Identifying the common troll: The Xbox One’s reputation system in a nutshell

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Last week, Xbox Live program manager Michael Dunn released news of the Xbox One’s new reputation system, another installment in the series of updates leading up to the One’s second conference at GamesCom 2013. Titled, “No More Cheats or Jerks,” the blog details the system that will help gamers filter out the types of players they play with by reputation. This is great news for almost anyone who has ever played Call of Duty or Halo, especially those of us with feminine gamertags.

The system is reportedly based on an algorithm that detects players’ behavior by the actions of those around them. Players who have been reported, muted or blocked multiple times will find their reputation score docked, and players will be able to choose who they play with based on these scores. The color-coded category system places gamers in Green, as a good player; Yellow, as someone who needs improvement; and Red, described only as “Avoid Me”. Essentially, the system works like an insurance policy – the longer you can go without offending anyone, the better your reputation score will be.

This decision comes at a time when Xbox is under pressure for several mistakes, PR problems, and expectations from gamers on their next-gen console. It also lands itself smack-dab in the slowly growing effort to improve the gaming community and make it a more positive place for everyone. Female gamers can rely on this system to avoid crude humor or bad sportsmanship from sexist players, racism based on accent should take a dive, and finally, the entire Xbox community can make an effort to rid themselves of twelve-year-old snipers who have taken in far too much content from the urban dictionary.

What’s more, Xbox is taking measures to make sure non-gaming drama is avoided by the platform. Dunn writes, “The algorithm weighs the data collected so if a dozen people suddenly reporting a single user, the system will look at a variety of factors before docking their reputation. We’ll verify if those people actually played in an online game with the person reported – if not, all of those player’s feedback won’t matter as much as a single person who spent 15 minutes playing with the reported person. The system also looks at the reputation of the person reporting and the alleged offender, frequency of reports from a single user and a number of other factors.“

Full details on the Xbox One, including its new reputation system, are expected to be announced at GamesCom in late August.

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Raised by Super Mario himself, Catrina Dennis has been buried in nerd culture since childhood. From comics to gaming to classic action flicks, her fandom knows no bounds. In her spare time, Catrina can be found either huddled up in front of her consoles, reading a book, or jamming with her bandmates somewhere within the vast uncharted hills of Southern California.