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Riot explain why Valorant’s toxicity punishment needs to be changed

Published: 19/Sep/2020 13:04

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games are clamping down on toxic players in Valorant, but they’re looking to rethink their approach, after complaints are surfacing about the negative effect communication bans are having on others’ games. 

Toxic players are inevitable in online gaming. Regardless of genre, you will likely come across a degree of toxicity at some point. While trolls are often looking to ruin the game for others, Riot are keen on ensuring their impact is negated by their comprehensive reporting system in Valorant.

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Players who build up enough reports for toxic behavior will be investigated by Riot. Providing there’s enough grounds, the devs will punish the player in question with a ban of some kind — depending on the severity of their actions.

But innocent players are beginning to grow tired of inadvertently having to pay the price for others’ actions, and Riot have responded to player complaints, with one developer agreeing that their system needs to be improved.

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Players are sick of paying the price for others flaming in-game.

Should innocent players be paying the price for toxicity?

Imagine you enter your rank-up game, but one of your players has been hit with a communication ban. While this isn’t the end of the world, it does handicap your team severely. And this is the crux of one Redditor’s argument, who believes that the way players are punished needs to be changed.

“If you randomly get a banned player, your [communications] get hurt a lot. Why is this even a thing? If someone’s terribly toxic, you can just mute them,” the user argued. This garnered the attention of one of the developers whose responsibility is to dish out penalties relative to their actions.

“What we have today isn’t what we intend to be the final solution and we’re working on making it better,” the developer explained. “I’ll admit that we probably underestimated the negative effect on teammates of having a comms muted player and that’s something that we’re going to think more about.”

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Of course, since Valorant is still very much in its infancy compared to where Riot wants it to be in the long-term — see Riot’s ambition to expand the Agent pool to 60+ characters — they’re continually learning how to adapt their approach and align it with the community’s demands.

The Valorant dev continued to explain how they’d be looking to change how the communication system works. “An awesome future would be to have tools that give the speed of use and specificity of voice chat today, without requiring players to participate in freeform voice chat.”

Riot have previously stated their intentions to improve Valorant’s ping system, to enhance how callouts are delivered by non-verbal comms. While this wouldn’t solve the negative impact banned players have on their team, it would be a step in the right direction.

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What is Among Us? The viral game taking over Twitch and YouTube

Published: 15/Oct/2020 16:17 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 16:19

by Bill Cooney

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The indie party game Among Us isn’t quite a new release but, it’s treacherous and back-stabbing elements have made it one of the hottest games on Twitch and YouTube, as streamers and content creators are turning on each other left and right.

Among Us originally released in June 2018, and Innersloth devs have previously revealed that back in the early days, there would be times too few players would be online to even find a game at all.

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Compare that to the overwhelming success it has seen since its resurgence, with recent numbers of over 3 million concurrent players, and it’s no wonder Innersloth announced that they have canceled the development of an Among Us sequel, which was expected to be released in 2021, to focus on adding key features and improving servers for the original title.

If you haven’t watched or played Among Us before, don’t worry too much, as it’s pretty easy to figure out what makes the game tick. It shouldn’t be long before you’re conniving with teammates to get ahead, whether you’re the Imposter or not, so let’s take a look at how it works.

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How do you play Among Us?

A match of Among Us can be played with a group of 4-10 players. All players take the role of a crew member trying to survive on one of the game’s 3 maps.

One or more of your teammates will take the role of the “Imposter” who has been infected by a parasitic, shape-shifting alien that is hell-bent on deceiving and murdering everyone else on board.

Here comes the tricky part: the identity of the Imposter is only known to that player. This infected crew member can sneak around the ship to get other players and frame non-Imposters in the process. The chosen player can also sabotage parts of the map to split others up and keep everyone else on their toes.

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The Imposter has a variety of creative ways to murder their fellow players.

How do you win in Among Us?

As the Impostor, you will need to remain undetected and eliminate as many players as possible before they can complete each of their tasks. Once you have eliminated most of the players, depending on game size, or successfully prevented players from fixing a sabotaged ship, you will pick up a win for your efforts.

The regular, non-infected crew’s job is to repair and do tasks around the map to keep things running, try and stay alive, and quickly figure out who the Imposter is so you can get rid of them.

This is accomplished by a Survivor-style voting screen where players can chat and vote on who to send out of the airlock. These discussions are where the imposter can really manipulate people, and discussions can get extremely heated at times.

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Since the identity of the Imposter is only known to them, there’s no way they’re going to give themselves away and admit it. As Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel does a great job of displaying above, being falsely banished can be one of the most frustrating things to happen in a game today.

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Based on its current trajectory and how fast things are taking off on Twitch and YouTube, Among Us is showing no signs of slowing down, and it has even seen massive viewership increases for top streamers, with the likes of Valkyrae and xQc setting new records, partly thanks to the hype of the entertaining party game.