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Play Nice Policies Help Reduce Player Toxicity

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jan 08, 2018  | Comments

Play Nice Policies Help Reduce Player Toxicity - MMORPG.com

The latest Mondays in MMORPGs has been published on the Saga of Lucimia site. Today's covers a hot topic in gaming today: Toxicity in gaming. One of the ways many MMOs have dealt with the issue is through "play nice" policies that are generally thought to be common sense. SoL will be enforcing play nice at launch with a zero tolerance policy for toxic players.

From using racial slurs against other players, to kill stealing and camp stealing, from bashing someone’s mother, to deliberately training another player or group in order to make them wipe, MMORPGs are filled with examples of toxic behavior. While at one point in time games used to enforce play nice policies, the economics of big business changed all that when companies became more interested in driving a profit than they were in creating a community environment in their games.

We have always said that our game is a cooperative, team-based environment. Players will be expected to play nice with each other, respect camps, and generally “get along”. Toxicity will not be accepted in any form, and we will absolutely be holding players to a certain standard of general niceness when it comes to playing alongside their fellow gamers. It’s not just about racial slurs or mom jokes; it’s about players who go out of their way to be idiots and jerks just because they think they can get away with it because they sit behind a computer screen with anonymity.

You can read the full post on the Saga of Lucimia site.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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