What, precisely, is “trash talk?” Dictionary.com defines it as “disparaging or boastful language used particularly to demoralize or scare opponents.” But that’s not satisfactory, in the light of fact that”disparaging” signifies diverse things to various people, which leaves the entryway open to horrible tirades of abuse behind hand-waved as unimportant “trash talk” planned to get under an opponent’s skin—and obviously working, since you sure are upset, aren’t you? In an update to the community standards for Xbox posted not long ago, Microsoft has spread out what precisely constitutes trash talk on its stage, and what goes too far into harassment and abuse.
“We get it—gaming can be aggressive and interactions with different players can get heated. A little trash talk is a normal part of the competitive multiplayer activity, and that’s not an awful thing. In any case, hate has no spot here, and what’s not alright is when that trash talk transforms into harassment,” the site says.
“Trash talk incorporates any lighthearted banter or bragging that centers on the game at hand and empowers healthy challenges. Harassment incorporates any negative behavior that’s customized, disruptive, or likely to make someone feel unwelcome or risky. To qualify as harassment, the conduct doesn’t have to be drawn-out or consistent. Indeed, even a single abusive message could harm someone’s understanding. Realize when to take the line, when to back off. Know and regard the other player.”
Not content with merely characterizing the term, Microsoft additionally shared numerous examples of acceptable trash talk, and “going excessively far.”
Acceptable trash talk includes:
- Get destroyed. Can’t trust you thought you were on my level.
- That was some genuine potato aim. Get destroyed.
- The only reason you went positive was you burned all game camping. Attempt once again, kid.
- Cheap win. Come at me when you can really drive without running cars off the street.
- That sucked. Get great and then return back when your k/d’s over 1.
Going too far looks like:
- Get <sexual threat>. Can’t trust you thought you were on my level.
- Hey <profanity>, that was some serious potato aim. Get destroyed, trash.
- The only reason you went positive was you burn through all game camping. KYS, kid.
- Cheap win. completely expected from a <racial slur>.
- You suck. Get out of my country—possibly they’ll give you a chance in when your k/d’s over 1
It’s funny, yet in addition unfortunate that we obviously need to give a word-for-word instance of how not to be a supremacist while you’re playing videogames online. In the meantime, I believe it’s sort of heartening to see Microsoft acknowledge that racism, homophobia, an exhortation to suicide, and different types of abuse are, you know, abusive.
We have the “advantage” of being able to use services like Discord while playing online, which may make influence these rules to appear somewhat little less significant to us than they are to comfort owners. In any case, the line between Xbox the comfort and Xbox the game service is becoming increasingly obscured, and Microsoft has demonstrated that it intends to increase its responsibility to PC gaming in the future. And if Microsoft is happy to nail down explicitly what is and isn’t acceptable conduct in its code of conduct, I won’t be at all surprised to see different services take similar strides in the future.