Head of 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross and Kiki Wolfkill, the executive producer of Halo 4, made an announcement concerning trolling during online gameplay. Any behavior or comments deemed sexist or discriminatory on Xbox Live will earn players a lifetime ban, making trolls everywhere weigh if the option of calling someone a homosexual slur is worth never playing online again. Xbox Live has a zero tolerance policy against such behavior and violators will be punished.
“It can be dangerous to give adolescents a broadcast mechanism,” Wolfkill stated. “There are always going to be jerks out there, and if you give them a way to express that side of their personality without being seen, you’re going to see this type of behavior manifest itself.”
“As developers, we have a personal responsibility to think about how our games come across,” Ross added. “With Halo 4, we were very deliberate in thinking about who should be female and who should be male in the game, and if we came off stereotypical, we went back to question what we were doing and why.”
With cyberbullying on the rise, limiting a source of bullying to occur could decrease chances of this behavior in other environments. If all players act mature then there will be no need for this. Please be courteous and respectful to other players. After all, a lifetime ban is serious business.