Xbox Live to begin rewarding good players and punishing trolls
Some readers may already be aware that Microsoft is preparing to launch a reputation system for their Xbox LIVE services. This new system will reward good players and punish trolls.
Said Michael Dunn, Xbox LIVE’s program manager, “The more hours you play fairly online without being reported as abusive by other players, the better your reputation will be. The algorithm looks to identify players that are repeatedly disruptive across the community on Xbox Live. The vast majority of players do not regularly receive feedback from other players and, thus, will stay at the “Good Player” reputation level.”
This system, he states, will break up the players into three groups. The first, titled simply “Good Players”, will host the majority of the players, and Mr. Dunn has stated once again that the team plans to introduce rewards for good behavior, thought they still have yet to reveal what these rewards will be.
The second group are those that “Needs Work”. This group, starting this month, will receive warnings as their reputation drops from gamer/community feedback. The reason for the warnings, Mr. Dunn states, is to “remind players about their effect on the community and encourage them to have more positive interactions.” For those wondering, these warnings will be based on all feedback obtained since the launch of Microsoft’s newest console.
Finally there will be the worst group, put into the “Avoid Me” group. These will be players who ignore the warnings sent and continue to have a negative impact on players ant the community. These players will experience several penalties, such as reduced matchmaking pairings and being “unable to use certain privileges such as Twitch broadcasting”.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming reputation system so far?