Playing online against other teams and individual players is a huge part of the appeal of the Playstation 4 gaming system. The problems begin when you encounter someone who is cheating, or who is playing without care or sportsmanship. The latter is hard to deal with in the game because it can have an immediate effect on your avatar and the game stats you have. Even if something happens in the moment, Sony and PS4 have put a good reporting system in place to prevent player abuse from happening, and to track down and blacklist players who have been reported.
Why Player Reporting?
For whatever reason, some people are driven to not play with good sportsmanship. You may be playing in a world where shooting and destruction are the main points of play – but there are still basic boundaries that have to be followed. For instance, it is generally not accepted in RPG games that you attack other players in neutral places or steal from them.
There are players that somehow think this makes them “big and tough,” when in fact, it just makes them annoying. If they were just annoying that would be one thing – but unsportsmanlike play can wreck your game and game record. Just think if you were racing in a multi-player game where the object is to track down a criminal; but one person would rather smash into you every chance you get. All of that stays as a part of your game score.
There are also the instances of online bullying and verbal abuse that can happen via the Playstation 4 communication system. If you are playing with a team you have invited, there is no problem with your handling it yourself. If you are playing against another team who you don’t know, you need to use the reporting system to take care of the problem.
Does it Work?
The Playstation 4 player reporting system is very effective. It was built around a standard flagging system like that which is used on social media networks. The complaint is lodged and then the system management team investigates and makes a decision based on what they find. Some instances may result in the being booted out of this instance of the game or by losing all of the scores and rewards they have accumulated during the current game. Certain types of reporting will mean that a player may be banned immediately from the whole multi-player system.
Is it Ever Unfair?
Reputation goes a long way online, especially on closed networks like the multi-player game platform of the Playstation 4. Sometimes it is enough to just pass the word to avoid a player and there are little complaints about this being done unfairly. In most cases, the only thing that is unfair is that sometimes all Sony can do is block the screen name, they may not be able to permanently block the player from entering the games under a different name. There is increased security and reporting measures being developed to take care of this problem.