A new PlayStation patent aims to punish toxic gamers

Toxicity in multiplayer games is one of the biggest problems in the industry.

Playstation 5 and its controller, the Dual Sense

At this point in life it is no surprise to anyone that multiplayer online games have a big problemsince at the moment in which some of these users take the video game more seriously than it should, insults begin to rain, giving rise to games that could be very fun to end up becoming a bottomless pit for many who receive this kind of feedback.

In fact, the fact of receiving insults just for playing video games is already quite serious, and not even for playing badly, but many times race, sexual orientation and especially gender are usually the reasons for insulting others, which has led some companies to take measures that rather than solve the problem, prevent it from arising, as is the case of Nintendo that does not allow voice chat in its games except for applications external to their consoles.

This patent would implement a reward system for good behavior

Under this same premise, it seems that Sony would be moving tabthus giving rise to the discovery of a new patent recently in which it is indicated that the Japanese company would be implementing a system of rewards for good behavior At the same time, those who have an attitude contrary to it would be punished.

It should be noted that these rewards would range from medals, virtual pointsamong other incentives along with a human moderator who would review the actions of toxic players, who would also be given the option to appeal any possible punishment.

And this is something that can be quite beneficial for the industry, since there are many clips in which women hide their gender in online games, thus giving rise to when others discover her identity, they begin to insult her. In fact, a 2021 survey involving 900 women revealed that 59% hid their genderwhile 77% said they had to deal with any type of harassment once it was discovered.

Now, it remains to be seen if this function ends up being implemented, since with patents we know when they were registered, but not if they will be launched. Until then, remember that PlayStation is launching new offers in its digital store with games that you cannot miss.

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Deborah Acker

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