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Amazon to Block

I received an email at the end of the day yesterday from Stephanie Mantello, Senior PR Manager, Kindle for Amazon, in response to my previous post, Amazon Kindle Game "Every Word" Uses N-Word:

Just wanted to let you know we’ve done the following…

We have made the following post in our Kindle forum:

We have stopped distributing the game Every Word because it has been brought to our attention that the dictionary it uses does not block some inappropriate words. Once fixed, we will make the game available for download. We will also make available an updated version to customers who have already downloaded the earlier version.

It's nice to see that they're so responsive. Still, it would have been nicer if someone had asked the question, "do we know if it will block all the inappropriate words?"

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  1. Out of sheer curiosity, why do you care if it blocks certain words? As with some rap songs, or even with some television shows and some movies, the use of improper language adds to the storyline. Imagine watching an episode of The Sopranos and not hearing the bad language. I think there is a fine line between using inappropriate language and using it excessively.

    Of course, I am more impressed that they even got back to you. That is a step in the right direction for winning and keeping customers for a long time! It made me think... thanks!

  2. Ricky,

    You should go read my other post about their use of the N-word. While I understand that people use the word, that doesn't mean it's right to use everywhere. Using it in a game from someone like Amazon seemed like the wrong place. Hearing it on a rap album doesn't bother me as much as a major institution like Amazon.


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