In recent months, complaints against World of Warcraft players regarding abusive comments and language have been on the rise. The problem has reached critical mass, and Blizzard Entertainment has decided to step in and do something about the problem.
While Blizzard could have gone with the death penalty and simply banish the worst of the culprits, they have decided to take a more reasonable approach and simply silence the offenders. Effective immediately, the company will begin implementing a “silence penalty” against any players who are proven guilty of online abusiveness.
Procedurally, victims or those players who are offended by bad language and/or abusive comments will be asked to submit a formal complaint. Investigation teams will be in place to investigate each complaint and assess whether or not the alleged comments meet reasonable standards of abuse or excessive profanity. If so determined, the guilty players will have their chat capabilities limited.
In order to send a clear message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated, the culprits will have other limitations placed on their gaming experience. Here are a few highlights among the other limitations penalized players will face:
- The player will be unable to create events for placement on the calendar.
- The player will be unable to send game invitations.
- The player will be unable to send invitations for War Games
- The player will be unable to issue a challenge for a duel.
- The player will be unable to visit and join in global chat rooms.
The number and magnitude of the culprit’s violation(s) will determine the length of the punishment. Once the silence penalty has been initiated, the culprit will receive a message every time they try to perform one of the restricted tasks.