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Overwatch players call on Blizzard to ban racist slurs in text chat

Published: 22/Jun/2020 21:04 Updated: 22/Jun/2020 21:17

by Michael Gwilliam


Fans of Blizzard’s hit hero shooter Overwatch are speaking up on social media, demanding the company start censoring racial slurs in the game’s text chat just like it has done with banning the phrase “ggez.”

Since Overwatch’s release, slurs and obscene language has been allowed in text chat, much to the confusion of many players. While the slurs can result in bans through reports, Blizzard hasn’t gone out of their way to outright censor the language.

What makes this even stranger is that expression “ggez” was changed to several pre-made messages such as “Great game, everyone!” and “Wishing you all the best.”

So, while it’s clear that Blizzard can completely remove certain words or even replace them, slurs have remained unchecked.

Now, players on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit are speaking up and demanding that the company take action.

Overwatch's D.va flips in the air
Blizzard Entertainment
Overwatch censors the term “ggez.”

“Hey Blizzard could we get [racist slur] banned in text chat maybe?” Eyud29 posted. “Seems like a decent idea. Don’t think it’ll affect comms. Could even ban people posting it. Ban [homophobic slur] too, while you’ve got the window open.”

While many users agreed that the words should be banned, others favor “reporting” the comments instead, suggesting that people will just find workarounds.

“While reporting is the obvious next step, that doesn’t mean we should have to be exposed to that kind of garbage to begin with,” Square-Screen wrote.

Soldier 76 and Widowmaker run up steps on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard devs are known to frequent and reply to posts on Reddit.

“Particularly when they already have a system in place that filters ‘ggez’ that’s been there since literally day one.”

At the time of this posting, Blizzard has yet to respond to the thread, but its developers have been known to frequent that particular subreddit and comment on posts, so it’s likely that it will be seen. The only question is: what will they do about it?


Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.