Gabe Newell Has The Perfect Solution For Online Gaming Trolls
Online gaming is a total crapshoot, mainly thanks to the 50/50 chance that the random strangers who join your game turn out to be professional jerks out to cheat, insult or generally annoy the hell out of everything they encounter. The problem is bad enough that I reserve my online gaming strictly to my friends except under very rare circumstances. Valve’s Gabe Newell agrees and in an interview with Develop, he offered a novel solution to the problem. In short: enforce an @sshole tax.
We need to give customers, all of them, a robust set of options regarding how they pay for their content.
An example is – and this is something as an industry we should be doing better – is charging customers based on how much fun they are to play with. Some people, when they join a server, a ton of people will run with them. Other people, when they join a server, will cause others to leave. We should have a way of capturing that. We should have a way of rewarding the people who are good for our community.
So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get Dota 2 for free, because of past behaviour in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice.
He’s probably (mostly) kidding but it’s a fantastic idea, kind of a digital swear jar that hits idiots in the one place they’ll actually notice – their bank accounts. Imagine how awesome it would be for 12 year old homophobes to have to explain to their moms why their XBLA habit suddenly jumped 50% in price.
There’s much more worth reading, and you can do so over at Develop’s full interview.