As Sgt. Sausagepants reported earlier today the XBox Live team disallowed Richard Gaywood's gamertag consisting of his name (RichardGaywood) from their service and forced him to pick a new name. While it's not the smartest idea to put your real name as your gamertag, for identity theft reasons, Richard was a bit flustered by the affair and decided to inform the fine writers over at Kotaku about his problem.
After contacting Microsoft, Kotaku received this official response in return:
So it looks like Richard won't be getting the ruling overturned. I'm somewhat on the fence with the issue, having played many MMORPGs and seeing the many annoying and disturbing names that can come from idle minds on the internets, and it seems as if Microsoft is putting up the normal "we can't make exceptions" defense. If they make one exception then they have to listen to everyone's case as to why they should be an exception. At the same time, it still not in his best interest to have his real name as his gamertag
All of this, however, is greatly outweighed by the fact that it is his given name, and despite the connotations it may carry with it, he lives with that name everyday. Add to this that one of the great portrait artists of the mid-1650s was a Richard Gaywood, whose portrait of Edward Cocker is pictured above, and now you have a historical figure that it also pays homage too. All in all, I say that If he has enough guts to display his name proudly than more power to him.
Microsoft Explains "Gaywood" Ban [Kotaku]