Xbox Community Standards Now Offer Examples of “Trash Conversation” Versus Abuse


What exactly is “trash talk”? defines it as “derogatory or boastful language used in particular to demoralize or intimidate opponents”. But this is not enough, because “denigrating” means different things to different people, which leaves the door open to terrible tirades of abuse behind the hand like simple “trash talk” meant to get into the skin of an adversary – and apparently functional, because you are really upset, aren’t you?

In an update of Community Standards for Xbox Released earlier this week, Microsoft explained what exactly constitutes garbage talk on its platform and what crosses the line of harassment and abuse.

“We get it, the game can be competitive and interactions with other players can heat up. A little trash talk is an expected part of competitive multiplayer action, and it’s not a bad thing. Corn hatred has no place here, and what’s wrong is when that garbage talk turns into harassment, ”the site says.

Trash talk includes any light joke or bragging that focuses on the game at hand and encourages healthy competition. Bullying includes any negative behavior that is personalized, disruptive, or likely to make someone feel unwelcome or unsafe. To qualify as harassment, the behavior does not have to be prolonged or persistent. Even a single abusive message could hurt someone’s experience. Know when to draw the line, when to retreat. Know and respect the other player. ”

Not content with just defining the term, Microsoft also shared several examples of acceptable and “going too far” gossip.

Acceptable garbage speeches include:

  • Get destroyed. I can’t believe you thought you were on my level.
  • It was a serious target for the potato. Is destroyed.
  • The only reason you got positive is that you spent all the game camping. Try again, kid.
  • Cheap victory. Come to me when you can actually drive without getting cars off the road.
  • It was bad. Get good and come back when your k / d is greater than 1.

Going too far looks like:

  • Get . I can’t believe you thought you were on my level.
  • Hey , that was a serious potato goal. Shipwreck, trash can.
  • The only reason you got positive is that you spent all the game camping. KYS, kid.
  • Cheap victory. Totally expected from a .
  • You suck. Get out of my country – maybe they will let you in when your k / d is over 1

Funny, but also unfortunate that we apparently need to provide word-for-word examples of how not to be racist while playing video games online. At the same time, I think it’s kind of heartwarming to see Microsoft recognize that racism, homophobia, the exhortation to suicide, and other forms of abuse are, you know, offensive.

PC gamers have the “advantage” of being able to use services like Discord while playing online, which may make these rules a little less relevant to us than they are to console owners. But the line between Xbox console and Xbox gaming service is becoming increasingly blurred, and Microsoft has indicated that it plans to increase its commitment to PC gaming in the future. And if Microsoft is prepared to define precisely what is and is not acceptable behavior in its code of conduct, I won’t be at all surprised to see other services take similar action in the future.

Thank you,


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