Recently, Microsoft revealed a brand-new reputation system for the Xbox One. Now, in an Xbox Wire post written by Microsoft’s program manager of Xbox Live, Michael Dunn, new details have been announced. Dunn writes:
“If you don’t want to play with cheats or jerks, you shouldn't have to. Our new reputation model helps expose people that aren't fun to be around and creates real consequences for trouble-makers that harass our good players."
The system works by assigning players into three different color-coded groups, based on their online gaming behaviour. The groups are “Good Player” (green), “Needs Improvement” (yellow) and “Avoid Me” (red). Your position on any of these groups will be shown on your game card.
“The more hours you play online without being a jerk, the better your reputation will be; similar to the more hours you drive without an accident, the better your driving record and insurance rates will be.”
“Most players will have good reputation and be seen as a “Good Player.” The algorithm is looking to identify players that are repeatedly disruptive on Xbox Live.”
“We’ll identify those players with a lower reputation score and in the worse cases they will earn the “Avoid Me” reputation. Before a player ends up with the “Avoid Me” reputation level we will have sent many different alerts to the “Need Improvement” players reminding them how their social gaming conduct is affecting lots of other gamers.”
On the subject of how the algorithm defines an “Avoid Me” player, Dunn writes:
“Even good players might receive a few player feedback reports each month and that is OK. The algorithm weights the data collected so if a dozen people suddenly reporting a single user, the system will look at a variety of factors before docking their reputation.”
“We’ll verify if those people actually played in an online game with the person reported - if not, all those player’s feedback won’t matter as much as a single person who spent 1 minute playing with the reported person. The system also looks at the reputation of the person reporting and the alleged offender, frequency of reports from a single user and a number of other factors.”
“This system will continue to evolve and get better as we track the feedback we get from players and titles, plus add more consequences for the jerks.”
If the system works as advertised, then be prepared, trollers. Your trolling days are numbered.
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