A new Call of Duty code of conduct update just rolled out that aims to address trash talking and “toxic” behavior, though MW3 fans seem more than a little displeased.
Trash talking in online FPS titles is a tale as old as the genre itself, especially for the COD franchise. However, the recent code of conduct update has doubled down on Activision’s “anti-toxicity” stance. It seems to ban all forms of trask talk altogether in Modern Warfare 3.
Quite a few MW3 fans feel disappointed with this turn of events. They believe trash talking to be an integral part of the Call of Duty experience.
Code of Conduct Update Targets Toxic Behavior
According to an official Call of Duty blog post, the code of conduct for MW3 and other COD titles received an update as a way to further clamp down on toxic and disruptive behavior online. It should eliminate most forms of trash talk.
The update specifically targets the “treat everyone with respect” pillar of Activision’s code of conduct
In a nutshell, here are the contents of the update to combat “discrimination and violence”:
- Zero tolerance policy for bullying and harassment
- This includes any derogatory comments based on race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, culture, faith, mental or physical abilities, or country of origin
- The “amplification” of any person, agenda, or movement that promotes harassment or violence to those listed above
- Communication must be free of harmful or offensive language
- Zero tolerance for hate speech, discriminatory language, and threatening behaviour
You can find the updated code of conduct language here.
To enforce these new rules, Activision has been relying on a mix between “technology and human moderation”. The technology includes a voice moderation system that uses AI to detect violations of Call of Duty’s code of conduct policy in voice chat.
This method alone has already punished over 2 million COD players for toxic voice comms.
While most players agree that there should be a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination, there are some that some of the new restrictions will impact the overall multiplayer experience.
Fans Upset at New Code of Conduct Update
Some MW3 fans are upset at the new code of conduct update as they believe trash talking to be an important part of the Call of Duty experience.
Players are also angry that Activision and Sledgehammer Games are ignoring MW3’s other prevalent issues, which they feel are more important to address.
Regarding MW3 player’s affinity for trash talking, Reddit user Commercial-Ad3448 says that it’s “half the fun” of the game and that “COD is falling off”. Similarly, Pestilence5 states that MW3 is now “an adult game ruined”.
Reddit user sisiwuling is particularly upset, attributing the game’s toxcitiy to many of its broken elements rather than “a few naughty words”:
The main criticism people seem to have with the update is how Sledgehammer Games is ignoring other fan concerns. Sledgehammer Games have yet to discuss SBMM, despite promising to do so more almost two months ago.
Reddit user patriotraiter is also annoyed that other issues aren’t being given the time of day. This includes “ongoing cheaters, or what went wrong with servers, or why the update broke multiplayer”.
XaNjke agrees and suggests that the poor state the of the game is the “real bullying and harassment towards the players”:
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While some agree that the lack of communication on SBMM is disappointing, they don’t understand the hate towards the new code of conduct changes:
Ultimately, clamping down on harassment and toxic behavior will improve the experience for many in MW3.
However, it’s totally understandable that fans are upset at the lack of communication on MW3’s other issues. Hopefully, Sledgehammer Games will be more forthcoming about these in the coming weeks.