Rockstar Games Set To Punish “Bad Sports” in Grand Theft Auto Online

Rockstar Games has implemented a reputation system into Grand Theft Auto Online that rewards players who play nicely and punishing those who do not.

Grand Theft Auto Online released yesterday, October 1, and Rockstar Games has built a system that they hope will improve the online community.  The online world of Los Santos supports 16 players at once and some players might feel that a good form of income is to hunt down other players for their money.  However, that tactic is going to make enemies and Rockstar Games will be keeping tabs on how players earn their money. 

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So, if the threat of making enemies is not bad enough, Rockstar Games will be grouping players together by how they act.  The players that play “nicely” with one another will be kept in the servers with other “nice” players, and “bad sports” will be put into servers together.  This means that if a player goes around only killing other players, then that person will end up in a server with people who do the same.

It pays to play nicely with others…doesn’t have to be non-violent though.

The idea with the system is to promote players to get along with each other and players will actually get a cash bonus for being a “Good Sport.”  The sum of money is probably not as much as what players could potentially make from killing other players, but it will be a consistent form of income for players that play nicely. 

Honestly, the grouping of players together into servers that match their in-game behavior is a great idea.  With a large open-world environment, there are going to be players who run around with the sole intent of taking out other players.  This is an interesting way to deal with the problem of “griefers” and hopefully it works out as well as planned. 

Seriously, just don’t be evil…

So be careful of how you act in Grand Theft Auto Online because Rockstar Games will be watching you!  Hopefully this “good sport/bad sport” system will work because those that play just to grief other players should be punished in some way.  Maybe a little time in a server filled with fellow griefers is just what that person needs to see how frustrating it is play with a griefer.

What is your take on Rockstar Games plan for Grand Theft Auto Online?  Do you think it will work like Rockstar Games intends it will?  Let me know in the comments below!


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