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Xbox introduces reputation, again…and again

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Reputation Marker

When the Xbox was originally introduced Microsoft were quite vocal about the online player reputation management system they had implemented. The idea being that when you act badly online your reputation points take a hit and eventually you will only be paired with other gamers with bad rep.

Unfortunately the system didn’t actually work since it couldn’t tell the difference between gamers who were just bad at games and gamers who were purposefully causing problems.

This resulted in the experience for new gamers being pretty terrible. So it appeared to have been turned off early in the generation and wasn’t heard about again until the release of the Xbox 360 when the same old promises were made again.

And again the system didn’t appear to work with reports that really good players were now being punished as griefers and people being reported out of spite and again being punished unfairly.

But now Microsoft are back and promising exactly the same thing they’ve always promised with the only difference this time being…. actually nothing they are promising the exact same thing they’ve always promised.

  • “Good Players” – The majority of gamers will fall into this level. As we’ve said before, we have plans to introduce rewards for good behavior and look forward to sharing more in the future!
  • Warnings for “Needs Work” – Beginning this month, some players will start receiving reputation warnings as their reputations drop due to feedback from the community. The purpose of these communications is to remind players about their effect on the community and encourage them to have more positive interactions. These warnings are based on community feedback collected since Xbox One launched.
  • Penalties for “Avoid Me” – If players do not heed warnings and continue to have a negative impact on other players and the Xbox Live community, they will begin to experience penalties. For example, people with an “Avoid Me” rating will have reduced matchmaking pairings and may be unable to use certain privileges such as Twitch broadcasting.

Will it work this time? Well as a developer I can’t see how this can’t be that difficult anymore and with a full enforcement team behind them they can surely get it right now… right?

I personally wish they still had the zone options as I don’t want to be put in the same matches as professional gamers who lose their cool just because I suck at gaming.

You can read more about the reputation score on the official Xbox site.

Last Updated: March 27, 2014

43 Comments

  1. Norm the Horrible

    March 27, 2014 at 13:04

    So does your rep take a knock when the all seeing Kinect catches you giving the TV the middle finger, or playing in your jocks?

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      March 27, 2014 at 13:31

      No, but your rep will take a hit if you cover up the Kinect.

      Reply

  2. Jedi JJ

    March 27, 2014 at 13:12

    I actually don’t think this is such a bad idea.
    And I really can’t agree with you more on landing in gamer with players that sh!t on my head just because I’m an insignificant FPS gamer.

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 27, 2014 at 13:16

      I find it quite funny in Loadout when I see guys bitching about their team & calling them n00bs or useless. Never mind the match making which is supposed to group people together using a whole bunch of factors, if you’re so great how come you’re not balancing out your team.

      Reply

      • Jedi JJ

        March 27, 2014 at 13:17

        See you’ve been playing it quite a bit lately. I need to get back into it again, but the past two weeks I’ve had little time for gaming

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 27, 2014 at 13:23

          Not really, I play a game or two most days just to get the daily prize heh.

          Reply

          • Jedi JJ

            March 27, 2014 at 13:23

            Ha. Fair enough

      • Kromas

        March 27, 2014 at 13:17

        It is cause no one in my team is as awesome as I am you noob!

        Also if you are better than me you are a hacker!

        Reply

      • Mossel

        March 27, 2014 at 15:38

        Played Loadout again two days ago…omw it’s like everyone has gone pro!

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 27, 2014 at 15:52

          lol. I smashed a guy with the hammer the other day & he told me I’ve got no skill, so I replied “poor baby.” He then preceded to own me, probably shouldn’t have said that.

          Reply

          • Mossel

            March 27, 2014 at 15:54

            haha! I see the achievements are now active! Looks like I’ll need to rake some in!

  3. Rince

    March 27, 2014 at 13:18

    So, this would stop a Gears of War pairing with OVG and, well, everyone else?

    Reply

    • Jedi JJ

      March 27, 2014 at 13:18

      In battlefield I’d probably be paired up with monkeys that they’re testing brain functioning on.

      Reply

      • Rince

        March 27, 2014 at 13:28

        Me to. And I’d probably be on the same level if not lower 0-O

        Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        March 27, 2014 at 13:55

        Aren’t you already? ho ho ho! 😛

        Reply

        • Jedi JJ

          March 27, 2014 at 13:59

          Wow. Then I’ve reach a whole of level of sucking.

          Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 27, 2014 at 13:23

      You’re lucky they don’t pair people up using sobriety.

      Reply

      • Rince

        March 27, 2014 at 13:24

        Then why does OVG always end up playing with me? 😛

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 27, 2014 at 13:27

          Because he’s a lot bigger than you? You’re his action figure – G.I. Nick.

          Guess what the G stands for. trollol.

          Reply

          • Rince

            March 27, 2014 at 13:29

            Grand?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 27, 2014 at 13:31

            Sure, let’s go with that.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 27, 2014 at 13:32

            Gollum?

  4. TiMsTeR1033

    March 27, 2014 at 13:18

    Reply

    • Umar hearts Grandia

      March 27, 2014 at 13:24

      Poor rince

      Reply

      • Rince

        March 27, 2014 at 13:30

        And OVG, don’t forget we are a pair or gingers 😛 Edi: Something I fear Tanya forgets…

        Reply

        • Jedi JJ

          March 27, 2014 at 13:33

          They fear OVG I think.

          Reply

          • Rince

            March 27, 2014 at 13:35

            If they fear, why kick the sleeping dragon with ginger insults? 0-O

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 27, 2014 at 13:36

            I would too!

        • Norm the Horrible

          March 27, 2014 at 13:40

          I’ll leave this here & run.

          Reply

      • Kensei Seraph

        March 27, 2014 at 13:32

        Why, does he own an Xbone?

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 27, 2014 at 13:32

          If he did I would truly pity him.

          Reply

        • Rince

          March 27, 2014 at 13:33

          You wash your mouth out NOW!

          Reply

    • Rince

      March 27, 2014 at 13:26

      Must have taken you alot of time to do that 😛

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 27, 2014 at 13:29

        For you:

        Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 27, 2014 at 13:31

        I Made it outta love. lol

        Reply

        • Rince

          March 27, 2014 at 13:33

          Then your wife must be unhappy BOOM!

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 27, 2014 at 13:36

            Boom, I love you like a brother man! *sniff

          • Hammersteyn

            March 27, 2014 at 13:36

            hahaha

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 27, 2014 at 13:55

      Heheheeh!

      Reply

  5. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 27, 2014 at 13:54

    But will it make a difference to the toxic subculture that exist online (especially xbox live)? I doubt it.

    Reply

  6. Jonah Cash

    March 27, 2014 at 14:19

    Shit idea!! I had a terrible rep on Xbox 360, people kept on saying I had a disturbing voice… I don’t even own a headset!!!! Players can’t be paired if you gave a bad rep to them, so if you beat an idiot he would just go and give you bad rep and won’t have to be beaten by you again!! Stupid stupid stupid system!!!

    Reply

  7. Johnny

    March 27, 2014 at 14:43

    Great idea

    Reply

  8. CypherGate

    March 27, 2014 at 18:08

    Gees i get voted out of races in Forza 4 more than i can actually get to play online! I mean I only recently started playing online (or trying to at least) and i know a level 53 driver doesnt say much compared to say…. a level 196 driver lol but still man its horrible to get voted out cause of level. I mean i for one could possibly beat that 196 driver cause i dont reply the career mode 24/7.

    Reply

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