What’s Reputation, Anyway?

I’ve been thinking about some of the features on Xbox live, and one that consistently confuses me is the “reputation” that we have on our accounts. Really, what does that even mean? 5 stars? It’s just an arbitrary point system with no given definition as to what a certain amount of stars means. On top of that, I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t have a 5 star reputation. So if that’s the case, why have it when everyone is the same anyways? The only other ones I’ve seen are 3 star accounts when they are first created, but even those go up extremely fast. In all of the years I’ve had an Xbox, I’ve never had a moment where someone’s reputation came into play. I would never look at someone’s rep. after they sent me a friend request. I would look at our related friends, profile information, and gaming history. Why would I care if they had five stars? After all, I’m not even sure what that means. I get more and more confused just thinking about it. On top of that, I’ve never understood the statistics you can look at that show how many people avoided you. I don’t even believe those numbers. When I was a kid, my parents had a setting on the Xbox so that I could only talk to friends, but somehow 10-15% of gamers that “avoided” my profile did so by filling out the gamer review on people’s profiles (can’t remember the name of it at the moment), and the reason? Harsh Language! I couldn’t even talk to them, and yet they still complained about my language? I don’t think so. I believe I also remember something like 50% of them avoided me because I quit early. Really? Who gets that upset when one player has to leave the lobby? I’ve never gotten so angry at someone leaving the game that I went on their profile and chose to “avoid” them because of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the system that Microsoft has in place, but I also realize that there’s several things that I just don’t understand. Hopefully someone can enlighten me…

3 opinions on “What’s Reputation, Anyway?

  1. Well I saw the reputation system as a way to avoid people who bothered you while playing, if someone was harassing you or team killing, you most certainly did not want to end up in another game with them. However, with the numbers of players on Xbox Live you most likely will not run into that player again either way because there are so many other players on the same game. But back say around 4 years ago when Paul and I first got Xbox Live, I think before you and I gamed together, we played Call of Duty 3, which had very limited number of lobbies with usually the same players in them. Paul and I often found annoying players, or the other way around we annoyed them, and decided to avoid them. Usually we would not find ourself back in a game with them person again. If we did well, we pissed them off. In other words, today I do not see the “reputation” and “avoiding” system to be very useful, but back when Xbox Live was not as big on the Call of Duties it did help avoid troublesome player, or helped other players avoid Paul and I. I’m loving this website Ian! You are covering some good points that I often wondered about when I did play online. It also makes me miss playing Xbox!

  2. I definitely see your point. I did the same thing back in the day when games had few lobbies online, because there were far less trolls, so it was a lot easier to avoid them. Nowadays, you can’t avoid all of them, like you said, and I feel like they need to improve their current avoiding system. I also feel that the reputation system (meaning the stars that everyone has on their profile) still didn’t do much of anything (and still don’t) because even if you were avoided by a lot of people, you generally still had 5 stars. I mean, it’s nice to know the stats of why some people avoided you, but it doesn’t really do much of anything. So in my opinion, the avoiding system does work, but the rep. system (the stars) doesn’t. Those are good points though. I didn’t really think about it that way.

    Thanks for the support man, it means a lot. Make sure to spread the word! If you ever play on Live again, let me know. I’m down to play some COD or whatever game with all you guys again. Those were some good times.

  3. For sure man, I’ll let you know if I ever get back into Live. I’ll keep reading your posts!

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