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Dev Tracker: 2.3’s Social Atmosphere and More

By on May 29, 2013 at 10:00 am, in Buzz, RIFT  |  Comments: 9 comments

RJ Dev Tracker

Yesterday RIFT‘s forums brought us two interesting updates. One thing that many players are worried about with the coming of free-to-play in patch 2.3 is the fact that F2P games often bring with them an influx of new players who sometimes assist in bringing down the overall maturity and quality levels of in-game chat channels and the community as a whole. It’s an unfortunate fact that more players generally equals a greater chance of more bad apples, so to speak.

Some of our RIFT shards, unfortunately, have already began to see a sharp decline in the quality of discussions held in in-game chat channels, so this worry is something that the Trion team luckily seems to be attempting to keep an eye on.

Originally posted by Elrar (Source)


We know more people means more conversation will be occurring in the chats, we also know that not all of this conversation will be good or within the expectations of our Code of Conduct.

This is not a new discussion, but given the influx of players we’re seeing now & anticipating the community will only continue to grow after June 12 we wanted to try and address this with an elegant solution.

For 2.3, or as soon as we can after, we’re currently exploring the implementation of pre-moderation in the form of a Chat Squelch.

Keeping it simple: if a player is reported a certain number of times in a certain period of time they will be prohibited from typing in public chat channels until their chat suspension expires.

We need to work through the details & make sure it cannot be abused – that’s all still being laid out.

Please know – Customer Support does take abuse of Chat Channels and violations of the Code of Conduct very seriously, however, given the nature of chat and the time it could take an agent to respond to a complaint it’s understandable why some perceive that no action is being taken.

Our Game Master’s cannot be in every public chat channel at once, but it’s features like these we hope to develop and use to empower you to help us keep Telara a fun, friendly & safe place for everyone!

We also found out that in 2.3 we’ll be getting Infinity Stone vouchers that can be traded between characters that are on the same account. With all reputation items and gear becoming Bind on Account, the addition of vouchers seems like the logical next step to help players gear up alts a little quicker.

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  • Tony

    I think this is a fair response to the concern, honestly it’s something I could see being useful regardless of the F2P transition.

    But honestly I’ve been a bit bothered by the assumption that the community is going to be literally destroyed by this. I know there will be turbulence there, but it feel like people were going off of the deep end *immediately*.

    Some of the forum threads got into how these people were obviously going to ruin role-playing and constantly ruin everything for everyone. I honestly feel if the community tries to remain mature in general, that the people who come in and stick around will be people who want the same. If we sit around and prejudge every last one of these people, I just don’t see how that’s good. It certainly doesn’t portray a friendly atmosphere for any new
    players.

  • Justin

    I went through 3 different F2P transitions (LoTRO, SWtOR and Age of Conan), and I can tell you that I saw more garbage from subscribers before the transition than I saw from free players afterwards. The rudest ones were in the AoC forums – based on the reactions there, you’d think that free players had broken into the subbers’ homes, stolen the silver, rifled through their underwear drawer, kicked the dog, and peed on the toilet seat.

    The only transition that was similar to the worst expectations I’ve seen was Star Wars. Corruscant general chat is pretty much Barrens chat, complete with racisim, homophobia, and general hatred and anger. The only difference is that Chuck Norris jokes are replaced with Bacon jokes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/SwobyJ Malcolm Swoboda

      I got a good chuckle :), and have to agree with you to at least an extent.

      But I tend to find that the first month/s of F2P bring out the worst in everyone playing. It settles down though, as long as its not an utterly shallow grindy game with no truly social elements.

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    but it feel like people were going off of the deep end *immediately*. a sharp decline in the quality of discussions held in in-game chat
    channels, 2.3 we’ll getting Infinity Stone vouchers that can be traded
    between characters that are on the same account are two point make me
    attention

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