Microsoft issues trash-talking guidelines
Some of us play games as a way to escape – to be free to say whatever we want in another world. Well, Microsoft thinks Xbox players aren’t doing that right.
The company has released guidelines on how to talk to other players when playing games online, which in some cases is definitely needed. As for its examples on ways to talk, though…
“A little trash talk is an expected part of competitive multiplayer action, and that’s not a bad thing, but hate has no place here, and what’s not okay is when that trash talk turns into harassment,” the guidelines state.
“Trash talk includes any lighthearted banter or bragging that focuses on the game at hand and encourages healthy competition. Harassment includes any negative behaviour that’s personalised, disruptive, or likely to make someone feel unwelcome or unsafe.”
We approve of making gamers aware of the problems, but we highly doubt some of the example lines provided will be used.
“That was some serious potato aim. Get wrecked.”
“Get destroyed. Can’t believe you thought you were on my level.”
“That sucked. Get good and then come back when your k/d’s over 1.”
We’re not sure of any situation in gaming will have people automatically blurt out that last statement, but who knows, you may hear it one day.
The guidelines also state to “be a force for good, even when others aren’t” by creating gaming community groups that are against any form of cheating.
We’re getting flashbacks to that anti-harassment campaign Bully Hunters. Which failed horribly, by the way.
As for other news in the gaming world, this survey has revealed that ladies are better at games than gents, especially when it comes to competitive gaming. Time to get better, lads.
Details have also been revealed about the next-generation PlayStation 5 and it looks like an absolute beast. Although, don’t expect to see it come out until later this year.
Go on, try out some of those lines online. We dare you.