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I remember a time when signing onto Xbox Live meant sportsmanlike conduct, friendly banter, and general awe that a console offered both online play and voice chat. The shine quickly wore off, and players started realizing that voiced communication is only slightly less anonymous than an internet message board.
Microsoft has an enforcement team that works to ensure that users comply with the terms of services. The banhammer is dropped often, but it still doesn't land on every antagonistic player.
According to an interview with OXM, Microsoft senior product manager Mike Lavin says the company is working on a way to further segregate the rule-abiding folks from the griefers. The new system will push the "bad" players together, freeing up the airwaves for those that engage in sportsmanlike behavior.
Lavin cites the party system as a strength, but also indicates a hope that the new process will encourage small groups to join the game chat channel. "The problem we see is that this fragments voice communication within games," Lavin said. "It's very difficult, because if you're isolated in Party Chat, you're leaving everybody else behind."
Lavin assures that the system can't be tampered with by a group of people conspiring to lower one user's reputation. Actions like being blocked or avoided will, over time, sink you further into the pit with other players of the same ilk.
Our TakeOn paper, this is a great idea. Microsoft's own biggest barrier to getting players to join game chat is the strength of the party system and chat, though. The Xbox Live team will need to find ways to incentivize players to join the game chat channel. Years of conditioning have taught groups of friends to stick together and off the public airwaves.
Microsoft will need to evidence that the system is already working before skeptics take the plunge. As important is that the process to switch channels and rate other players will need to be as easily accessible and simple as possible. Right now, the rating process takes multiple button presses in order to complete. Changing the chat channel is a bit easier, but still takes a few button presses.
The user interface needs to support the new ratings system, not stand in the way of it.
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We will rise up from our little cage, Microsoft! We will rise! WE WILL DESTROY THIS CONSOLE. *end of Bane rant*
one thing xbox has that i wish sony did...
This is probably going to end up like the 'report' button however, sadly enough, but it sounds good so far so maybe not.
I do t care about going into game chat. Especially with COD anymore. I'm perfectly fine playing with my friends because that's what I'm there for. I guess it's a good concept though.
I love the concept. I'm down for anything that will put the cheating, racial and offensive slurring,annoying 12 year olds, and offensive people that ultimately ruin the game experience for others and have them all do whatever amongst themselves and leave the sportsmanlike people together. I will admit that voice chat has lost its luster after a while. When I got the first xbox, i couldn't stop talking, now I barely talk at all as well as the random people i play online with. I think that all of these bad people have really ruined the tone of xbox live and what it used to be back in the original xbox days when there was much less offensive bad people and made the environment much friendlier to play in. I hope they will make a system that works as well as not wrongly ban people who were just too good and were reported just because of it.
But then half of the Call of Duty players would be ban.
In all seriousness though the only flaw is if someone gives you a bad rating "just because." This is a cool policy, I think, I just hope it works out well.
I love the concept, I'm just dubious it'll work.
I really like this idea, my opinion is a moot point because i'm not getting either of the next gen systems for a very, very long time due to financial constraints but... it sounds like an awesome idea- on paper. The problem with griefers though is that they grief people because they're, well they're just ass holes and that's what ass holes do and they derive some form of perverse pleasure from getting under the skin of strangers over the internet while shielded by the relative anonymity offered by the medium (read: they're immature cowards). This could potentially offer them another avenue of griefing other players. Future product reviews should prove interesting after this system has been out for a while. I haven't used voice chat while playing online for going on 8 years now just because I have no interest in being cussed out by 12 year olds with little to no life experience or rational logic.
I wonder if it carries over. It'd be some sweet, sweet karmic payoff if I got better matches because of my flawless record.
i still think the xbox one will fail from the other 2
i will still not go into game chat lol
I would agree that this sounds great on paper. They are going to have to prove over a period of time that there "assurance" is working. I am very pro Xbox but don't play online much because of all the jackasses. It is going to be a matter of time that what you are going to find is that the people causing the issues get in and rate players poorly, just to be a pain in the ..... There is no accountability and for the most part people causing the issues are self absorbed and don't give a rip; it's a joke.