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Will Multiplayer Get A Fix Next Gen?

But hey, go right ahead, I double dare you to. I dare anyone reading this article to go and turn on their PS3 or Xbox 360, pop in their favorite multiplayer game, and play online for an few hours, and see if you’ll be able to get through your session without some under-aged, immature, racist, or overzealous idiot stepping completely out of line and ruining it for you. It appears that now in this day and age, the only way to play with others online is to mute everyone and pretend that they’re not actual people. Because if you don’t do that, chances are, you’ll either get bullied, or get insulted and lose your cool, so instead of blowing off steam after a hard day’s work, you find yourself in a heated verbal battle with some kid somewhere, and now you’re so worked up and all ready to punch a cat in the face

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CustardTrout1473d ago

I think someone just got beat on a game...

csreynolds1473d ago

Possibly, but the author does make a valid point. A percentage of today's online gaming community is represented by nasty little oxygen thieves that enjoy nothing more than goading or abusing others for sport.

BrutallyBlunt1473d ago (Edited 1473d ago )

This is true and the only way to curb it is to have more accountability. That means no way of creating new accounts while you're warned or whatever measure they take.

Gamers need to be educated on the fact they don't have the right to ruin other peoples experiences. These services have their own terms that you have to agree to.

1. If someone constantly team kills for example they can have a warning attached to their avatar and sent to purgatory with other team killers. Perhaps a 24 hour cooldown period and if it keeps happening the penalty increases.

2. Racial and vulgar people should get a 24 hour voice/text chat ban and go up from there as well for repeat offenders.

3. Those who drop out and disconnect, in other words the poor losers. Have a logo above their name and the host can decide to keep them or drop them. After a certain period of time that logo goes away.

These are just the things off the top of my head. I'm sure there are many better ideas but the end game should be the same, a enjoyable experience for everyone. If people can't conduct themselves properly then they should just stick to single player games.

Septic1473d ago

@ LevelHead,

In fairness, Xbox Live (to some extent) has attempted some of what you suggested.

"This is true and the only way to curb it is to have more accountability. That means no way of creating new accounts while you're warned or whatever measure they take. "

Completely agree here. The Xbox Live Gamertag actually helps in this regard because, obviously, you pay for the account (with the exception of free trials)and you can't just create profiles at a whim.

"2. Racial and vulgar people should get a 24 hour voice/text chat ban and go up from there as well for repeat offenders. "

Yeah this should be enforced more stringently. Unforunately, there are evidentiary problems with this unless you have recording software. So a possible fix for next-gen MP gaming and a welcome feature is built-in recording. That being said, my mate had his account temporarily banned on the PS3 for using vulgar language and there are quite a few people on Xbox Live that have been banned for inappropriate behaviour. Still- unacceptable behaviour is rife online.

"3. Those who drop out and disconnect, in other words the poor losers. Have a logo above their name and the host can decide to keep them or drop them. After a certain period of time that logo goes away."

Halo Reach tried to tackle this to some success. People who drop out or disconnect get temporary bans and it does work because I play with some players who do rage-quit a lot and get affected by this. But yeah, a more universal implementation would help (although, legit disconnects obviously somehow have to be taken into account).

I think in the end, it boils down to more admins for services like PSN and Live are needed. The online environment right now is replete with so many abusive and immature players that experiencing vulgar and hatred alluded to by the author is almost customary now when playing online, whether it be on PC, PS3 or 360.

Septic1473d ago

Yeah I think so too.

There is always Party Chat or the mute function. Playing with your mates is the best thing although, I do admit, it is a shame people can't get along online.

BrutallyBlunt1473d ago

People are competitive but there's a difference between being competitive and one who's sole purpose is to ruin the experience for others.

There really is no perfect system out there. Some are obviously better than others. The best way is to filter your own friends but that takes time and limits your audience. A rating system never seems to work either. Look at Metacritic for example.

I have met a lot of great people online so it would be a shame not to have that element of surprise of finding good players.

Cupid_Viper_31473d ago

Haha, I don't know if it's as simple as you put it.

TheTimeDoctor1473d ago

nothing to fix. words can not hurt you. if you are offended by meaningless drivel, good luck getting through life.

Dusdg1473d ago

It's called mute and avoid. Both options are on live and psn. Now Live tried to have community's when you first signed up with players being casual and underground however people just selected anything they felt like and it did not really do anything. It would be nice if the community could be the one that put you in a certain pool of players and not yourself. That would help filter out kids.

Nate-Dog1473d ago

You're not really asking for multiplayer to get a fix but gaming communities and players. Fat chance of that happening.

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