bill-swift - March 27, 2014
Online gaming, as we know, has its share of dumbassery and dickishness. It comes in assorted flavors. There's the aspiring rapper growling BS about hos into his headset. There are the guys who eschew that sort of thing, and just have Eminem cleaning out his closet or lettin' you finish in a minute at 1,000,000 decibels an inch from their mics.
A bigger pain in our gamer asses, though, are the trolls and griefers. FPS players in particular are surely familiar with the scourge of hatemail; woe betide anybody who dares to beat these bastards in a video game. They will whine at you. They will question your sexuality and/or your mother's proclivity for binge-eating. They will not trouble with spelling or grammar or any of those trifles, because they're pissed and they damn well want you to know it.
But not on Xbox One, buddy boy. Apparently. Microsoft have revealed details of the console's upcoming reputation system, and how they will punish infractions. IGN reported today that players:
"...will only be warned at first about bad behaviour including griefing or foul language... this will quickly escalate if they don't change. Anyone whose personal rating drops too low will find themselves repeatedly paired with gamers who have a similar status. Other privileges will also be revoked, including the ability to use Twitch functionality and broadcast."
This will be accompanied by something similar to Xbox 360‘s Rep, with simple color-coding separating the goodly greens from the repeatedly-reported red players. The system won't be abusable, Microsoft promise, but how the hell that's possible remains to be seen. Hit the link for more details.
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