When Xbox Live launched almost a decade ago, no one could have predicted what it would become. At the time it was just a great idea, now it is the future. The idea of having your game console boot into a persistent online network full of persistent friends lists, voice chat across games, and a great digital content delivery system were all just a dream, and now they are real.
But, combine connectivity with anonymity, and the worst in people is often brought out. Here are a few tips for making sure that you don’t gain the reputation as an internet jerk, and don’t eventually get banned from the future.
The Easy One
The easiest thing here is not to be a jerk just for the sake of being a jerk. Lots of people love to go online and just stir stuff up, and try to get a rise out of people. The fact that they’re just a mysterious person connected across hundreds or thousands of miles of fiber means that they’re safe from any physical retribution for their actions, and none of the people in their life will know the wiser.
Xbox Live has ways of dealing with these people. If you act like a jerk then people can report you, and with enough reports you can actually be banned from Xbox Live. Further, realize that even though you may be having fun for a few minutes, you’re just making it worse for everyone else. You’re probably even making things worse for yourself in the future when you grow up. This is why we can’t have nice things…
Take Your Loss Like a Man
Rage quitting is a plague running across Xbox Live. People love winning, and hate losing. Many people would rather be in a game with a team where things have devolved into a steamroll over the other team than play in a game where they actually have to work to win.
If you’re losing, or having difficulty keeping up with the other team, stick it out and try to turn things around. Coming back from a game that looked impossible to win is much more satisfying than dominating a clearly inferior team. Plus, it’s extremely frustrating to the other team when you rage quit and they don’t get to reap the rewards of all their effort. If everyone rage quit, there would be no games at all. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
If you’ve ever run into a griefer, you know how bothersome it can be. The first step to getting rid of them is not to acknowledge their existence in any way, that will just egg them on. But the best way is to use Xbox Live’s built-in party system. When in an Xbox Live party with anywhere from one to seven other friends, your game chat is limited to each other. You cannot hear anyone else in the game. It’s just like you’re sitting in a room with your friends playing in the olden days.
Friends Only Chat
If the party system isn’t for you, or you have more than eight friends playing at once, take note that there is a setting in the Xbox Live preferences to limit your chat to friends only. That means you won’t be able to hear voice chat from anyone that is not on your friends list.
So there you have it, if Xbox Live seems like a cesspool of immaturity, hopefully some of these tips will help you to wade through it. Once you do, unbridled amounts of fun open up to you.
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