Bungie building Destiny to encourage positive player interaction

For all the fun of online games, one complaint always applies: "What about the jerks?" Bungie asked itself what about the jerks, indeed, when it began designing Destiny's social systems, Edge reports.

When your primary method of interacting with other players is shooting at them, it's no surprise things end up a bit antagonistic.

“If you look back at online multiplayer gaming for the last ten years I think the dominant thread has been adolescent males shooting each other in the face and squatting on each other’s corpses,” Bungie technical director Chris Butcher said. “And that emerges from design decisions which… some of which were intentional, some of which were not, but the community gets attracted towards that, and that is popular to a lot of other people and so it kind of tends to exclude others.”

Bungie started by devoting the D-pad to friendly, useful gestures: press up to wave, right to point, left to salute, and down to (wait for it) dance. This is mostly a cooperative game, after all. Destiny's anti-trolling mechanisms go deeper than that, but Butcher didn't get too specific.

“I don’t think you can ever design toxic behaviour out, you can’t ever stop players from being toxic but what you can do is prevent them being able to ruin other players’ experiences,” he said “You give people these tools that encourage them to interact positively with each other and then if someone is interacting negatively with you, well, they can’t ruin your experience.”

Bungie may be vastly underestimating the ingenuity of assholes here. But any steps it can take to turn "anonymous players, run before they ruin everything!" into "anonymous players, let's be friends!" sounds good to us.


  • McEd - August 13, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    Am I the only one bothered when the developers say "Another trilogy" or in this case its going to take "10 years to unravel"
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  • P0ck3tC1am - August 6, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    ....Yeah the only real way that people would compliment each other would be a non-competitive environment, but even then still people would find a way.
  • GOD - August 6, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    I can't wait for the narrow corridors that will people just stand in and block, and unless you can walk through allies your screwed, because obviously they won't have friendly fire to stop trolls from using it. Unless you're playing Journey, there is no way to stop trolling.
  • LoboMau - August 6, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    They could add these options: shoot at the crotch or face of other players to heal; teabag them to instantly revive them.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - August 6, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    Whether or not Bungie is ultimately successful with the whole 'minimizing assholes being assholes' thing, props for them trying.

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