This is what Microsoft thinks is ‘acceptable trash talk’ on Xbox Live

Microsoft recently changed their Community Standards for Xbox page on their website which details acceptable conduct online. It’s mostly just different versions of “don’t be an idiot”, but they go pretty deep on a gamer’s morality and specific conduct that is unacceptable. One of those conducts is trash talk and while it is a staple of gaming at this point, we all know how nasty it can get.

Naturally, there is an entry for trash talk in the updated standards, but the hilarious thing is the examples they used. Enjoy:

Acceptable trash talk includes

  • 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.

Going too far looks like

  • Get <sexual threat>. Can’t believe you thought you were on my level.
  • Hey <profanity>, 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 <racial slur>.
  • You suck. Get out of my country—maybe they’ll let you back in when your k/d’s over 1.

I don’t know about you, but I’m imagining what goes in those blanks. Also, Microsoft, nobody talks like that. I certainly can’t remember when I said “that was some serious potato aim” to an opponent. Mostly because I mute everyone already, but also because I respect myself.

Obviously the guidelines are a good thing, telling us not to commit fraud or deface the family friendly values of the Microsoft corporation. But I don’t think this will be an effective way to stop trash talkers. Those people don’t care, they will have sexual relations with your mother, no matter what.

I am way too tall, played way too many games and I love to write about what we love about games. In the end, I'm just being #Thabolicious

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