no. But it was fun to make!

Do you play Minecraft? Leave a comment and we can play some time. :D

Sexism is Still Prevalent in Gaming

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One of the leading companies in entertainment devices and software for gamers, and my personal favorite, alienated a portion of their fanbase today. The person(s) who maintain Razer’s Facebook account, posted a sexist image implying that all gamers are male.

The picture shows what appears to be a shelf in a closet. On one side there are numerous Razer device boxes and on the other, Louis Vutton purses and bags. The caption reads: His and hers :)

Many people are insulted, rightfully so. I think, honestly, the best thing to come out of it, is to see some men stand up for their fellow gamers.

Despite the flood of offended commentors, Razer took at least 8 hours to remove the image from their Facebook timeline. At the time of this post, no apology has been issued on their Facebook, Twitter, or website.

To post this image, only perpetuates the gender roles set by society. This only shows that Razer seeks to impress their male fan base rather than all of their consumers or couldn’t care less about their female fans. Whoever is in charge of the Facebook account, hoped to grab a few chuckles and instead offended much of their audience.

As a big fan of Razer and their products, I’m appalled. Female gamers have enough to deal with from some sexist male gamers in online matches or in person. We are still looked down on by a lot of our peers. Instead of accepting us as we are, we are, somehow, expected to prove ourselves or bow down to the males. This sort of post is certainly  not something I’d expect from a company like Razer. A company that supposedly supports and sponsors females sure has a funny way of showing it.

I had plans to buy a Razer Deathstalker Ultimate for my birthday. Unless Razer does some serious damage control and apologizes for their gross negligence, I will not be purchasing another Razer product. I’m certainly not the only one that feels that way.

What did you think of Razers post? 

EDIT: Razer has issued a statement on the Reddit post. http://rzr.to/EhKTx

This is less of an apology and more of an excuse as to why it was posted. Some people are still upset over the issue.