Microsoft actually gives a damn about your "Reputation"
Jumping into an online game on Xbox Live can sometimes be a harrowing experience. If youre not part of a Party of friends, youll potentially expose yourself to a vocal smackdown of homophobic, sexist, racist, and just generally nasty remarks. Microsoft wants to tackle that with Xbox Live on Xbox One--but how? A new Reputation system will track player behavior and attempt to separate hostile players from the more sportsman gamers.
"What were looking at doing is creating a very robust system around reputation and match-making," Microsoft senior product manager Mike Lavin said. "Ultimately if theres a few percent of our population that are causing the rest of the population to have a miserable time, we should be able to identify those folks."
It appears Microsoft may end up segregating foulmouthed Live players into games they exclusively play in. "Youll probably end up starting to play more with other people that are more similar to you," Lavin told OXM, who jokingly described the quarantined part of Live "the Xbox Live version of hell."
"If we see consistently that people, for instance, dont like playing with you, that youre consistently blocked, that youre the subject of enforcement actions because youre sending naked pictures of yourself to people that dont want naked pictures of you," Lavin said. "Blatant things like that have the ability to quickly reduce your Reputation score."
ProTip: Pretty much no one wants naked pictures. Just dont do it.
The new Reputation system on Xbox Live will have parties assigned an overall score for the group. However, the score will only reflect the player with the lowest score. Lavin suggests that "the weight of peer pressure" may help encourage better player behavior.
"Were one of the only platforms that really takes an interest in exploring and investigating major problems, and this extends from sexual harassment, to age harassment, to gender to everything else under the sun," Lavin added. "Really fostering a sense of community and providing an infrastructure for that is a huge deal."