So, I recently got into an argument on PSN with a guy and I definitely threw out some terms (nothing racist or so derogatory, that I'd consider it insta-ban worthy) that I'm not proud of and the next day I got the account suspended/banned message. I was angry at first, but then came to realize a few days to a week or two suspension was deserved for what I had said. I never imagined my account was to be banned since it is my first offense and I've had the account for just about 4 years now. However, yesterday I received an email informing me that I am in fact banned because of an offensive online ID (Fockinator).
While I'd agree my name is certainly immature and silly, I'd argue its not offensive enough to warrant a ban and the subsequent name change and loss of all trophies/multiplayer stats. I came up with this name a while back after seeing Meet the Parents and enjoyed the fact that it was never taken on the games/sites I visited so I never had to be Bob435690. Meet the Parents would go on to make some horrible sequels titled "Meet the Fockers" and "Little Fockers" with commercials being on just about all television stations at all hours. I've seen these movies on basic TV with no censorship of the world "Focker" either. So the FCC obviously deemed the term "fock" acceptable (probably because both Fock and Focker are legitimately people's last names) but Sony has a different view on that. Or do they?
I was curious as to whether this term had been filtered out at account creation, and I just had created the name before Sony got around to it. I know I tried creating this account for XBox Live and it is rejected right from the start (But Microsoft can change offensive names to nonoffensive ones without deleting all achievements/MP statistics anyways). As it turns out, you can still create a PSN name with "Fock" in it, and after testing a few variations it appears that there are many taken. So, my ultimate argument with Sony has to be... If I'm to be permanently banned from this username, I want everyone (which is probably a couple dozen) with "fock" in their name banned and that term added to the filter of words prevented from account names. Also, I don't think it'd be too far of a stretch to ensure everyone with "fook", "fuk", "falk", "fawk", "faulk", etc, get banned and require a name change as well. These are ultimately all ways to circumvent the prevention of the word "fuck" in a name right? Ultimately I think it should depend more on the context then the words and my name isn't an attempt to insult anyone, if my name was "FockYou555", then I really wouldn't have any argument with Sony.
Also, over the course of 4+ years, one guy has complained and brought my name to Sony's attention and that's all it takes, I'm assuming. I don't think I got a suspension for the offensive text remarks I made because it's my first time really doing that and I would think it takes a number of reports to even get Sony's attention to review the case. That seems like a fairly low percentage of players who take offense to my name to players who don't. I've played with hundreds, probably thousands, of people online since I created this account, and it's taken this long for this to come up?
Anyways, I've contacted Sony but since it was on a weekend apparently the higher up people who would make a decision regarding my account weren't working. I just wanted to tell this story and see what others thought.