We’ve seen one way today a video game is trying to tackle the problem of people being jerks on the internet. It’s a little heavy. Here’s one that’s a lot simpler.
Upcoming fighting game Marvel vs Capcom 3 tracks instances of “rage-quitting” – when a player drops out of an online match rather than face defeat – and remembers.
If you pull the plug too many times, whenever you go to play an online match, you’ll be paired against other people who pull the plug too many times. Meaning the game is basically throwing all its griefers in a padded cell, locking the door and walking away.
It’s a simple, novel concept that we hope catches on. Only because it’s such a deliciously appropriate method of punishment.