When the Xbox One rolls out later this year, Microsoft will introduce a new reputation system, which will replace the Xbox 360’s star rating tool, which relied heavily on user-submitted ratings.
The system will place gamers in categories based on a number of factors, including interactions with moderators, how often they’re muted by other gamers and number of times they get blocked. All scores will be public. The ultimate goal is to give players the information they need to find gamers with whom they’re compatible. Eventually, the only people trolls should have to frustrate are other trolls.
“There’ll be very good things that happen to people that just play their games and are good participants,” said Microsoft senior product manager Mike Lavin. “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.”
Gangs of trolls will also be loser. Players won’t be able to arbitrarily decide to gang up on one gamer and drive his or her reputation down. And ratings will be adjusted over time. “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,” promised Lavin.
We hope this system does all that it aims to do, but come on, admit it. You’d love to watch a game played entirely by trolls devolve into madness.