Microsoft community guidelines define harassment vs trash talk

Microsoft is totally down with your trash talk just don’t take it too far

In an effort to curb the rampant asshattery, regularly spewed forth on their gaming platform, Microsoft has updated their Community Standards for Xbox. Basically, act like a properly socialised human, you <profanity>.

Microsoft makes it clear that they understand trash talk is part of the gaming experience, so they have provided examples of what is acceptable and what is considered harassment, just in case it wasn’t clear.

Acceptable Trash Talk:

  • Get destroyed. Can’t believe you thought you were on my level.
  • That was some serious potato aim. Get wrecked.
  • Only reason you went positive was you spent all game camping. Try again, kid.
  • Cheap win. Come at me when you can actually drive without running cars off the road.
  • That sucked. Get good and then come back when your k/d’s over 1.

Unacceptable Harassment:

  • Get <sexual threat>. Can’t believe you thought you were on my level.
  • Hey <profanity>, that was some serious potato aim. Get wrecked, trash.
  • Only reason you went positive was you spent all game camping. KYS, kid.
  • Cheap win. Totally expected from a <racial slur>.
  • You suck. Get out of my country—maybe they’ll let you back in when your k/d’s over 1.

If you’re looking for a place on the internet to be overly edgy or get that rise out of people, Xbox isn’t the place for you.

While the examples may be amusing, and greatly over-estimate online grammar and punctuation usage, be aware that not everyone will appreciate your “unique” humour, like your friends do, and you might get reported.

If you’re found to be violating the community standards, restrictions may be placed on your profile and/or your device. These can include temporary bans from playing in online multiplayer, preventing broadcasts, and blocking your ability to communicate on Xbox.

Severe, or repeat, offenders could end up with a permanently suspended profile and/or device, and may end up forfeiting game licences, Gold membership, and Microsoft account balances. (via Gamespot)

So, yeah, just don’t be a <profanity>.

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