Microsoft Outlines Acceptable Trash Talk in New Community Guidelines
Microsoft released a new set of community guidelines that includes acceptable forms of trash talk such as "get destroyed" and "potato aim."
Microsoft has released a new set of community guidelines for Xbox One players, which addresses the major issue of online harassment, as well as other problem behaviors such as cheating, piracy, manipulation of Xbox’s services, privacy violations, spam, and more.
One of the more unintentionally hilarious sections of the new policy outlines what is and isn’t acceptable forms of trash talk:
Some of my favorites are “Get destroyed. Can’t believe you thought you were on my level” and “That was some serious potato aim. Get wrecked.” But honestly all of them are absolutely choice and you should read through the full list in the screenshot above.
According to Polygon (reported through The Verge), Microsoft stated that “the standards are not a new set of rules, but are a call to action that empowers every player to evaluate their behavior and adjust accordingly in order to be a force for good.”
As for the punishments for violating the new community guidelines, Microsoft states the punishments for Xbox profiles/devices and Live services:
Temporary suspensions for Xbox profiles and devices:
- Restrictions on the use of online multiplayer gaming
- Removal of the ability to send text and voice messages on Xbox
- Blocking real-time voice and text communications on Xbox
- Preventing the broadcast of live game play
- Restrictions on the use of parties and clubs
- Inappropriate conduct
Temporary suspensions for Xbox Live services:
- Blocks on the ability to upload game clips and screenshots to Xbox Live
- Restrictions on uploading or sharing Kinect content
- Removal of inappropriate content from Xbox Live
- Automatic assignment of a new gamertag
- Limits on the ability to share Xbox content on other social networks
- Removal of the ability to edit your Xbox profile or clubs
- Repeat or severe offenses
Of course Microsoft reserves the right to permanently ban accounts if a severe violation is committed or if multiple suspensions have failed to correct the player’s behavior.
Recently Microsoft rebranded their gaming division as Xbox Game Studios, a result of their numerous studio acquisitions. The company’s E3 presentation will take place on June 9th this year and in more intriguing news, it’s been rumored that Microsoft will merge Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.