For you Xbox Live users out there, you've probably had your fair share of homophobic, sexist and racist remarks thrown into your ears during a game, more likely just from the first five minutes of entering it.
For those tired of being on the receiving end of the majority of generally nasty communication, Microsoft may have a solution coming for the Xbox One. You know those 5 stars in your Gamercard that represent your "Reputation"? Pretty useless and inaccurate now, right? Well Microsoft is planning to change all that by implementing a new type of system to track down an individual's behavior, and then segregate them into either the good or naughty list, based on said behavior.
Microsoft senior product manager, Mike Lavin went on to further explain what they are planning to do and their reasons for doing it now:
Personally I'm a little disappointed. No one's ever sent me naked pictures of themselves to me. Nonetheless this seems to be a big enough problem that Lavin had to go out and point that example out. The tricky part comes in when it involves a group of players together, a party if you will. What happens with this particular situation? Apparently the party will be assigned points of behavior as a group, with that number only reflecting the lowest scoring member of the party, Lavin suggesting that
Relying on peer pressure? Really? From experience, when someone is bringing the rest of the team down, such a situation makes or breaks relationships.
Apologies for the cynical perspective, but more likely than not, I can see party members kicking out the dead weight off the boat, before even considering trying to lighten the weight or even going down with the ship.
As a whole, I see this plan and system as a great step forward to making the online community a big happy world of friendship, lollipops and whole-heartingly fun gaming. But the dark part of me can't help but also see this as an exploitive issue. Referring back to the five-star Reputation system we have for Xbox 360 now, I lost one full star merely because of claims that I was too good at the game, and thus I must have been cheating. The fatal flaw in Santa Claus's plan every
Christmas is that behavior isn't always black and white, sometimes being a shade of subjective grey. The worse case scenario I can see from this is when people are being sent into the dark depths of Xbox Live, due to misinterpreted sarcasm, kind of like an earlier incident involving League of Legends last week.
Well I know of numerous YouTubers out there, those whose contents focuses on trolling other players, are going to be overall disappointed with this news and may need to rethink their business strategies in the future...or at least become more clever at their craft.?