Like talking smack in a game of Call of Duty or Madden 13? Then you can expect Microsoft to stick you with other loudmouths after the release of the Xbox One. The firm says it’s working on a new online multiplayer matchmaking system that would lump unpopular players with one another.
Most gamers have encountered a multiplayer “troll” at some point in their lives — this includes someone who loudly and obnoxiously sings, screams, swears or generally acts like an idiot in an online multiplayer match.
Until now, you could block or silence a particularly obnoxious player by navigating Xbox Live settings. However, while this allowed players to avoid a single annoying person in future matches, it hardly kept them from dealing with loudmouths on a regular basis.
But that may be changing. Microsoft Senior Product Manager Mike Lavin says the Xbox team is working on a special matchmaking system that would lump trolls with trolls.
“There’ll be very good things that happen to people that just play their games and are good participants,” Lavin said in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine (OXM).
“And you’ll start to see some effects if you continue to play bad or harass other people en masse. You’ll probably end up starting to play more with other people that are more similar to you.”
Lavin went on to say that “If we see consistently that people, for instance, don’t like playing with you, that you’re consistently blocked, that you’re the subject of enforcement actions because you’re sending naked pictures of yourself to people that don’t want naked pictures of you … Blatant things like that have the ability to quickly reduce your reputation score.”
This isn’t a new idea, but it certainly is an evolving one. Last year Rockstar Games’ Max Payne 3 was so bombarded by modders that the company created a special “Cheater Pool.“