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

Gavin Mannion

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