Microsoft is planning some updates to the Xbox One’s reputation system that are pretty cool. I’m just worried about how it will actually work out. What they plan to do is make it so the players that earn a lower reputation will be matched with other players that have a similar reputation. So basically, separating the good kids from the bad. While I like the idea, I’m not sure it’s a very good one. Believe me, I totally understand it. But I think if you’re gonna separate people like that, how will the “mean” players have a chance of meeting people that are a good influence?
One of the biggest reasons Microsoft has decided on this is because in the current system, gamers choose to stick with their own private Party Chat’s. This leaves out the rest of the players in the game’s they are playing in. For example: If you’re playing Call of Duty and there’s 5 members of your team that are in a Party Chat ignoring the rest of the team, you won’t be communicating as a full team. It makes perfect sense to me that they want to make it so your whole team is willing to interact with each other.
Microsoft plans to interact with the community by giving kudos to respectable players. There aren’t many details on the reward system but they do mention players will get rewarded. I think it’s really cool that Microsoft says they will be more interactive with the community, I’m very curious about it though. With all these different gaming companies going bankrupt, and a lot of big layoffs, I’m just surprised that Microsoft plans to have a bigger staff dedicated to interacting with the community. It’s definitely awesome to reward respectable players for their behavior.
Microsoft’s senior product manager Mike Lavin wanted it to be clear that gamers could not have their reputation ruined on purpose.
“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.”