Emanuel Jumatate, from Chicago, hugs his new Xbox One after he purchased it at a Best Buy on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. Microsoft is billing the Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, as an all-in-one entertainment system rather than just a gaming console. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
The vast majority of users on Xbox One are considered "good" according to Microsoft, but others can be considered "Needs Work" or get the label "Avoid Me" -- and they're getting warnings starting this month.
Microsoft plans to start notifying Xbox One users of these labels: the green "Good", the yellowish "Needs Work" and the red "Avoid Me" -- that have been placed upon them by other players, according to the Xbox Wire blog. It's all about creating a more friendly environment for all, it says.
- “Good Players” – The majority of gamers will fall into this level. As we’ve said before, we have plans to introduce rewards for good behavior and look forward to sharing more in the future!
- Warnings for “Needs Work” – Beginning this month, some players will start receiving reputation warnings as their reputations drop due to feedback from the community. The purpose of these communications is to remind players about their effect on the community and encourage them to have more positive interactions. These warnings are based on community feedback collected since Xbox One launched.
- Penalties for “Avoid Me” – If players do not heed warnings and continue to have a negative impact on other players and the Xbox Live community, they will begin to experience penalties. For example, people with an “Avoid Me” rating will have reduced matchmaking pairings and may be unable to use certain privileges such as Twitch broadcasting.
The post is very clear about saying this isn't all about slapping hands and shaming, but about matching people with the right players. (Xbox is very clear that the policy can't be used by vindictive gamers who want to hurt better-skilled players, nor is the algorithm based on a few weeks' activity.) Besides, does anyone really want to play a game, virtually or in real life, with a jerkface?