New Xbox One Reputation system promotes segregation, trolls vs. trolls
Microsoft’s new Xbox One community will be segregated, not by race or gender, but by people’s ability to interact properly with other players.
In a recent interview with OXM, Microsoft’s senior product manager Mike Lavin, divulged to all the trolls out there the consequences of being an ass.
“What we’re looking at doing is creating a very robust system around reputation and match-making. If people are in your friends list, we’re not touching that, we’re just making it easier for you to come together. It’s really the anonymous side of things where we’re making these investments. Ultimately if there’s a few per cent of our population that are causing the rest of the population to have a miserable time, we should be able to identify those folks.”
Instead of grounding ass-hats and driving them away from the XBL platform, Microsoft will instead pit trolls against trolls. Meaning players who are polite and civilized will continue to play with their own kind, free from the harassing vulgarities and taunts of people with less control over themselves.
“There are industry best practices we’ve looked at, about giving kudos and props to people who behave well. We’ve learned from everything we’ve seen, and we’re trying to take it to the next level. So there’ll be very good things that happen to people that just play their games and are good participants. And you’ll start to see some effects if you continue to play bad or, or harass other people en masse. You’ll probably end up starting to play more with other people that are more similar to you.”
Lavin also made it clear that Microsoft does not intend to alienate anyone, and that the company respects the gamer’s attitude—even those that are overly aggressive and troll-ish. So instead of pitting good vs. evil, Microsoft thinks that it’s best to fight fire with fire.
“Some people might like to play with people that are similar to them. I would not necessarily want to play with those folks.”
Of course, when a temperamental XBL player gets tired of toiling in the troll slum, he can try to climb the ladder to get himself back out as the system works over time instead of a one-time decision. When it comes to sexual harassment, like taunting another player with a picture of your penis, it will definitely quickens the troll’s shift to the other end of the spectrum.
In team matches, the party’s overall Reputation score will be based on the player with the lowest Reputation, which Lavin thinks will help to ensure that the most ill-mannered player will have to keep himself in-check so as to not bring his team down.