Microsoft's Official Examples Of "Acceptable Trash Talk" Are A Joy

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Microsoft updated the company’s “Community Standards for Xbox” earlier this week, and while this is normally not news, the content is so damn wholesome that it’s worth a closer look.

You can read the whole thing here, and I genuinely recommend you do: the company has gone way beyond simply listing rules you should follow, and has provided a ton of examples of not just what you shouldn’t be doing on Xbox Live, but also what you could be doing if you want to be a cool and fun person to be around.

Stuff like this!

Harassment and hate take many forms, but none have a home on Xbox. To make Xbox Live a place where everyone can hang out, and to prevent people from feeling uncomfortable or unwelcome, we all need to be stewards. This means more than just not harassing other players—it means embracing them. It means saving those unsavoury jokes for people you know will enjoy them. It means taking particular care for others while you play, keeping in mind how they might interpret your content.

That is a genuinely cool thing to proactively enshrine in your community guidelines, and it’s great to see Microsoft breaking things down in such a casual and approachable manner.

To help make things even clearer, there is also a long list of examples of “trash talk”, and I love them even more, in a “90s educational/instructional video” kinda way. Here’s some stuff Microsoft recommends you shouldn’t be saying online:

  • Get . Can’t believe you thought you were on my level.

  • Hey , 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 .

  • You suck. Get out of my country—maybe they’ll let you back in when your k/d’s over 1.

Not cool! Here, though, is some trash talk that is acceptable:

  • 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.

Of course, feel free to mix and match to create your own acceptable insults. “Cheap win, kid, though you’re not on my level. Get wrecked.” See? Easy.

You’ll notice both sets of insults are similar, only one uses stuff like [racial slur] and [sexual threat], while the other doesn’t. Like the rest of the guidelines, that’s some pretty easy advice to follow! It shouldn’t have to be spelled out this literally, but this is 2019 and I guess it actually does, so good on Microsoft for actually bothering to get it all on record.


    .......... All of them are so mild tho...

    I remember "u mad bro?" being the one that set people off the most during the TF2 days.

    Is that still acceptable?

    The don't list didn't work because on the MS site it looks like HTML brackets.
    It should say this:
    Get [sexual threat]. Can’t believe you thought you were on my level.
    Hey [profanity], that was some serious potato aim. Get wrecked, trash.
    Cheap win. Totally expected from a [racial slur].

    Last edited 02/05/19 12:53 pm

    Get wrecked

    I believe the correct terminology is get rekt.

    I’d much prefer all trash talk be conducted in pirate speak or Chaucerian Middle English.

    Ye knavish knaves.

      Ye deserved to be keelhauled, ya barnacle bilgehound

        You rampallion. You fustilarian! I'll tickle your catastrophe!

      Oh my God. The company that can build an auto-translator to make this happen is going to make so much money ...

    What is up with the stock photo here? The kid is holding a controller, in front of a laptop that is showing the angle of cars driving towards him. What game is that?

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