We are all familiar with the online douchebag. Spouting sexist, racist, and homophobic trash. Well even though it did not seem like it, Xbox has been noticing this epidemic. And they are answering in the form of a new reputation system.
At this very moment you could go on Xbox Live and hear the fools for yourself. For the 360 you were able to send reports in on some irrational crazy person, but Microsoft didn’t seem to respond that often. Now that the future of console gaming is upon us they are introducing a new reputation system for these bad players.
After E3 Microsoft posted a “piece” on their blog regarding their new Xbox Live system saying that the online service with be centered around ”rewarding healthy participation while reducing troublemakers and cheaters.” but later on in an interview with OXM, Microsoft’s Mike Lavin was ale to shed some more light on the coming changes. Saying, “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, harass other people en masse. You’ll probably end up starting to play more with other people that are more similar to you.”
Hopefully this means the new rep. system will help the Xbox team keep a better eye on online degenerates. Thus providing better online matchmaking.
Also your reputation will always be visible on your gamertag. Providing players with a understanding of how you play. So watch out, people may find out that your an asshole. But one slip up will not screw you, Mike Lavin elaborates, “It’s [measured] very much over a period of time. If we see consistently that people, for instance, don’t like playing with you, that you’re consistently blocked, that you’re the subject of enforcement actions because you’re sending naked pictures of yourself to people that don’t want naked pictures of you…. Blatant things like that have the ability to quickly reduce your Reputation score.”
So no more creepy nudes….creeps.
But this is America, the land of second chances, so there will be certain community events that will allow for a more rapid decrease of bad reputation.
In the end, there is no proof that this new system will be effective, but I will personally say that I hope it does.