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I'll admit, I hardly play online, but Microsoft is cracking down on the online trash talk on Live.  Taken from Gamespot:

Microsoft officially describes trash talk as: "Any lighthearted banter or bragging that focuses on the game at hand and encourages healthy competition."

And just the opposite:

"Any negative behavior that's personalized, disruptive, or likely to make someone feel unwelcome or unsafe. To qualify as harassment, the behavior doesn't have to be drawn-out or persistent. Even a single abusive message could harm someone's experience. Know when to draw the line, when to back off. Know and respect the other player."

So you might ask, exactly what is acceptable and what is not.  Well, here are some examples below from Microsoft themselves:

Acceptable trash talk includes

  • Get destroyed. Can’t believe you thought you were on my level.
  • That was some serious potato aim. Get wrecked.
  • Only reason you went positive was you spent all game camping. Try again, kid.
  • Cheap win. Come at me when you can actually drive without running cars off the road.
  • That sucked. Get good and then come back when your k/d’s over 1.

Going too far looks like

  • Get (sexual threat). Can't believe you thought you were on my level.
  • Hey (profanity), that was some serious potato aim. Get wrecked, trash.
  • Only reason you went positive was you spent all game camping. KYS, kid.
  • Cheap win. Totally expected from a (racial slur).
  • You suck. Get out of my country--maybe they'll let you back in when your k/d's over 1.

So essentially if you offend anyone, you'll get your account suspended, temporarily at least.  And you can pretty much conclude that if you're a "repeat offender," you'll be permanently suspended.  It begs the question that if you're reported, is your account suspended as soon as you're reported, pending on a review of the alleged offense?  Or are you allowed to continue playing online until the trash talk gestapo deems your trash talk inappropriate?  I do wonder how big of a  disparity of abuse of reports of alleged offenses there will be vs. actual offenses.

Hey, maybe you should sign up to be a member of Team Trash Talk Gestapo to Fight the Fight of Right!  That would be Gosh-Darn-It-Swell.

Source:

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/microsoft-provides-examples-of-acceptable-trash-ta/1100-6466608/

Last edited by LivingMetal - on 02 May 2019

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Good, no need to tolerate racist and sexist statements. It has nothing to do with trashtalk. Same with telling people to kill themselves.



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I always told myself, the day I can no longer say "Cheap win. Totally expected from a "insert racial slur"" or "Get "insert sexual threat". Can't believe you thought you were on my level." I'd stop playing online.

Damn you Microsoft for trying to make online gaming a better experience!

Last edited by forest-spirit - on 02 May 2019

Microsoft need to start a support group for offensive Trash talking players that need to clean up their act if they going to crack down on them so hard.


Some game have a real toxic community and if I was a developer, I would want to get rid of them. Toxic gamer doesn't equal a hardcore dedicated gamer. 



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forest-spirit said:
I always told myself, the day I can no longer say "Cheap win. Totally expected from a n*****" or "Get butt-raped. Can't believe you thought you were on my level." I'd stop playing online.



                                                                                                                                            

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No word about "your mum"-jokes. I guess your mum is fair game then.



Summerset said:
No word about "your mum"-jokes. I guess your mum is fair game then.

You know, you might be on to something with the opposite effect.  If this trash talk gets out of hand, Microsoft's Live chat might just evolve into a systems of Microsoft sanctioned macros. Sparing the emotions of gamers one face button at a time.

Last edited by LivingMetal - on 02 May 2019

forest-spirit said:

I always told myself, the day I can no longer say "Cheap win. Totally expected from a "insert racial slur"" or "Get "insert sexual threat". Can't believe you thought you were on my level." I'd stop playing online.

Damn you Microsoft for trying to make online gaming a better experience!

LMAO HAHAHAHA



LivingMetal said:
Summerset said:
No word about "your mum"-jokes. I guess your mum is fair game then.

You know, you might be on to something with the opposite effect.  If this trash talk gets out of hand, Microsoft's Live chat might just evolve into a systems of Microsoft sanctioned macros. Sparing the emotions of gamers one face button at a time.

True. Either way, whatever they tried to accomplish here, it feels like it comes with a proper Streisand effect.



It remains to be seen how fairly this will be enforced. But, on its face, this seems like a good, reasonable approach. I've heard some really unacceptable shit before, and I am sure it ruins the experience for some people.

With that said, I think the general culture of online gaming is noticably less assholish than it was a decade ago. I am guessing this has to do with an increase in the average age of gamers playing online. But, it could be something else. In any case, there is still plenty of room for improvement.