Destiny uses Clever Design to Punish Trolls


One of the most annoying experiences of online gaming, dealing with trolls. Bungie, the creator of Destiny has informed us that they will minimize trolls by tweaking the game design.

The Technical Director of Bungie, Chris Butcher was in a recent interview with Edge where he discussed the common online gaming behaviors of trolls and how they are able to discourage the devious behaviors.

Butcher says, “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.

“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 doesn’t want to take all the fun out of the game, they want to keep the competitive nature of the game. By using a “sloping floor” design, they are able to take out the activities that will spoil the game for other players.

He goes on to say, “I don’t think you can ever design toxic behavior 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.

By the looks of it, they are going to reward those that play right and punish those that are trolling.

“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 is going to “make sure the social experience is one where if the players aren’t co-operating or communicating effectively it doesn’t ruin anyone’s experience.”


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