Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sea of Thieves Anti-Toxicity Strategy

Online toxicity is a huge issue these days whether it is on social media or online games that needs immediate fixing. The situation is so dire that major name of game industries like Blizzard, Riot Games and Twitch are being forced to team-up to fighting toxicity in gaming. That brings us to the question of how developer studio Rare Studio of recently released action-adventure game Sea of Thieves is doing against online harassment.

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Sea of Thieves Anti-Toxicity Strategy

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Well, Rare studio has a built-in contingency within the game and it is right there you to find out. The pirate ships of the players have a brig aboard, which is to deal with others disrupting orders in the game. There is a holding cell underneath the pirate ship, where players upsetting the order will be sent only after a democratic voting by fellow shipmates. What type of punishment will be fit for the accused are decided by the remaining players and they do all of this in a punishment manner.

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Now, players don't need to go ranting on social media or community forums about their dispute and toxic behavior. Instead, everything can be resolved within the game without hampering the nature of the game. Someone joining you online in a multiplayer game and ushers chaos is not something new but this new in-game mechanics Sea of Thieves have introduced is truly a cool idea.

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This serves the purpose of give more power to players of the community and fighting the online multiplayer toxicity. Also, players now have more environmental control over their online atmosphere at Sea of Thieves community. Not only does this helps the participants lessen their stress over another player with troublesome behavior, it also helps rehabilitate the agitators and get back to their former condition.

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The Brig for Disruptive Players

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Until now, the most common solution for a stubborn troublemaker joining in and making things miserable for the others is to kick them out of the game or just simply ban them. The brig however, improved on this part by handing his fate over the players' disturbed teammates. The mischievous individual also gets a chance to either apologize for their actions or negotiate some terms with fellow pirates. This way, all parties can win and maintain a peaceful environment for gaming.

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At the recent Game Developers Conference, Microsoft's researcher Jerome Hagen talked about this innovative feature in Sea of Thieves and he believes that this new playful solution might be actually a great idea. Other respective individuals working on this particular issue present at GDC 2018 were also quite hopeful about this new method by Microsoft in battling disruptive behavior.

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Rare’s action-adventure title Sea of Thieves has been released on March 20, 2018 for PC and Xbox One. Though the game is having some post-launch issues, the studio's brilliant take on anti-toxicity measures can actually pay off and bring more players to the game. No matter how it plays out in the end, The Brig would be the first major step to eradicate in-game annoyance for the foreseeable future.