We’ve all played an online game of Call of Duty or Battlefield and become victim of a troll. You know the one, the guy who purposely stands in front of you and traps you in a corner, the guy who’s constantly yelling profanities, the guy who just wont leave well alone. Well with the Xbox One Microsoft plan to completely overhaul the simple five star Reputation system we seem to have forgotten on the Xbox 360 to something that learns and tracks players behaviour in order to match the same type of gamers with others.
Microsoft Senior Product Manager Mike Lavin spoke with OXM on the matter:
“What we’re looking at doing is creating a very robust system around reputation and match-making,” said Lavin. “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.” he continued.
Could this sort of system become foul to some sort of exploitation? Could a group of players conspire to destroy your reputation purely because they’re bitter that you beat them in a game of Team Deathmatch 10-1? Apparently Microsoft have discussed that fact and the system will be proof against exploitation; Lavin explained:
“Let’s just be clear, there is no way at all that a conglomerate of people can conspire to sink your Reputation on the system. The way that it’s built fundamentally stops that. It’s very much over a period of time – 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.”
So hopefully a short while after the Reputation system comes into full effect and starts to learn peoples behaviour we’ll all be having more of a pleasurable experience on Xbox Live thanks to this system.