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"Assault" Banned for Profanity

majnu

Member
This is getting ridiculous now.

I love the game, but I am having massive problems with the Profanity filter. In every CoD game since Modern Warfare, I always name my classes the same thing. I like to keep things simple. So I usually keep two Assault Rifle classes. Well, whenever I try to put the world "Assault" in any of my classes, it blocks it for profanity. This is pretty funny, since the word Assault appears a lot in the game, especially multiplayer. I am SURE others have brought this up already, and I just hope someone of importance sees this and maybe makes a note of it. It kinda sucks that I can't name my Assault class "Assault Class".
 

R0M

Active Member
That does seems a bit harsh, considering they use the word in create a class!

I haven't bothered naming classes. My mate said he couldn't name one Terrorist though :)
Strange considering only you can see it?!

Yet there's thousands of player cards with cocks etc on them that everyone can see!
 

chrislee

Active Member
I tried to set my clan tag as MUSE after the greatest band in the world and that is also banned.

Chris
 

DarthQuack

Novice Member
And it doesn't get blocked if you spell it incorrectly as "assualt"!

Not that my spelling is that bad you understand...
 

Se777eN

Distinguished Member
My assault class is called rusher :smashin:
 

Sniper Ash6

Distinguished Member
I got told I couldn't call my class "Assault" too. Had assumed it was due to having "Ass" in there but from what DarthQuack says who knows?

Considering the game is an 18, what does it matter you naming a class which only you see?
 

eyeballKid

Novice Member
I tried to set my clan tag as MUSE after the greatest band in the world and that is also banned.

Chris
Well, it's the 4th COD game in a row to feature major bugs with the clan tag entry. Often, it's your gamertag to blame (as in, you could be unlucky and be disallowed a clan tag because your PG-rated gamertag is on a blacklist).

The ridiculous thing is, the game is happy to display your gamertag to everyone (voluntarily playing an 18-rated game), which may or may not be offensive (eg. all those using numbers to sneak in racist/homophobic names), the initials of a certain far-right organisation have traditionally been accepted as a clan tag, but a player's private configuration settings being censored...
 

PoochJD

Well-known Member
Hi,

FWIW it's not profanity that's the issue. It's to stop numpties and morons from naming their team's with very dubious names that may include - and I apologise sincerely in advance, if anyone is offended by these, as they are purely meant for explanatory purposes only:

- A55 (change the 5 to an "s")
- B1tch
- P4k1 (racial epithet)
- N1ggaz (or other variations on the same term)
- W0gz (again, or other variations)

and/or other potentially suspect names, that may be linked to real-life organisations of less-than dubious merit, e.g. White Supremacist or KKK Clan groups in the US.

As I say, it's not the profanity in and of itself that's the issue, but the way people deliberately misuse/abuse certain words to get around profanity-filters, that means that everyone has to be treated like a kid online. It's also to protect the game makers from any legal comeback in the USA, when a parent complains that their 13-year old was caught playing Black Ops online (which the kid shouldn't be doing in the first place, but you get my drift), and comes across some fruity language the parent disapproves of, and hence, the game makers can't then be sued by said parents/guardians.


Pooch
 

eyeballKid

Novice Member
Incidentally, "massacre" is allowed, but "assault" is prohibited due to profanity (offending letter combination not shown). Much like the "clan name denied due to prohibited text" problem, it's presented as if it's a bug in the game when more likely it's a poorly-thought-out way of handling a secret blacklist (could be some regional settings at work here, maybe "assault" is a serious insult in some languages).

I suspect they're just passing prospective class names through the same erratic profanity checker that rejects clan tags based on validating your gamertag - it would certainly explain the absurdity of a game that lets you select an "assault rifle" not allowing you to then call that class "assault".
 
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mattclarkie

Novice Member
I'm sure they could have added an exception for the word Assault.

Code:
if(name.contains(ass) && !name.equals(String.ignorecase(assault)))
{
yer name is blocked
}
else
{
class.setname(name);
}
You get the picture.


Does this also mean using the name clASS 1 would also be blocked? It seems like it only checks the first characters for the offending text if massacre is fine, maybe someone used String.startswith() instead of String.contains().
 
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Scholes18

Well-known Member
Seen quite a few halfwits with [BNP]

yawn
 

eyeballKid

Novice Member
I'm sure they could have added an exception for the word Assault.

Code:
if(name.contains(ass) && !name.equals(String.ignorecase(assault)))
{
yer name is blocked
}
else
{
class.setname(name);
}
You get the picture.


Does this also mean using the name clASS 1 would also be blocked? It seems like it only checks the first characters for the offending text if massacre is fine, maybe someone used String.startswith() instead of String.contains().
As I already indicated, it's not the "ass" part, it's the word "assault". Try a few class renames and you'll see. Also, a few other PG-rated oddities lead me to believe that much like the gamertag check when you name your clan, IW/Treyarch/Activision have outsourced their "profanity" checking.
 

eyeballKid

Novice Member
Yeah, they've outsourced their "profanity" checking to Microsoft. Go to the dashboard, edit your profile, change your motto. Bet you can't use the word "assault" either.
 

mattclarkie

Novice Member
Yeah, they've outsourced their "profanity" checking to Microsoft. Go to the dashboard, edit your profile, change your motto. Bet you can't use the word "assault" either.
You are right, I tried ASSMAGNET and it was fine but ASSAULT was not. MS think it is fine to attract arses but not assault them, where would they get an idea like that :confused:
 

eyeballKid

Novice Member
It's completely random. There's a "what's the most PG-rated word you can find that's considered profanity by M$" game in here. My current favourite is "bungle", but I'm sure I'll stumble on a few more.
 

qwerty321

Member
- P4k1 (racial epithet)
Pretty sure that term is allowed, saw it briefly the other day and it was all plain text as well, no numbers.

Ill try it later. I can use though seeing as I am one. :smashin:
 

qwerty321

Member
Yep, just tried it and it works.

Lets see what happens when people pick up an engraved gun of mine. :devil:
 

eyeballKid

Novice Member
Of course, with enough Googling, every apparently PG-rated word in the universe is also potentially slang for something naughty, so I can sort of see why Microsoft (and game publishers using their random profanity filter) would seek to prevent certain words (including those contained in your gamertag) from being displayed in XBox live bios, private weapon class names, etc. Total farce.
 

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