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Xbox One Reputation System Tracks and Pairs Offensive Players with Each Other


Marcus Estrada

Since Microsoft ventured into the world of video game consoles they have offered a service called Xbox Live. Through it, subscription members gain access to online games which they can play with friends or complete strangers. Many have found themselves dissuaded from using Xbox Live Gold though as it introduces one to a bunch of annoying children, annoying teens, and annoying adults.

 

What if these routinely awful players could be "voted off the island" so to speak? It appears that new, and more useful reputation tactics are finally getting underway for the Xbox One. Here's some of what Microsoft's senior project manager, Mike Lavin, said to Official Xbox Magazine:

 

"What we're looking at doing is creating a very robust system around reputation and match-making. If people are in your friends list, we're not touching that, we're just making it easier for you to come together. It's really the anonymous side of things where we're making these investments. Ultimately if there's a few per cent of our population that are causing the rest of the population to have a miserable time, we should be able to identify those folks."

 

Those players who are good members of the community will be rewarded for their sportsmanship, although specifics were not detailed. On the other hand, players who constantly grief others will be moved to more matches with players similarly annoying/crude to themselves.

 

It was also noted that someone can't suddenly have their reputation destroyed, but instead their status is tracked over a long period of time. If you play many games over months where most players down rank you consistently then that is when you may see a shift in your pool of opponents. Since this is all a concept right now it remains to be seen if the new reputation system will work without a hitch or see abuses.

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