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.”