Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

August 2, 2013 -

Yesterday Microsoft took the wraps off two new initiatives for Xbox Live that - it hopes - will make it a better community to be in. One is called One is Enforcement United, which lets XBL subscribers weigh in on if particular content violates Microsoft’s terms of service. The second is Xbox Community Level, which lets players "gain levels" and earn prizes by making positive contributions to Xbox Live.

Enforcement United, currently in beta, lets players judge public Gamertags and vote on whether they contain inappropriate language. Users should see randomly selected Gamertags when logging in and can decide if those names are offensive or not. The Xbox Live enforcement team claims that it has implemented an algorithm that can weigh each vote to get a consensus. From there Xbox Live could force a Gamertag change on the offending Xbox Live subscriber. Of course Microsoft knows that the system will have to be balanced and that the names players choose as "offensive" will have to be looked at to make sure no shenanigans are going on.

Only those that can get into the Xbox Live Ambassadors program are eligible for the Enforcement United program. Currently Microsoft will still only accept Xbox Live Gold members that are at least 18 years or older with a minimum gamer score of 1,500 into the Ambassador program.

Source: GamesBeat


Comments

Re: Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

This is ridiculous. Microsoft is not short of resources, so it doesn't particularly have a good excuse for not enforcing its own TOS with its own staff. The griefing potential for this tool is incredible.

Re: Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

I've looked at the system.  The gamertags you evaluate are chosen at random and one player saying a tag is offensive isn't going trigger a ban.  So I don't see any way for a person grief using this.

Re: Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

It's just an excuse to try to quiet down the vocal minority who do not like how the majority of people act.

Besides I doubt most casuals will use this feature or will not be bothered with it at all. I know it's a goal for the Hardcore Minority to make gaming exclusive to a small amount of people again (and a certain class of people) but I doubt big publishers or even Microsoft nor Sony will invest in a system that bans the majority of their customers.

As Roberta Williams (From the King's Quest Series) has said

"Back when I got started, which sounds like ancient history, back then the demographics of people who were into computer games, was totally different, in my opinion, than they are today. Back then, computers were more expensive, which made them more exclusive to people who were maybe at a certain income level, or education level. So the people that played computer games 15 years ago were that type of person. They probably didn't watch television as much, and the instant gratification era hadn't quite grown the way it has lately. I think in the last 5 or 6 years, the demographics have really changed, now this is my opinion, because computers are less expensive so more people can afford them. More "average" people now feel they should own one."

If this vocal minority wants a 'pure' community to ban anyone who does not think or play the same way then they should do what many toxic developers are doing and start a Kickstarter for a game or system that only a certain class of people play. The Williams family and many other old developers who wish to bring back games that most publishers wont support since only a small minority of people would buy them meaning less profit are going to Kickstarter and having these titles being paid for by this Hardcore Minority.

Re: Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

That reminds me of what Gamefaqs used to do.

Re: Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

Letting Xbox Live police itself sounds like a bad, BAD idea. There's a reason why people bring up Xbox Live when talking about gamers behaving badly online.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

Yeah, self censorship tools just tends to pull folks toward what is average.  Grey goo.  You need a critical mass of positive culture in order for that to work positively.

I appreciate wanting to get toxic players out of the pool before they ruin it for everyone, but I could see people griefing this system like they grief everything else.

Re: Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

If anything I can see the toxic players getting other players banned left and right.

Re: Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

I tried, but Microsoft can't hire web design guys and it fell apart.

 
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