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Destiny using smart design to counter ‘toxic’ players and trolls

Wednesday, 7th August 2013 12:23 GMT By Dave Cook

Destiny developer Bungie has shed light on how it is designing the game’s online experience to counter toxic player ruining the enjoyment of others. Trolls beware.

Cheers Vevo.

Anyway, speaking with Edge, Bungie technical director Chris Butcher said, “If you look back at online multiplayer gaming for the last ten years I think the dominant thread has been adolescent males shooting each other in the face and squatting on each other’s corpses.

“And that emerges from design decisions which… some of which were intentional, some of which were not, but the community gets attracted towards that, and that is popular to a lot of other people and so it kind of tends to exclude others.”

Bungie is being careful to not curb activities that add to the fun, competitive nature of online games, but at the same time the studio is striving to weed out any activities that have the potential to disrupt the overall enjoyment of players using its “sloping floor” approach to design.

Basically, players who are constructive will be rewarded as such, while the trolls will be penalised somehow, although it’s not quite clear how this will work in practice just yet.

Butcher continued, “I don’t think you can ever design toxic behaviour out, you can’t ever stop players from being toxic but what you can do is prevent them being able to ruin other players’ experiences.

“You give people these tools that encourage them to interact positively with each other and then if someone is interacting negatively with you, well, they can’t ruin your experience.”

He’s referring to simple, fluid design choices such as mapping Destiny’s emotes to the controller’s d-pad, in order to “make sure the social experience is one where if the players aren’t co-operating or communicating effectively it doesn’t ruin anyone’s experience.”

Do you think it’s possible to iron out the dicks when online play is concerned, or is it impossible? Thoughts please.

Thanks OXM.

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  1. polygem

    they should just make every troll and cheater watch exactly this video when they try to launch the game again

    :)

    #1 12 months ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    Challenge accepted Bungie.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Metroid455

    oh com’on trolling is so much fun fufufufu

    #3 12 months ago
  4. bradk825

    For a second when I saw the screen for the video, I thought you pasted the wrong one in, then I realized it was on purpose, had to laugh to keep from crying, lol.

    Anyway, I think it’s possible to tweak certain things to reduce trolling a little, by providing some incentive, but you’ll never eliminate it. The reason is some trolls are casual trolls, and if there’s some incentive they’ll stop, but for some, trolling IS the incentive. Trolling is what they enjoy about a game. At least that’s my experience with them.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @4 :P

    #5 12 months ago
  6. Gheritt White

    Trolls’ IP addressed should be posted on 4chan for da lulz.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. deathm00n

    @4 Me and a friend played Perfect World just “for the lulz”. Created a ugly char, removed his cloath and run around screaming nonsense things. After sometime We’ve quit it and unninstalled. It was a fun day.

    I want to see how they can keep people from doing this…

    #7 12 months ago
  8. sebastien rivas

    I am not sure what is happening. I want to watch the video associated to “Destiny using smart design to counter ‘toxic’ players and trolls”
    But all I get is a video by Britney Spears called Toxic. Was the wrong link posted?

    Anyway, I am not sure what a Troll is to be honest but their efforts would be appreciated.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @8 It was a joke :)

    #9 12 months ago
  10. sebastien rivas

    @ 9

    Ha welll you got me in plain sight… I will hide under the bed for awhile :)

    #10 12 months ago