Microsoft recently outlined their Xbox One reputation system and stated that,
The more hours you play online without being a jerk, the better your reputation will be”
Well…..er…..that’s good to know. But the ideology behind this reputation system is sound. Basically you will be colour categorised into 3 reputation types a “Good Player” (Green), “Needs Improvement” (Yellow) and “Avoid Me” (Red). You will receive your current status depending on how other online players score you, so if you are the abusive type don’t be surprised if Microsoft come hurtling in with their swift hammer of justice to deal with you.
If you don’t want to play with cheats or jerks, you shouldn’t have to,” writes Microsoft’s Michael Dunn. “Our new reputation model helps expose people that aren’t fun to be around and creates real consequences for trouble-makers that harass our good players.”
The Xbox 360 has a similar feature known as the reputation score but this time Microsoft seem to be taking the whole process a little more seriously, “We’ll identify those players with a lower reputation score and in the worse cases they will earn the “Avoid Me” reputation. Before a player ends up with the “Avoid Me” reputation level we will have sent many different alerts to the “Needs Improvement” player reminding them how their social gaming conduct is affecting lots of other gamers.”
Many fear that there might be a downside to this with other players deliberately giving users a bad reputation score merely because they are better at the game, however Microsoft stated that the algorithm used is sophisticated enough to identify when the feature is being abused,
We’ll verify if those people actually played in an online game with the person reported – if not, all of those player’s feedback won’t matter as much as a single person who spent 15 minutes playing with the reported person. The system also looks at the reputation of the person reporting and the alleged offender, frequency of reports from a single user and a number of other factors.”
We’ve all raged and screamed at the TV, especially at our own team for being useless or if the opposition (with many expletives) is incredibly fortunate to have shot me as I was reloading, but I, for one, am all for this as I’m not a fan of abusive players and according to this new algorithm I will hopefully be paired with similarly minded players. However, if you can’t refrain maybe you should just stick to the private chat function.