Microsoft has announced that Xbox Live will be implementing a new reputation system. It will reward “healthy participation while reducing troublemakers and cheaters.”
In essence, it sounds like Microsoft will be using this system to keep the community clean. Reputation will also be visible on a person’s Gamerscore, so other players will know just how nice (or not nice) you are.
Systems like these are often susceptible to abuse, but that won’t be a problem according to Mike Lavin of Microsoft. “The way that it’s built fundamentally stops that,” he says. “It’s very much over a period of time. If we see consistently that people, for instance, don’t like playing with you, that you’re consistently blocked, that you’re the subject of enforcement actions because you’re sending naked pictures of yourself to people that don’t want naked pictures of you… Blatant things like that have the ability to quickly reduce your Reputation score.”
It’s a great idea in theory. Here’s to hoping it’ll work out way when the Xbox One launches at the end of this year.