Bungie Takes Stance Against Toxic Behavior in Destiny

Destiny developer Bungie intends to clamp down on toxic behavior in the upcoming game through the addition and use of tools to trim down troll-like behavior.

“If you look back at online multiplayer gaming for the last ten years I think the dominant thread has been adolescent males shooting each other in the face and squatting on each other’s corpses,” said Bungie Technical Director Chris Butcher in an interview with Edge. “And that emerges from design decisions which… some of which were intentional, some of which were not, but the community gets attracted towards that, and that is popular to a lot of other people and so it kind of tends to exclude others.”

Although there will always be some measure of toxic behavior, Bungie says it will do its best to keep it to a minimum, and the developer argues that game makers can do a better job of stamping it out.

“I don’t think you can ever design toxic behavior out, you can’t ever stop players from being toxic but what you can do is prevent them being able to ruin other players’ experiences,” Butcher continued. “You give people these tools that encourage them to interact positively with each other and then if someone is interacting negatively with you, well, they can’t ruin your experience.”

Bungie expects to release Destiny in early 2014. It’s set to launch on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. No PC version has been planned, although it remains a possibility.

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3 Comments on Bungie Takes Stance Against Toxic Behavior in Destiny

AxΣtwin

On August 7, 2013 at 11:01 pm

You know what makes me angrier than the kids who run around doing this? The sympathists who try to argue that acting like this is what separates the children from the adults. Now, I know you’re thinking “well duh”. However, these guys argue that this way of acting is for the adults. If you can’t handle the verbal bile that gets spewed at you everytime you log in, then you need to play on the “kiddie server” full of rainbows and Carebears so you don’t bother the “adults” and “real gamers” while they play.

I’ve been seeing this mentality pop up more and more in non-LoL topics. And people wonder why it sickens me with how developers are trying to force multiplayer down our throats in every conceivable game.

AxΣtwin

On August 8, 2013 at 12:42 am

You know what makes me angrier than the kids who run around doing this? The sympathists who try to argue that acting like this is what separates the children from the adults. Now, I know you’re thinking “well duh”. However, these guys argue that this way of acting is for the adults. If you can’t handle the verbal bile that gets spewed at you everytime you log in, then you need to play on the “kiddie server” full of rainbows and Carebears so you don’t bother the “adults” and “real gamers” while they play.

I’ve been seeing this mentality pop up more and more in non-LoL topics. And people wonder why it sickens me with how developers are trying to force multiplayer down our throats in every conceivable game.

I’m sorry of this shows up a second time, the site seems to have eaten my original comment for the moment. Im trying to post this again a couple hours later.

Noire1297

On August 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Gee, here’s an idea that one can come up with in a time frame of fifteen seconds of seeing this problem. Make a server with no PvP element, a “Friendly Server” basically; No friendly fire = NO TROLLING. Then make a PvP server where trolling is up to player discretion. I’m not exactly a big name video game designer, but I think even a five year year old would call this problem solved. Why haven’t they thought of this yet?